Wayne County Charter Schools

Southeast Michigan families can find charter education options at these Wayne County Michigan charter schools. Plus, included are Detroit charter schools.

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Not satisfied withour child’s school? Just moved to the neighborhood and are looking for schools? Parents have education options outside of the city’s public school district and the area’s private schools. Have you ever considered charter schools in Michigan – specifically, in the Wayne County area? In fact, for southeast Michigan families who live in or around Wayne County, charter schools are nearby. There are Detroit charter schools, Canton charter schools, downriver charter schools and many more.

Here is our list of Wayne County charter schools, including Detroit charter schools, to help you in your search.

Academy for Business and Technology Elementary School

  • Address: 5277 Calhoun St., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-581-2223
  • Grades: K-5
  • Number of students: 320
  • Authorizer: Eastern Michigan University

Uses the Kent County Collaborative Core Curriculum with core classes in math, English, science and social studies; plus karate, Arabic, basketball, cheer, more.

Academy for Business and Technology – Middle, High

  • Address: 19625 Wood St., Melvindale
  • Phone: 313-382-3422
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Number of students: 127 (middle), 216 (high)
  • Authorizer: Eastern Michigan University

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Emphasizes education through tech and hands-on learning. STEM programming, robotics, game design, journalism, photography.

Academy of International Studies

  • Address: 3056 Hanley St., Hamtramck
  • Phone: 313-873-9900
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 260
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Find hands-on classes in STEM programming and extracurriculars like hip-hop dance, glee club, 3-D art and gardening.

ACE Academy

  • Address: 1961 Lincoln Place, Highland Park
  • Phone: 313-868-8368
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Number of students: 150
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

In partnership with Spectrum Juvenile Justice Services, ACE caters to youth disengaged from learning in other traditional school settings.

Achieve Charter Academy

  • Address: 3250 Denton Road, Canton
  • Phone: 734-397-0960
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 760
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Extracurricular activities include boys and girls soccer, cross-country, robotics club, chess club, Spanish club, spelling bee and more.

Advanced Technology Academy

  • Address: 4801 Oakman Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-625-4700
  • Grades: PK-12
  • Number of students: 1,351
  • Authorizer: Lake Superior State University

Early middle college program with Henry Ford College, plus duel enrollment with Henry Ford, Eastern Michigan University and Davenport University. Activities include eco club and DECA, boys basketball and girls volleyball.

American International Academy – Westland Campus

  • Address: 300 S. Henry Ruff Road, Westland
  • Phone: 734-713-5525 (press 1)
  • Grades: K-5
  • Number of students: 327
  • Authorizer: Lake Superior State University

Encourages cross-cultural awareness in a modern academic setting. Spacious classrooms, blended learning, music classes, field trips, after-school tutoring for all.

American International Academy – Inkster Campus

  • Address: 27100 Avondale, Inkster
  • Phone: 734-713-5525 (press 2)
  • Grades: 6-9
  • Number of students: 152
  • Authorizer: Lake Superior State University

Builds on the cross-cultural awareness of its K-5 Westland campus by maintaining a respectful, multi-cultural campus.

American Montessori Academy – Lower Elementary

  • Address: 14800 Middlebelt Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-525-7100
  • Grades: K-2
  • Number of students: 260
  • Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Small-group instruction and project-based learning. Look for a preschool program in the 2017-18 school year.

American Montessori Academy – Upper Elementary

  • Address: 17175 Olympia St., Redford
  • Phone: 313-533-0000
  • Grades: 3-7
  • Number of students: 256
  • Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Focuses on learning with the five senses. Offers various after-school programs like soccer, softball, Zumba, golf, Spanish and Chinese.

Branch Line School

  • Address: 16360 Hubbard St., Livonia
  • Phone: 734-335-0663
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 118
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Small, multi-age, developmentally appropriate classes. Extended-day program through YMCA and tech-enhanced learning.

