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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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5 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 8 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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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


Posted October 21, 2009

This school helps students who have no where else to turn. It really does make a difference in their lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

Great Lakes Academy has been a wonderful place for children who didn't get the kind of instruction or encouragement they needed in any other environment. It can be a place for children to become successful and feel positive about themselves.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 16, 2009

they give all student's hands on attention...they really care if about all of us students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2009

Every child has an opportunity to learn regardless of their unique learning style.


Posted October 15, 2009

Great Lakes Academy is a great school for kids with various learning differences. They provide a safe and nurturing environment with caring teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2008

My son started at Great Lakes only a few months ago and I feel like the luckiest Mom in Plano to have found this school. I feel like I have my son back ! The dedication of the teachers and staff are unmatched. They care about each child as a whole being and take interest in what is going on in their lives so they can educate each child in their own unique way. My son is now doing extra credit at school and just a few short months ago at public school he was failing in many subjects ! This school defenitely gets five stars
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

Great school, my son is doing so well here. The staff is incredible and the class size really contributes to the school's overall success with their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

This school is incredible! The administration and teachers go above and beyond to help the students. My son absolutely loves going to school here. And this is a child who previously detested school. Great Lakes has changed him into a different person. He now has a high self esteem. He has friends. He has respect for his teachers and his peers. He didn't have any of this before attending Great Lakes. We were at the end of our rope, trying to get teachers in the public school sytstem to be understanding, and still provide him with a decent education. My son was failing most subjects before starting at Great Lakes. He is now getting A's in all subjects. I strongly recommend this school for any parent who has a child that is struggling in the public school. This school specializes in ADHD kids, but also accepts kids with other learning disabilities.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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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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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

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
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

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
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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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