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South Pointe Scholars Charter Academy

Charter | K-7 | 687 students

Our school is known for having a positive culture that has high expectations.

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $82,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $770.

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 12 ratings
2012:
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Posted June 28, 2014

I pulled my daughter out of a YPS 3rd grade class in Oct. 2013 and started South point.Her preliminary reading test scored that of a late year first grader. Final test this year her reading score was that of a early year 5th grader. These are NOT doctored numbers as the Detroit Free Press irresponsibly suggests about NHS ,but a serious influence and attitude about education expectation to both parent AND child. If you are not ready to play a roll in your child's education this school is not for you and enjoy your public school daycare..but if your serious about a structured, respectful, high expectation enviroment...this is where you want to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

l Love this school, what it's about, how it's run, and All the staff that work together to make things run so smoothly! I have three children that attend, and, i have no complaints!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2014

I love this school! The teachers, staff, and administrators work together to be sure that each child gets what they deserve in terms of education and personal growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2014

Very pleased with this school. Staff is very caring & we are very pleased with the education our son is getting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2013

This school is operated like a learning institution should be. From the board of education to those keeping it clean, we couldn't be happier. Our children are engaged in a very diverse environment and taught by the best teachers in the area. Keep up the great work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2013

I find it interesting that the last reviewer talked about not having enough communication! I can't tell you how well South pointe communicates with its families! My kids teacher has a blog that is updated regularly with classroom events plus the regular weekly newsletter that is sent home in the Monday mailers. This is in addition to the school newsletter that Mrs Kouba sends on Mondays and the phone call she makes to everyone on Sunday nights with the weeks upcoming events. Not only is the communication great but the staff makes everyone feel so comfortable. I am always welcome into the school to help or just to visit. If you're looking for a school where your kids will not only be safe but get a terrific eduction, check out South Pointe, you won't be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2013

We started this school the first year it opened. Unfortunately we didn't have a good experience. There was no communication between the teacher and myself. We would reach out to the teacher and she would tell us everything was good with our son until the end of the marking period when we would find out there were numerous assignments missing. Sad to say we moved schools and are so happy now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

My daughter started this school the first year they opened in 2012 and not only do I love it, she love it too! The teachers are fabulous and attentive to the needs of individual children and the principal is wonderful as well, maintaining open lines of communications for everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

My son is involved in his learning goals and knows what he needs to do to achieve those goals. The school has order and structure that I appreciate and I can tell the teachers do a lot of planning to help my son achieve his goals. I feel confident that my son is safe and can learn in this environment and I don't worry throughout my day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

I LOVE this school. We have freedom , Teachers are very qualified and nice . They really working hard for making progress on board, and my kids love to go to school everyday. i like the traffic control and the way they give education . I am very satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

I'm very proud to have my children attend South Pointe Scholars. The leadership and staff make it and excellent school. We moved to this school from another NHA school and I am very confident in that decision. I look forward to my children attending this school for years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

The is the best school I have ever entered. From the Principal, classroom teachers, special interest teachers, to the M&M after care - They ALL show extreme interest in their students education, success, and happiness. The parents are actively informed of everything going on in school. Its like one big happy family - My girls have fun and its hard to get them to leave at the end of the night. WHAT A GREAT FIRST YEAR - I just know they will be a 5 star across the board!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2013

This school has been amazing for our family. I am a widow and have a 2nd grade boy and a third grade boy. When we started at South Pointe I had extreme concerns with the staff and how they would be able to handle my children if there is an emotional breakdown which was happening often during the prior school year at another local charter. During parent orientation I was reassured over and over again that everything will be fine, and they got this. Well, let me just say....BOY DO THEY EVER GO THIS! My children have not had not 1 emotional break down or any major issues at all this year...I am floored and eating my words. I was skeptical at first, as any concerned parent would be. But again I am so amazed at the awesome work of every single staff member there. My children have come a long way both emotionally and with their education. Their scores are the best! One grateful mother :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

This school is fantastic. I have 2 children already attending and 1 more that will attend next year. It is like a family environment. Everyone is friendly and my kids are truly happy to go to school and learn new things. The staff truly cares about the kids as individuals, and the whole school makes an effort to help in the community! Love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

This is a great School.The staff are friendly, they have great teachers.Both of my kids are really happy to go here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

South Pointe Scholars is an awesome school. When you walk into the building, you feel at home and like you are a part of a big family. Even though SPS is a new school, it doesn't feel new....there is a great culture within the building and the teachers work hard to meet the needs of every student in the building. The school secretaries are top notch - always willing to go above and beyond to help out. The school leadership team (principal and deans) are always in the hallways and classrooms interacting with students. It is evident that they care about the students as well as helping to develop the teachers and the school as a whole. South Pointe Scholars is definately the best school in the area and I would recommend any family to enroll at South Pointe!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 27% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
 

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 34% 69%
African-American 31% 18%
Asian 21% 3%
Hispanic 10% 6%
Multiracial 4% 2%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Arts and crafts

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Nancy Kouba
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Associations
  • National Heritage Academies
Fax number
  • (734) 864-0353

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Common Core using a variety of tools
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Gleaner's Food Bank
  • Canton Public Library
  • Hope Clinic
  • Huron Valley Humane Society
  • Sylvan Learning Center
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Girls on the run
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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2 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
150
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
700
Students typically come from these schools
Ypsilanti Community Schools
Plymouth Canton Community Schools
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10550 Geddes Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
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Phone: (734) 484-0118

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