Michigan Connections Academy

Public, Charter, Virtual, Alternative K-12

 3950 Heritage Ave
       Okemos, MI  48864-3389


(517) 507-5390

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District: Michigan Connections Academy

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,393 Help

Student/teacher ratio:  24.2
Number of students:  1,618

Racial breakdown:

White:
68.0%
African American:
15.8%
Hispanic:
8.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  58.1%

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Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Education did not administer assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. SchoolDigger will resume updating its rankings when test scores are released in 2021.


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Compare Details Michigan Connections Academy ranks worse than 61.7% of elementary schools in Michigan. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 38.2. (See more...)
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Compare Details Michigan Connections Academy ranks better than 51.6% of middle schools in Michigan. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 48.11. (See more...)
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Compare Details Michigan Connections Academy ranks worse than 68.2% of high schools in Michigan. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 33.18. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (68%), African American (15.8%), Hispanic (8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 58.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Michigan Connections Academy is 24.2. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Michigan Connections Academy is $8,393.
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Schooldigger 2019 Rankings:

Michigan Connections Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Michigan Connections Academy 869th of 1408 Michigan public elementary schools. (See Michigan Connections Academy in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Michigan Connections Academy 383rd of 792 Michigan public middle schools. (See Michigan Connections Academy in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Michigan Connections Academy 454th of 666 Michigan public high schools. (See Michigan Connections Academy in the ranking list.)



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Rank History for Michigan Connections Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2013 50.79 824th 1563 47.3%
2014 49.02 849th 1533 44.6%
2015 64.07 547th 1580 65.4%
2016 52.88 739th 1548 52.3%
2017 47.93 721st 1466 50.8%
2018 46.79 835th 1448 42.3%
2019 38.20 869th 1408 38.3%

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

Rank History for Michigan Connections Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2013 51.14 466th 919 49.3%
2014 46.59 533rd 921 42.1%
2015 70.82 215th 919 76.6%
2016 72.10 202nd 894 77.4%
2017 65.96 217th 821 73.6%
2018 51.34 423rd 838 49.5%
2019 48.11 383rd 792 51.6%

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

Rank History for Michigan Connections Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2013 87.18 86th 805 89.3%
2014 62.02 309th 799 61.3%
2015 63.64 310th 832 62.7%
2016 52.06 393rd 852 53.9%
2017 50.19 376th 835 55.0%
2018 63.25 288th 824 65.0%
2019 33.18 454th 666 31.8%

