The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University is pleased to announce that six new charter public schools opened in the fall of 2013. Each successful group of applicants that developed these schools underwent a rigorous review and selection process to receive a charter contract. The six new schools are:
- Deer Trail Academy, a strict discipline academy, will enroll expelled students or youth placed by a court, county juvenile agency or the Department of Human Services. Offering grades 5-12, the school is located on campuses in Oxford and Oak Park.
- Great Lakes Cyber Academy will be a full time virtual public high school, allowing students to learn from home under the instruction of state-certified teachers through online lessons and phone calls structured to fit a student's individualized learning needs and schedule. Great Lakes Cyber Academy offers grades 9-12.
- Greater Heights Academy is an elementary school with an educational model inspired by nearby Holly Academy, a CMU-authorized "School of Excellence". Greater Heights Academy serves students in grades K-5 and is located in Flint.
- Jefferson International Academy will provide a nurturing environment that focuses on rigorous academic standards, skill enhancement for 21st-century technology, an international exchange program and strong character development. Offering grades K-5, the school is located in Waterford.
- Nexus Academy of Royal Oak will utilize the same blended learning model as CMU-authorized Nexus Academy of Lansing and Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, offering high school students an innovative, college-prep experience that combines face-to-face and online learning in an intimate, personalized setting. The school offers grades 9-12 and is located in Beverly Hills.
- Oakland FlexTech Academy will offer students a state-of-the-art high school, delivering rigorous academic instruction in a personalized, blended learning setting. Utilizing an educational model similar to CMU-authorized FlexTech High School, the school is located in Novi and offers grades 9-12.
In addition, five schools authorized by Central Michigan University have been named 'Schools of Excellence'. These schools are:
CMU is a state and national leader in charter school authorizing, with 19 years of experience launching, supporting and overseeing charter public schools. CMU currently authorizes 64 schools serving nearly 30,000 students in the state.