Our goal is to provide the creative freedom that sparks a passion for learning. Problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration will be at the heart of our educational programming, and all instruction will be guided by best practices and robust research. Like the high-performing schools of Finland, we “prepare children to learn how to learn, not how to take a test.”
Opening with 100 ninth graders, New School High will reach maximum enrollment of 400 students over four years. Research consistently shows that positive, personal relationships are essential for learning; by keeping classes under 25 students, we’re developing a connected environment where each student is known well by every adult.
New School High is chartered by Central Michigan University, the state’s most experienced authorizer (Download Charter Contract). As a free public school academy, all Michigan students who are eligible to attend high school, regardless of where they live, may be enrolled. There are no entrance examinations, grade prerequisites, or tuition costs required for admission. If more students apply than there are available seats by the open enrollment deadline, admission will be determined by a public lottery which will take place the following week.