Bridge Academy – East Campus

  • Address: 9600 Buffalo St., Hamtramck
  • Phone: 313-462-6100
  • Grades: PK-5
  • Number of students: 442
  • Authorizer: Ferris State University

Arabic language and culture woven into curriculum. Offers after-school tutoring for students and adult education program for parents.

Bridge Academy – West Campus

  • Address: 3105 Carpenter Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-462-6200
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Number of students: 299
  • Authorizer: Ferris State University

Offers Arabic language courses and has a strong ELL department. After-school activities include robotics, student council and art.

Caniff Liberty Academy

  • Address: 2650 Caniff St., Hamtramck
  • Phone: 313-872-2000
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 460
  • Authorizer: Oakland University

This school offers a safe and diverse environment for kids to excel.

Canton Charter Academy

  • Address: 49100 Ford Road, Canton
  • Phone: 734-453-9517
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 747
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Before- and after-school programs licensed through Plymouth YMCA include homework assistance, literacy and recreational time.

César Chavéz Academy Elementary School

  • Address: 8126 W. Vernor Highway, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-843-9440
  • Grades: K-2
  • Number of students: 459
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

First multi-campus charter district to be fully AdvancED accredited. Offers programs for English language learners, Girl Scouts, tutoring, sports and arts.

César Chavéz Academy Upper Elementary School

  • Address: 4100 Martin St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-361-1083
  • Grades: 3-5
  • Number of students: 443
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

Strong academics in a bilingual, multicultural environment. After-school tutoring, Scouts, intramural sports. Full-inclusion environment for special education kids.

César Chavéz Academy Middle School

  • Address: 6782 Goldsmith St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-842-0006
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Number of students: 587
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

Students can join National Junior Honor Society, drama club, student ambassadors, basketball, track and more at this multicultural, accredited school.

César Chavéz Academy High School

  • Address: 1761 Waterman St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-551-0611
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 697
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

Focus on “Si Se Puede (Yes We Can)” motto. Offers highly effective English Language Learners program, AP courses and college/career prep.

Chandler Park Academy Elementary School

  • Address: 20200 Kelly Road, Harper Woods
  • Phone: 313-884-8830
  • Grades: K-5
  • Number of students: 1,000
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

Teachers positive social behavior through its Young Gentlemen program and helps girls build self-esteem in Lady Butterfly Club.

Chandler Park Academy Middle School

  • Address: 20100 Kelly Road, Harper Woods
  • Phone: 313-839-9886
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Number of students: 637
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

Students can take courses for high school credit. Also offers a full sports program, etiquette and special education.

Chandler Park Academy High School

  • Address: 20254 Kelly Road, Harper Woods
  • Phone: 313-499-3010
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 730
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

Designated as a Michigan Reward School. Full athletic program, dual-enrollment for college credit and Michigan DECA open to all students.

Clara B. Ford Academy

  • Address: 20651 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn Heights
  • Phone: 313-436-0020
  • Grades: 5-12 (female)
  • Number of students: 120
  • Authorizer: Ferris State University

This “strict discipline” school teaches self-regulation and emotional/social skills. For high-risk girls; all former residents of Vista Maria, also in Dearborn Heights.

Commonwealth Community Development Academy

  • Address: 13477 Eureka St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-366-9470
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 217
  • Authorizer: Eastern Michigan University

Features a dance studio, Everyday Math (K-6) and Step Up to Writing. After-school tutoring, Kinder Korner, special needs program, more.

Covenant House Academy – Central Campus

  • Address: 2959 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-899-6900
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 188
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

This faith-based nonprofit gives opportunities to at-risk youth and adults, ages 16-22, through its curriculum, after-school programs and Saturday classes.

Covenant House Academy – East Campus

  • Address: 7600 Goethe St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-267-4315
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 200
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

In-depth curriculum geared toward high school completion. Students (ages 16-22) can opt for online or direct instruction. Vocational assistance.

Covenant House Academy – Southwest Campus

  • Address: 1450 25th St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-297-8720
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 150
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Quality learning environment for students ages 16-22. Credit recovery program available. Year-round class schedules and enrollment.

