Award Year: 2015

James B. Angell Elementary School

1608 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104-2619

(734) 994-1907

Mr. Gary Robert Court, Principal at time of Nomination

Ann Arbor Public Schools

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Angell School provides an exceptional education that focuses on:

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 55%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 28%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 20%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Angell first graders enjoying a performing arts class.

Angell first graders enjoying a performing arts class.

James B. Angell Elementary School provides an uncommon education for the common child to paraphrase James B. Angell, the longest serving President of the University of Michigan. The dedicated staff, students, and families of Angell are what make this such a wonderful, nurturing environment for all children who are the focus for all staff members. The school enjoys a diverse student body with over 38 countries represented speaking 28 different languages, in a student body comprised of 55% Caucasian, 28% Asian, 7% African-American, and 6% Hispanic students. Teachers recognize the tremendous opportunity that this dramatic cultural diversity presents. They incorporate it into their daily classroom teaching. We have a highly collaborative teaching staff. Teachers work to align their instruction, specifically in expository writing. All staff, including teaching assistants, received specialized training in order to use the EmPOWER writing method. Each grade level employs the same collection of teaching constructs to ensure continuity for students as they travel through Angell. A relevant and rigorous curriculum is implemented using research based instructional strategies to ensure learning for all students. The school leverages a variety of ongoing assessments to design our instruction for quality learning for all students. A distinctive of Angell includes our commitment to vocal music and theater. Every spring students from each grade level rehearse and perform a musical; five distinct shows in all. Angell was designated a Beating the Odds School for three years in a row beginning in 2011. Angell ranks in the top 1% of 2,362 schools in Michigan.