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A tuition-free K-12 public school

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North Central Academy is a tuition-free K-12 public charter school created for quality — with an emphasis on project-based learning.

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North Central Academy creates a loving environment where kids feel safe so they can learn at a higher level.

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At North Central Academy, we teach students to do the right thing, because it is the right thing to do.

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The science behind our model of teaching kids how to learn is based on natural human development and how the brain learns best.

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At North Central Academy, we set the stage for teachers, students and parents to form real relationships that serve as the basis for students' success.

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North Central Academy uses a competency-based grading system to ensure quality work. Students earn an A, B or N ("not yet").

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High School Girls and Boys Basketball Conditioning & Practice Schedle

The October/November conditioning and practice schedule for the girls and boys high school basketball team is attached. Please review to ensure that your student athlete is at the necessary practices in order to remain eligible. If you need a printed copy of the schedule, please contact our office at 231-584-2080 and we will be happy to send one home with your student.

October/November High School Girls and Boys Basketball Conditioning & Practice Schedule

Join us on 10/17 for our first K-12 culminating event of the year!

North Central Academy will be hosting the first K-12 Culminating Event of the year on Tuesday, October 17 at 2:30 p.m. A printed invitation was sent home with all of our students today, and you may also download a copy of it here. The event will run from 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. with displays presented by students in grades K-12. At 5:30 p.m. the Bay City Academy board will hold the first of two meetings scheduled at NCA for the 2017/2018 school year. Parents are welcome to attend.

Schedule of Events
  • Kindergarten & 1st Grade: STEM Activities - Science & Technology
  • Lower Elementary: Group Animal Research Projects
  • Upper Elementary: Individual Human Body Displays
  • Secondary English: Dystopian Communities
  • Secondary Social Studies: Historical Engineering: Chariots
  • Secondary Life Skills: Cooking - Crepe Station
  • Secondary Mathematics: Tracking Patterns of Cat Reproduction

NCA students excel in state test rankings!

January 25, 2017

Today, North Central Academy was featured in The Livingston Post due to the outstanding increase in our test scores! Our school made an incredible jump on the state top-to-bottom school rankings list, moving from the 13th percentile, to the 77th. That amount of improvement is, as The Livingson Post puts it, “almost unheard of”. This jump means that North Central Academy is now ranked in the top 25% of all schools in the state. You can read the full article by following this link.

The Livingston Post - North Central Academy jumps an amazing 64 percentile points in state academic rankings

This is truly news to celebrate and share with others! A big kudos goes to our fabulous staff who made this improvement happen. We are proud to have team that is dedicated to ensuring that each and every student receives the individualized instruction that he/she needs. A big round of applause also goes out to our students for exceeding expectations through hard work and diligence.

To see how North Central Academy measured up against other schools in the area, take a look at the MI School Data website.

2017-2018 Calendar & Important Dates

As we get closer to the first day of the 2017-2018 school year, we wanted to highlight these important dates. You can download our full calendar here.
  • November 14: Picture Retake Day
  • November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 22 - January 2: Winter Break
  • February 7: Spring Count Day
  • March 26 - April 2: Spring Break
  • June 13: Last Day of School - pending snow days