Introducing Our Newest Academy

We are excited to welcome a new school to the FSU-charter school portfolio: New Hope Public School Academy. The Academy was authorized for a period of five years by the Ferris State University Board of Trustees at their October meeting. Located in Saginaw, the Academy is an outgrowth of the Samaritas Community Center which has served their Saginaw neighborhood for over 70 years. New Hope Public School Academy is slated to open in fall 2019 and will be managed by Choice Schools Associates. 

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 Welcome New CSO Team Member

Bob FidlerWe are pleased to introduce a new member of the CSO team, Bob Fidler, our new Academic Assessment Specialist. Bob brings an impressive wealth of experience and knowledge to the position having served as the Curriculum Director for Comstock Park Public Schools for several years, in addition to serving as an Elementary Principal for a number of years as well. Since his "retirement", Bob has been developing his own consulting company centered on data analysis and professional development for school staff. We are confident Bob's skills will be a strong asset to the CSO and to our academies.

Bob will be making contact with each FSU-authorized academy to introduce himself and discuss how he can be of assistance. Bob can be reached at [email protected] or 231-591-5805.


 Reauthorization and Campus Expansion

Congratulation to New Bedford Academy on being reauthorized for a period of five years by the Ferris State University Board of Trustees. New Bedford Academy, located in Lambertville, was one of the schools in FSU's inaugural class of public school academies, and recently also celebrated their 20th year of operation. The Academy is managed by Educational Partnerships, Inc.

Lighthouse Academy, with its main campus located in Grand Rapids, was granted authority to open their seventh campus under their FSU charter--this one located in Charlevoix. The Academy will be serving adjudicated, probationary and incarcerated youth in the Charlevoix and East Jordan community.


 Contractual Educational Goal and Related Measures      2018-2019

All academies have received the new Contractual Educational Goals and Related Measures for 2018-2019.  Please contact the Charter Schools Office with any questions at (231) 591-5802.

 Now Accepting Applications for a Public School Academy 

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Charter Schools Office

News Release-Accepting Applications

The Ferris State University Charter Schools Office (CSO) is accepting applications for a public school academy, Part 6a, or Strict Discipline Academy as per the Revised School Code.
Applicants are asked to e-mail the CSO at [email protected] to request an application packet.  Please include:
  • Applicant Name
  • Applicant Contact Info
  • Applicant E-mail Address
  • Proposed Academy Name
A read-only version of the application packet is available on the CSO website:  Contact Sue Lewis with questions about the application process at (231) 591-5802 or e-mail [email protected]