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GREAAT Guidance (Middle School)

Greaat Guidance

This page is dedicated to providing information and online links that offer helpful homework guidance to GREAAT students, parents, and families. We will continue to add homework resources to this page, allowing for some of the links to take you to different Web site, while others will take you to our teacher homework pages. The goal is to support GREAAT school students in pursuit of their academic and class goals.

Homework Help Websites:
For Homework Information see the faculty blog page for your building.

Study Skills Tips

There’s no “right” way to get organized. Teens need to be creative and flexible until they discover what works best for them.

Check out the following websites for help with Study Skills:


Testing Calendars

NWEA, Northwest Educational Association, testing is done 3 times a year, once in the fall, usually the second week of Sept., again during the 3rd week of Jan. and finally during the 3rd week of May. We participated in computerized testing during the 2013-2014 school year. You can get more information from

The previous state sponsored testing, known as the MEAP or Michigan Educational Assessment Program, has been replaced with a new assessment that measures our students knowledge of the common core state standards. The SmarterBalance test will take place in the fall of 2014, and a follow-up test will be taken in the spring of 2015. Dates have not yet been finalized. More information can be found at

Special Education

GR Ellington works to fulfill the state of Michigan’s mandate to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to eligible children according to federal statute and regulations, state statute, administrative rules, and department procedures.

GR Ellington Academy provides special education to meet the needs of individual students, both during the school day and in our afterschool programming via tutoring.

For more information on what Ellington offers at the middle and high school level please contact the Principal, Ms. Brown at 616-241-6300 or via email at


Support Services

Angela Chan is our Guidance Counselor and she provides individual and group counseling to students who are having a difficult time socially, emotionally, and academically. Ms. Chan also participates in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process for students with a disability.

Ms. Chan can serve as a liaison between school, family and community resources. She is our resource to provide families with information regarding community resources. Services may include but not limited to: outside counseling, family shelters, youth shelters, employment and training, and housing. Our guidance office also stays connected with the School-wide partnerships that Ellington has built in the past. These partnerships provide our students with vision & hearing screening (Kent County Health Department) and dental exams (Dentist “R” US).


Ellington Academy is currently supporting some reading resources in classrooms, and does not yet have a central library. Look for more information and ways to help us set up our library next fall in September!

Tutoring Services

Tutoring services are currently available to any student who needs the help. Staff are available every morning from 7:30-8:00, and we also offer help after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please contact the office at 616-241-6300 if you would like to get more information or to sign up your student artist for tutoring.


Community Opportunities

Currently we are planning to build a playground for our elementary students. Amway and KaBoom Playgrounds are facilitating this opportunity. We are accepting donations of goods, services and monetary donations. If you are interested in helping you can check out our project at


Summer Programs

Our biggest opportunity for Ellington’s performance artists is the Broadway Breakthrough program called Summer Intensive 2014! This link will take you to more information on that program:

Also for visual artists, Kendall College offers summer classes for student artists. The listing of available classes can be found here: