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Great Lakes Academy

Private | 1-12 | 90 students

Our school is best known for our success with Asperger's, AD/HD & LD students.
 
 

 
 

Living in Plano

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $157,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,020.

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2011:
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Posted February 5, 2014

Great Lakes Academy utilizes small class sizes (maximum 10 students) and well trained teachers who understand our students learning differences. They use various teaching methods and individualize for their students. There is a great sense of community and it's been wonderful to be able to interact with other like-minded parents. My child's experience was so positive and he has done extremely well upon his graduation. I give all of the credit to this amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2013

I've been impressed by the personal attention my daughter has received and that they focus on those that fit their mission rather than increasing enrollment. I could not be happier with the way that they have really attempted and succeeded in caring for her and her education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2013

If we had to sum up Great Lakes Academy in one word, it would be AMAZING! We have 2 boys at GLA, a 7th grader and a 3rd grader. GLA has changed the way our boys view school. They both sturggled so much with school in the past and now they love going to school! We love the fact that GLA celebrates each student's differences in a fun, loving, safe environment. If you are looking for an awesome school where learning differences are celebrated, this is the school for you:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2013

I could write a book about all I love about this school. But a short version: if your child is struggling &you dream of a place where they will be treated with respect &be with their peers &form true friendships with other kind children then you must visit Great Lakes. From my first visit at the school I felt a peace inside myself where there had been so much worry. My son went from dreading &fearing school to loving it. He went from no friends to many friends. He is invited to birthday parties &no one is mean to him on the playground. His teacher understands him &knows if he zones out he isn t being bad, she knows how to help him focus in a kind way. Class sizes are so small that the kids truly learn each lesson, nothing is skimmed over. My son loves that he will be at GLA through 12th grade. I love this school. Our kids are special &beautiful, to find a school that understands that, from admin to principal to each teacher is such a gift. I have gone from dropping my son off, shoulders slumped at public school with a stressful, sad feeling in my stomach to dropping off a very happy boy at Great Lakes & leaving with a peace that I never knew was possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2013

Our daughter has been at Great Lakes Academy for the past 8 years and I can't say enough about this wonderful school and it's team of super-dedicated and highly talented teachers and staff. After our daughter was diagnosed with high-functioning autism, we looked long and hard to find a state-accredited school that would embrace her strengths and help her develop weaker areas. We found this and so much more in Great Lakes Academy. The teachers and administrators "get" our kiddo and they are masterful in coming up with creative ways to advance her academic and social progress. At GLA you'll find a strong curriculum; excellent use of technology in the classroom; fantastic field trip program; warm, family atmosphere; low teacher/student ratio; and a group of truly A-caliber educators. Highly, highly recommended!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

Our daughter is starting her second year at Great Lakes Academy. We live in Plano -- which has excellent public schools. The public school staff was wonderful, but the system was not meeting our daughter's needs. . I questioned whether any private school would be worth the tuition paid.. I wondered if a different kind of school could make any real measurable difference. The answer was a definite YES.. The GLA educational experience has been above and beyond all our expectations. We are grateful to have found such a place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2013

Our son has attended Great Lakes Academy since the 3rd grade, and is now in 7th! He has always loved this school since day one. The teachers, Principal, Executive Director and the entire Administrative team are awesome. They go above and beyond the call of duty! :) The best thing for a parent that has a child that attends Great Lakes Academy, is that you can drop off your kid every day at school and know they will be in good hands. You can drive away with out worry. You can leave with peace of mind. That in itself is worth a million bucks! We will forever love Great Lakes and what they have done for our son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2012

We have been attending the school for the past 5 years. Student:Teacher ratio at most has been 10:1 in the classroom (averaging 1:6). Low level of homework is sent home due to this ratio (less lecture and more interaction/indvidualized instruction). Great use of technology in the classroom. All of the teachers/administrators know the students/parents. All activities are inclusive. Great Lakes provides a safe environment in and outside the classroom - it provides opportunities for all kids to participate at their comfort level
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2012

Great Lakes Academy is a fantastic private school for parents looking for an above average school that takes care of their kids. Parents who have had less than pleasant experiences in other schools would love GLA and the way they address these issues or handle our kids. My son has been here thru his high school years and he loved the whole experience. GLA works with our kids towards their individual needs and ensures the kids get a good education and are ready for college. We are extremely happy to have found GLA at the right time for our son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2012

After other private schools and home schooling, we decided that our son needed a different academic environment. . We had spoken with several schools, but none made us feel as welcome as Great Lakes Academy. When we first spoke with the principal, before she even met our son, she seemed to have a real sense of him and what he needed. Great Lakes Academy has been all we had hoped for and more. Our son started attending in 6th grade and he will graduate this year. The academics have been rigorous enough to keep him challenged, but not overwhelmed. He s made wonderful friends that he will keep for a long time. The teachers and students genuinely care about each other. I am continually amazed at how the teachers go above and beyond what is expected to help our son and all the kids at Great Lakes be successful. If you are looking for a school that will support and encourage your child and help them reach their full potential Great Lakes Academy is the school for you! My son loves it here and has since his first day. He will be attending college next year and I know he will be successful because GLA has given him the confidence and academic tools to make that possible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2012

After being completely frustrated with public schools for several a friend strongly suggested that we look into Great Lakes Academy for our son Grant. It did not take us long to realize that we were in the right place after our initial tour of the school and conference with the staff. This is only our second year but Great Lakes Academy has been the biggest blessing for our family, and especially our son. I can truly say GLA has changed our lives for the better. The teachers and staff tailor every situation to the individual student and no child is expected to fit into a mold. Students are allowed to shine and be the individual they are meant to be. The staff at GLA understands that each day is different and you have to adjust to individual situations on a daily basis. I cannot thank the teachers and staff at GLA enough for welcoming us with open arms. Thank you GLA for all your love and support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2012