Creative Montessori Academy

  • Address: 12701 McCann St., Southgate
  • Phone: 734-284-5600
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 807
  • Authorizer: Wayne County RESA

Uses multidisciplinary, interwoven curriculum to foster a love of learning. After-school programs include sports, student-run newspaper, tutoring and latchkey.

David Ellis Academy

  • Address: 18977 Schaefer Highway, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-927-5395
  • Grades: PK-8
  • Number of students: 350
  • Authorizer: Detroit Public Schools

AdvancED school focused on leadership-oriented learning with an after-school program that preps students for everyday life.

David Ellis Academy West

  • Address: 19800 Beech Daly Road, Redford
  • Phone: 313-450-0300
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 800
  • Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Various after-school activities and tutoring options. Offers Great Start Readiness Program for at-risk preschoolers, a wellness program and more.

Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences – Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary and Middle

  • Address: 2985 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-259-1744
  • Grades: K-1, 2-5, 6-8
  • Number of students: 1,075
  • Authorizer: Oakland University

Smaller south building is for K-1 students. West building houses 2-5; kids rotate classes starting in grade 3. Middle schoolers, in east area, each get a tablet to help with their studies. Plus tutoring, arts and phys ed.

Detroit Achievement Academy

  • Address: 7000 W. Outer Drive, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-468-9518
  • Grades: K-4
  • Number of students: 140
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Boasts being in the 99th percentile for school-wide growth and aims to keep adding a grade level each year.

Detroit Community Schools

  • Address: 12675 Burt Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-537-3570
  • Grades: K-12
  • Number of students: 700
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

Rigorous program with artistic, academic and experiential learning. After-school activities include cheer, volleyball, baseball and cross-country. Clubs, too.

Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA)

  • Address: 1903 Wilkins St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-1100
  • Grades: PK-12
  • Number of students: 1,100
  • Authorizer: Oakland University

Authorized International Baccalaureate school. Offers debate, robotics, academic games, cheerleading, basketball and volleyball.

Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA) Early College of Excellence

  • Address: 3403 St. Aubin St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-877-9380
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 400
  • Authorizer: Oakland University

Integrates 21st century learning themes, international education, STEM programs and more to prepare students for ongoing academic achievement.

Detroit Enterprise Academy

  • Address: 11224 Kercheval Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-823-5799
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 600
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Offers breakfast program and after-school mentoring. Find basketball, cheerleading, boy and girl scouts and more.

Detroit Innovation Academy – Elementary

  • Address: 18211 Plymouth Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-736-5537
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 333
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Employs a “blended learning” approach to assist kids in learning basic core curricula. Also supports healthy living, global citizenship and civic engagement.

Detroit Leadership Academy – Elementary

  • Address: 13550 Virgil St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-242-1500
  • Grades: PK-5
  • Number of students: 306
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Gives students adult role models/mentors and international travel opportunities. Free and reduced lunch programs; small class sizes for optimal learning.

Detroit Leadership Academy – Middle, High

  • Address: 5845 Auburn St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-769-2015
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Number of students: 245
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

College-prep curriculum prepares students for successful careers. Small classes and mentoring through Big Brother Big Sister, plus community partnerships.

Detroit Merit Charter Academy

  • Address: 1091 Alter Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-331-3328
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 758
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Focuses on reading comprehension, writing, math, science, history, social studies and economics. Aims to help their students transition smoothly into high school and, eventually, college.

Detroit Premier Academy

  • Address: 7781 Asbury Park, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-945-1472
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 735
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Has band, orchestra, martial arts, art club, science club, basketball and cheer. Younger grades learn math and reading basics; challenges continue with time.

Detroit Prep

  • Address: 2411 Iroquois, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-343-1495
  • Grades: K-1 (adding 2 in 2017-18
  • NOS: 100 (in 2017-18)
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Uses principles including self-discovery, empathy and caring, success and failure and diversity and inclusion, among others, to nurture the whole child.

Detroit Service Learning Academy

  • Address: 21605 W. Seven Mile Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-541-7619
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 1,100
  • Authorizer: Lake Superior University

Michigan Department of Education’s first School of Excellence specializes in service learning. Affordable after-school programs, life skills and a digital café.

