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Getting Mad About Schools - I have spent a lot of time in the worst schools. What strikes me is how little anger is ever expressed about the mediocre lessons, low standards and decrepit conditions that characterize such places. When I ask good teachers why more is not being done, it can't be helped, they say. Getting mad won't do any good. But when Mike Feinberg became angry and did something outrageous, it did make a difference and after several other such episodes him -- he and his young and energetic staff had produced the greatest gains for low-income students anywhere in Houston, or the country for that matter.

Michigan Alliance for Charter School Reform (MACSR) - MACSR is an alliance of individuals and organizations working to improve public oversight of Michigan charter schools (public school academies), charter school management companies, and authorizing institutions.


Assessing the KIPP Schools: A New Perspective - Richard Rothstein has just published with three co-authors a short piece on the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), the nation's most interesting and most successful response so far to the problem of low achievement in inner city and rural public schools. What is most important about Rothstein's article is that it leaves intact, and I think in some ways strengthens, KIPP's reputation for significantly raising the reading and math abilities of low-income children. It also makes a good case -- without actually trying to do so -- for introducing into all low-performing schools KIPP's longer school days and year, stronger motivational techniques and better principal and teacher recruitment methods.


New Guide! Successful Charter Schools
USDOE, October 15, 2004
Twelve years after the first charter school was launched, nearly 3,000 charter schools nationwide serve as beacons of public school innovation and reform due to an unprecedented combination of freedom and accountability: freedom to lengthen the school day, require dress codes, put teachers on school boards, and adopt any instructional practice that will help achieve the mission of building the skills students need to succeed in today's world. How these schools have boosted student achievement is the focus of a new guide from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement. Successful Charter Schools offers practical advice and concrete examples from eight charter schools, all of which are meeting state standards of accountability for all students under the No Child Left Behind Act. The charter schools range from those educating urban students in largely underserved public schools to those serving parents in more affluent communities who want an alternative to the local public school program. The first of two sections provides an overview of common elements, including organizational structure, leadership and mission, novel curricula and programs, efforts to promote a community of continuous learning, partnerships and accountability for results. It also includes such illustrative samples as one school's list of parent involvement activities for which parents commit to serve 20 hours annually. The second section provides rich descriptions about each of the schools featured, which include The Arts and Technology Academy Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.; BASIS School, Inc., Tuscon, Ariz.; Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul, Minn.; KIPP Academy Houston, Houston, Texas; Oglethorpe Charter School, Savannah, Ga.; Ralph A. Gates Elementary School, Lake Forest, Calif.; Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, Boston, Mass.; and The School of Arts and Sciences, Tallahassee, Fla. For a free copy of Successful Charter Schools, while supplies last, contact the Department's publications center at 1-877-4ED-PUBS with identification number EU 0109P.


Michigan Public School Academies (Charter Schools) Q&A - click here (PDF).

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Resource From Another Parent: An interesting report on Michigan charter schools. (Chapter three is about special education in Michigan charters.)
Resource From Another Parent: "What's Public About Charter Schools" by Gary Miron and Chris Nelson (Corwin Press, 2000)  Book contains updated data and provides a more lengthy discussion of the policy implications.


Featured Website: Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) - KIPP is a national, non-profit organization that trains school leaders to open and run academically rigorous public schools.  Our schools provide historically underserved students with the knowledge, skills, and character needed to succeed in top-quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world beyond.


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Charter Schools:  The Ins and Outs - A charter school is a public school created by a formal agreement (charter) between an individual or group of individuals and a local school district, state or independent governing board.


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Featured Website: The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) - For many years AERO has been helping people who want to start new educational alternatives from many different approaches, including democratic schools, homeschool resource centers, public and private alternatives, charter schools and more. AERO provides information, resources and guidance through books, magazines, software, on-line services, consultations, support groups, and organizational information and seminars in the field of alternative education.


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Seven Schools for Troubled Teens - Say your teenager has skidded off the college-bound track, and you’re worried about everything from substance-abuse issues and inappropriate sexual activity to behavior problems and emotional struggles. If you’ve reached the stressed-out point of considering a boarding school designed to help turn your child’s life around, Dave Marcus has assembled this short list of boarding schools he thinks do a particularly good job of helping kids get back on track.


