School Details

New Branches Charter Academy

3662 Poinsettia Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
(616) 243-6221
3

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 405 students 17 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

17%
17%
40%
41%
41%
61%

MI00195

None
94%
94%
95%
90%
90%
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 2014
  • New Branches Charter Academy average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

23%
23%
45%
54%
54%
70%
28%
28%
51%

MI00195

None
90%
90%
92%
88%
88%
84%
45%
45%
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 2014
  • New Branches Charter Academy average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

24%
24%
45%
65%
65%
72%
13%
13%
17%

MI00195

None
78%
78%
80%
83%
83%
85%
67%
67%
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 2014
  • New Branches Charter Academy average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

29%
29%
42%
53%
53%
72%
24%
24%
27%

MI00195

None
78%
78%
85%
70%
70%
84%
57%
57%
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 2014
  • New Branches Charter Academy average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

17%
17%
39%
37%
37%
61%
35%
35%
53%

MI00195

None
86%
86%
85%
81%
81%
79%
23%
23%
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 2014
  • New Branches Charter Academy average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

0%
0%
35%
27%
27%
73%
7%
7%
20%

MI00195

None
  • This school in 2014
  • New Branches Charter Academy average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

New Branches Charter Academy is a charter middle school in Grand Rapids. The principal of New Branches Charter Academy is Mr. Rashid Johnson, whose e-mail is johnsonr@newbranches.org. 405 students attend New Branches Charter Academy and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 66% of the 405 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at New Branches Charter Academy is 17:1. Godwin Heights Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 50% 41%
Multiracial 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 30% 33%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 15% 17%
Asian 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 63%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Over the summer I was unsure if my children would be returning to New Branches but after talking to Mr. Rashid and several staff and attending the orientation last week I am very excited about the changes. I'm glad a lot of the negative staff members are gone.

  • (9 months ago)

    First let me say this. The teachers are amazing! They care about the children and want what's best for the child and his or her family. Unfortunately the Administration has chosen a different path. This is not a school that I am proud of but I think I could be. They need new leadership that isn't afraid of doing what's right for the school and not the bottom line. God help them.

  • (10 months ago)

    I am a parent of a child attending New Branches this school year; having moved from a rural/suburban area I knew my child was up for a completely new experience with no one familiar to face it with. The teachers and staff of New Branches not only welcomed him they welcomed our whole family; they've managed to challenge him academically excite him to feel "at home" with his new class and more impressively - I know they've done this under extreme pressure and administrative turnover. I can't say I've ever met a group of teachers this dedicated to the safety and well being of the children they take in.

  • (10 months ago)

    The new leader Rashid is awesome. He is doing a great job making much needed changes to an already wonderful school. Teachers are great and always there for the students. Cannot wait to see all of the improvements for next year. Keep it up New Branches!!

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has been at New Branches since Kindergarten. As the school grew it became progressively worse.The teachers do not know how to handle conflict and in my opinion many of them need more training. Pamela Duffy was the best thing that happened to New Branches. I am patiently awaiting schools end. My child will not be returning .

  • (1 year ago)

    This K-8 single building format does not work! The middle school is a complete disaster and the lower elementary students are watching. The population parent commitment and overall pride in one's education is on the extreme low end of hopeful. This school is no longer the great environmental neighborhood school it once was and its too far gone to go back. The curriculum is pieced together thanks mostly to the internet. If you're interested in gambling with your child's education this is the school for you otherwise there are plenty more options out there. I wish I knew what I know now when I enrolled.

  • (1 year ago)

    Don't waste your child's education here. Put them someplace that will educate them. CMU should be embarrassed by sponsoring this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Teacher assistants in every classroom small classroom sizes still offer art music pe and Spanish.

  • (4 years ago)

    New Branches is a wonderful school. There is nothing I don't love about it. My son has been attending New Branches since kindergarten and now he is in the forth grade. He will be attending New Branches until he is to old to attend. GO NEW BRANCHES

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers staff and administration give 110% to educating the kids. The school promotes family involvement and does great job reaching out to the parents. The teachers work with the students at the level each student is at and helps each student continue to grow. I would recommend New Branches to any family looking for an alternative to the traditional public school!

  • (4 years ago)

    They care for the students and have created a safe environment

  • (4 years ago)

    New Branches staff are fabulous! They are so devoted to the kids. We love the Spanish and Art and both of my girls love their teachers!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school. It teaches holistically to the whole child. The teacher are incredibly talented and hard-working. There is plenty of emphasis on art music science healthy lifestyle.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are enthusiastic about teaching. They are so excited to be there everyday.

  • (4 years ago)

    New Branches is an incredible school. The teachers are very friendly and genuinely interested in each child and want each one to achieve at their highest potential. They offer lots of extra curricular activities like a 4H Club Book Club and sports. They like to hold a lot of family activities so that families can get to know each and that makes the school feel like a community. The school moved into a new facility this fall and it is fantastic. Great library great playgrounds great gymnasium and great cafeteria!!!!! I highly recommend it and my children love it.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our son has done very well at New Branches. They have offered him an individualized curriculum to suit his needs and are willing to create new material for him at our request. The staff is always friendly and positive. We are also excited that they have just announced that they will be adding 7th grade next year and 8th grade the year after.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been in the New branches School for about 5yrs. My children are very unhappy there. The principal leadership is poor. They have lost a lot of good teachers and ever since then the school is just not as good as it used to be. The schools also doesn't have sports for the kids. If your child is into sports I would look somewhere else.

  • (5 years ago)

    We are new to this school with a daughter in kindergarten but impressed by the high energy level fine teaching and commitment to ethnic and economic diversity.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is a student at this school and is almsost finished with kindergarten. This is a very nice school and the teachers are warm and loving. They are very sensitive to the needs of each individual student. Smaller in size than mst schools..which drew me to enroll her there to begin with. Love the smaller classrom size and the special attn given to the kids. Lots of field trips...sometimes 2 a month! Hands on learning and spanish class from day one! Has been a wonderful learning environment. Very diverse . Fun school and fun teachers. A very good choice.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son attended New Branches for 6 years and we were very happy there.It was a warm friendly nurturing environment and the Teachers were caring and committed. Each child was treated as an individual and respect and tolerance were expected from all. Parent involvement was expected and encouraged. My son is a sophomore in HS now and is doing wonderfully and much of the credit has to go New Branches.

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