Academy is Lansing's
longest-standing charter school in the state of Michigan and received a charter through Central Michigan University in 1995. The Academy originated as an Early Childhood Center and over the
years, gradually became a K-6 Public School.
Brian Shaughnessy, began in August 2011.
Assistant Principal, Stacey
Johnson, is in her second year as an administrator. Mrs. Johnson has taught here at Cole Academy since 2004.
Combining a foundation of
current, research-based, balanced literacy objectives and a sustained professional development direction using Literacy Lifeline consultants, have "raised the bar" for student achievement. Reader’s and Writer's Workshops continue to be imperative directions for Cole Academy.
For math, our teachers
work closely with an expert throughout the school year to work on a constructivist/project-based approach to teaching mathematics. Building further upon past professional development in
math, this inquiry-focused direction will continue, using representations (manipulative), our "Envision Math" program, as well as the MCTM, NCTM and Common Core State Standards as
instruction involves an expert consultant working with teachers and students. Our science “kits” program is helping to prepare our students for the Michigan Science Standards
Cole Academy is working in
conjunction with Okemos Public Schools providing dining services. This streamlined approach to servicing the needs of our students with an affordable hot lunch program has been
received with positive reviews and accolades. The students are satisfied with the meals and the point-of-use system of payment through LunchTime (using a computer) has made
lunch less hectic for all involved.
Students in third through sixth grade have individual IPads for school use. Students in Kindergarten through second grade use both classroom IPads and Chromebooks throughout their learning
day. We also have a 32 computer lab for all grades to use weekly.
Curriculum(s) in place: Art, PE and Health have all
undergone major changes and renovations to be up-to-speed with the State of Michigan Common Core Standards and Grade Level Content Expectations.
We also partner with MSU
student interns working with our students one-on-one and in the classroom.
A brand, new gymnasium was
added in Spring 2014!