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

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by a parent
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Open Quote This school is very unethical. When you enroll, you are prompted via a popup box to "AGREE" to taking the standardized tests. It doesn't matter what you think or don't think about these tests, a public school receiving state aid CANNOT make conditions of enrollment. PERIOD. In an email from the principal in December 2018, he stated, " an agreed to condition of enrollment that you acknowledged, and all students must take these assessments". These schools MUST follow Michigan law. A charter school cannot deny a student enrollment unless they are at full capacity. PERIOD. It's spelled out by the MDE in the laws. This principal deliberately lied to me and told me my student would be held back if we were not available to take this. He didn't care to hear my concerns in regards to my child and his needs. It was a black and white issue with him. Their authorizer is Ferris State University and I contacted them asking to see this policy in writing. They have such policy and I was told that, "if there is a policy at the local level, it is ILLEGAL". I was told it is not realistic that EVERY KID is going to take this test and MICA has to follow Michigan law. Michigan does NOT offer waivers, but it's not because they said, "NO, you can't opt out", but because they have no addressed this. They state it's a requirement, but there are no repercussions if it is not taken. There are NO REPERCUSSIONS via LAW if this test is REFUSED. The principal, Bryan, lied to me about something that would be ILLEGAL to do in the first place. As soon as I spoke with Ferris, I let school know we were not taking these tests. There is NO WAY I am going to comply to a THING this school wants after the way this principal treated me. As soon as I let school know were weren't taking them, I get the Bryan email lecturing me on school loyalty (yes, I have a copy of this and so does Ferris..they asked for it) and it was a "condition" of enrollment (illegal). I called Ferris again and they wanted a copy of this email. A few days later, I was told Bryan Klochack will be pulled into a Board of Directors meeting on January 10, 2019 and I would be notified at the conclusion of it. What it all boils down to is this: Yes, the state requires a school administer this test. Yes, the state requires like 95 participation rate to avoid any intervention (lower rates three years in a row for a charter could mean trouble). Yes, the state can make them shut their doors if they are failing (Google "Nevada Connections Academy Public Hearing"). Yes, they say you are "required" to take these tests. NO, there are no repercussions if you don't take it. End of story. They MUST follow Michigan law...no exceptions. So if you want to be in a school that treats parents this way (they do business as Connections Academy, LLC and are owned by Pearson Technology...they are a business. And know that you CAN hit "AGREE" and it is NOT enforceable if you lie about the AGREE. Had this principal listened to my concerns about my kid and offered to help in whatever way he could, of course I would allow this test to be taken....HOWEVER, he did not. He was rude and claimed to have a policy that would've been illegal to have to begin with. They are more concerned about their MONEY than they are your kid. PERIOD. The other thing I would want to know is that there is a TON of screen time. Oh yes....HOURS. And if you join clubs, MORE screen time. You may get one live lesson a day (maybe two) and you may have math twice a week, etc. It's not like a regular school where you have class EVERYDAY. The rest of the time you are on your own...literally...teaching yourself through reading these Power Point type slides. Once in a while you get a "portfolio" to do (homework that you have to actually DO on paper or whatever and turn in..whatta concept), but it's screen time, screen time, screen time. If you have a child maybe 9 and younger, be prepared to be a HUGE part of this guiding them through. There is no way a younger elementary child could do ANY of this without being guided every minute they are on. It's your new Full-Time job. I say, "If I had to do that, I would buy my own curriculum and teach it myself and avoid this nightmare". ALSO.....I had asked what happens if an assignment isn't turned in ontime. Ready for this one?? I was told, "as long as it is turned in by the end of the school year". SAY WHAT??? How does THAT work in real grown-up world in job-land??? There is no accountability and you can redo wrong answers to get points back. Yea. This is so unrealistic in life, though, I am aware some traditional school teachers allow such a thing..ours never did, thankfully. Indoctrination. I JUST decided to pull my kid from MICA tonight. He was assigned a portfolio based on the school's political opinion on the topic. He had to create something based on THEIR belief....A political issue based on THEIR opinion. Worse than reg school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Michigan Connections Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2011 208 78 5 29 10 0 41 0 371
2012 341 90 25 20 10 0 44 0 530
2013 479 121 23 27 3 4 36 0 693
2014 1016 239 41 96 11 2 96 0 1501
2015 1193 256 42 87 12 0 101 0 1691
2016 1197 252 38 93 7 0 98 0 1685
2017 1197 268 40 89 4 0 95 0 1693
2018 1148 278 34 101 7 3 104 0 1675
2019 1183 264 36 135 8 0 96 0 1722
2020 1100 256 32 130 5 0 95 0 1618

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

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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 Michigan Connections Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2011 371 11.0 33.7 64.2
2012 530 18.7 28.2 55.8
2013 693 23.0 30.1 57
2014 1501 56.7 26.4 57.5
2015 1691 62.0 27.2 53.5
2016 1685 67.0 25.1 49.3
2017 1693 66.7 25.3 49.2
2018 1675 67.3 24.8 55.3
2019 1722 71.0 24.2 57.3
2020 1618 66.7 24.2 58.1

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Michigan Connections Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2011 371 11.0 33.7 64.2
2012 530 18.7 28.2 55.8
2013 693 23.0 30.1 57
2014 1501 56.7 26.4 57.5
2015 1691 62.0 27.2 53.5
2016 1685 67.0 25.1 49.3
2017 1693 66.7 25.3 49.2
2018 1675 67.3 24.8 55.3
2019 1722 71.0 24.2 57.3
2020 1618 66.7 24.2 58.1

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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Per Pupil Expenditures for Michigan Connections Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $360 (4.4%) $7,881 (95.6%) $8,241
2020 $333 (4.0%) $8,060 (96.0%) $8,393

Data source: Michigan Department of Education




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