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.
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- Crime & SafetyNG
- Cost of LivingB+
- Good for FamiliesA-
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Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses
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Clubs & Activities
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- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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Grand Traverse Academy Reviews
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.
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.