Three new charter schools opening in Michigan this fall

Buddy Moorehouse
Aug 28, 2019 9:29:40 AM

With another school year starting across the state, there are three new charter schools opening in Michigan this fall – by far the fewest number in a single year. 

Opening new public schools, especially charter schools, is a critical strategy for expanding innovation in Michigan's K-12 system. Our collective statewide data tells us that we still have room to grow in supporting learners - especially our most vulnerable learners - and new schools present an exciting opportunity to meet that need. We’re excited to see what innovative programs and results come from these new schools opening this fall.

- MAPSA President, Dan Quisenberry

The three new charter schools opening this year:

Flint Cultural Center Academy, Flint

Authorized by Grand Valley State University, the school has been funded in part by the C.S. Mott Foundation. Located in downtown Flint at the Cultural Center, the school will have a focus on arts education and STEM education. It will serve grades K-5 to start.

Ivywood Classical Academy, Plymouth Township

Authorized by Central Michigan University and managed by Choice Schools Associates, Ivywood will offer a classical education, with heavy emphasis on humanities, sciences and arts - all while learning the Latin language. Ivywood is partnering with Hillsdale College for its curriculum. The school will serve grades K-5 to start.

Westfield Charter Academy, Redford Township

Authorized by Grand Valley State University, it’s the first school that will be jointly managed by National Heritage Academies and PrepNet. NHA manages a number of acclaimed K-6 and K-8 schools around the state, while PrepNet manages some of the highest-performing high schools in the state. It will be K-9 to start, and will add a grade every year until it’s K-12.


In addition to the three new charter schools, there are also six charter schools that have closed. The net loss of three schools means there will be 294 charter schools in Michigan this fall.

Reflecting on that decline in charter schools, we must diligently measure how all of our public schools are serving students and families - and continue to create avenues for passionate people to cultivate innovative school options. 

- MAPSA President, Dan Quisenberry

A second round of applications for the Charter School Program (CSP) Grant, managed by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), is now open. The grant will support opening new charter schools, expand existing high-quality charters, and replicating high-quality charters in another location. Learn more about eligibility and application details.


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Expand K-12 innovation in MI

The application period is now open for the second round of the Charter School Program (CSP) Grant, managed by the MI Department of Education. 

Learn more about the CSP Grant

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