Ann Arbor Academy

111 East Mosley Street,
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104-0481
     Tel: (734)747-6641
Grades: 4 - 12 | 42 students
Ann Arbor Academy is dedicated to helping students with learning challenges build a foundation for academic and social success.
Our college preparatory curriculum and supportive social setting prepares students for the demands of higher education and the workplace.
Our strengths based approach provides an ideal environment for students to build academic skills, self confidence, and the foundation for life long learning.
Ann Arbor Academy is a member of the Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan, the International Dyslexia Association, Autism Society of Michigan, and Children and Adults with ADD (CHADD).
We are accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).
Ann Arbor Academy is a private, co-educational, non-profit day school founded in 1997.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other special emphasis association(s)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Grades Offered Grades 4 - 12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Language Based Learning Disabilities, High Functioning Autistic Spectrum, Asperger Syndrome, ADD/ADHD
Year Founded 1997

Student Body

Total Students 42 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 5%
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Ann Arbor Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 50%
Average Class Size 5 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $16,000
% on Financial Aid 20%
Average Financial Aid Grant $8,000
Admissions Director Meredith Schindler

School Notes:

Academy students typcially have average to above average intelligence, but many different learning styles.  They often come to us frustrated, confused and struggling academically.  The Academy provides a positive, nurturing environment in which students feel accepted for who they are, and provides an environment in which they are able to learn how to learn.   Our expert instruction is designed to target and build on student strengths, while remediating weaker areas, leading to growth in academic skills and self confidence. Students discover their best learning style and are prepared for their next step, be that college, a job, or a transfer back to a larger middle or high school.  

Instruction at Ann Arbor Academy is multisensory, differentiated, and experiential.  We do not assume that a child is at a certain skill level because they are a certain age – most of our students have not picked up essential skills in their previous school, while some are gifted and have moved far beyond what would be expected of someone at their grade level.  Part of what makes us different is that we recognize that the same student may have both of these characteristics, in different areas of academic and social functioning, and we differentiate the student’s educational goals and the mode of delivery accordingly.

Our emphasis on executive functioning - skills such as time management, organization, working memory, etc., allows us to view each child as an individual learner.  Ann Arbor Academy's approach is unique and flexible because we are able to determine where in a continuum of skill level each student falls in terms of these crucial skills for learning, and to help them work to their full potential by differentiating the delivery and assessment of the curriculum to build on student strengths and remediate relative weaknesses.

Although teenagers with learning differences graduate from high school less often than their same age peers, our graduation rate is 98% (including students who matriculate from the Academy as well as students who were with us for at least two years of high school or middle school and then transferred to a larger, often public, high school).  85% of our students go to college, and those who do not are linked up with state agencies that help students get a job and develop a career, always with the goal of living as independently as possible.

Profile last updated: 07/30/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Clonlara School Home Based Education Program (1.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Doughty Montessori School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Doughty Montessori School (0.3 miles away)
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