Grand Traverse Academy

Public, Charter, Alternative K-12

 1245 Hammond Rd E
       Traverse City, MI  49686-9000


 (231) 932-6025

 School Website

District: Grand Traverse Academy


Student/teacher ratio:  16.8
Number of students:  1,100

Racial breakdown:

White:
90.3%
Hispanic:
2.7%
Two or more races:
2.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  29.5%

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We updated the 2018-19 rankings and test scores for this school on Thursday, September 5, 2019.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2019, Grand Traverse Academy ranked better than 64.7% of elementary schools in Michigan. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 61.16. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2019, Grand Traverse Academy ranked better than 88% of middle schools in Michigan. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 84.8. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2019, Grand Traverse Academy ranked better than 88.7% of high schools in Michigan. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 86.8. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (90.3%), Hispanic (2.7%), two or more races (2.7%). (See more...)
Compare Details 29.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Grand Traverse Academy is 16.8. (See more...)
Compare Grand Traverse Academy employs 65.1 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2019 Rankings:

Grand Traverse Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Grand Traverse Academy 497th of 1407 Michigan public elementary schools. (See Grand Traverse Academy in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Grand Traverse Academy 95th of 791 Michigan public middle schools. (See Grand Traverse Academy in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Grand Traverse Academy 75th of 666 Michigan public high schools. (See Grand Traverse Academy in the ranking list.)



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Rank History for Grand Traverse Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 40.93 1167th 1545 24.5%
2007 44.60 1104th 1565 29.5%
2008 58.67 803rd 1577 49.1%
2009 66.01 635th 1589 60.0%
2010 70.29 513th 1552 66.9%
2011 66.90 562nd 1552 63.8%
2012 62.72 566th 1566 63.9%
2013 58.81 666th 1563 57.4%
2014 57.70 684th 1533 55.4%
2015 57.84 662nd 1580 58.1%
2016 61.54 580th 1548 62.5%
2017 64.11 433rd 1466 70.5%
2018 69.81 442nd 1448 69.5%
2019 61.16 497th 1407 64.7%

Data source: test scores: Michigan Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Grand Traverse Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 68.41 286th 806 64.5%
2007 58.93 437th 823 46.9%
2008 63.29 381st 839 54.6%
2009 61.51 419th 847 50.5%
2010 75.09 188th 851 77.9%
2011 76.60 160th 858 81.4%
2012 77.33 169th 900 81.2%
2013 72.21 213th 919 76.8%
2014 70.80 228th 921 75.2%
2015 73.27 196th 919 78.7%
2016 72.32 201st 894 77.5%
2017 77.59 135th 821 83.6%
2018 78.24 163rd 838 80.5%
2019 84.80 95th 791 88.0%

Data source: test scores: Michigan Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Grand Traverse Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 75.43 175th 767 77.2%
2008 60.19 378th 750 49.6%
2009 78.31 155th 754 79.4%
2010 78.20 149th 765 80.5%
2011 87.19 55th 784 93.0%
2012 91.79 46th 773 94.0%
2013 73.56 198th 805 75.4%
2014 82.77 106th 799 86.7%
2015 90.30 57th 832 93.1%
2016 83.13 108th 852 87.3%
2017 90.86 51st 835 93.9%
2018 88.41 73rd 824 91.1%
2019 86.80 75th 666 88.7%

Data source: test scores: Michigan Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Review counts

All ratings (Avg rating: 2.6)
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by a parent
Monday, December 11, 2017

Open Quote We used to love this school, but poor management has taken this school down hill. They punish kids for being kids! The teachers do not communicate with the parents, and the interim superintendent doesn't stand up for the kids or parents. Save your self the trouble and find another school. Close Quote


by a teacher
Friday, October 18, 2013

Open Quote The administration is very negative with the teaching staff as well as controlling. In comparison to other schools I taught at, I was blown away at how little the administration supported their staff. When it came to discipline and bullying there was little support as well for students. Overall, it was not a very good experience. Close Quote


by a teacher
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Open Quote Unfortunately, GTA offers very little technology to students. The majority of rooms have no Smartboards, Elmos, or other digital technology for students to utilize. Four computers per classroom do not allow for much widespread use either. Although there is a computer lab, with so many classes it is difficult to ever find an open slot. In preparing students for today's world this is a necessity. There are many great lessons that cannot be taught as well due to this fact. Other local schools offer laptaps and Ipads starting in the elementary level. GTA really needs to invest in these items and make it a top priority. Otherwise, students will not be prepared. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, January 11, 2013

