School Details

Ann Arbor Open at Mack School

920 Miller Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 994-1910
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 513 students 17 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

52%
67%
40%
87%
81%
61%

MI00195

None
100%
98%
95%
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87%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2012-2013 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. 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. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.
  • This school in 2011
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
72%
45%
93%
84%
70%
63%
68%
51%

MI00195

None
96%
96%
92%
90%
93%
84%
60%
71%
47%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2012-2013 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. 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. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.
  • This school in 2011
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
76%
45%
93%
87%
72%
38%
32%
17%

MI00195

None
90%
93%
80%
98%
94%
85%
96%
89%
78%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2012-2013 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. 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. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.
  • This school in 2011
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
72%
42%
96%
84%
72%
54%
45%
27%

MI00195

None
96%
94%
85%
92%
92%
84%
96%
84%
75%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2012-2013 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. 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. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.
  • This school in 2011
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
66%
39%
96%
82%
61%
82%
75%
53%

MI00195

None
92%
91%
85%
92%
90%
79%
83%
73%
48%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2012-2013 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. 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. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.
  • This school in 2011
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
68%
35%
97%
88%
73%
46%
41%
20%

MI00195

None
96%
90%
78%
94%
92%
82%
92%
88%
78%

Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)

In 2012-2013 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. 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. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.
  • This school in 2011
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ann Arbor Open at Mack School is a public middle school in Ann Arbor. The principal of Ann Arbor Open at Mack School is Ms. Catherine Flynn, whose e-mail is flynn@aaps.k12.mi.us. 513 students go to Ann Arbor Open at Mack School and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 11% of the 513 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ann Arbor Open at Mack School is 17:1. Slauson Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 79% 56%
Hispanic 5% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 15%
Asian 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11% 19%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    What a wonderful school for community learning building relationships self discovery in education. Everyone is involved in every single child.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ann Arbor Open at Mack is an absolutely wonderful school! From their magnificent principal to their amazing teachers this school has been a treasure for our son. AAO is unlike most public schools as each student is nurtured and celebrated to their full potential with the support and growth that they individually need. AAO is also very parent involved. For example one parent (who is a writer) has chosen to volunteer weekly to teach the kids how to write poetry. Another organizes the sale of SCRIPP. Others may volunteer to do something only for a few hours like working at the multicultural fair. We all help to make our child's experience here as successful as possible.I believe our kids are richer on the inside for being a part of the AAO family. The jump from 5th to 6th grade is such a big one for most kids but this year was very smooth for my son as he continues at AAO and will remain there until he enters high school in the 9th grade. Bullying is not tolerated and out-casting social clicks aren't prevalent. Everyone is a part of this big family from K-8th grade. As parents we cherish the love and excitement that our son has about going to school and learning! J.Nelson

  • (1 year ago)

    Wonderful colleagues a principal who goes to any length for every student and staff member. Supportive and creative parents.

  • (2 years ago)

    There is a flaw in the system when there is an entire school worth of kids who are wait-listed because they didn't win the lottery to get into this school. Some of us moved into the district a week after kindergarten registration so our kids will never have a chance to see if they'd thrive in an open school environment. What is more cutting is that we live two blocks from the school and have to pass the school on our long dangerous journey to our kids' distant and apparently lacking schools. That would be easier if many of the Mack parents weren't rude drivers who block the crosswalks as we try to leave our neighborhood to walk to our far-away school. Why aren't there two open schools in A2 so that all kid who wanted an open school could go to one and not have to leave the neighborhood they love to do so?

  • (3 years ago)

    I chose Mack Open over Burns Park for my children. Here they were thriving they were learning because they really wanted to - they were constantly inspired encouraged by the best human beings their teachers. They were always encouraged to express their own opinions never told that they have no right to speak because they are children - they were always LISTENED TO - something that does not happen unfortunately in other schools. My children were encouraged to think independently seek their own solutions and ask their peers advice first before turning to and adult. What a life lesson! Teachers in Ann Arbor Open are exceptional in a sense that they are not offering ready made solutions orders drills etc. They provide kids with tools to find their own answers. They support the creation of an independent self motivated individual not a cookie cutter kid churned out by tests drills and fear of an adult. I would encourage any parent to visit this school and talk to the children there - they will be able to express themselves very eloquently and describe their school environment in the best possible way!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is bad news. Not all the teachers know their subjects very well. Some teachers are intimidating students and some don't reply to your emails. They really don't give out text books. Bad news.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is truly the best of Ann Arbor Public Schools! Students are involved in many activities throughout the day and have a strong work-ethic. They participate in Focus Studies which are classes that they take of their choice such as jazz ensemble movie-making etc. The music program is amazing as well as the technology. Every December the students participate in a Multicultural Fair in which they make their classroom turn into a country from around the world. The school is very diverse and laid back. Students have freedom and there are even couches in the class. Simply the best school ever!

  • (4 years ago)

    AAO is a fantastic school and we feel so lucky to be there.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's the best! We have a caring environment combined with high academic standards and the expectation that kids will be kind and respect each other.

  • (5 years ago)

    If the quality of education a child receives can be measured by that child's eagerness to attend school everyday then my kid is having a first-rate experience. The music classes I've attended were nothing short of inspirational!

  • (5 years ago)

    Ann Arbor Open is a wonderful community of involved parents and teachers. The multi-age classrooms and individualized teaching are allowing my daughter to thrive.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great teachers and an individualized program. Gets get to work with other kids from other grades. Teachers really like teaching.

  • (5 years ago)

    Ann Arbor Open is an alternative magnet program in Ann Arbor's public school system that has many of the aspects of a non-traditional free school. It is a sanctuary for project-based learning and participant direction in the educational process. Our kids love it and we are very happy they go there.

  • (5 years ago)

    Ann Arbor Open is a very caring school. Teachers are more mentors and kids are encouraged to question and share opinions. There is a lot of respect among the students and they treat each other well.

  • (5 years ago)

    They do such a great job at building community and critical thinking skills! I would be so much smarter if I went to my kids' school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Students at Ann Arbor Open learn so much more than the typical elementary/middle school curriculum. They learn that every person has a voice that problems can be solved by working together and that learning can be fun.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a parent I feel like I'm part of a community instead of just a school. My kids love going to school.

  • (5 years ago)

    great teachers cooperative learning

  • (5 years ago)

    Yes I work there. But I didn't really appreciate how this school helps kids Bloom until my daughter started attending. Wow!

  • (5 years ago)

    Ann Arbor Open is simply the best K-8 school around my two children are so very blessed to be a part of this amazing community.

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(based on 28 ratings & reviews)

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