We cannot say enough great things about GLA, Taking our middle child out of public school was a difficult decision, but we are so glad we did. He was not thriving and he was heading in to a habit of just slipping by. He felt stupid and said so on many occasions. He lacked confidence. Today he is blossoming like never before, confident and making straight A's! The smaller class size, dedicated staff, caring admins are all was these special kiddos need. He will be at GLA thru high school! Thank you Great Lakes. We are so blessed to have found you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2012

GLA has been a WONDERFUL school for our son. He has spent 2 years there now, and the change in him has been dramatic. He turned 16 this year and has become such a more involved, independent learner. He is now more confident and mature. More than anything the staff at GLA has gone above and beyond in so many ways to help him and our family with any issues that have arisen with him outside of school when our daughter was extremely ill. They are like a second family to us and we have been blessed to be a part of their school. As a teacher myself in public school, I'm continually amazed at how well GLA goes above and beyond to individualize eduation for each student. We had been continually frustrated with the public school middle school and our son was so down on himself and his abilities. GLA turned this around for him and showed him what a great student he could be, with a little help and understanding. I can't say enough wonderful things about GLA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2012

Our daughter has variety of learning differences which include Asperger's and ADHD. We relocated in August 2012 to attend GLA. Hands down, this is the best decision we have ever made not only for our daughter, but for our family. The staff is so patient, compassionate, and truly concerned about the success of the children. Our daughter has not only improved academically, but has blossomed socially. The smaller classroom sizes have been key to our daughter getting the one on one attention she needs in the classroom. If you have a child that struggles in the classroom, this school is the place for you. It will be life-changing for the entire family! I am not sure where we would be today if it were not for GLA. We really look forward to spending the rest of our time at this school until our daughter graduates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2012

Our son has been at Great Lakes Academy since 6th grade and will be graduating (7 years later) from this wonderful school this year. This school is special and does a great job with all the kids. The staff is open to discussions with all the parents. The staff ensures the school offers a safe environment for each student to learn and grow. GLA has been a blessing for our son and our family. Our son has flourished academically and as an individual. Teachers take the time to ensure the kids understand the work and what is expected of them, yet they do a great job of challenging the kids to perform at their best. The atmosphere is very warm and allowed my son to do extracurricular activities (school plays, school senate, etc.) that he would not have been able to do at public school. He has grown to become a very responsible person, and nice young man. The one area that we initially experienced and has continued to this day: his self-confidence has grown and he continues to leave each day with a smile. We as family, we feel he is part of something special that has allowed him to develop personal and academic skills to help him as he enters the next phase to becoming an adult.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

Excellent all the way around. Caring and supportive administration, teachers who go above and beyond understanding your child in conjunction with strong academics. This is truly a "community school." If you have a child with a learning difference RUN to this school. It is truly awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

If you have a child suffering with self confidence, ADHD, Dyslexia, Bullying, or being treated unfairly in public school. YOU OWE IT TO YOUR CHILD AND YOURSELF to just check out this school. 5the 6TH and 7th grade were a nightmare, my child was skipping school, failing, not doing any work, just going thru the motions, and mentally shutting down. And more than likely heading down a path to teen rebellion, drugs and crime. He hated school! He had no friends. He was failing 7th grade. A year into it, he has friends, loves his school and teachers and makes mostly B's. I would go into debt to make sure he attends this school thru graduation. Just take the time to visit, you wont regret it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2010

Great Lakes Academy has changed my sons entire outlook on school. He loves going to school. He's successfull, which in returns helps his confidence and his future. The only thing I wished, that we had moved him at a younger age! After attending K-6 in public school our sons self esteem was very low. Now 4th year at Great Lakes Academy it's amazing and so are the teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2010

GLA has been incredible for our son who has Asperger's Syndrome & ADHD. He is so loved and respected for who he is and he can feel that acceptance. He is learning so much and is way beyond his grade level in academics. Social skills are blossoming. The leadership is loving, kind, & they are all about the KIDS. We have loved our experience at GLA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

My child attended GLA. The teachrs went above and beyond what is expected to provide my child with the tools to be successful at college. Many of the tools or what I refer to as 'tricks' made a difference in college. Simple things like how to check class notes, how to ask for help from professors and guidance counselors, scheduling, and just as important social skills to make and keep friends.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 31%
Hispanic 6% 51%
Black 4% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public
Larger Private
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 98% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 2% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Collin College
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Mirabeau B. Lamar Award of Excellance (2010)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
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)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:45 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:45 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Marjolein J. Borsten
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (972) 517-0133

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-sensory
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Accomodations or Modifications
  • Differentiated learning programs
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Baseball Club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Football Club
  • Game club
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Library Volunteer
More from this school
  • Great Lakes Academy educates students with various Learning Differences, including ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome. GLA is committed to providing its students with a stimulating environment and favorable atmosphere which affords each student every opportunity to develop their social skills & their academics. Great Lakes Academy instills in their students an appreciation for their own uniqueness. GLA offers a challenging curriculum, a low student-teacher ratio, and multi-sensory teaching methods.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
Public
Larger Private

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$15000 - $18000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Collin College
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 98%
4 year college - 2%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 0%
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6000 Custer Rd., Bldg 7
Plano, TX 75023
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Phone: (972) 517-7498

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