Washtenaw County Charter Schools

For families living in Ypsilanti, Dexter, Chelsea and Ann Arbor, charter schools are area education options worth considering. Here's our list of the Washtenaw County charter schools.


When doing research into schooling options for your child, there are three routes to consider: the local public school district, a nearby private school, or a charter school. For families in southeast Michigan, charter schools offer an education outside of the public school district, but that is tuition free, unlike a private school. Do you live in the Chelsea, Dexter, Ypsilanti or Ann Arbor areas? Find Washtenaw County charter schools that may be near you listed here – including elementary, middle and high schools.

Interested in learning about other educational options for your child? Have a look at our roundup of Washtenaw County private schools – or public schools.

Ann Arbor Learning Community

  • Address: 3980 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-477-0340
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 121
  • Authorizer: Eastern Michigan University

Emphasis on environmental sustainability education and organic gardening; progressive, project-based education. Small class sizes and multi-grade classrooms.

Central Academy

  • Address: 2461 S. Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-822-1100
  • Grades: PK-12
  • Number of students: 650
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Offers multilingual education, ELL programming for new students and daily foreign language instruction. International Baccalaureate candidate.

East Arbor Charter Academy

  • Address: 6885 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-484-5506
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 765
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Boasts an academic growth rate of 164 percent. Extracurricular activities include Scouts, girls volleyball, cross-country, orchestra, choir and more.

Fortis Academy

  • Address: 3875 Golfside Drive, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-572-3623
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 714
  • Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Features a Young 5 program for pre-K kids who turn 5 after August. After-school sports like soccer, volleyball and basketball begin in fifth grade.

Global Tech Academy

  • Address: 1715 E. Forest Ave., Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-390-9625
  • Grades: K-5
  • Number of students: 190
  • Authorizer: Eastern Michigan University

Nurtures academic excellence, positive character and culture appreciation. Strong science and technology curriculum.

South Arbor Charter Academy

  • Address: 8200 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-528-2821
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 792
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

After-school activities include Girls on Track, string orchestra, student council, National Junior Honor Society, scouts, soccer and more.

South Pointe Scholars Charter Academy

  • Address: 10550 Geddes Road, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-484-0118
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 786
  • Authorizer: Northern Michigan University

Before- and after-school care through M&M Daycare, after-school clubs, tutoring and the Young 5 program for certain students to develop readiness skills.

Washtenaw Technical Middle College

  • Address: 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-973-3410
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 665
  • Authorizer: Washtenaw Community College

Students earn a college certificate/associate degree from Washtenaw Community College with their high school diploma.

Live in Oakland, Macomb or Wayne counties? Browse our charter schools lists for these areas, too.

This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly.