I think we make a difference together. We are a freer people than if we hadn’t fought this good fight.” ~ Charlton Heston
Dear Charlton Heston Academy Community Members:
Sharing in the successes thus far at Charlton Heston Academy (CHA) has been nothing short of awesome! Each and every day it becomes more and more apparent that CHA has broken the mold of traditional education.
As we move forward together I am constantly reminded of a community that is uncompromising in the pursuit of high-quality education for all students, leading to college and career readiness. This quest began nearly nine years ago with the closure of the St. Helen Elementary School. The journey to reopen a school in the town of St. Helen meant putting aside popular opinion in order to do what is right for kids. The closure of St. Helen Elementary School was initially thought of as a disaster by local residents. However, the closure actually proved to be an opportunity for the community to reunite stronger than ever, educate themselves on everything public education, and open a community school that provides parents with another quality educational option for their children.
Please join me in applauding the following feats of CHA this far:
Purchasing and renovating the former St. Helen Elementary School building
The completion of the facility expansion
Building a team of passionate educators willing to do whatever it takes for students to succeed
Expanding grade levels from K-4 to now offering daycare/pre-k through grade 12 and the Early College
Increasing enrollment from 140 students in August 2012 to 870 in 2021-2022
Reopening a Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) pre-k program with three classrooms
Adding Career and Technical Education beginning with Cosmetology, Automotive Technology, and Public Safety/Fire Safety, Welding, Construction Trades, Information Technology/Gaming and more to be added soon!
Providing education to students from the St. Helen, Roscommon, Prudenville, Houghton Lake, Merritt, West Branch, Rose City, Alger, Lupton, Gladwin, Luzerne, Crawford County, and beyond
Partnering with Lake Superior State University on board governance training, policy development, and experiential opportunities for students
Creating a student-focused atmosphere with an 11:1 student to instructional staff ratio, constantly focused on academic achievement and ongoing opportunities for student leadership
CHA stakeholders having a direct influence on state and local education policy development
Creating partnerships with local and regional organizations, including the Central Michigan District Health Department, Michigan State University Extension Office, Roscommon County Road Commission, Regional Chamber of Commerce and many others
The addition of activities and athletics including Football, Bowling, Cheer, Cross Country, Basketball, Wrestling, Track and Field, Volleyball, Robotics, Chess Club, Gaming Club, International Travel, Golf, D&D, and more…
Partnership with LSSU to offer on-site and online college classes to grades 8-12 and Early College
Created an extended school day to eliminate knowledge and learning loss