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are transforming education across the state, providing access to quality learning opportunities regardless of race, zip code, educational needs or income level.
Charter schools are free, independently-operated public schools that have the flexibility and autonomy to meet their students' needs.
of charter students face socio-economic disadvantages & work to overcome odds
charter schools in Michigan serving over 150,000 students.
more cost-effective than the average traditional public school in the same city
In 1994, Governor John Engler, along with other state leaders, had a bold vision for a better education future in Michigan. Over 25 years later, that vision is realized in over 300 charter schools across the state.
Governor John Engler signs the charter schools legislation into law. That fall, Michigan’s first nine charter schools open their doors.
The Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) is formed, giving the state’s charter schools a united voice.
Michigan reaches 100 charter schools, as the 1997-98 school year begins with 106 charter schools.
150 schools open across the state, thanks to parental demand and support, officially reaching the mandated "cap" for charter schools.
After a decade of hard work, Governor Rick Snyder passed legislation to remove the limit on new charter schools.
With the passing of the FY22 School Aid Budget, the gap between the state minimum (where charters were funded) and state maximum foundation allowance CLOSED, after more than 25 years of funding disparity.
Michigan's diverse and innovative charter schools shape dynamic and creative learning opportunities that meet the needs of every student, helping them realize their goals, passions, and highest potential.
Our innovative teaching styles and campuses empower educators to push the boundaries of traditional teaching.
Our success is reflected in our students' performance and growth. We believe in a holistic and engaging experience.
We believe that meaningful partnerships between parents and educators help uncover the best school option for every student.