Dove Academy of Detroit

  • Address: 20001 Wexford St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-366-9110
  • Grades: PK-8
  • Number of students: 450
  • Authorizer: Oakland University

This “no excuses university” offers small class sizes with a family-like feel, after-school academic acceleration, a special needs program and more.

Flagship Charter Academy

  • Address: 13661 Wisconsin St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-933-7933
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 715
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Real-world skills and high standards. After-school scrapbooking, art and sports offered, too.

Frontier International Academy

  • Address: 13200 Conant St., Hamtramck
  • Phone: 313-462-6300
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 501
  • Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Arabic language program and blended learning through Study Island programming.

GEE Edmonson Academy

  • Address: 1300 W. Canfield St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-228-0910
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 250
  • Authorizer: Detroit Public Schools

Has a 21st century after-school program, boys/girls basketball, girls volleyball and cheerleading; plus Great Start Readiness Program.

GEE White Academy

  • Address: 5161 Charles St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-228-0911
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 430
  • Authorizer: Detroit Public Schools

Multicultural setting. Middle school basketball, middle/elementary school cheer, and 21st century after-school program. Arabic, music, art, robotics, phys ed and tech classes. Free busing.

George Crockett Academy

  • Address: 4851 14th St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-896-6078
  • Grades: PK-8
  • Number of students: 424
  • Authorizer: Northern Michigan University

Tech-friendly learning environment with laptop and iPad access in each classroom. After-school activities include swimming, drama club and family events.

George Washington Carver Academy

  • Address: 14510 Second Ave., Highland Park
  • Phone: 313-865-6024
  • Grades: PK-8
  • Number of students: 577
  • Authorizer: Highland Park City Schools

Offers standards-based instruction, free latchkey and a full list of after-school extracurriculars.

Global Heights Academy

  • Address: 23713 Joy Road, Dearborn Heights
  • Phone: 313-624-3400
  • Grades: K-5
  • Number of students: 240
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Offers a flipped classroom model. Weaves technology and math into daily instruction.

Hamilton Academy

  • Address: 14223 Southampton St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-866-4505
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 291
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

Students enrolled all year; no cut-off. After-school academic enrichment, healthy kids program, archery, basketball and more.

Hamtramck Academy

  • Address: 11420 Conant St., Hamtramck
  • Phone: 313-368-7312
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 511
  • Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

After-school tutoring twice weekly, before-school breakfast, homework help, computer lab access. Plus Battle of the Books, engineering club, Go Green! Club.

Hanley International Academy

  • Address: 2400 Denton St., Hamtramck
  • Phone: 313-875-8888
  • Grades: PK-8
  • Number of students: 720
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Emphasis on character building and family values. After-school homework help and tutoring, plus boys soccer, girls cheer, basketball, more.

Henry Ford Academy

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6200
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 500 (approximate)
  • Authorizer: Wayne County RESA

Nation’s first charter developed jointly by a global corporation, public education and major cultural institution (on campus with Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village). After-school tutoring, RTI (response-to-intervention) program, clubs.

Henry Ford Academy Elementary

  • Address: 10225 Third St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-826-1159
  • Grades: K-5
  • Number of students: 381
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Emphasis on creativity and innovation, small class sizes and process-based learning. Central Detroit Christian supports after-school art/music activities.

Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies

  • Address: 485 W. Milwaukee St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-481-4000
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Number of students: 799
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

College-prep school with an art and design focus. After-school activities include musical theater, student council, photography, animation, hip-hop, college seminar.

Highland Park Renaissance Academy – Lower

  • Address: 45 E. Buena Vista St., Highland Park
  • Phone: 313-957-3005
  • Grades: PK-8
  • Number of students: 360
  • Authorizer: Highland Park City District

Encourages parental involvement and partnerships with community organizations. After-school activities include sewing club, scouts, cheer, basketball.

