Lansing's Cole Academy Celebrates 15th Anniversary

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Ten Public Charter Schools across the state recognized for providing choice, quality and academic achievement for at-risk students

I commend their track record of achievement, choice and accountability, as these schools are a tribute to public education.

Ten public charter schools are celebrating their 15th anniversary of education excellence this year, and these schools will be honored at a ceremony at the State Capitol on Thursday, September 24.

These schools were the first 'innovation incubators' to open in the state, with a focus on discipline, character development, high academic expectations, individual attention, and enhanced parental involvement. There are currently 232 public charter schools in the state serving over 104,000 students and families. According to the Michigan Department of Education, students in public charter school schools outperformed students in similar traditional school districts on 27 of 28 MEAP tests administered last year.

"These particular schools have been providing quality educational opportunities for the past 15 years," said Dan Quisenberry, President of Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA.) "I commend their track record of achievement, choice and accountability, as these schools are a tribute to public education."

Cole Academy is a K-5 school with an enrollment of 134 in Lansing. They are authorized by Central Michigan University and are self-managed. Their mission is to provide students with developmentally appropriate academics, social, emotional and physical learning opportunities in small groups.

Other 15th anniversary public charter schools include:

  •     Aisha Shule/Web Dubois Prep Academy, Detroit
  •     Casa Richard Academy, Detroit
  •     Concord Academy, Petoskey
  •     Macomb Academy, Mt. Clemens
  •     Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy, Wilson
  •     New Branches Public School Academy, Grand Rapids
  •     Walden Green Montessori, Spring Lake
  •     West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, Walker
  •     Windover High School, Midland

For more information, visit http://www.charterschools.org

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