Ann Arbor Academy is located in Ann Arbor, MI. It is a private, special education school that serves 32 students in grades 6-12. Ann Arbor Academy is coed (school has male and female students) and is nonsectarian in orientation.
endresmeg: This school is a life-saving place for many kids. My son was depressed with very low self-esteem when in public school because his ADD and processing made him feel like he was 'stupid.' He is far from that and Ann Arbor Academy helped him learn this and so many other things about himself. The school is small, so he has had the lack of peer pressure from a large middle/high school and (contrary to the 3-year-old post below) this has protected him from many things while he has discovered who he is. He has been at the school for four years now and I tear up thinking of what he might have gone through had we not put him here. Just FYI as well - ALL of the IEP support people from the school district praise the school and teachers! They acknowledge that he gets daily support for his ADD/learning needs, far surpassing what he would get in the public school.
This school is phenomenal! We have loved what this school has done for our son's reading and writing skills, as well as his self esteem. He went from not being able to read, and causing trouble, in his former school, to being one of the top readers in his class after returning to the public schools after his time at Ann Arbor Academy. His grades are great, and he has organization skills and can speak up to get what he needs in classes. I highly recommend this school for struggling students.
by a Parent
on Sep 25, 2012
Ann Arbor Academy
This has been the best school for my son who struggled with the public schools. The teachers are excellent and the small student numbers works well. It has changed the life of my son.
regretful parent: Several older students at this school (there are only about 50 of varying ages – all ages interacting with each other) taught my TWELVE year old how to smoke cigarettes, what pot looks and smells like (a kid brought it to school – a new take on “show and tell,” I suppose), what “shrooms” do and how to identify the hallucinogenic fungi (before this lovely educational experience my child thought they were just cute, tasty, and sometimes poisonous), a student stated that one other student came to school “tripping,” I could go on and on. Having my child attend this school was the worst decision my husband and I have ever made. We paid $1600.00/mo. for our child to be wholly unsupervised at lunch and break time (this is when the kids smoke and do God knows what else) and be “educated” by delinquent kids. Certain students often yell out in class and curse at staff. The staff is ill-prepared to handle the chaos that regularly ensues and did an extremely poor job of keeping us informed on a daily basis, if at all. Educationally, I am not sure how to rate this place; however, I did find it to be quite unchallenging for my child (high functioning autistic spectrum/2E). It’s more of a dysfunctional zoo squeezed into a tiny warehouse.
by a Parent
on Sep 4, 2009
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