School of Shock - Eight states are sending autistic, mentally retarded, and emotionally troubled kids to a facility that punishes them with painful electric shocks. How many times do you have to zap a child before it's torture? The Rotenberg Center is the only facility in the country that disciplines students by shocking them. Over its 36-year history, six children have died in its care, prompting numerous lawsuits and government investigations. Last year, New York state investigators filed a blistering report that made the place sound like a high school version of Abu Ghraib. Yet the program continues to thrive -- in large part because no one except desperate parents, and a few state legislators, seems to care about what happens to the hundreds of kids who pass through its gates.


Vision For A New Way - "A critical paradigm shift, which includes a change in mindset and behavior, is needed for any school to be in the forefront of providing effective options for children with disabilities." The Vision For A New Way website is designed to present a model for special education proposed by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies. It includes Tool Kits on Instructional Strategies, Technical Assistance Resources, Parent Resource Center, Building a Terrific Relationship with Your ISD, and Administration. It also includes current educational grant opportunities, special education resources and opportunities for professional development.


Charter High Schools: Closing the Gap in Charter High Schools - The U.S. Department of Education recently published a new guide that focuses on eight charter high schools that are raising the achievement levels of traditionally underserved student populations. The guide, Charter High Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap, reveals how these schools are using innovative instructional approaches to close the gap between the highest-performing students and those lagging behind. As independent public schools operating with more freedom than their traditional counterparts, charter schools promise greater academic results by developing creative solutions to the problems faced by many public high schools. The schools profiled in the guide are distinctively diverse but share six characteristics. They: are mission-driven; focus on college preparation; teach for mastery; provide support to students; value professional learning; and hold themselves accountable. The schools were chosen from over 400 charter high schools that are meeting academic targets under the No Child Left Behind Act and are closing achievement gaps by holding students to high academic standards. They are: Gateway High School (Calif.); Media and Technology Charter High School (Mass.); Minnesota New Country School; North Star Academy Charter School of Newark (N.J.); The Preuss School (Calif.); The SEED Public Charter School (District of Columbia); Toledo School for the Arts (Ohio); and YES College Preparatory School (Texas). For a free copy of the guide, call 1-877-4ED-PUBS with identification number ED002720P, while supplies last, or visit


MI CLASSROOM CRISIS: Detroit Parents See Charters as Best Hope for Kids - The area is so downtrodden, it's a surprise to anyone approaching University Preparatory High School, a stunning collection of glass and metal soaring above its dingy neighbors. University Prep, a charter school, is seeking the answer to one of this nation's biggest mysteries: how to get more urban kids to finish high school and go on to college.

MI Implementing the Secret of Success - Experiment aims to motivate urban youths to achieve. Across I-94 from Wayne State University is a neighborhood of rundown houses cut up into rundown apartments. The area is so downtrodden, it's a surprise to anyone approaching University Preparatory High School, a stunning collection of glass and metal soaring above its dingy neighbors.

MI LOOKING FOR A BETTER EDUCATION: Unhappy Parents Go Back To DPS - Charter schools promise, don't deliver, they say. While thousands have left the Detroit Public Schools, some have returned with horror stories about their charter school experiences. Parents complain about uncertified teachers, high teacher turnover and unkept promises.

CLASSROOM CRISIS: Moneymaking Charters Have Few Checks - A fringe benefit of attending a charter school run by a company called Charter School Administrative Services has been that selected students get to visit a chic mansion outside of Atlanta.


MI At-risk Kids Get Education Boost - Commerce Twp. middle-schoolers who struggle get help in alternative program. When Kandiss Keller tried to understand her homework last year, she would often get frustrated and give up. This school year, she has the help of Skills for Success, an alternative middle school program that meets twice a day, at the beginning and end of the school day.


Alternative Schooling Not Required, U.S. Court Rules - Although Michigan's constitution guarantees the right to a free public elementary and secondary education, neither it nor state law provides a right to alternative education for those older than the drop-out age of 16, a panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in a case arising from the notorious 2000 murder of a New Baltimore teen pizza worker.


MI Charter Schools: 10 Years of Success and Failure - A decade after the first charter schools opened in Michigan, the alternative public schools still inspire the same kind of debate they did in 1994. Charter schools celebrated their 10-year anniversary this week, but even after a decade of operation, there's no consensus on their effectiveness. "We are basically right where we started," said Michigan State University Professor David Plank, co-director of the Education Policy Center.


Pioneering Charter School Remains Model for Success - Ten years ago, a group of San Carlos parents and community members took advantage of a new opportunity in public education: They ripped apart California's 7,800-page education rule book and designed a school as they saw fit.


