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North Central Academy is a tuition-free K-12 public charter school created for quality — with an emphasis on project-based learning.

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North Central Academy creates a loving environment where kids feel safe so they can learn at a higher level.

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At North Central Academy, we teach students to do the right thing, because it is the right thing to do.

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The science behind our model of teaching kids how to learn is based on natural human development and how the brain learns best.

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At North Central Academy, we set the stage for teachers, students and parents to form real relationships that serve as the basis for students' success.

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North Central Academy uses a competency-based grading system to ensure quality work. Students earn an A, B or N ("not yet").

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The 1st Annual First Responder's Luncheon Was a Success!

North Central Academy would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to all of the First Responder's who took time out of their busy schedules to attend our luncheon. The event was a big success with representatives from Star Township Fire and Rescue, Otsego County EMS, Antrim County Ambulance Authority, Antrim County Sheriff, Michigan State Police, Mancelona Fire and Rescue, and South Torch Lake Fire and Rescue joining us for the afternoon. The NCA Advanced Choir treated everyone in attendance to a special performance of "Say Something" and an acapella rendition of "Mr. Sandman". A great time was had by all in attendance and we look forward to hosting the event again during the 2017-2018 school year!

Mrs. Hook's First & Second Grade Receives a Classroom Salute!

Classroom Salute

Recently, Joe Charlevoix with 7 & 4 News visited North Central Academy to check out some of the great things that NCA students are doing. Mrs. Hook's first and second graders were the first class to be featured on the news with their classroom salute airing this morning! The students were shown working on some fun pottery and painting projects in Ms. Hoffman's art class. Mr. Charlevoix visited several other classes while he was here, so keep your eyes peeled for more NCA students in the news!

First Responder's Appreciation Luncheon 5/19


On Friday, May 19, 2017 North Central Academy will be hosting a first responder's appreciation luncheon. The school has invited first responders from Antrim, Otsego and Kalkaska counties to join us for the afternoon. Invitations have been sent to fire departments, ambulance authorities and law enforcement for each county. In addition to thanking these agencies for their dedication and service to our communities, we feel it is an opportunity for the students of North Central Academy to interact with members of our community in a positive manner. We invite our families to also attend the luncheon and join us in thanking our community heroes. We look forward to seeing all of you on the 19th at noon. If you are interested in contributing to the luncheon, please contact our office at 231-584-2080.

4/28 Free Dress for Arbor Day Activities!

Tomorrow is Arbor Day! NCA students will have the opportunity to participate in grounds clean up and beautification projects throughout the day. As such, the decision has been made to have a school wide free dress day to allow them to participate without ruining their uniform items. When selecting your free dress apparel please keep the following in mind.

  • No stretch knit bottoms (leggings, athletic shorts, yoga pants etc)
  • Pants must be free of holes and tears.
  • Shorts must be longer than finger tip length.
  • Printed shirts must be appropriate for school.
  • Close toed shoes, no flip flops or sandals.
  • Jeans are welcome and encouraged! 
  • Bring your smiles!

NCA Logo featured on the new D.A.R.E car!

If you are an Antrim county resident, you may spot a fancy new D.A.R.E car running around the area. The car features the logos of area schools that Deputy John Morris services, including North Central Academy. Deputy Morris was kind enough to let us snap a few photos of his sharp new ride to share on our social media channels. NCA's new collegiate style logo looks great on Deputy Morris' car and it will look great on yours too! We have free car stickers available in the office for all families that want to showcase their NCA pride. Stop in and pick yours up today, or give us a call and we can send one home with your student!

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