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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
West Michigan Aviation Academy is a highly rated, public, charter, alternative school located in Grand Rapids, MI. It has 542 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.
Address
5363 44th Street S.e.
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Telephone
(616) 446-8886

West Michigan Aviation Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1180
83 responses
Average ACT
25
39 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
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
$102,213
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,339
National
$949
Median Home Value
$290,100
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
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Bell Ringing Ceremonies
    27%
  • Homecoming
    18%
  • Teacher skit and song
    18%
  • Senior breakfast
    14%
  • Spirit Week
    9%
  • There are none that are interesting
    9%
  • 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
542
Free or Reduced Lunch
36%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
26.2%
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,517/ year
National
$12,239
71%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.17 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.17 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.17 responses
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I love my school. It is small enough that everyone can have friends and feel comfortable, as well as have amazingly skilled teachers who care deeply about their students. As a student, I have seen how dedicated our teachers are to our success, and they are always available to talk to about academic problems, and even social issues. Also, our school is extremely unique! Not only do we have a highly developed engineering wing, but students are able to earn their Private Pilot License in school! What other school has two Cessna Airplanes and a Piper Cub hanging from the ceiling in the cafeteria? I haven't seen any other school like it.
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This school is, in one word, amazing. The teachers and staff here are like no other. The teachers are here to help you; they really do care and want you to succeed. Everyday I see examples of this and I am so glad I am attending this school. On top of that, the student body is very welcoming. From the moment I walked in my freshman year, I felt like I belonged. I never felt left out and quickly made friends. You should definitely consider attending the West Michigan Aviation Academy!
The one thing that I like most about West Michigan Aviation Academy are the staff. They're the reasons why I pushed myself to become a better learner. At my old school, I used to hate school so much because I thought it wasn't worth my time, until I switched schools and got to know all the staff. They make sure you're on task and they challenge you in different skills. They also prepare you for college! I used to be so scared of my future plans because I didn't know what I wanted to do, but now I know exactly what I want to do because of the help from my staff.