The Bay Mills authorized Lansing Charter Academy, founded in 2009, builds its students up through a diverse education coupled with a strong moral focus. Going strong with 542 students, the Academy offers a variety of programs, both inside and outside of school hours. Everything from arts-based classes and after school care contributes to the positive experience provided by Lansing Charter Academy.
Each month, the Academy focuses on a "monthly virtue" and incorporates that virtue into every aspect of their teaching. This tradition emboldens their Moral Focus and gives students the opportunity to be recognized and celebrated for living out these monthly virtues daily. By delving into the importance of wisdom, respect, gratitude, self-control, perseverance, courage, encouragement, compassion and integrity, students learn how to respect both themselves and others. This deep respect translates into contracts that are formed by students and teachers in which detail how they will treat one another.
The Lansing Charter Academy also focuses on academic excellence and personal responsibility, which is presented through a S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education. Specials, which are classes outside of core curriculum, amplify the scientific side with technology classes and the arts side with music classes. The Academy believes that learning is a "
lifelong process that extends beyond the walls of the classroom", which is why they offer a variety of extracurriculars, including art club, chess club and community services opportunities. Students even have the chance to be a part of the well-known Science Olympiad and participate in the Annual Science Experience. At the Science Experience, children and their parents take part in forensics-based activities and interact with scientists in every field.
The focus of the Lansing Charter Academy centers on building responsibility and accountability in their students, in turn creating excitement for learning. Adding a Moral Focus has kept students on track to respect themselves, their classmates, educators and parents. What makes them different is that they reach higher, build character, expect more and work together. Their principle and leader, Phobie Perkins, strives to: "create and foster an environment of teaching and learning".