Hope Academy

  • Address: 12121 Broadstreet Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-934-0054
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 520
  • Authorizer: Eastern Michigan University

Student Connect lets parent check grades online. Activities include basketball, cheer, dance, music and tutoring. Small class sizes.

Hope of Detroit Academy

  • Address: 4443 N. Campbell St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-897-8720
  • Grades: K-9 (adding 10-11 in 2017-18)
  • Number of students: 780
  • Authorizer: Ferris State University

Strong curriculum with multicultural studies, STEM and foreign language. Full-day kindergarten, sports, after-school activities. NCA accredited.

Inkster Preparatory Academy

  • Address: 27355 Woodsfield St., Inkster
  • Phone: 313-278-3825
  • Grades: PK-8
  • Number of students: 102
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

An academic program that exceeds Michigan’s standards, 180-day school year and classrooms of 25 students.

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

  • Address: 15000 Trojan St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-397-3333
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 399
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Leadership-focused curriculum develops forward-thinkers. Community service required to graduate. AP courses, sports and after-school activities.

James and Grace Lee Boggs School

  • Address: 4141 Mitchell St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-923-2301
  • Grades: K-7 (adding 8 in 2017-18)
  • Number of students: 112
  • Authorizer: Eastern Michigan University

Growing school’s Place-Based Education (PBE) program immerses students in local heritage, culture, landscapes and experiences.

Joy Preparatory Academy

  • Address: 15055 Dexter Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-340-0023
  • Grades: PK-8
  • Number of students: 309
  • Authorizer: Ferris State University

Builds a diversified culture in a respectful environment. Find journalism, student council, chess club, basketball and cheerleading.

Keystone Academy

  • Address: 47925 Bemis Road, Belleville
  • Phone: 734-697-9470
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 780
  • Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Students draft a social contract to reinforce commitment to school, teacher and peers. Offers soccer, cross-country, talent show, art show and science fair.

Legacy Charter Academy

  • Address: 4900 E. Hildale St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-368-2215
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 747
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

“Pretty Positives” mentoring group for girls. Activities range from basketball to karate and beyond.

Lincoln-King Academy

  • Address: 13436 Grove St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-862-2352
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 578
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Personalized learning; tailors the curriculum to each student’s needs and combines that with a blend of face-to-face instruction and digital tools.

MacDowell Preparatory Academy

  • Address: 4201 W. Outer Drive, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-494-8141
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 312
  • Authorizer: Detroit Public Schools

College-prep focused. Part of the SABIS Network and uses its unique “Point System.” Curriculum is rigorous and sequential.

Madison-Carver Academy

  • Address: 19900 McIntyre St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-486-4626
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 557
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Robust arts program features music. Find sports, extracurriculars and tutoring, too.

Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center Academy

  • Address: 16827 Appoline St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-341-4944
  • Grades: PK-8
  • Number of students: 500 (approximate)
  • Authorizer: Detroit Public Schools

Small classroom sizes. Curriculum focuses on math, science, social studies, language arts, computer technology, vocation education, health and phys ed.

Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, Dominican Campus – Elementary, Middle

  • Address: 9740 McKinney St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-640-4610
  • Grades: K-5, 6-8
  • Number of students: 600
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

Performing arts classes part of core curriculum (dance, orchestra, vocal music). After-school, find tutoring, performing arts clubs, basketball and cheerleading.

Metro Charter Academy

  • Address: 34800 Ecorse Road, Romulus
  • Phone: 734-641-3200
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 745
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Offers on-site before/after care with Romulus YMCA. Clubs include walking, chess, art and Spanish.

Murphy Performance Academy

  • Address: 23901 Fenkell St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-494-7585
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 305
  • Authorizer: Education Achievement Authority

Low student-teacher ratios allow for individual and small group instruction. Has a daily fitness regimen in martial arts.

New Paradigm Glazer Academy

  • Address: 2001 LaBelle St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-852-1500
  • Grades: PK-8
  • Number of students: 185
  • Authorizer: Detroit Public Schools

Empowerment classes, tutoring, dance, basketball, robotics club and ALERT program (similar to ROTC). College-prep staff; high family involvement.

