Our Authorizer & Education Service Provider


Ferris State University: Imagine More

Ferris State University (FSU) authorized its first charter school in 1997 and now authorizes 16 schools throughout the state. FSU believes that each academy authorized will have a positive impact on:

    • the lives of the children and parents they serve;
    • the communities of the families they serve;
    • the taxpayers of the State of Michigan;
    • and ultimately, the societies of the world.

To accomplish this, each academy must provide an environment to achieve academic excellence by delivering quality programming and instruction for the children it serves. The virtues of character include the values of freedom, honesty, integrity, and civility, in addition to rigorous accountability to all stakeholders. The virtues of character are a part of our vision for each school academy.

Education Service Provider


Battle Creek Montessori Academy excels, in great part, because of its managing partner, Choice Schools Associates. Choice is a family-owned, Michigan-based, education service provider with a team that is passionate about all things Montessori. Choice partners with charter school founders who desire to provide better educational options for children throughout the State of Michigan. They not only specialize in public Montessori charter school education but also work with groups that are eager to provide specialized academic choices that are tailored to serve their own community.

For over two decades, Choice has carried out its mission to partner with school communities, empowering and equipping them to fulfill their unique mission. To date, they have been able to guide numerous different groups of founders through the charter school start-up and operation process, resulting in six unique public Montessori schools, two environmentally focused schools, seven traditional academies, and one child development center.

Over the years, Choice has developed a solid curriculum that links their schools in the Montessori philosophy but celebrates each community’s uniqueness. Choice believes the Montessori education is one of the greatest gifts children can receive. Our teachers combine both Montessori and Michigan Department of Education school standards. These dual responsibilities help ensure that your child is receiving the best education they possibly can. The mixed-age classes enable students to learn and develop at their own pace and develop their roles among peers. Please explore for yourself why Montessori works!

Choice’s Mission:
We partner with school communities, empowering and equipping them to fulfill their unique mission.

Choice’s Vision:
In our communities, everyone thrives. #EveryoneThrivesHere