The Choice for Better Learning

A tuition-free K-12 public school

Enroll Now

for the 2017-18 School Year!

  Transp Reporting logoNorth Central Academy is a campus of Bay City Academy 

more info

image image image image image image


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

Read the Full Story


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

Read the Full Story


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

Read the Full Story


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

Read the Full Story


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.

Read the Full Story


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

Read the Full Story
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6

Frequently Asked Questions


What exactly is a charter school? What makes North Central Academy special? We have the answers to your questions.

Enrollment Information

uniformMade up your mind about choosing North Central Academy? Find out more information on how to enroll today!

Click here to learn more about enrolling.
enroll online


Have a question about North Central Academy that you don't see answered here? We're here to help.

Click below to contact us now.

Tell Me More

Ugly Sweater & Jeans Day! 12/8/17

ugly sweater
It's time to break out the ugly sweaters for some winter fun! Students may wear their ugliest, school appropriate, sweater with jeans free of charge on Friday, December 8. This is a great chance to show off your creative abilities by making a truly hideous work of sweater art. We can't wait to see all of them! Awards will be presented to winners in three categories: elementary, secondary and staff.

NCA Logo Gear On Sale Now!

We have partnered with Alfie in Traverse City, to bring you limited edition uniform gear just in time for the holidays! Orders may be placed via the online ordering portal from now until Friday, December 8, 2017. There are many great options in youth, mens and womens sizes at price points to fit most every budget. This is your opportunity to get a fancy new fleece in a non-traditional color - and wear it as part of your every day uniform! All pull over fleece, zip up fleece and zip up jackets will be deemed uniform appropriate regardless of color. T-shirts may be worn for gym classes or on spirit wear days, and hats may be worn during recess.

To get your logo gear, visit our store!

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

Veterans Day Celebration: Middle & High School Art Show

We would like to thank everyone who attended our Veterans Day Celebration despite the terrible weather last Thursday. Part of the Celebration was an art show featuring Patriotic works created by our Middle and High School students under the guidance of our art teacher Ms. Jan Hoffman. Clicking the link below will allow you to view the slideshow.

Middle & High School Art Show: Inspired by Our Veterans

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.