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About the Charter Schools Office


The Charter Schools Office

When Ferris State University authorizes a public school academy, it is an endeavor to positively transform the life trajectory of the students who attend that academy. The Charter Schools Office holds as its most fundamental goal that all students be prepared for success in college, work, and life. Test scores and knowledge are important but are not enough to succeed in an ever-competitive and connected global community.

We believe that students must be able to apply knowledge to new situations, and to seek out new information through research skills and technological competence. To accomplish this, each academy must provide an environment to achieve academic excellence by delivering quality programming and instruction for the students it serves. 


Ferris State University will authorize public school academies that promise to transform the lives of students by demonstrating high-quality performance.


By implementing quality oversight, the Ferris State University Charter Schools Office focuses on student growth and achievement, offers professional learning opportunities, and provides relevant resources to is authorized public school academies.


Student Learning

We focus our oversight and support efforts on continual student success.


We engage in practices that produce the highest quality outcomes in all our endeavors.

A Collaborative Working Environment

We encourage a sense of community though cooperation, teamwork, and consensus building with our stakeholders. 


We believe in being held accountable for our work as an authorizer as deeply as we believe in holding stakeholders accountable for their work.


We honor diversity of ideas, beliefs, and cultures.

Integrity and Trust

Our actions are guided by fairness and respect through transparency, effective communication, and the building of positive relationships with each other and our stakeholders.


We help create learning opportunities and environments by lending support for professional growth and development.