New Paradigm Loving Academy

  • Address: 1000 Lynn St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-252-3028
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 160
  • Authorizer: Detroit Public Schools

Uses a proven researched-based curriculum with a global perspective to achieve success in a high-performing, supportive environment. Also offers preschool.

New School High

  • Address: 46250 W. Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-386-6601
  • Grades: 9-11 (adding 12 in 2017-18)
  • Number of students: 60 (approximate)
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Promotes problem-solving and community connections with project-based learning and internships. Each child develops an individual learning plan. Monthly parent advisory meetings.

Oakland International Academy – Lower Elementary

  • Address: 6111 Miller St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-923-0790
  • Grades: PK-1
  • Number of students: 124
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

Enthusiastic learning environment with hands-on activities. Small class sizes.

Oakland International Academy – Elementary School

  • Address: 4001 Miller St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-923-0790
  • Grades: 2-4
  • Number of students: 180
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

Strong focus on English language acquisition and proficiency. Various extracurricular activities.

Oakland International Academy – Middle School

  • Address: 8228 Conant St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-925-1000
  • Grades: 5-8
  • Number of students: 200
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

Alternating after-school programs and activities, plus sports like basketball and soccer.

Oakland International Academy – High School

  • Address: 2619 Florian St., Hamtramck
  • Phone: 313-285-8990
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 360
  • Authorizer: Saginaw Valley State University

Features Arabic, art and phys ed classes in its core curriculum. English as second language also offered for parents.

Old Redford Academy – Elementary School

  • Address: 17195 Redford Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-532-7510
  • Grades: PK-5
  • Number of students: 724
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Pre-K has a creative curriculum. Cheerleading, soccer, Girl Scouts, band and more.

Old Redford Academy – Middle School

  • Address: 22122 W. McNichols Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-653-3888
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Number of students: 400
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Students have access to sister-to-sister and boys-to-men clubs, chess club, robotics and Girl Talk. Sports include soccer, cheerleading, and girls/boys basketball.

Old Redford Academy – Preparatory High School

  • Address: 8001 W. Outer Drive, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-543-3080
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 885
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Partners with Wayne County Community College District Northwest Campus for dual enrollment. After-school tutoring.

Plymouth Educational Center – Elementary and Middle School

  • Address: 1460 E. Forest Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-831-3280
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 480
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Emphasizes learning through technology; computers are essential. Plus athletics and mentoring programs, NHS and NJHS.

Plymouth Scholars

  • Address: 48484 N. Territorial Road, Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-459-6149
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 761
  • Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Structured, moral-focused curriculum plus academic competitions from Science Olympiad to model United Nations.

Quest Charter Academy

  • Address: 24745 Van Born Road, Taylor
  • Phone: 313-299-0534
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 760
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Technology courses can be taken as electives within the core curriculum. Partners with M&M Daycare. Offers Reader’s Theater, floor hockey, pompom and more.

Regent Park Scholars Academy

  • Address: 15865 E. Seven Mile Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-371-1300
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 705
  • Authorizer: Lake Superior State University

Cross-country, volleyball, girls and boys basketball, book and chess clubs, music and choir; “promoting positive change” program for girls and junior achievement.

Riverside Academy East

  • Address: 7124 Miller Road, Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-624-3200
  • Grades: K-5
  • Number of students: 400
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Has uniforms. Adheres to common core state standards in English and math. Offers Arabic and a variety of after-school programs.

Riverside Academy West

  • Address: 6409 Schaefer Road, Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-624-3600
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Number of students: 530
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Small class sizes; family-like environment. Students wear uniforms; classes separated by gender. Free after-school tutoring. Various sports.

Ross-Hill Academy

  • Address: 3111 Elmwood St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-922-8088
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 127
  • Authorizer: Detroit Public Schools

Emphasis on math, science, technology. Offers a summer learning program for enrollees and non-enrollees, free breakfast and lunch, and uniforms.

