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Bay City Academy is a tuition-free K-10 public charter school created for quality.

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Bay City Academy creates a loving environment where kids feel safe so they can learn at a higher level.


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At Bay City Academy, we teach students to do the right thing, because it is the right thing to do.


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The science behind our model of teaching kids how to learn is based on natural human development and how the brain learns best.

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At Bay City Academy, we set the stage for teachers, students and parents to form real relationships that serve as the basis for students' success.

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At BCA we not only teach content but we teach students how to learn.

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Our Schools

Bay City Campus:

We provide a quality education for students in grades K-10.

North Central Academy Campus:

A satelite campus in Mancelona offers a K-12 educational alternative based upon BCA's educational methodology. 


Frequently Asked Questions


What exactly is a charter school? What makes Bay City Academy special? We have the answers to your questions.

Weekly Newsletters


At Bay City Academy it is important that we keep family members informed and involved in their children's school experience and education.

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Enrollment Information

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The science behind our model of teaching kids how to learn is based on natural human development and how the brain learns best.

Our academic program is based on proven best practices in education, melding together brain science, character education and effective instruction.

Meeting the basic human, growth and development needs of each child will increase achievement and prepare the child for adult life. Thus, delivering instruction by developmental level, as opposed to chronological age, encourages continuity of relationships.

We use three primary underpinnings:

  • Integrated Visual Learning: Each student enjoys a customized learning program, ensuring success. Students are asked to do developmentally appropriate tasks and given the tools to do them well.
  • Choice Theory: The school culture is defined by positive relationships and placing the needs of the children before the school curriculum. In other words, we teach children, not a subject matter.
  • Character Education: It does us no good to produce highly educated, gifted learners if they have no moral compass. We teach our students to "do the right thing, because it is the right thing to do."

Brain Science

The frontal lobe of the human brain is the last and most complex area to mature. As this region matures, children acquire motor, sensory, attention and thinking skills. Physical, emotional and cognitive behavior is a reflection of the state of brain maturation. Our developmental teaching model is aligned with the natural maturation of a child's brain.

The model of teaching we use understands that Development starts with movement, progresses to auditory/verbal and finally matures with visual/oculomotor, the most complex motor system in the body. 

Creating Character

Proper behavior leads to good choices, which lead to academic and arts excellence. Our curriculum emphasizes six traditional positive character traits. These traits are Kindness, Work Ethic, Responsibility, Respect, Optimism and Getting Along. Students receive and grade themselves in each of these traits along with their academic grades. The traits are woven throughout our school protocols, lessons and culture.

Effective Instruction

Traditional education experiences teach part-to-whole and in a linear fashion. Here are the facts, and they happened in this order. Research has proven that the brain does not naturally think this way. At BCA, we give our students the whole picture so that when they get the detailed facts, they have an understanding of why they are important, or whole-to-part. We also explore connections naturally made during the learning process to have a deeper understanding of relationship as opposed to learning linearly.

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