The Choice for Better Learning

A tuition-free K-12 public school

  MI_Budget_TransparencyNorth Central Academy is a campus of Bay City Academy 

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

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Kindergarten Round-up Thursday 3/23/17

Do you have a soon-to-be Kindergartener, or know someone who does? Spread the news, and join us for our Kindergarten round-up event on Thursday, March 23 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m! Kindergarten enrollees get to take part in Kindergarten readiness assessments and fun hands-on activities, plus, they can pick out a book to take home with them!

This is a great opportunity to meet our stellar Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Bartnick and learn about our Kindergarten program. North Central Academy is the highest ranking school in the area based on the most recent state wide rankings by the Michigan Department of Education. Being rated in the top 25% of schools in the state has generated a growing interest in our programs. Class slots will fill up quickly, so please bring the following documents with you to complete your student's registration at the round-up event!

  • Official State Issued Birth Certificate
  • Current Immunization Record
  • Child's Social Security Card
  • State Issued Parent or Guardian Photo I.D.
  • Proof of Residency of Parent or Guardian

Class slots are filled on a first-come, first serve basis. A slot is not guaranteed until we have received a completed registration packet. Our enrollment specialists will be on-site to answer any questions you may have while completing the registration process.

We would love it if you would call our office to RSVP so that Mrs. Bartnick knows how many smiling faces to expect! If you have questions about the round-up, or enrolling a student in grades 1-12, please contact our office at 231-584-2080. We look forward to seeing you there!

2017-2018 Re-Enrollment Starts Now!

NCA Families,

The 2017-2018 re-enrollment period is upon us! Yellow re-enrollment forms will be coming home with students this afternoon.

Our school is the highest ranking school in the area, based on the latest state wide rankings by the Michigan Department of Education. Being ranked in the top 25% of all schools in Michigan has generated a great deal of interest in our program, so spots are sure to fill up quickly!

  • Elementary families - please check your student's folder for the form.
  • Secondary families - please ask your student for the form.
  • If you did not receive a physical copy of the form from your student, a digital copy is attached to Mrs. Wendling's newsletter email.
  • If you need another copy of the form, please contact our office at 231-584-2080 and we will be happy to send another one home!

We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces in the 2017-2018 school year!

NCA students excel in state test rankings!

January 25, 2017

Today, North Central Academy was featured in The Livingston Post due 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.