MI Report Evaluates University-sponsored Schools; Many CMU Charters Miss Progress Goals - Central Michigan University, which sponsors about a third of Michigan's charter schools, has the state's third-worst record at making "adequate yearly progress" in its elementary charter programs.


MI No Child Puts Strain on Charters - A Michigan Department of Education analysis shows charter schools are more likely to face sanctions for failing to meet federal standards than traditional schools and are less likely to have certified teachers.


MI Charter School Oversight Concerns State Legislators - Legislators say they are paying attention to Walter French Academy, whose closure this summer could affect whether Michigan allows more university-run charter schools.


FL Academy's Tactics Worry Some Parents - Live Oak Academy is by many accounts a model program housing 60 girls whose crimes deem them to be a moderate threat to the community.


MI Bay Mills Authorizes Two New Charters - Today, the Bay Mills Community College (BMCC) Board of Regents authorized the establishment of two new charter schools in Michigan. The Board also voted to authorize two existing schools.


MI Attorney General Rules On Charter School Board Action - In response to a question posed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Watkins, Michigan Attorney General Mike COX today held the board of directors of a Public School Academy may only conduct business so long as a majority of its members are present.


MI Cox Rules Schools Must Enroll Ex-charter School Students - Traditional public school districts must enroll students within their boundaries who leave public school academies and may not treat them as nonresidents, Attorney General Michael Cox ruled Wednesday. He said the districts must accept the students regardless of when in the academic year they elect to transfer, importantly even after the official count day when state aid is calculated.


MI How the Unions Killed a Dream - A Philanthropist withdraws his offer to donate $200 million to Detroit's inner city public schools. In 1999, an unassuming Michigan road builder named Bob Thompson sold his construction company for $442 million, an amount he and his wife Ellen believed was far more than they needed for retirement. [Source]


MI AYP for Charter School Management Companies? - Schools managed by six companies fail to perform as well as low-scoring traditional public schools.


MI LOCAL COMMENT: No logic in adding charter schools - The other day, I was helping my fifth-grade son do his math homework. For the math problem 2 5/6 times 3 2/3, he initially got an answer of 4 and a fraction. But he realized it had to be wrong. He knew that just 2 times 3 equals 6. He applied logic. Logic, unfortunately, does not seem to be incorporated into the arguments of those seeking to dramatically increase the number of charter schools. A current Senate bill provides for lifting the cap on the number of schools universities can charter by 300 over the next 10 years.


Opting out of Public Education Part I: Private School Alternatives - There comes a point for many families where public education is no longer a viable option for their children. Perhaps services are too limited, staff too oblivious to the child's needs, or a family just feels that the constant negative environment is having a detrimental effect of the child's self-esteem and love of learning. So what are the choices beyond the neighborhood public school and how does a family decide which is the best choice for a specific child?

TX When Discipline Turns Fatal - Texas lacks tough law on prone restraint that's banned in three states.


Troubled Kids, Far From Home - Probing care, oversight at treatment centers.


PA Einstein Academy Loses Its Charter - A state board upheld findings by Morrisville's school district. The online school will appeal.

At the Top of the Class - KIPP programs could revolutionize charter schools in poor districts—if they can just keep their grades up.


D.C. Public Boarding School Preps Inner-City Kids - The students are all neatly dressed in uniforms. The average classroom has 14 kids, and each of them is prepared, engaged, and eager to learn.  Outside of class, students get regular exposure to professionals in a variety of fields. In other words, this place boasts many of the advantages that you would find at any good private school. That's what makes the SEED Public Charter School of Washington, DC such a bold step in educational reform.


MI Charters Planning to Open Despite Watkins' Concerns - At least one of the seven public school academies chartered by Bay Mills Community College to open in the fall is moving ahead despite refusal by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Watkins to recognize the schools without proof the college can properly oversee them.


At the Top of the Class - KIPP programs could revolutionize charter schools in poor districts—if they can just keep their grades up.


Education's virtual transformation - Welcome to the new face of public education. Called virtual or cyber charter schools, the programs combine public education, home schooling, virtual education and big business.


MI Cox Allows Charter Schools With Multiple Locations (Gongwer, March 7, 2003)


MI State Is Foolish to Turn Down $500 Million Gifts to Education - Inflexible policy blocks new Detroit schools and a college in Washtenaw County.


