Stories (page 3)


Must-Have Books to Keep In Your Classroom Beyond Black History Month

February 10, 2021
Happy Black History Month! February is not the only time to celebrate former, current and future Black leaders and change-makers! At Choice, we believe that the stories, histories and voices of Black people should be celebrated and uplifted in school…

Our Chief Strategic Officer was selected to join the Protect Michigan Commission Education Workgroup

February 8, 2021
We are excited to announce that Ron Wiens, our Chief Strategic Officer, has been selected to join the Protect Michigan Commission Education Workgroup.  Ron will work alongside a team of passionate individuals responsible for identifying and addressing barriers that may…

5 Student-Focused Decisions to Make in 2021

January 27, 2021
Making student-focused decisions involves meaningful intention, hard work and thought. Working in education means everything we do and every decision we make influences our students. At Choice Schools, we use a decision-making matrix that allows us to funnel all our…

Celebrating National School Choice Week: The Value of School Choice

January 27, 2021
National School Choice Week is here!  As you can imagine, this is one of our favorite weeks of the year, ranking right up there with the first week of school and the National Charter Schools Week! Choice Schools Associates was…

Why we Hired a Director of Technology, Data and Online Solutions

January 26, 2021
The simple answer – for the students! As a company driven by our values, we are constantly listening to feedback and seeking opportunities to further support our staff and students. When schools closed in March, we knew the shift to…
The Aha! Moment: The importance of celebrating accomplishments with students

The “Aha! Moment:” The importance of celebrating accomplishments with students

January 14, 2021
Do you remember where you were when you had an Aha! moment? Maybe when you first learned how to tie your shoes or when you solved your first math equation on your own? When you reflect back on that Aha!…

How to talk to your children about the events that occurred at the U.S. Capitol

January 7, 2021
Written by Erica Prime, M.A., LLP, CSP, parent and lead psychologist at Bradford Academy, Dove Academy, Four Corner Montessori Academy and Macomb Montessori Academy with the Detroit Institute for Children As adults, many of us are feeling fear, anger, sadness,…

5 Tips to Help Educators Relax and Unwind Over Winter Break

December 9, 2020
This year, more than ever, it is important to unwind and relax over winter break. We know that the job of an educator is an ongoing responsibility and it may be difficult to remove yourself from your computer and not…
All of our schools are now MI-HeartSafe Schools!

MI-HEARTSafe Schools

December 7, 2020
In the midst of a Global pandemic, it’s safe to say that health is of major concern for the public, and for our schools. During the 2019-2020 school year all of our schools have been verified as MI HEARTSafe Schools. …

Staff Spotlighting Staff: Caryn Westra, Choice Schools Associates

November 12, 2020
  Ms. Caryn Westra was nominated by one of her Central Office peers as Choice Schools Associates’ Staff Spotlighting Staff feature! Caryn has served as Choice’s Business Development Coordinator since 2017. She is passionate about children and their education. Which…

Our partners’ perspective

When we hired Choice it was like a lightbulb turned on. They are extremely supportive of our vision and allow us to be who we want to be while providing the foundational support for our students, staff and school community success. We would not be where we are today without
Choice Schools."

- Susie Schlehuber, Founder and School Leader at Lake Superior Academy

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