From the steps of the Lansing Capitol to the shores of the Soo Locks, charter schools are providing innovative and meaningful education opportunities. Join us all summer long as we take a roadtrip across the Great Lakes State through Ann Arbor, Flint, Sault Ste. Marie, Grand Rapids and Detroit, stopping along the way to see how charters have made impact in their communities.
Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan, is recognized across the state as a hub for research, innovation and high-performing schools. It's charter schools also serve a high population of refugee and immigrant families from the Middle East, who are now shaping culture and performance in the city.
Flint may be known for it's devastating Water Crisis, but families in the city face many other economic barriers that create trauma and difficulty for students. Recognizing a clear need to support the emotional and physical needs of students, Flint charters are leading the state in trauma-informed education practices.
Grand Rapids charter schools regularly rank at the top of statewide and national education rankings. Situated within the city, Grand Valley State University is home for many charter alumni who are advancing their education, and one has taken it upon herself to help students overcome barriers and realize their passions.
Past the Mackinac Bridge and straight north, you'll find the beautiful and scenic city of Sault Ste. Marie. Partly situated on Native American reservation, the charter school community has rooted education and character development in the historic grandfather teachings of the native tribes.
The Motor City has long-since served as one of Michigan's most iconic melting pots of culture, business