Three Detroit-Area Public Charter Schools Celebrate 15 Years

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Shule/WEB DuBois Prep Academy, Casa Richard Academy and Macomb Academy Schools recognized for providing choice, quality and academic achievement for at-risk students

These particular schools have been providing quality educational opportunities for the past 15 years

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.”

Aisha Shule/Web Dubois Prep Academy is a K-12 school with an enrollment of 225 in Detroit. They are authorized by Detroit Public Schools and are self-managed. Their mission is to assist students in developing basic skills and engage them in independent learning with an African-American focus.

Casa Richard Academy serves students in grades 9-12 with an enrollment of 136 in Detroit. They are authorized by Wayne County RESA and are self-managed. Their mission is and will continue to be to educate, empower and support at-risk youth in Wayne County.

Macomb Academy serves students up to age 26 with an enrollment of 148 in Mt. Clemens. They are authorized by Central Michigan University and are self-managed. Their mission is to provide a transitional educational program for students to attain competency to perform adult roles in the community, the workplace, and life.

Other 15th anniversary public charter schools include:

  •     Cole Academy, Lansing
  •     Concord Academy, Petoskey
  •     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

Gary G. Naeyaert


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