Ivywood

Authorizer & Education Service Provider

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In 1994, Central Michigan University became the first Michigan University to authorize a charter school, and it remains the largest authorizer of charter schools in Michigan and in the nation.

Nearly 60 of Michigan’s 199 charter schools in operation are authorized by Central Michigan University. These nearly 60 schools serve a student population of over 26,000 children. Central Michigan University’s involvement with charter schools expands a tradition of educational leadership that began in the late 1800s when it trained its first public school teachers.

The University’s vision is that charter schools:

  • Will make a difference in the lives of students, families, and teachers while also having a positive impact on local communities;
  • Provide top-quality programs that help students grow academically and personally and receive consistently high marks from parents;
  • Meet and exceed state rules and regulations; when possible, they will contribute to the revitalization of their communities, particularly in the state’s urban areas; and
  • Strive to be pillars of innovation in instruction, the effectiveness of their governance structure and in forging mutually beneficial relationships with their communities.

For more information on Central Michigan University and the charter school office, visit www.cmucso.org.

Barney Charter School Initiative
Choice

Ivywood Classical Academy excels, in great part, because of its managing partner, Choice Schools Associates. Choice is a family-owned, Michigan based education service provider with a team that is passionate about your child receiving the best education they possibly can.

For over two decades Choice Schools Associates has carried out its mission to partner with school communities, empowering and equipping them to fulfill their unique mission. Choice provides Michigan charter schools with exceptional assistance in all aspects of school management while striving to meet three fundamental and unchanging standards: significantly improve students’ academic achievement; delight parents and ensure high levels of satisfaction; and create a safe, secure learning environment.

Choice customizes its services to meet the unique needs of each academy and works diligently to ensure that the Academy Board’s vision is carried out. The strength of Choice is its exceptional people who provide services to children, parents and families at every school it manages. This recognition, coupled with its emphasis on the achievement of Academy Board goals and Choice’s standards, makes Choice a truly unique education service provider.

Choice’s Mission:
We partner with school communities, empowering and equipping them to fulfill their unique mission.

Choice’s Vision:
In our communities everyone thrives. #EveryoneThrivesHere