Two minutes at Angell Elementary

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of two-minute videos offering a quick glimpse into one of AAPS’ 32 schools. At AAPS, our vision is Every Child. Every Day. Every one fully sees, values, and celebrates each child for exactly who they are, the gifts and strengths they bring to this world.

Video by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor

Angell Elementary School is home to 294 proud Angell Eagles.

Last year Angell was ranked fifth among all elementary schools in Michigan as rated in the U.S. News and World Report 2022 Best K-8 Schools rankings for elementary and middle schools.

A total of 47,325 elementary schools and 23,255 middle schools were ranked across the nation. The U.S. News and World Report scoring was based on student performance on math and reading/language arts state assessments. These state tests evaluate learning in core subjects for students, including children from low-income households and historically underserved ethnicities. The data came from the U.S. Department of Education for the 2018-19 school year. More details on the methodology used are available here.

Angell was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2015, an award that “affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.” 

The school was built in 1922 and named for James Angell, University of Michigan president from 1871 to 1909. It is located within walking distance of the University of Michigan, as well as all the amenities of Ann Arbor’s South University business district.

The Angell community is preparing to say so long to much-loved Principal Gary Court, who will retire at the end of the school year after 13 years at Angell and 47 at AAPS. He has led a walking club for several years, encouraging students to get some lunchtime exercise.

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