Charter Schools in Washtenaw County

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: 4377 Textile Road, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-477-0340
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 120
  • Authorizer: Eastern Michigan University

Small class sizes and multi-grade classrooms to produce life-long compassionate and independent learners. Offers art, organic gardening, music, physical education, more.

Central Academy

  • Address: 2461 S. Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-822-1100
  • Grades: PK-12
  • Number of students: 635
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Offers foreign language instruction, art, biology, chemistry and more. Also an International Baccalaureate candidate.

East Arbor Charter Academy

  • Address: 6885 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-484-5506
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 739
  • Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Offers a Young Fives curriculum for kids that turn 5 between April 1 and Sept. 1; plus English, math, sciences, social studies and enrichment courses like art, music and technology.

Fortis Academy

  • Address: 3875 Golfside Drive, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-572-3623
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 794
  • Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Provides free and reduced lunch, before- and after- school care, band, drama and art club, basketball, volleyball and soccer. Moral focus curriculum.

Global Tech Academy

  • Address: 1715 E. Forest Ave., Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-390-9625
  • Grades: PK-5
  • Number of students: 176
  • Authorizer: Eastern Michigan University

Uses 21st century tools to nurture academic excellence and critical thinking skills. Strong science and technology curriculum.

South Arbor Charter Academy

  • Address: 8200 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-528-2821
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 799
  • Authorizer: Central Michigan University

After-school activities include Girls on the Run, orchestra, Science Olympiad, National Junior Honor Society, scouts, soccer, volleyball, more.

South Pointe Scholars Charter Academy

  • Address: 10550 Geddes Road, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-484-0118
  • Grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 774
  • Authorizer: Northern Michigan University

Before- and after-school care, 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: 696
  • 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 is updated annually.

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