Making History Happen—Together.
The 2020–21 school year was one that tested the people of Michigan in extraordinary ways. Educators, students and families learned to adapt to new learning protocols, pushing them to innovate and grow in ways they never expected. Along the way we, too, paved a new road forward—with remarkable results.
Center Line Preparatory Academy Joins CMU Portfolio for 2020-21
Center Line Preparatory Academy, a charter public school that will expand to serve grades K-12 in Macomb County, utilizes an established educational model that has produced some of the highest-performing schools in the state. With an emphasis on college preparation and moral focus programming, students are challenged to reach their full potential.
Innovation & Vision Award
The Innovation and Vision Award contest is held annually to give CMU partner schools a way to showcase their innovative approaches and inspiring visions for the future. Voted on by fellow schools, this year’s winner was Renaissance Public School Academy in Mt. Pleasant. The winner and finalists received award money for their schools to use in advancing innovative practices. To learn more about their fresh approaches to learning, listen to the Charter Central Podcast episode that featured Renaissance Public School Academy as guests.
U.S. News and World Reports Best High Schools
Each year U.S. News and World Report releases their list of the best high schools throughout the nation. Congratulations to the two CMU partner high schools that ranked in the top 100 Michigan high schools – Charyl Stockwell Academy and West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science.
30 Under 30 Changemaker Awards
We are proud to have two honorees from CMU partner schools recognized by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools this year with a 30 Under 30 Changemakers Award! Congratulations to Mari Copeny, a student at Woodland Park Academy and Jess Stone, a teacher at River Heights Academy.
We celebrate the unique background of each student that is served in our partner schools.
Spirit of the Future Scholarships
Because learning doesn’t end with a diploma, graduates of CMU partner high schools can receive financial support to attend CMU. Scholarships offered include the Dr. Leonard E. and Louise A. Plachta Public Charter School Scholarship and The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools Scholarship.
- Nadiya Borys, A.G.B.U. Alex and Marie Manoogian School
- Theresa Leffert, Kensington Woods Schools
- Shelby Hollins, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
- Kelli White, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
- Sarah Hudson, Summit Academy North
Enrollment by Grade
From kindergarten to high school, our partner schools serve more than 28,000 students.
At CMU, we’re proud to provide our partner schools with professional development and resources in areas that are crucial to fulfilling their school’s mission and supporting quality educational growth. We adapted these opportunities to a virtual environment to ensure we continued to provide timely resources to support the unique needs schools faced this year.
School Board Members
There are 283 board members transforming public education through their service at CMU partner schools.
Charter School Educator Award
CMU is committed to furthering the education of teachers and school leaders in CMU partner schools. That’s why we offer a 50 percent tuition award to pursue graduate degrees in education at CMU. To date, 69 award recipients have received graduate degrees.
Our team of experts is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on charter public schools, and we’re eager to share our insights on all aspects of authorizing. Our relentless efforts to be a catalyst for change across the educational landscape goes beyond authorizing quality schools. By engaging policymakers and thought leaders, we strive to be a force for change and have a lasting impact on all students.
We completed a rigorous accreditation process in 2021, ultimately continuing our accreditation through Cognia (formerly AdvancED). The accreditation process provides a complete review of all aspects of authorizing by an external review team. The team rated our organization’s processes, programs and resources against 28 standards and 13 mandatory assurances. And the results were pretty extraordinary.
Charter Central Podcast
This year, we completed the second season of the Charter Central Podcast. The podcast provides a unique platform to communicate monthly insights into topics important to charter public schools from experts in their fields. Each month a special guest joins us to discuss their work and perspectives on education.
CMU Partner Schools Respond to Pandemic
When the world changed last year, it’s tough to argue that anyone could have been ready. But CMU partner schools rose to the challenge. From Zoom screens to HVAC, hand sanitizer, face masks and beyond, their work was nothing short of remarkable.
Facing the Pandemic Head-On
When Michigan schools closed for the year in early 2020, CMU and its partners in the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers stepped up to provide support to not only charter public schools, but to all K-12 districts statewide. We supported the state by helping inform and evaluate plans for remote learning and followed up to ensure all students could be served in the best ways possible. We also transitioned our authorizing practices to ensure we could support our partner schools’ unique needs and fulfill our oversight role.
Examining Student Achievement and Growth
The exploration of student assessment results during the pandemic is a critical topic to understand for all schools. Our Research, Evaluation and Data team focused their work on an analytical review of student assessment results spanning the two school years of the pandemic to inform the conversation around the impact the pandemic had on students. This groundbreaking research helped inform schools of their unique results so their future efforts could be strengthened. The work was also highlighted at the state and national levels for its innovative and comprehensive look at the most important educational questions of our time and what can be done to support students in the future.View Results
We are proud to be a part of Central Michigan University, one of the 100 largest public universities in the nation
When the Michigan Legislature responded to Governor John Engler’s call for the establishment of charter public schools in Michigan in 1994, CMU was prepared to lead. Believing charter schools could serve as a catalyst for educational improvements benefiting all Michigan children, CMU stepped forward to authorize charter public schools that would provide families with quality educational opportunities.