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We Are Thankful for our Montessori Schools This November

November 12, 2023
  We at Choice Schools Associates are in the holiday spirit this November, and have been hard at work this month to show how thankful we are for each one of our school communities. Join members of our office through…

Choice Schools Hosted the Second Annual Montessori Conference

October 25, 2023
Choice Schools Associates hosted its second annual Montessori Model Conference at Creative Montessori Academy in Southgate, Michigan. Model conferences are a great chance for teachers, office staff and administrators to connect with one another through collaborative learning. Not only does…
5 strategies to keep back-to-school energy all year long

Five Strategies to Keep Back-to-School Energy All Year Long

September 27, 2023
As educators, we know that the start of a new school year is a time filled with excitement and energy. The hallways buzz with chatter, and classrooms come alive with the promise of fresh beginnings. However, maintaining that enthusiasm throughout…

Holding The Bar – The Choice Schools 2023 Summer Scholar Conference

August 30, 2023
“Relationships rooted in high expectations goes for all!” – Laura Moellering, Scholar Schools Superintendent In the Choice network, we pride ourselves in providing rigorous professional development training to our staff members to set clear and high expectations of classroom instruction.…

Choice Schools Associates’ 22/23 Choice Leader of Excellence of the Year – Nate VanDuinen

August 25, 2023
Choice Schools is pleased to announce the 22/23 Choice Leader of Excellence of the Year, Mr. Nate VanDuinen. Nate is the elementary principal at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science in Grand Rapids, MI, a premier charter school in the…
Photograph of the Choice Schools Associates team working at Bradford Academy during the Choice Serves event

Choice Serves 2023 – at Bradford Academy

August 4, 2023
Earlier this month, approximately 25 team members from our Central Office participated in our annual Choice Serves Day at Bradford Academy. Choice Serves is an annual event in which members of our Central Office team volunteer their time, reflecting our…
Photo with a Michigan lawmaker

The Importance of Advocacy for Our Schools

July 15, 2023
This school year, our schools hosted over 15 in-person legislator school tours, sent nearly 100 emails, mailed 64 handwritten letters, sent dozens of works of student art, attended a handful of coffee hours, and visited the Capitol countless times, all with the goal of advocating for the needs and interests of their students. We thank you for playing an…

Highlights from Our Annual School Leaders Retreat

July 1, 2023
The “Your School. Your Team. Your Mission.” theme served as a powerful reset as we launched into the 23/24 school year. At Choice Schools annual gathering of school leaders, we kicked off the retreat by celebrating this past school year…

Our Experience at the National Charter School Conference in Austin, TX

June 30, 2023
In the vibrant heart of Austin, Texas, two team members journeyed to the annual National Charter School Conference to learn about innovations in the charter school sector. Kerri Barrett, the superintendent of the Montessori Model, and Sara Mooney, the Chief…
Will Carleton Academy 2023 Graduates

Graduation Season 2023

June 18, 2023
From kindergarten celebrations to seniors completing their high school journey, graduation is a significant event for our students, families, educators and community. Graduation signifies not only academic achievement but a time to truly reflect on the will power and grit…

Our partners’ perspective

Choice Schools has created and implemented a vision for every child to learn and grow based on his/her needs. They have instilled this mission in their educators, who strive every day to provide the tools for students to reach their full, unique, and empowered potential and purpose.”

– Lisa Gillon, Principal at Livingston Classical Academy

I have worked with Choice Schools Associates for the last 13 years. The service and support that Choice provides its leaders and schools is top notch. They have figured out a successful formula to support the schools in each facet of operation - human resources, finance, operations, and curriculum and instruction. Their support allows me to focus on the daily operation of my school.”

– Terry Larkin, principal at New Branches Charter School Academy

I could not be happier, prouder, more grateful, amazed, awestruck and relieved by our decision to partner with Choice Schools Associates to operate Ivywood Classical Academy. What an adventure this school has been. Every curveball that came our way we managed to HIT OUT OF THE PARK, thanks to our amazing partnership we have built with Choice. I recommend Choice Schools to anyone who is looking for a trustworthy, competitive, experienced, and mission-driven organization. They are simply the best.”  

- Tyler Horning, Founder and Board President at Ivywood Classical Academy