Rutherford Winans Academy

  • Address: 16411 Curtis St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-852-0709
  • Grades: K-5
  • Number of students: 250
  • Authorizer: Detroit Public Schools

Free health and dental center on site. Strong focus on global instruction, after-school programs and community partnerships.

South Canton Scholars Charter Academy

  • Address: 3085 S. Canton Center Road, Canton
  • Phone: 734-398-5658
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 800
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

After-school activities include journalism club, Spanish, green team and Girls on the Run, plus academic clubs and sports like soccer, basketball and volleyball.

Southwest Detroit Lighthouse Charter Academy

  • Address: 4001 29th St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-782-4422
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 440
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Rigorous academics with arts infusion; Spanish part of curriculum (middle school). After-school soccer and tutoring. Annual events.

Star International Academy – Lower, Upper

  • Address: 24480 George Ave. (lower); 24425 Hass St. (upper), Dearborn Heights
  • Phone: 313-724-8060 (lower), 313-724-8990 (upper)
  • Grades: PK-2 (lower), 3-12 (upper)
  • Number of students: 1,500 (PK-12)
  • Authorizer: Oakland University

Full-day pre-K and kindergarten, college prep, Arabic courses (K-12) and other languages (9-12), NHS, student government, art, phys ed, 20-plus sports teams.

Stewart Performance Academy

  • Address: 13120 Wildemere St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-852-1450
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 283-300 (approximate)
  • Authorizer: Education Achievement Authority

Small class sizes, all-day kindergarten and an extended school day (8 a.m.-4 p.m.). Martial arts, tennis, soccer.

Summit Academy School (Flat Rock)

  • Address: 30100 Olmstead Road, Flat Rock
  • Phone: 734-379-6810
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 340
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Provides before- and after-school latchkey, tutoring, karate and performance art. Emphasizes technology in classrooms.

Summit Academy School (North) – Elementary

  • Address: 28697 Sibley Road, Romulus
  • Phone: 734-789-1428
  • Grades: K-5
  • Number of students: 770
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

After-school activities include NHS, quiz bowl, anti-bulling programs, end-of-year book fairs and more.

Summit Academy School (North) – Middle, High

  • Address: 18601 Middlebelt Road, Romulus
  • Phone: 734-955-1712 (middle), 734-955-1730 (high)
  • Grades: 6-8 (middle), 9-12 (high)
  • Number of students: 488 (middle), 658 (high)
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Before- and after-school tutoring and child care (up to age 12), full sports program, fine and performing arts, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society.

Taylor Exemplar Academy

  • Address: 26727 Goddard Road, Taylor
  • Phone: 734-941-7742
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 742
  • Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Safe, secure learning environment. Offers basketball, soccer, co-ed cross-country, more. Before- and after-school care program offered through YMCA.

The Dearborn Academy

  • Address: 19310 Ford Road, Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-1300
  • Grades: PK-8
  • Number of students: 497
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Promotes bilingual education with Arabic and ELL programs. Complete sports program and after school clubs.

Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology

  • Address: 10800 E. Canfield St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-823-6000
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 335
  • Authorizer: Detroit Public Schools

Small classes sizes and student-centered education with focus on science and technology. African drum and dance, and after-school programs.

Tipton Academy

  • Address: 1615 Belton St., Garden City
  • Phone: 734-261-0500
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 486
  • Authorizer: Lake Superior State University

Academically researched-based programs and concentrations for various learning styles and students interested in performing arts.

Trillium Academy

  • Address: 15740 Racho Blvd., Taylor
  • Phone: 734-374-8222
  • Grades: PK-12
  • Number of students: 635
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Family-focused education setting with hardworking, dedicated teachers. Art programs; middle and high school sports.

Trix Performance Academy

  • Address: 13700 Bringard Drive, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-852-8644
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 365
  • Authorizer: Education Achievement Authority

A “first-rate academic and fitness institution” where students learn healthy habits.

Universal Academy

  • Address: 4833 Ogden St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-581-5006
  • Grades: PK-12
  • Number of students: 720
  • Authorizer: Oakland University

Emphasizes study of international cultures. Arabic offered to all grades. After-school programs include ACE, a tutoring intensive for at-risk kids.

