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Pontiac Schools vs. Charter Schools
Some parents believe charter schools are a better option for their children than traditional public schools. That is not necessarily true; however, the selection of an educational institution is a decision that parents have to make based on what they feel is best for their children. Students in the School District of the City of Pontiac have performed better in certain areas of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) than their counterparts at local charter schools.

MEAP data analysis reveals that students in the School District of the City of Pontiac outperformed students enrolled at the Arts & Technology and Great Lakes academies by 4 to 13 percent on the 2010 MEAP reading assessment in grades 3 through 7. Additionally, Pontiac students outperformed students in grades 5, 7 and 8 at the Arts & Technology Academy and Pontiac Academy of Excellence by 4-percent on the 2010 MEAP mathematics assessment.

Despite higher Michigan Department of Education cut scores for the 2011 MEAP administration, Pontiac students in grades 3, 5, 6 and 8 performed better than students at the Arts & Technology Academy, Great Lakes Academy, and Pontiac Academy of Excellence by 1- to 10-percent on the MEAP reading  assessment. Pontiac students outperformed students in grades 5 through 8 at the Arts & Technology Academy, Great Lakes Academy and Pontiac Academy of Excellence by 1- to 9-percent on the MEAP mathematics assessment. The Pontiac School District is proud of the continued growth of our students.

Did You Know?
The School District of the City of Pontiac has a tradition of excellence that provides an exciting and diverse educational program for more than 5,500 students. Proud of our reputation for instructional innovation, our school district continues to be a professional laboratory for delivering a sitebased school improvement model with an aligned curriculum that is data-driven, student-focused and research-based. The Pontiac School District currently has:
  • One (1) Preschool
  • Six (6) Elementary Schools
  • One (1) Middle School
  • One (1) High School

The district also offers an adult education program, an alternative program, a project-based program for secondary students known as the International Technology Academy, and educational opportunities for special needs students from birth to the age of 26. The Pontiac School District is a “School of Choice” District. Parents are able to select the school they would like their child to attend; however, this doesn’t guarantee the student will be enrolled in that school. Assignments are based on availability.