Open Quote Awesome school! G.T.A. and Montessori were the only schools to pass no child left behind standards in the area and Montessori costs close to 10000 per year G.T.A. is free. My kids love it. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Open Quote GTA asks teachers to treat parents as customers and provide good customer service. This sounds more like a fast food establishment then a working team consisting of student, parent, and teacher. I find this highly disturbing as a parent. I respect the teachers and feel this does not necessarily warrant support for them. This may explain the high teacher turn-over at the school. It worries me to see so many teachers leaving every year in a tough economy. Close Quote


by a student
Monday, June 11, 2012

Open Quote As a former student of GTA, I can say that while it seems annoying and overly strict to a student, I have realized that the education the school gave to me was invaluable. I have seen a lot of parent reviews, and I feel that the only way they know about what happens at the school is through the mouths of the children, which is often biased. As much as people complain about it, the small class size, experience and know-how of the teachers, and overall quality of the school was the major factor in my acceptance to a military intelligence job in the Army. Thank you, GTA. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Open Quote High Teacher turn over rate made me worried that they were not getting the best Teachers or either not paying for well educated teachers.
Had some issues on Meap scores being low for the school, over all just not happy with the staff or board members. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Open Quote Awesome tuition free charter school
For children that don't fit the typical mold, and for bringing out the best in their students. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Grand Traverse Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2001 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2002 392 11 2 14 6 n/a n/a 0 425
2003 392 11 2 14 6 n/a n/a 0 425
2004 483 7 3 18 8 n/a n/a 0 519
2005 581 11 7 18 11 n/a n/a 0 628
2006 892 9 12 18 10 n/a n/a 0 941
2007 870 11 7 23 10 n/a n/a 1 922
2008 939 9 10 26 16 n/a n/a 0 1000
2009 985 18 15 25 20 n/a n/a 0 1063
2010 1034 20 16 25 16 n/a n/a 0 1111
2011 1036 17 17 43 19 0 22 0 1154
2012 1072 15 19 42 22 0 22 0 1192
2013 1076 13 12 33 22 0 20 0 1176
2014 1105 22 16 34 21 0 24 0 1222
2015 1092 20 16 31 21 0 23 0 1203
2016 1062 16 14 32 20 0 29 0 1173
2017 1070 19 14 30 17 0 27 0 1177
2018 993 16 15 30 15 1 30 0 1100

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Grand Traverse Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 n/a 15.0 0.0 n/a
2002 425 n/a n/a n/a
2003 425 n/a n/a n/a
2004 519 32.0 16.2 n/a
2005 628 37.0 17.0 n/a
2006 941 49.8 18.9 0.0
2007 922 62.5 14.8 22.0
2008 1000 67.5 14.8 21.9
2009 1063 61.5 17.3 14.4
2010 1111 57.5 19.3 29.2
2011 1154 62.5 18.4 29.1
2012 1192 67.0 17.7 28.4
2013 1176 61.9 18.9 28.5
2014 1222 64.8 18.8 23.1
2015 1203 66.0 18.2 18.0
2016 1173 69.0 17.0 21.5
2017 1177 68.5 17.1 15.3
2018 1100 65.1 16.8 29.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Grand Traverse Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2001 n/a 15.0 0.0 n/a
2002 425 n/a n/a n/a
2003 425 n/a n/a n/a
2004 519 32.0 16.2 n/a
2005 628 37.0 17.0 n/a
2006 941 49.8 18.9 0.0
2007 922 62.5 14.8 22.0
2008 1000 67.5 14.8 21.9
2009 1063 61.5 17.3 14.4
2010 1111 57.5 19.3 29.2
2011 1154 62.5 18.4 29.1
2012 1192 67.0 17.7 28.4
2013 1176 61.9 18.9 28.5
2014 1222 64.8 18.8 23.1
2015 1203 66.0 18.2 18.0
2016 1173 69.0 17.0 21.5
2017 1177 68.5 17.1 15.3
2018 1100 65.1 16.8 29.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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