MI Fight for charter schools continues in Michigan - Few issues in education are as controversial as charter schools.


Court Case Involving Unilateral Placement: Florence County Sch. Dist. IV v. Shannon Carter (510 U. S. 7) - Shannon’s parents filed this suit in July 1986, claiming that the school district had breached its duty under IDEA to provide Shannon with a “free appropriate public education,” 1401(a)(18), and seeking reimbursement for tuition and other costs incurred at Trident. After a bench trial, the District Court ruled in the parents’ favor. The court held that the school district’s proposed educational program and the achievement goals of the IEP “were wholly inadequate” and failed to satisfy the requirements of the Act. App. to Pet. for Cert 27a. The court further held that “[a]lthough [Trident Academy] did not comply with all the procedures outlined in [IDEA],” the school “provided Shannon an excellent education in substantial compliance with all the substantive requirements” of the statute. Id. at 37a.

MI Gongwer 12-14-02 Charter Bill Felled by Impatient Senate, Plodding House


MI Charter school study finds support is solid - MSU report may play role in effort to lift current cap.


Gongwer 11-27-02 Federal Regulations Could Push Up Charter Schools


Charter Schools - Secretary Paige announced $198 million for helping set up, develop, & expand charter schools & also for promoting the exchange of information regarding what works to improve student performance.  


Read the article from MIRS 7/31/02 - Cyber' Schools — Only A Matter Of Time?


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Resource: The National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC)

A non-profit association whose mission is to represent private special education programs and affiliated state associations and to ensure access for individuals to appropriate private special education programs and services as vital components of the special education continuum. The association consists of private early intervention services, schools, residential therapeutic centers, and adult living programs that serve both privately and publicly placed individuals with disabilities.

Council for American Private Education
The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) is a coalition of national organizations and state affiliates serving private elementary and secondary schools. Founded in 1971 to provide a coherent voice for private education, CAPE is dedicated to fostering communication and cooperation within the private school community and with the public sector to improve the quality of education for all of the nation’s children.


Accendo Academy
A Christian boarding school for troubled teens providing a residential Christian boys home alternative to teen boot camps and military schools.


Ann Arbor Academy

A Non Profit School For Students With Special Learning Needs

111 East Mosley
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734 747-6641
Fax: 734 747-9994


Archangel Academy

St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church

9252 Miller Rd.

Swartz Creek, MI 48473

Phone: 810-635-9100


A one-room school for K-12 devoted to providing an intimate, small-group approach to learning which allows each student to progress at his or her own rate. At the same time, the curriculum is academically very advanced, including French for all levels, Science, History, Geography, Grammar, Literature and more. Parents receive a report card on their child's progress in academics and behavior weekly. Field trips and special projects are also part of our program.


Aspen Education Group

17100 Pioneer Boulevard, Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90701-2709
Toll Free: (888) 97-ASPEN
Phone: 562.467.5500
Fax: 562.402.7036

Aspen Education Group (AEG) is an organization that is committed to improving the quality of life for youth and their families. Headquartered in Cerritos, California. Aspen operates forty-eight (48) programs in nine (9) states. Aspen has been providing innovative quality educational programs that promote academic and personal growth for over two decades.  Provides options of Special Ed Day Schools, Residential Programs, Wilderness/Outdoors Programs and more. 


Bellefaire JCB is a pioneer in the care, treatment and education of young people and their families for over 130 years. Some of the services and programs offered by Bellefaire JCB include mental health focused residential treatment for adolescents, foster care (including treatment/therapeutic), independent living, adoption and many community- and school-based programs.

Bellefaire JCB and Monarch School and Boarding Academy for Autism

22001 Fairmount Boulevard, Shaker Heights, OH 44118

Phone: 216-320-8504
In 2000 Bellefaire JCB opened the doors of Monarch School for Children and Adolescents with Autism. The goal of Monarch School is to provide the ultimate in individualized programming for children on the autism spectrum, helping them to reach their potential academically and socially. In January 2004 we opened the Monarch Boarding Academy. The Boarding Academy is a unique residential program that extends the programming of Monarch School specifically for children and teens on the autism spectrum into a residential home setting. We provide highly individualized services for children on all areas of the spectrum; however, children in the Boarding Academy typically have more challenging needs that cannot be managed in the home by the families or in the community. Through a collaborative effort with Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston, and Massachusetts General Hospital, Monarch Services for Children and Adolescents with Autism is developing a state-of-the-art teaching model that is philosophy neutral and has established itself as a Center of Excellence in teaching children with autism. Bellefaire JCB and Monarch Boarding Academy are ISBE approved.


