As a charter school in the state of Michigan, Academy will be open to all pupils in grades K-12 (following the grade expansion plan) who are qualified for admission to a public school under the laws of the State of Michigan and who reside within the state of Michigan. Within one year after the charter school begins operation, the population of the school shall reasonably reflect the racial and ethnic composition of the special population that the school seeks to serve residing within the local school administrative unit in which the school is located.
The Academy will be open to all students entering the grades served by the school, subject to the provisions of the enrollment policy, with the only limit being the number of available seats. In administering the admission requirements set forth below, no admission decision shall discriminate against any student on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion, or ancestry.
In accordance with the law in the state of Michigan, the Academy may refuse admission to any student who has been expelled or suspended from a public school until the period of suspension or expulsion has expired.
The Academy will have an open enrollment period starting in or after approximately March of each year with duration of 2 weeks (14 consecutive days). After the first year, in the weeks prior to the open enrollment period, the school will conduct a re-enrollment period where current students will have the opportunity to claim their continuation for the upcoming school year. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of spots available, there will be an open and public lottery on that date. There will be written notice of the open lottery stating its purpose and it shall be posted, published and advertised pursuant to required laws.
Preference is first given to currently enrolled students. Next preference would like to be afforded to the following ordered categories of applicants:
1 . Siblings of currently enrolled students who were admitted to the school in a previous year.
2. All remaining applicants
Random Selection Drawing (RSD or Lottery):
The lottery will be held in a public forum and will be easily understood and followed by all observers. All students whose applications were filed by the application deadline will be separated by grade and entered into the lottery. A drawing of names by grade will then be held until all spaces are filled. An impartial individual will draw the names. To minimize the risk of bias, the school will exclude from the task of drawing names those who are employed by the school, or whose relatives are school employees, as well as those who are seeking admission for their children. One surname shall be entered into the lottery to represent all of the multiple birth siblings. If that surname of the multiple birth siblings is selected, then all of the multiple birth siblings shall be offered the first available seat in their respective grade or placed on a Sibling Priority Waiting List. Siblings are defined as children who have at least one common parent/legal guardian AND are living in the same household at least 50% of the time. Once all seats for a grade are filled, any names drawn from that grade will be entered onto a waitlist in the order that they are drawn. Parents will be notified of student acceptance or status on the waitlist by mail. When an opening becomes available at a grade level, students will be admitted first from the Sibling Priority Waiting List and then from the regular Waiting List if there are no siblings waiting at that grade level.
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure.
The program is tuition free for families of eligible children who turn 4 years of age by Dec. 1st.
4 Free full days with optional wrap around(for a fee)
Visit the office for more details concerning eligibility.
Each classroom of 16-18 students has an experienced, highly qualified teaching staff!
Lead Teachers hold a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Development.
Associate Teachers hold a minimum of a CDA, a credential in early childhood development.
A third teacher for classrooms with 17 or 18 children.
Play-based, child-centered, and grounded in research, the HighScope Curriculum features active learning at its core. In a HighScope classroom, children are guided to explore, interact, and exercise their creative imagination through purposeful play.
"The intimate setting and smaller student numbers compared to public schools affords the children the privelege of more personal attention from the teachers. Plus, the teachers are there because they want to be and it shows."
-parent of a preeschooler
"I enjoy that my daughter goes to school with a smile on her face and comes home with one. My favorite part is her class size, no more than 24!"
-parent of a 4th grader
"I have seen a serious improvement in my daughter since she began attending Tipton. She is confident in the subjects that she previously struggled with, and she actually enjoys going to school. The small class sizes and the positive energy that come from the staff are a huge benefit."
-parent of a 5th grader
"I'm a first responder and just now getting a chance to acknowledge how well Tipton has come together and really have been on top of the Covid-19 school shut down. Y'all rocked it and seriously were weeks ahead of most other schools in the area. You guys implemented and applied resources quickly and very effectively. In a time where things caught all of us off guard you all need to be recognized. I wish I could have sent this to you much sooner, but it's been a very busy and stressful past couple of months and I just couldn't get the time. Thank you for all that you and your staff have been doing in these hard times! "
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The mission of Tipton Academy: Tipton Academy, in partnership with students, staff, parents and community members will challenge all students to realize their full potential by providing them with the highest quality educational program through individualized academic achievement, high moral standards, and strong family and community engagement.
The Tipton Academy Pillars of Education will be visible throughout the educational program and experience.
The vision of Tipton Academy is to help all students become successful learners and prepare for the future.
Tipton Academy represents “team spirit” and “positive partnerships” with students and families, all school staff and members of the community.
The teaching staff is keenly aware that they must be positive role models and caring instructors and exhibit characteristics such as integrity, creativity, loyalty, responsibility, honesty, and intelligence that are valued by all stakeholders.
In addition, it is very important that both the teacher and the parent communicate regularly regarding their children. Both should be open and responsive to one another’s suggestions and concerns.
Why Choose Tipton Academy?
We are fortunate to have a very active and supportive Parent Teacher Organization! Our PTO has helped our school by planning events such as Fall Fest to help with projects such as building a GAGA ball pit, fence, and picnic table for students. Every year they support our teachers and staff through appreciation events and gifts including "stock the fridge" where they fill the staff refrigerator with snacks and water to show their love for our team! The PTO is an essential part of our family and we are grateful for all of their efforts.
For more information or to become a part of our family please contact them at
Grades Pre-K through 3rd
Administrative Assistants: Tonya Letasz and Darlene Sensoli
1615 Belton St.
Garden City, MI 48135
Office Phone: (734) 261-0500
Fax: (734) 956-6360
Grades 4th through 8th
Administrative Assistant: Julie Leidel
29205 Florence St.
Garden City, MI 48135
Office Phone: (734) 796-7676
Fax: (734) 338-2367