Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts

Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts offers an affordable preschool program, and a tuition-free public Montessori education for Kindergarten through 12th grade. Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts also offers a full Arts program with courses in art, music and drama while expanding arts integration opportunities throughout the day through the inclusion of art, music, creative movement and drama in student work. Charlevoix Montessori has always offered a family atmosphere with small class sizes for all students in the community.

For more information, call 231-547-9000.

St. Mary Catholic School

St. Mary Catholic School is a Catholic Elementary School located in Northern Michigan. We offer quality Christian Education for students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Established in 1906, St. Mary has a long history of providing outstanding faith-based educational opportunities.

Charlevoix Public Schools

Charlevoix Public Schools has many innovative programs which include:

  • All Kindergarten though 3rd grade teachers trained in the Four Blocks Balanced Literacy Program
  • The STAR reading program (community volunteer program)
  • District Steering Committee comprised of certified and support staff, community members, administration and board of education which oversees all curriculum, curriculum mapping
  • School to Work/Career Pathways program
  • Pilot site for the new 8th grade Science MEAP test and a pilot site for Michigan Literacy Progress Profile
  • Partnership with the local hospital for Occupational Health courses and the business community through the Chamber of Commerce.

Charlevoix Public schools offer stellar education in a small-town setting. In addition to being smart and well-educated our students are encouraged to give back through community service projects. All students receive vocational training in computers and many take advantage of the top-notch construction programs, health occupation programs and award-winning manufacturing and robotics programs.


  • Administration: 5
  • Certified Staff: 90
  • District Facts Class
  • School District
  • Support Staff: 53
  • Total District Enrollment: 1,376

Accomplishments & Distinctions

Our high school has had North Central Accreditation since 1928.  In the Spring of 2003 the High, Middle and Elementary Schools were accredited by NCA. Charlevoix Schools were commended for its efforts to provide a quality program of education for our students. 76% of this year’s seniors will receive the State Merit $2,500 Scholarship. We have received National awards for our Robotic and Future Program Solving Teams. 

We consistently graduate nearly 97% of our students and 85% went on to post secondary schools in 2001. We had National Merit finalists in 2000 as well.

Academic Programs

Our Superintendent is a member of the Annenberg Fellows Program, which is a think tank for Superintendents across the nation. We have a well-rounded curriculum with full time certified teachers teaching music, art, physical education, library, and computers in each building Kindergarten through 12. 61% of our high school students take Foreign Language classes each year. 

We participate in D.A.R.E., Jr. Achievement and provide a summer school program. Our Future Problem Solving, Olympics of the Mind, and Robotics Teams have been State Champions and/or participated at the National level. We offer in partnership with the local hospital Occupational Health courses. Our Construction Technology courses are State vocational technology certified. Our Seminar/Block Schedule has been a model for schools.

Facilities & Resources

An $18,825,000 bond issue was approved in the fall of 1999 to build a new 121,000 square foot high school, which includes a 600-seat auditorium, a 2,000 seat gymnasium, and state of the art vocational, science, technology, and media center areas. The bond included renovation of the current high school into a 5/6 to 7/8 middle school campus. 

A new elementary computer lab, science lab, and media center was also built with bond proceeds. The renovated middle school has a Modular Based Technology Center. These new and renovated buildings will meet the needs of students far into the future.