Brehm Preparatory School; Options Program at Brehm
Carbondale, IL
A family style boarding school for students grades 6-12; a community based post secondary program focusing on the transition to college and/or career.

The Bridge School

545 Eucalyptus Avenue, Hillsborough, California 94010-6404 USA

Phone: (650) 696-7295

Fax: (650) 342-7598

The Bridge School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications and through the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative life-long educational strategies.

To request an informational packet including application materials, e-mail Joyce Cameron. Be sure to include your full mailing address.


Crotched Mountain School

1 Verney Drive

Greenfield, NH  03047

Phone:  (603) 547-3311 ext. 394


Crystal Springs School

Southeast Massachusetts

Phone:  (508) 644-36101 or (800) 840-8087

Providing quality residential, special education and treatment services in a professionally caring, homelike environment since 1953.


The Davidson Academy of Nevada provides profoundly gifted middle and high school students a structured and supervised educational program with access to university classes, professors, laboratories, libraries, and mentors. When students have earned their high school diploma, they will have the opportunity to become fully matriculated students of the University of Nevada, enrolled in the University’s Honors Program while continuing to have all of the Davidson Academy resources, support and counseling services as well as access to the Academy’s facility until the end of the semester in which they turn 18 years old.


DomAsh Day School
Offering the best, most affordable secular curriculum for pre-k to eighth grade. We also offer on site classes in Flint, MI. Curriculum is geared to each child's specific needs. Support, electives, grading, filing, and transcripts are available.

Eton Academy

1755 Melton 

Birmingham, MI 48009  

Phone: (248) 642-1150  

Fax: (248) 642-3670


Evergreen Center

345 Fortune Boulevard

Milford, MA  01757  

Phone: (508) 478-2631 


The Glenholme School

The Glenholme School is a special needs school for students with behavioral and learning disabilities. Located in Washington, CT.


The Gow School

The Gow School is a college preparatory school for those with dyslexia or similar language based learning differences; grades 7-12.

Heartspring School

8700 East 29th Street North

Wichita, KS  67226

Phone:  (800) 835-1043


Heinzerling Memorial Foundation (Children's Facility)
1800 Heinzerling Drive
Columbus, OH 43223-3698
Phone: (614) 272-8888
Fax: (614) 272-9989
The Heinzerling Foundation is based on a developmental model, not a medical model as is the case in hospitals and nursing homes. While we recognize that the excellent medical care is a vital part of our residents' well-being, we feel that educational, social, recreational, therapeutic, and dietary needs are equally as important for one's development and quality of life. Our residents enjoy camping, zoo trips, movies, Kings Island trips, swimming, dances, and other recreational activities. We encourage the families of our residents to participate in the activities and welcome their involvement in every aspect of their child's life.

Hidden Lake Academy

Dahlonega, GA. 

Phone: 1-800-394-0640. 

Cost: $5,000 a month - is a medical tax write off if a doctor writes that the school is needed.  Also
health insurance will reimburse some when itemized bills provided by the school are submitted.

Parent Comment:  "It was a life saver for our son and I would have chosen it again.  He is so self-regulated and his self-confidence has come a long way. He has made good friends among students and staff.   He would never have had all the opportunities without this school.   He has grown emotionally, physically, and spiritually at HLA. He is ready to move on to College now." 


Lake Michigan Academy

2428 Burton SE

Grand Rapids, MI  49546

Phone:  616-464-3330

Lake Michigan Academy is a state certified, non-profit school for students with learning disabilities.  We serve first through twelfth grade students with average to above average intelligence.  


Learning Circle Academy
2075 Walnut Lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
Phone (248) 538-0115
Fax (248) 865-7670
Learning Circle Academy is the only school in southeastern Michigan designed exclusively for students with complex learning disabilities, which may also be accompanied by difficulties in language processing, sensory integration, and social skills.


May Institute
One Commerce Way
Norwood, MA 02062
May Institute is a private, nonprofit organization committed to providing the highest standard of behavioral healthcare, education, and rehabilitative services to individuals with autism, PDD, and other developmental disabilities. Featured in the book, In Search of America's Best Nonprofits (Jossey-Bass, 1997), May touches the lives of 25,000 individuals and their families each year. An active center of research and training, and maintains affiliations with more than 44 universities, hospitals, and human service agencies worldwide.

