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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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Updated Bus Schedule

The a.m. departure times for the Kalkaska, Bellaire, Mancelona bus route have been adjusted to accommodate the recent route changes. A hard copy of the bus schedule will be sent home with every student on the affected route. The new a.m. departure times are as follows:

  • Bellaire Family Fare 6:40 a.m.
  • Custer Township Hall 6:50 a.m.
  • Save-A-Lot Parking Lot 7:05 a.m.
  • Elder Road 7:15 a.m.
  • Mancelona Baptist Church 7:25 a.m.
  • Lanzen Parking Lot 7:30 a.m.
  • Lee Derrer Road 7:35 a.m.
  • NCA Bus Loop 7:45 a.m.

The p.m. drop off times have remained the same. If you have any questions, please speak to Mr. Bergy directly, or contact the office.

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.

  • August 31: Back to School Open House & Uniform Swap 4pm-6pm
  • September 5: First Day of School, Full day grades 1-12, Kindergarten 1/2 days 9/5/17-9/8/17
  • October 3: Picture Day
  • October 4: Fall Count Day
  • November 11: 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

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!

We still have room for your student! ENROLL TODAY!

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

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

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