School Details

Excel Charter Academy

4201 Breton Road Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
(616) 281-9339
6

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 757 students 20 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

59%
59%
40%
84%
84%
61%

MI00195

None
97%
97%
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
  • Excel Charter Academy average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

46%
46%
45%
77%
77%
70%
62%
62%
51%

MI00195

None
91%
91%
92%
86%
86%
84%
48%
48%
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
  • Excel Charter Academy average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
52%
45%
80%
80%
72%
24%
24%
17%

MI00195

None
85%
85%
80%
92%
92%
85%
80%
80%
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
  • Excel Charter Academy average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

58%
58%
42%
79%
79%
72%
38%
38%
27%

MI00195

None
92%
92%
85%
94%
94%
84%
90%
90%
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
  • Excel Charter Academy average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

51%
51%
39%
76%
76%
61%
74%
74%
53%

MI00195

None
88%
88%
85%
88%
88%
79%
46%
46%
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
  • Excel Charter Academy average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
60%
35%
89%
89%
73%
19%
19%
20%

MI00195

None
91%
91%
78%
90%
90%
82%
88%
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 2014
  • Excel Charter Academy average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Excel Charter Academy is a charter middle school. The principal of Excel Charter Academy is Dan Bartels, who can be contacted at 2.dbartels@heritageacademies.com. 757 students attend Excel Charter Academy and identify mostly as Multiracial, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 44% of the 757 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Excel Charter Academy is 20:1. Crestwood Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Asian 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 55% 52%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 1.0%
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 29%
Hispanic 11% 12%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 43%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    If you have a "normal" child this is a okay school to send them to. If your child has any special needs look for a different school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our child was in Kindergarten and he is in 8 grade now. We love this school because the teachers all work well and show caring with their students. They are serious in their academic teaching. The principal at this Excel school has a great admiration from the parents and students as well. We love Excel and the staff members! Highly recommend this school to friends and others.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school if your child can learn in a very generic at your desk all day reading textbook style. One of my sons does great my other son has struggled with the curriculum and no other learning options are provided. If you want a school that will adapt to your child's needs this is not the place.

  • (2 years ago)

    Amazing...a true treasure to parents who want private school education but can't afford it! This school is beyond all expectations. The teachers are involved and engaged . The principal is a true leader. The diversity is just what I was looking for. It models the real world.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has the best staff leadership and curriculum. The kids come home happy everyday and want to go back! Many special programs the make this school stand out!

  • (2 years ago)

    Can't say enough about this school... Great leadership awesome teachers excellent staff office special teachers. Wonderful school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is in the 8th grade now and has been at Excel since kindergarten. We have absolutely loved this school from beginning to end especially the moral focus aspect of the curriculum. I feel he is well prepared for high school and for life. The academics have been great but mostly I feel that Excel has helped shape his character. I have found the staff to be very open to parental input. The community is very welcoming too. We have a terrific group of families!

  • (5 years ago)

    My kid go to this school and we all love it. The teachers provide a great teacher/students relationship to make kids enjoy coming to their class. Weekly Agenda let parents/students know what is teaching in the week and teachers will follow up with parents if their sent home notes or student's online posted grade/missed assigments is unresponding back. School always promotes safety place to our children teacher will be on the playground at the gate and any concerning to our kids at school will be address at monthly parents/principal meeting and the principal/staff members will follow up. I like to recommend this school to our parents in Grand Rapids.

  • (5 years ago)

    We were exceptionally pleased with the elementary school and we sent our kids there for their entire K-5 career. The middle school at Excel is their weak link the staff treat the students poorly with little to no respect. The academics did not prepare my oldest child for high school. The moral focus program is not followed by the teachers in the middle school most especially the 6th grade teachers. It is a tragic truth that everyone knows but is powerless to change. I would recommend the elementary school highly and would highly recommend to get your children out of there for middle school

  • (6 years ago)

    Excel teachers are wonderful and the staff and students are really nice. Their knowledge of special needs and services could use improvement. Great school for those typical children that are high achievers. Those needing help or needing services could use improvement.

  • (7 years ago)

    I go to excel charter and i believe it is big bonus for the academics and prepares you.

  • (7 years ago)

    Excel is a fantastic school for all students. The commitment to excellence in education inside and outside the classroom is outstanding. The support provided for students with special academic needs is superior. I have experienced this first hand and I am exceedingly pleased with the challenge provided for my child to exceed his own expectations.

  • (8 years ago)

    excel has a good acedemic program. it is very good. there should be more sports available.

  • (9 years ago)

    We are overall pleased with the environment and quality of the staff. The student popluation is a socio-economic mix of kids - which we like. The only shortcoming is that we feel our children are not challenged to achieve their best; a gifted program would suppliment Excel's core capabilities nicely.

  • (10 years ago)

    The school is great. The only thing that would make it better would be a before and or after school program for the kids.

  • (11 years ago)

    All three of our children have attended Excel over the past 9 years. The teachers are exceptional and compassionate about their jobs! My children have always loved school and have done well academically. They are challenged and loved! It's wonderful to have a choice in our children's education! I encourage anyone to check out the school for themselves! They will be very pleased with what they see!

  • (11 years ago)

    We've had three Children in this school and could not be more pleased. Two of our children were there on the day it opened. We've watched it grow from a small academy to a 'large' (650+) elementry / middle school. The staff are the best and there is no tuition.

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