About Tipton Academy

Enrollment Policy:

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.

Enrollment Preference:

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.

Tuition Free

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.

Teacher qualifications

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.

Creative Curriculum

The Creative Preschool Curriculum is based on the principles of active learning and support of a child's positive interactions with adults and peers



"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 imporvement 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


Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Board Approved Budget

Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Board Approved Budget

Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Board Approved Budget

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Board Approved Budget

Personnel Expenditures

Current Operating Expenditures

Educational Service Provider Transparency Reports

Current Bargaining Agreements

  • Our staff does not currently work under Bargaining Agreements

Employer Sponsored Health Care Plans

Employer Sponsored
Health Care Plans
Teachers Administration Paraprofessional Transportation


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Life Mutual of Omaha Mutual of Omaha Mutual of Omaha N/A
Dental Mutual of Omaha Mutual of Omaha Mutual of Omaha N/A
Vision Aetna Aetna Aetna N/A 
    • The Romine Group, the employer of all persons working at Tipton Academy, offers a benefit package to it's full time, contract staff. The package of benefits includes health, dental, vision, term life, and long-term-disability. In addition, most employees are able to participate in a 401k retirement plan
    • Employee Benefits at Tipton Academy | pdf | html

Audited Financial Statements

Procurement Policy

Expense Reimbursement Policy

Medical Benefit Plan Bids

  • We currently have no medical benefit plan bids

Accounts Payable Check Register

Employee Compensation Information

District Paid Association Dues

  • There were no district paid association dues for 2018-2019

District Paid Lobbying Costs

  • There were no district paid lobbying costs for 2018-2019

Approved Deficit Elimination Plan

  • The district has not incurred a deficit

District Credit Card Information

  • The district does not have district credit cards

District Paid Out-Of-State Travel Information

  • There was no out-of-state travel to report in 2018-2019

Long Term Debt Service

  • The district has no long term debt obligation.

Educator Evaluation Systems Postings and Assurances

Evaluation Forms

Days of Instruction

  • 181 Days

Charter Contract

ESP Agreement


Why Choose Tipton Academy | Enroll Michigan Charter School


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 morale standards, and strong family and community engagement.

The Tipton Academy Pillars of Education will be visible throughout the educational program and experience.

  1. High Moral Standards: Students will be held to high levels of moral and behavioral expectations during interactions with peers and staff members.
  2. Family and Community Engagement: We strive to have a family environment where students, staff, parents, and the community will participate in creating a lifelong value for lasting bonds, a sense of belonging, service, and community involvement that leads to student and adult success.
  3. Equitable Learning Experience: Our students will be provided an equitable education providing programs and academic experiences based on their individual needs that will help them to achieve their full academic potential.


The vision of Tipton Academy is to help all students become successful learners and prepare for the future.


  • All children must be respected and in turn learn to respect others.
  • All children can be inspired to learn by recognizing their unique gifts, talents, and modality of retrieving and using information.
  • All children learn best by engaging in real-life experiences in an atmosphere that is safe and orderly.
  • All children will be encouraged to build strong relationships, which will increase trust while positively impacting learning.
  • All staff will work as a “team” toward reaching the school’s mission and vision.
  • All stakeholders will be part of the Academy’s success by fostering a positive partnership.
  • All children can develop a responsible role and make contributions in a democratic society through a strong curriculum that challenges each of them to reach his or her potential.

Educational Philosophy

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 Chose Tipton Academy:

  • We are ONE BIG FAMILY! 
  • Highly Qualified, Certified Teachers
  • Safe/nurturing Environment
  • Small Class Sizes 
  • Full Day Kindergarten
  • Free 4 yr Old Preschool
  • Technology used by Teachers and Students
  • Before/After School Programs
  • Dress Code
  • Involved Parent Group/Volunteers
  • Computers/Smart Boards in all Classrooms
  • Emphasis on Character Education and Family Values
  • Music, Physical Education, Technology, Health, Foreign Language
  • Athletics 6-8 Grade | Basketball, Volleyball, Flag Football, Soccer, Cheerleading
  • Tutoring Program
  • Fieldtrips in all grades

1: (3:45-5) 4th/5th Activity night
2: 1/2 Day - End of quarter
8-9: Conferences -- 1/2 Days
12-16: Book Fair - in the West campus Gym
12: 50's Day - Dress in 50's clothes or uniform - bring can of food
12: (6:30) Pto Meeting
24: Santaland Parade

11 - Storytime with Santa - 3:30-5:30
10-14: Holiday Shop @ East
17-19: Holiday Shop @ West


Tipton Academy Contact Information | Phone Email Michigan Charter School

Tipton Academy East Campus

Grades Pre-K through 3rd

Administrative Assistants:  Tonya Letasz and Darlene Sensoli

Main Office:

1615 Belton St.
Garden City, MI 48135

Office Phone:  (734) 261-0500

Fax:  (734) 956-6360

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Tipton Academy West Campus

Grades 4th through 8th

Administrative Assistant: Julie Leidel

29205 Florence St.
Garden City, MI 48135

Office Phone:  (734) 796-7676

Fax:  (734) 338-2367