Universal Learning Academy

  • Address: 28015 Joy Road, Westland
  • Phone: 734-402-5900
  • Grades: PK-11
  • Number of students: 700
  • Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Offers ELL for kids with limited English proficiency, Arabic language courses for grades K-5, special needs programming and free or reduced lunch.

University Preparatory Academy – Mark Murray Elementary

  • Address: 435 Amsterdam St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-309-0552
  • Grades: K-5
  • Number of students: 468
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Offers combination of individual and expeditionary learning models. Prepares students for future success.

University Preparatory Academy – Ellen Thompson Elementary

  • Address: 957 Holden St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-874-9800
  • Grades: K-5
  • Number of students: 349
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

After school find dance, basketball clinics and mentoring programs.

University Preparatory Academy – Middle School

  • Address: 5310 St. Antoine St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-831-0100
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Number of students: 422
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Tutoring, sports, after-school care, Chinese and Spanish language lessons, girls mentoring and Girls on the Run.

University Preparatory Academy – High School

  • Address: 600 Antoinette St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-874-4340
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 569
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Preps students for success in a global economy. Extra help in reading, writing and math; athletics program, debate, Big Sisters, school newspaper and yearbook.

University Prep Science and Math – Elementary School

  • Address: 2251 Antietam St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-782-4400
  • Grades: K-5
  • Number of students: 450
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

An expeditionary learning school with hands-on projects. After-school activities include tutoring, T-ball, art, yoga technology and cooking.

University Prep Science and Math – Middle School

  • Address: 5100 John R St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-832-8400
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Number of students: 435
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

College-prep curriculum with STEM emphasis. National Junior Honor Society, basketball, volleyball, tutoring and an after-school Teen Zone.

University Prep Science and Math – High School

  • Address: 2664 Franklin St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-393-9166
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 445
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

STEAM school. Learn Through Internships program, dual enrollment and Project Lead the Way.

University YES Academy – Elementary, Middle

  • Address: 14669 Curtis St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-270-2556
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 536
  • Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Tutoring, after school enrichment, sports, clubs and specialized support. Boasts a 100-percent college acceptance rating.

Vista Meadows Academy

  • Address: 20651 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn Heights
  • Phone: 313-240-4347
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 130
  • Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Small class sizes, large campus, free credit recovery, college-readiness assessments and after-school programs.

Voyageur Academy

  • Address: 4321 Military St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-361-4180
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 443
  • Authorizer: Ferris State University

Curriculum focuses on preparing students for college. After-school activities include sports, choir, drum line and Zumba.

Voyageur College Prep High School

  • Address: 4366 Military St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-748-4000
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Number of students: 441
  • Authorizer: Ferris State University

After-school tutoring, yearbook and athletics with basketball, football, and cheerleading. Previously Consortium College Prep.

Warrendale Charter Academy

  • Address: 19400 Sawyer St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-240-4200
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 697
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

After-school tutoring and clubs. Has a “no excuses” homework policy to help kids learn personal responsibility.

Washington-Parks Academy

  • Address: 11685 Appleton Ave., Redford
  • Phone: 313-592-6061
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 854
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

High-tech, engaging learning to “develop the whole child.” Notably ISO-certified, meeting specific national standards.

Weston Preparatory Academy

  • Address: 22930 Chippewa St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-387-6038
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 330
  • Authorizer: Oakland University

Listed as one of the top 10 schools in Detroit. Has music, art, phys ed and health classes, small classes and events like family fun nights and concerts in the park.

West Village Academy

  • Address: 3530 Westwood St., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-274-9200
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 460
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Michigan Reward School with “Evergreen Status.” Foreign languages for grades K-5, free tutoring, glee and dance clubs.

Still not seeing something that’s a good fit for your child? Consider private schools and public schools in Wayne County, too. Plus, browse our lists of charter schools in Oakland County, Macomb County and Washtenaw County charter schools, too. Or, peek at the complete list of southeast Michigan charter schools here.

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

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