Parent Resources

All GEE schools are public charter schools, as they are called in Michigan, or Community Schools as they are called in Ohio and are funded by the state and federal governments the same as district affiliated public schools. There is no charge for any student to attend the academies.

The Academy staff and parents join together to guide each child in achieving his or her greatest potential by providing a diversity of experiences which integrates excellence in education with the child’s individual abilities and unique talents. The responsibility for a safe and secure environment, for student acquisition of academic, creative, emotional, physical and social skills necessary for entering society as contributing members is shared among the parents, staff, administration, and school board members.

Enrollment

All students who reside in the state are eligible to enroll in a charter school. Open enrollment for students occurs in the spring of the prior year. Specific information about enrollment can be found on the school websites or by contacting the school directly. Each student must re-enroll every year and preferences are given to currently enrolled students and siblings of enrolled students. When the maximum enrollment for a grade has been reached, applicants shall be placed on a waiting list and admitted on the basis of a lottery system.

Enrollment packets are available at the academies.

Parental Involvement

GEE believes that the education of children is a joint responsibility, one it shares with the parents of the students who attend the academies. To ensure that the best interests of the child are served in this process, a strong program of communication between home and each of the academies is maintained.

The parents have the right to participate in the education of their children as well as the ultimate responsibility for their children’s in-school behavior, including the behavior of students who have reached the legal age of majority, but are still, for all practical purposes, under parental authority.

GEE encourages all parents to become active participants within the school community. Parents are invited to attend school improvement meetings where their input is valued.

There are parent groups, opportunities to volunteer in the classrooms, and participate in various school activities.  Parents are encouraged to take ownership in their school at all levels.

Parent Resources

GEE Family and Students Handbook– Michigan (PDF, 368KB)
GEE Family & Student Handbook – Ohio (PDF, 353KB)

GEE Family & Student Handbook – Early Childhood Center (PDF, 276KB)

Michigan Parent Resources
http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,1607,7-192-29939_32385—,00.html

Parent Resources from the Department of Education Website
http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-5233—,00.html

School Report Card Web Site
http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-22709_22875—,00.html

What is a Charter School?

Charter public schools, or public school academies as they are known in Michigan, are independent public schools that operate under a performance contract with an institute of higher education. This contract is known as a charter. The authorizing institution oversees all aspects of Academy functioning.

Fundamentally, charter public schools are:

  • Tuition Free – Academies are prohibited from charging tuition.
  • Open to all – if over-enrolled, an official random selection is conducted.
  • Required to employ highly-qualified, certified teachers.
  • Required to administer State required standardized tests.
  • Subject to the same health and safety codes as all other public schools.

Mission Statement

“Promote lifelong learning by nurturing academic excellence, positive character and appreciation of cultures.”

Global Educational Excellence (GEE) builds a unique infrastructure of quality services that empowers schools of choice to fulfill their mission.