Volume 1 No. 3
Fall of 2016 count numbers have been released, and Bay Mills Community College Charter School Office (BMCC/CSO) has maintained slow and steady growth throughout the past 5 years.
Some of our schools have experienced growth by adding grades, while other schools that are more mature have seen a gradual and solid growth in enrollment numbers. The past five years, the number of students enrolled at Bay Mills schools has been increasing each year by an average of 2%, adding a total of 3,000 students since 2011.  

Bay Mills authorizes a total of 42 schools, two schools less than we authorized five years ago. However, student enrollment growth at most of our schools has accounted for the overall increase in the number of students served. The largest growth in student enrollment over the past five years was at the Crescent Academy in Southfield.
In 2011 the school was home to 618 students, now in the year of 2016 the school counts come in at a total of 1,215 students, practically doubling in student population. The schools rapid growth is attributed to the need to expand due to growing enrollment. Throughout the years they have expanded to meet the student need by adding additional campuses as well as a Pre-K through 1st program. 

Crescent offers a vast array of programs such as: After School Homework Dinner Program, Character Education, Mentorship, Free Breakfast/Lunch, Free Transportation, Driver's Education Program, Response to Intervention (RTI), Great Start Readiness Program (Pre-K), Gifted and Talented Programs, National Honor Society, Am/Pm Latchkey, Black College Tour Program, and Holiday and Summer Camps.
The West Michigan Aviation Academy showed the largest percentage increase in student enrollment. The school enrollment has tripled in size, going from 151 students to a total student population of 600. 

The following Bay Mills chartered schools have seen an increase in enrollment over the past year: Academy of Warren, American Montessori Academy, Arts and Technology Academy of Pontiac, Crescent Academy, Frontier International Academy, Great Oaks Academy, Hamtramck Academy, International Academy of Saginaw, Life Skills Center of Pontiac, Mildred C. Wells Preparatory Academy, Mt. Clements Montessori Academy, Multicultural Academy, Oakside Scholars, Ojibwe Charter School, Paramount Charter Academy, Plymouth Scholars, Presque Isle Academy, Prevail Academy, Richfield Public School Academy, Taylor Exemplar Academy, Three Lakes Academy, Triumph Academy, Universal Learning Academy, West Michigan Aviation Academy. 

Total counts for Fall 2016:

Academy of Warren: 646
Mt. Clements Montessori Academy: 350
American Montessori Academy: 490.97 Multicultural Academy: 203
Arbor Preparatory High School: 163 Oakside Scholars: 718
Arts and Technology Academy of Pontiac: 765 
Ojibwe Charter School: 109
Bradford Academy: 1,403 Paramount Charter Academy: 462
Crescent Academy: 1,215 Plymouth Scholars: 777.83
David Ellis Academy West: 745 Presque Isle Academy: 36
Detroit Community Schools: 754 Prevail Academy: 598
Fortis Academy: 727 Richfield Public School Academy: 696
Frontier International Academy: 451 River City Scholars Charter Academy: 498
George Washington Carver Academy: 670
State Street Academy: 125
Great Oaks Academy: 718 Taylor Exemplar Academy: 742
Hamtramck Academy: 516 Three Lakes Academy: 127
International Academy of Saginaw: 305 Three Oaks Public School Academy: 397.92
Keystone Academy: 776 Triumph Academy: 713
Lake Superior Academy: 38
Universal Learning Academy: 686
Lansing Charter Academy: 743 University YES Academy: 609
Laurus Academy: 715 Vista Charter Academy: 718
Life Skills Center of Pontiac: 221 Vista Meadows Academy: 96
Madison Academy: 830.80 Wellspring Preparatory High School: 452.99
Mildred C. Wells Preparatory Academy: 186.83 West Michigan Aviation Academy: 599.97

Bay Mills Community College Charter School Office (BMCC/CSO) wants to make sure the members of the school boards are prepared for their responsibilities and duties as board members. BMCC/CSO holds two board training sessions annually. The first training session is typically in August and the focus is on new school board members, seeking to provide a more general view of a board member's responsibilities. Agenda items for this first session include information on how to be an effective school board member, as well as the measure of the true success of a school board. 

A sample slide from the August 2016 Board Training Presentation

This past year the board training sessions were focused on a book by Nancy Walser, entitled The Essential School Board Book. The training sessions were developed around some of the major topics of this book, which include board practices that make a difference for children, building a foundation for student success, and avoiding pitfalls. The National School Boards Association recommends this book for its well-researched, practical strategies to improve school achievement through good governance.  The school board training sessions are subject to change every year. BMCC/CSO makes it a priority to improve the training each year based on board member feedback through evaluation surveys that are handed out at every training session.
The next scheduled board member training session in May will be a streamlined session with both board members and school leaders participating on the same day and in the same location. This combination event will have the school leaders going to the first half of professional development, sharing dinner with board members, and then the board members staying for the second half of the training. 

May 2nd 2017: Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools Spring Workshops for Boards and School Leaders at the Okemos Conference Center 
About Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools
Bay Mills Community College began authorizing charter schools in the year 2000 and now authorizes 42 schools serving approximately 22,000 students. Fall 2015: 22,729 and Spring 2016: 22,257
Our Mission: To ensure a quality education for urban, minority, and/or poor children by improving and expanding educational opportunities through innovative oversight methods. To provide academy boards with the necessary support and training so that they may make educated decisions that are in the best interest of the students that attend their academies.