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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    D+
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Grand Traverse Academy is an above average, public, charter school located in Traverse City, MI. It has 1,173 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 45% of students are at least proficient in math and 58% in reading.
Address
1245 Hammond Rd E
Traverse City, MI 49686
Telephone
(231) 995-0665
Website

Grand Traverse Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
58%
Percent Proficient - Math
45%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1140
38 responses
Average ACT
26
26 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$65,472
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$847
National
$949
Median Home Value
$170,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 20 responses
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  • Pink Out Day
    25%
  • Lock in's
    15%
  • Special Olympics
    15%
  • Frost Fest
    10%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Spirit Week
    10%
  • Homecoming
    5%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,173
Free or Reduced Lunch
21%
43%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.1%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$8,448/ year
National
$12,239
60%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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I joined Grand Traverse Academy's environment at the beginning of 8th grade and right now am completing my senior year. There are some significant differences in environments from my previous school: East Middle School in the Grand Traverse area, to GTA. Firstly, and the most positive change, I was much more academically challenged. Required to maintain over a 72.5% in ach class in order to avoid failing, this practice has kept me academically fit and able. However, that is where the positives end. The school lacks a variety of facilities you'd see at other schools such as a cafeteria, a library, and an auditorium. The clubs were also only focused on sports with the rare volunteer group Kiwanis Key Club making an appearance, completely ignoring the large band and theatre community. Overall for a k-12 school, it is average by how it balances the positives of its academic strength but lack of facilities to adhere to its large community's expansive interests.
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I went to GTA for almost ten years before switching to a public school. Overall the school's administration is its biggest issue. Academically, GTA has few opportunities, there are few AP and Honors classes as well as lower test scores and fewer extracurriculars than other schools in the area. GTA students must follow strict uniform guidelines and although there are undoubtedly some benefits of uniforms, at GTA, the uniform policy is constantly changing and some students get away with breaking the dress code just because the administration likes them. The schools funding is very low, a few years ago the superintendent was caught embezzling and the school is also currently facing being sued as well. One reason someone would consider sending their kid to GTA would be that it is quite safe, almost nobody at the school does anything illegal (drugs, underage drinking, etc.), there is not much bullying at the school.
I attended GTA from Pre-K to 12th grade. I feel that the greatest part about the school was the teachers, and strongly they care about each student. The atomosphere in the school is definitely different from public school, as the small community makes it so you know just about everyone at the school. I participated in sports and clubs and had many positive experiences. As someone who has many friends who attend public school, I noticed that I missed many academic opportunities and academic competition, that are available in public schools.