The previous review contains wildly inaccurate information. Voyagers is REQUIRED by the state to MEET or EXCEED state required learning. At times Voyagers have choice learning times but they also work at or above grade level during structured learning or receive special education services as any other public school student would. The Voyager School promotes individualized hand on FUN learning. Perhaps the issue is that Voyagers teachers do a lot less parent hand-holding and expect parents to check folders and email to know what is going on at school. Weekly emails go home giving the exact math homework lessons children should be working on for credit on our web based program. Voyagers also encourage parents to Volunteer in or out of class and to attend monthly parent meetings to keep in the loop. My oldest Voyager is now a middle schooler with a 4.0 GPA who spends her spare time as a peer buddy to children with special needs. A skill learned and encouraged in the Voyager School. She is confident friendly and well spoken. She is incredibly proud to call herself a Voyager. Once a Voyager Always a Voyager! My youngest 2 children are currently THRIVING in this amazing school.
Ferry School is a public middle school in Grand Haven Township. The principal of Ferry School is Steve Avram and can be contacted at email@example.com. 289 students go to Ferry School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 65% of the 289 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Ferry School is 17:1. Lakeshore Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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The teachers in the Voyager program were not helpful at all. After hearing great things we enrolled our twin 7 year old boys there. After three weeks we pulled them out and sent them back to Mary A White. The teachers let the children roam from room to room seemingly without knowing if a child has come or gone. The teachers are referred to by their first names which (with children) automatically loses some respect and authority. They let the students pick their own studies and at which grade level they want to study at. One of my children brought home a spelling test he chose to take. The words were "play say day may". This fist grader reads at a 4th grade level but without supervision he took full advantage of the situation. They both decided to do pre k math. Math was one of the main reasons we sent them there they were bored of regular lessons and traditional teachers can't give special lessons that the remainder of the class can't follow. The final straw was after no progress reports no homework and hearing about their lessons we decided to email all three teachers. After four days not a single reply. Be cautious about this program it's not all it's cracked up to be.
the best because of all the teachers they make you and the child feel very comfortable and the office help as well and they know your name that makes it feel very welcomed!
The Voyager School in Grand Haven is amazing. It's part of the public school system and housed at Ferry elementary. We moved from a Montessori program in Grand Rapids and were looking for a similar mixed age classroom with strong parental involvement. This school is truly a family and puts the children first. The teachers recognize the many different languages in which children learn and allow kids to learn at their own pace. Kids are more important than standardized tests and material is taught in such an engaging way. No desks or text books or busy work! Perfect for gifted kids to learn at their own pace but still have friends their own age. Also perfect for any other sort of learner. Everyone learns at their own level for every subject so no one is really behind or ahead. A huge emphasis is placed on art theater and music. My kids love love love this school and were actually sad when summer break started. Take a tour and check it out! We've also had great experiences with the staff of Ferry school. The principal is often out welcoming kids to the school and the counselor helped our child through a tough time. We couldn't ask for more from this wonderful school.
Ferry & the Voyager program are outstanding. We are from Texas and are often 'homesick' - but the thought of leaving the Ferry/Voyager community is a strong draw for us. Our child has been in the Voyager program for 3 years now and will 'gradudate' to 'regular school' after one last year and I am already very sad at the prospect. The Voyager teachers are not only teachers but are friends to the students are engaged with them and teach them how to be successsful adults. I wish our child could stay in the Voyager program through his entire school career. I wish I had had such a program - it is an excellent program to help bright creative non-linear type thinkers and I am grateful every day for this education.
The Voyager program is so wonderful! It is a great community environment that produces life-long learners creative problem solvers and responsible citizens. I don't know what I would do without this program.
The Voyager Program is a huge asset to Grand Haven Area Public Schools. The education my child received is so much more than regurgitating facts! The students learn so many life skills and ways to use the knowledge they have. My child has definitely become a life-long learner and is excited about going to school!
The Voyagers - A Community of Learners is located at Ferry School. This is the longest running Open Education program in a public school system (since 1973!). The teachers students and parents work together throughout elementary school to provide a community which supports the individual learning styles and abilities of each child. Voyager students are not restricted by grade levels but instead can grow at their own individual pace. The Voyager program provides learning opportunities through individual research projects musical / theatrical performances 'real-life' economics lessons Spanish lessons community service field trips etc. etc. etc. We are very proud to be a part of this learning community and could not ask for a better teaching staff !
Ferry Elementary teachers and staff really care about all the kids. Our school PTA holds many events through out the school that children parents and staff can participate in. My 2 children have excelled in Math Science Reading and Writing. The staff has had many extra training hours in all of the above subjects. Ferry School has many extra curricular activities that your children can participate in. Ferry also has a preschool program and daycare which I can't say enough about their program and staff. This helped our youngest feel very confident when he started Kindergarten. I feel that both of my children have had a super great start with their schooling thanks to the Ferry Schoool Staff.
We love the warm positive environment at Ferry. Our 4 years of experience at this school has revealed top quality teachers that really care about helping kids achieve their full potential. The principal is involved approachable and has a rapport with each child in the building. Remarkable. As a parent there are many ways to become involved here-lots do. We appreciate the smaller class sizes too.
If you can get your child into the voyager program do it! The teachers and the program are outstanding! My daughter loves it!