MI Mays Founder Plans Expansion - Founder of all-boys academy expects to offer classes through 12th grade by 2006.


Melmark School

Wayland Road

Berwyn, PA  19312

Phone:  (888) MELMARK

Fax:  (610) 353-4956

An educational program on an 80-acre country campus with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court, riding stables, adaptive playground and recreation center.  Our approved private day and boarding school serves children ages 5-21 who have neurological impairments, autism/pervasive developmental disorders, mild to profound mental retardation, and/or challenging behaviors and complex medical problems.


New Leaf Academy

Oregon Campus Address and Contact Info:
New Leaf Academy
PO Box 6454
Bend, Oregon 97708-6454
Phone: 541-318-1676
Fax: 541-318-1709
North Carolina Address and Contact Info:
New Leaf Academy
2075 N. Rugby Road
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28791
Toll Free: 866-479-LEAF (5323)
Phone: 828-280-1578
Fax: 828-668-4751

A boarding school for girls 11-14 who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, Tourette's Syndrome/non-verbal type, mood, bi-polar or conduct disorder, depression or anxiety with locations in Oregon and North Carolina.


Oakland School
Boyd Tavern
Keswick, Virginia 22947
Phone: 434-293-9059
Fax: 434-296-8930

Oakland is a co-ed boarding and day school in central Virginia for children with dyslexia, learning disabilities and other learning difficulties.


The Pathway School
162 Egypt Road
Norristown, PA 19403
Phone: 610-277-0660

Pathway's educational, clinical, and residential programs are directed toward maximizing the potential of young people who struggle with complex learning and neuropsychiatric disorders. The diagnosis may include one or more of the following: Asperger's Disorder or Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified; Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; and Tourette's Disorder. The continuum of services within The Pathway School can be adjusted in all program areas to provide the necessary support and structure to stimulate personal growth and development.

Penrickton Center for Blind Children

26530 Eureka Road

Taylor, MI 48180
Phone: (734) 946-7500
Fax: (734) 946-6707
You can visit anytime Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. However, if you would like to visit with a specific staff person or in the evening, please contact us.

Penrickton Center for Blind Children was established in the City of Taylor, Michigan in 1952 by three families ( Penman, Ricker and Wigginton) as a day nursery for blind pre-schoolers because no such program existed. In the late 1950’s, Penrickton Center added a 5-day residential program and currently specialize in treating blind children ages one through twelve with a least one additional handicap such as deafness, cerebral palsy, brain damage, developmental delay and seizures. There is no charge for the program.


Purnell School

Phone: 908-439-2154
51 Pottersville Road
Pottersville, NJ 07979

"We teach differently because girls learn differently"
Girls at Purnell benefit from an innovative advising program, small classes and close relationships with both teachers and their peers. Purnell accepts girls who will be happier and more successful in a smaller setting. It is also a school for girls who are still trying to discover their potential, or who may have found success elusive in the past. We welcome girls with mild learning disabilities. International students are encouraged to apply. Whatever her background, a girl's talents are recognized and nurtured here and all Purnell girls go to college.

Steward Home School

4200 Lawrenceburg Road, Dept. B

Frankfort, KY  40601

Phone:  (502) 227-4821

Progressive education, home environment for the mentally challenged child and adult.  Opportunity for educational progress at any age - multiple recreational and social activities.  A year-round program with an active and full lifestyle among friends on an 800-acre bluegrass estate.  Established 1893.


TALC Academy
2054 Mountainside Drive
Burlington, Ontario
Canada L7P 1A8
A private school in Burlington, Ontario for children with learning disabilities and speech and language problems. Classes from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Nine. TALC Academy offers a individualized classroom program and daily one to one or small group support. There goal is to work intensively with their students so that they can return to the public school as successful learners. TALC Academy - Where struggling students learn to succeed.

16 Lakeshore Rd, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48021
(313) 885-8660 Macomb/Wayne

115 East Street P.O. Box 98, Jonesville, MI 49250

(517) 849-2151



Questions and Answers on Obligations of Public Agencies in Serving Children with Disabilities Placed by Their Parents at Private Schools
Author: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Year of Publication: 2000, Length: 23 pages, NO LONGER AVAILABLE FROM NICHCY


Alternative Schools


Kennedy Hope Academy
McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Mental Health Programs

30 Warren St.
Boston, MA 02135
Phone: 617-779-1677
Fax: 617-779-1654
The Kennedy Hope Academy is a 13-bed residential school providing intensive treatment to children with pervasive developmental disorders who have serious psychiatric illness or behavior problems. The program brings together the longstanding commitment of Franciscan's pediatric rehabilitation specialists and educators, as well as the resources and psychiatric expertise of McLean Hospital.


