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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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Have you been looking for a quality alternative to traditional public schools? Do you know someone who has? North Central Academy is currently enrolling students in grades K through 12! To begin the enrollment process simply submit our online enrollment application, call us or stop in at the school. We would love the opportunity to meet your family and showcase all of the great things about NCA!

  • Tuition free
  • Ranked in the top 25% of schools in the State of Michigan
  • Busing from Bellaire, Gaylord, Kalkaska and Mancelona
  • Music, Band, Theater, Art and Physical Education K-12
  • Extracurricular activities: Outdoor Adventure Club (9-12), Track, Cross Country and Football (7-12)
  • A safe, loved and learning family centered environment

Mrs. Tina McNeely Announced As New NCA Principal

We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Tina McNeely has accepted the offer to be NCA's new Principal, effective as of August 1, 2017. Mrs. McNeely rose to the top of the 20 candidate interview pool and we feel that she is a wonderful fit for the NCA family. Over the past five years, she has served as the Pre K-6th Elementary Principal and Montessori Program Coordinator at North Star Academy in Marquette, Michigan. In addition, her professional highlights include:

  • Over 18 years of continuous experience in education
  • 13 years of Elementary and Secondary classroom teaching
  • K-12 Public School Discipline Administrator
  • Title 1 experience as both a Teacher and Director
  • K-12 NWEA and MSTEP Testing Coordinator
  • Special Education Plan Administrator
  • High School cross country and volleyball coaching

We are looking forward to the start of the 2017-2018 school year with Mrs. McNeely at the helm!

The 1st Annual First Responder's Luncheon Was a Success!

North Central Academy would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to all of the First Responder's who took time out of their busy schedules to attend our luncheon. The event was a big success with representatives from Star Township Fire and Rescue, Otsego County EMS, Antrim County Ambulance Authority, Antrim County Sheriff, Michigan State Police, Mancelona Fire and Rescue, and South Torch Lake Fire and Rescue joining us for the afternoon. The NCA Advanced Choir treated everyone in attendance to a special performance of "Say Something" and an acapella rendition of "Mr. Sandman". A great time was had by all in attendance and we look forward to hosting the event again during the 2017-2018 school year!

2017/2018 Football Calendars

The Middle School and High School football calendars for June, July and August are attached below. Questions regarding the football program or schedule should be directed to Mr. Borst or Coach O'Connell.

Mr. Taylor Borst, Athletic Director: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 231-350-6523
Coach O'Connell 989-619-2903

Football Calendars

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.