Passionate. Committed. Enthusiastic. Motivated.
If those four words describe your thoughts on education and today’s children then you are in the right place! MIChoice is devoted to bringing passionate, committed, enthusiastic and motivated Founding members on board by helping them to bring their dream school to life!
MIChoice is energized by the opportunity to work with Founders who are committed to egalitarian principles and to equal access and equal results for all children. Our decision to work with Founders is based on “fit.” Our conversations will be reciprocating discussions to be sure we make a good team, committed to the same principles and practices. MIChoice believes we have only one reason for trying to create another educational choice — improved, first class education for all children. We believe all parents send us children that are ready and able to learn, and each is blessed with strengths, gifts, and talents. Together, we can make children’s lives better through partnerships with parents and communities.
So you are interested? That’s great! Below you will find the first steps needed for completion prior to the start of your dream school.
Attaining a Charter
How we can help…
Receiving a charter from a Michigan Authorizer can be a difficult and lengthy process. There are four agencies in which you can apply for a charter: a public university, a community college, an intermediate school district and a local school district. We will consult with you to decide on the most suitable Authorizers for your desired school. For further support, MIChoice has an application writer who can write, co-author, rewrite, and or revise the charter application at each phase of charter development. Additionally we have a strong relationship with a Michigan law firm with extensive experience in preparation of charter contract documents.
Selecting a Location/Building Site
How we can help…
Finding a suitable building gets tougher every year due to the increase in charter schools statewide and due to the resistance of public schools to lease or sell vacated school buildings to charter schools. Start the hunt sooner rather than later. MIChoice will assist you on securing the appropriate square footage required to house the planned educational program, on enrollment projections for the selected area, and on the suitability of an area for a charter school. However, MIChoice is not interested in being the landlord for a charter school. We ethically struggle with the compromised governance relationship when the management company is the landlord so we don’t lease property or finance buildings. Through our symbiotic relationship with Choice Schools, we do have contacts within the school finance community.
In addition to MIChoice staff, we have a relationship with an experienced architect in charter school building studies, cost efficient plans, and working with the State Office of Fire Safety. We work closely with a law firm who has extensive experience in charter school law and building leases.
Securing Start-Up Funding
How we can help…
MIChoice will provide opportunities for Founders to secure startup funding for a new charter school. MIChoice has a relationship with a Michigan based bank that will make startup loans available. Founders and the Academy Boards are always welcome to secure startup funding from other sources.
The process is not necessarily an easy one but our relationship mixed with your dedication and motivation to change the lives of students in your community will truly make all the difference in the lives that we touch each and every day in our schools.
So what are you waiting for? Contact Vice President, Sarah Wildey at sarahwildey [at] choiceschools.com to begin the conversation with the MIChoice senior leadership team today.
(Please note: MIChoice will not enter agreements where we sense any forms of racism, sexism, elitism, or extremism.)