Charyl Stockwell Academy District will open a middle school in Brighton in August 2020, across the street from Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy in a building that will include state-of-the-art instructional space and a new gymnasium.
Charyl Stockwell Academy District currently consists of the Charyl Stockwell Academy (CSA) Elementary campus on Highland Road in Hartland, which also houses Charyl Stockwell Montessori Academy Preschool, and the Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy (CSPA) campus on Karl Greimel Drive in Brighton that houses both the middle school and the high school programs.
Opening a separate middle school building will allow CSA District to optimize its comprehensive K-12 programs.
“We have simply outgrown our space,” said Steven M. Beyer, Charyl Stockwell Academy District executive director and CSPA principal. “Combined enrollment in our high school and middle school programs continues to climb. The new middle school campus will give our District the space we need to grow.”
“This has been long awaited,” said CSPA Middle School teacher Lauren Ackerman. “I’m so excited that our CSA family is supporting us by adding this third CSA District building.”
The Charyl Stockwell Academy Middle School building will have a campus feel. It is being designed to incorporate all of the CSA best practice instructional methods with state of the art space for team teaching, collaboration and flexible grouping that will allow student’s to grow and learn at a high level. The building will have a full competition gym with an elevated running track that meets the regulations for the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Plenty of parking will be available.
Charyl Stockwell Academy District’s board of directors and executive leadership team have been planning a new middle school building for over two years. In Michigan, charter schools do not receive equal funding to traditional public schools, especially for the construction of new buildings. They must find innovative ways to finance new buildings to accommodate their growth. CSA District is partnering with Stone Ridge Office, a company headquartered in Brighton and led by local businessmen Mike Corrigan, to develop the 41,000-square-foot space into CSA Middle School.
The new middle school campus will bring Chuck Stockwell, who founded Charyl Stockwell Academy District over 22 years ago, one step closer to his long-term vision of a school district with approximately 1,400 students on three campuses: 650 at elementary, 350 at middle school and 400-450 at high school. The district currently has 1,120 enrolled students.
“The culminating goal of having 1,400 students enrolled will make CSA District large enough to provide a rigorous and comprehensive kindergarten through high school program yet small enough to offer a private school atmosphere that nurtures positive relationships between teachers and students, and a strong partnership with parents,” said Stockwell.
CSPA High School will expand into the space vacated when the middle school moves out of the CSPA building. This will allow the further growth of the high school program that has been steadily and purposefully expanding and evolving since it began in 2008. CSPA High School was designated an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme school in 2017. It has a growing world language program that currently features German and Spanish, a comprehensive art program, band, choir and drama programs, and a flourishing athletic program that became a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association in 2015.