Students study subjects mandated by the State of Michigan
such as mathematics, English language and literature, reading, writing, social
studies, integrated science, physical education, and fine arts. Michigan is a
Common Core state; therefore, GLIS uses Common Core standards, which may be
found @www.michigan.gov/k-12. GLIS uses
a research based reading and writing program which caters to the needs of a
diverse student population and builds students’ capacity to read complex texts.
GLIS uses formative and summative assessment to monitor student progress.
Students at GLIS take the state assessment known as M-STEP (Michigan Student
Test of Educational Progress) yearly so that the school can gauge how well
students are mastering state standards. Students in grades 3-8 participate in
M-STEP testing. GLIS also administers
another standardized test for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade, so
that the entire school is assessed yearly.
Formative assessments are used throughout the school daily and individual
The school also adheres to ESSA guidelines. ESSA stands for the Every Student Succeeds
Act, which requires that all students in America be taught to high academic
standards that will prepare them to succeed in colleges and in careers.
The school fosters in-school competitive and creative
activities such as essay contests, student council, spelling bees, science fair, multicultural
fair and Qur’an competition. In addition to in-school activities students go on
field trips and join clubs such as Odyssey of the Mind and the Advanced Reading
Club,4 H Club to develop debating and critical thinking skills and to learn
about STEM topics such as robotics and rocketry.