Macomb Academy of Arts & Sciences (Macomb County, MI) - School for academically gifted or talented students; click here for information on their student selection process. "Meeting the needs of the academically talented with a curriculum of integration and application."


Renaissance Alternative School

1413 W. Grand River Avenue
Howell, MI 48843
Phone: (517) 552-0569
Fax: (517) 552-0468


MYC Academy

Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy
Attn: Admissions & Graduate Affairs Office
5500 Armstrong Drive, Bldg. 13
Battle Creek, MI 49016-1099


The MYC Academy is a 17.5-month, three phase program. Cadets start with a two week Pre-Challenge phase at Fort Custer in Augusta, Michigan. Then, for 20 weeks they live, work, and study on-site with other 16-18 year old cadets.  In that 20 weeks, they will receive 400 hours of classroom instruction to prepare them for the G.E.D. exam. After completion of the 22-week resident phases, cadets graduate and continue their personal growth with an adult mentor, who will provide each graduate with assistance for the next 12 months in their own community.  There is NO COST to the cadet or his/her family for participation in this program. There is NO MILITARY OBLIGATION for participation.  


Village Glen School is an innovative, multidisciplinary and unique therapeutic day school specifically designed for children with challenges in the areas of socialization, communicative and pragmatic language development and peer relations. Many of the students served at Village Glen experience special needs associated with Asperger's Disorder, high functioning autism, anxiety-related disorders and non-verbal learning disabilities.

MI Michigan Youth ChalleNGe: Turnaround Time - Basic training pushes kids to the limit.


MI Last Chance: Get-tough Approach Challenges Michigan Kids - Naomi Cinko traveled 10 hours to arrive Sunday at the gates of Fort Custer Training Center and Day One of the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy. The academy run by the Michigan National Guard could be her best chance at attaining a high school diploma or its equivalent. Since its 1999 start, the academy has graduated more than 1,100 teens. Officials say that 90 percent become productive citizens by joining the work force, signing up for the military or attending college.


Read a few articles about the Challenge Program: MI Challenge Program Spared in Budget - The Challenge Program is Michigan's voluntary boot-camp style program for dropouts and at-risk youth. MI Academy Offers At-risk Youth a Second Chance - Michigan National Guard aids students at Battle Creek site. MI Bath program helps teens graduate - Students not able to finish school can earn credits at night.


Massachusetts Parents for Residential Reform

1135 Tremont Street Suite 420
Boston, MA 02120
Toll Free: 800-672-7084


MidCourse Correction Challenge Camp
Testimonial: "My wife and I are intensive treatment foster adoptive parents that have parented 21 at risk teens, mostly teen boys. Even with all our extra training we have come across some that need more than just the love and safety of a stable home. The MidCourse Correction Challenge camp was recommended to us by one of our boys counselors. That was two years ago. Today he is doing very well in school, no longer using marijuana, involved in school sports and a totally different boy. The MidCourse challenge staff genuinely care about the teens placed in their care. They have several follow up programs that are either free or inexpensive to mentor and continue the work they begin. My wife and I do not know where we would be today without having found this organization. It would be our pleasure to talk with other struggling parents and share our experience. We can be reached by email through the organization website." Jeff and Nancy Marchione


Teen Boot Camps: Behavior Modification or Torture Centers? - Can 'tough love' strategies be transferred to schools? Many behavior modification teen camps are allegedly abusive to the kids. You must be careful about where your child is sent or placed


'Brat Camp' Not an Easy Decision - Some Oakland County residents familiar with troubled teens say fans of ABC's new reality television show "Brat Camp" may not get a full appreciation of how difficult intervention decisions can be.


Child Welfare Boss on War Path Over Camp 'Counseling' - ABC's summer reality hit "Brat Camp" has made the head of the Child Welfare League of America one unhappy camper.


News About Vouchers


D.C. Holders of Vouchers Go Shopping for Schools - More than 500 families in the District's school voucher program packed a Monday night school fair staffed by representatives of 44 D.C. private schools.


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