Holland’s Eagle Crest Charter Academy has been educating children in academics and morals for 20 years.
The school and families celebrated the milestone with a party for their families on Thursday, Aug. 10, with a bounce house, tractor rides, animals and hot dogs. Many of the families have been with Eagle Crest since its earliest days, and continue to choose it for their children.
“I’ve had six kids here, the oldest is almost 24 now,” said Eagle Crest parent Lisa Hoeve. “I thought it was a great, fresh new idea, and I have always loved the teachers and emphasis on moral code.”
Eagle Crest, a K-8 school, enrolls around 700 students a year. In its 20 years, the school has earned a reputation for academic excellence. When the Michigan Department of Education released its 2016 score cards, it was ranked in the 97th percentile of Michigan schools, meaning it was in the top 3 percent of schools in the state when it comes to academic performance.
Eagle Crest was also recognized as making great gains in achievement improvement and for “beating the odds” outperforming the school’s predicted ranking.
Fourth-grader Nate Ward is a student who said he enjoys the academic push of being in SOAR, the school’s gifted and talented program. Dad Brad Ward appreciates the extra academic attention as well.
“Our staff is just fantastic,” he said. “They have loved our kids like family, and they challenge them while meeting them where they’re at.”
Another draw of Eagle Crest for parents is the moral focus, an important part of all schools in the National Heritage Academies network. Every month of the school year is dedicated to a different moral, which are wisdom, respect, gratitude, self-control, perseverance, courage, encouragement, compassion and integrity. Teachers also seek to incorporate these morals into lessons whenever possible.
“The same message I’m telling them at home is the same message they’re…