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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
68 responses
Average ACT
24
36 responses
AP Enrollment
19%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$104,705
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,082
National
$949
Median Home Value
$276,600
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Bell Ringing Ceremonies
    31%
  • Homecoming
    19%
  • Senior breakfast
    19%
  • Teacher skit and song
    13%
  • Spirit Week
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    6%
  • There are none that are interesting
    6%

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%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
48%
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
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.14 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.14 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 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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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.
I have shadowed the school, attended the parent/student information night, and had a private tour of the school, and I cannot wait to attend in the fall of 2017! The students were friendly, as were the teachers, and there seemed to a higher passion for learning, diversity rate, and overall great atmosphere to the school. So excited for summer to be over so I can go back to school (certainly a phrase I've never said before!)