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C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    D
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Pontiac Academy for Excellence - High School is a public, charter, magnet school located in Pontiac, MI. It has 289 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 5% of students are at least proficient in math and 17% in reading.
Address
196 Cesar E Chavez Ave
Pontiac, MI 48342
Telephone
(248) 745-9420
Website

Pontiac Academy for Excellence - High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
17%
Percent Proficient - Math
5%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
940
33 responses
Average ACT
19
9 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    C
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$30,152
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$754
National
$949
Median Home Value
$53,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
50%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
33%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Sports
    24%
  • Dances
    19%
  • Homecoming
    19%
  • Christmas Parade
    14%
  • Pep rallies
    10%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • Spirit Week
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
289
Free or Reduced Lunch
63%
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
59.1%
44%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,930/ year
National
$12,239
40%
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
30%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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Never have I ever been more disappointed in a school. My school may just have the bare minimum in pretty much everything, from books to computers to teachers. The only thing it doesn't seem to run out of are students. To make it worse, our school is small, like very small. If you were to walk around at our school, inside and out, it would take about 15 minutes. It strives for change, but it seems to be comfortable in the slum that it is. If you have children and you love them, do not enroll them in this school!
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It has some good teachers, and the food got better. We have better staff that give us good school day schedules. They have an amazing Robotics team with good leaders in it for high school students. We get cultural events (Cinco de Mayo). They give you a chance to go to OTEC if you have good attendance, good grades, and good behavior. We are able to do experiments every Wednesday in Biology or Chemistry Class with are teacher based on the lesson. There are even more dress down privileges. This school is stepping up it's game. I believe that it has improved tremendously.
I am a senior at Pontiac Academy For Excellence. I've been there for eight years. My experience with Pontiac Academy was generally good. But, I do believe there are more cons, then pros of attending the school. In my opinion, they care more about your dress code, rather than you education. They'd rather put you in In School Suspension, or out of school suspension, not learning anything, rather than to keep you in class. I do understand that there should be consequences when you break the rules. But cutting a students learning, and class time is not a suitable punishment, because it's really hurting them academically, in the long run. On the other hand, I can say some of the staff at Pontiac Academy is very compassionate, and care about their students. Staying long hours after school to help and tutor us, if needed. Providing students with supplies if they do not have them, among other things.