FAQ

Do we have after school activities?

Yes, we are in the process of implementing our after school programs:
We have a Daisy (Girl Scout) Troop for Kindergarten and 1st Graders. Basketball will be starting for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders. If you are interested in organizing an after school program please contact the office at 810-768-3860.

Can parents volunteer at the school?

ABSOLUTELY! We value parent volunteers. Parents may help in the classroom, attend field trips, teach art classes, and decorate bulletin boards.

Do we require a dress code for our students?

Yes, our dress code is affordable and easy to follow. Please refer to the dress code for more details.

Where can I purchase dress code items?

You can purchase dress code items at many different locations, JC Penney, LL Bean, Wal-Mart, Target, Old Navy, Kohl’s, Meijer, and Forman Mills to name a few. We also have a Parent Connect area located in the school where gently used uniforms can be purchased.

How do I purchase Greater Heights Academy logo wear?

Clothing items with the GHA logo are available to purchase through the office and are dress code acceptable.

Does GHA provide transportation?

Yes, we do offer transportation through MTA.

What is the difference between a Public School Academy (Charter School) and a traditional public school?

Charter schools, referred to as “Public School Academies” in state law, were created in 1993 as part of a constitutional amendment that dramatically altered the funding for K-12 education and created schools of choice. Charter schools, while subject to the same laws, rules and regulations affecting all public schools, have the flexibility to innovate but are held accountable for student achievement.

While under the general supervision of the State Board of Education, each charter school has a board of directors and is authorized by a university, community college, intermediate school district or a local school district, and the authorizer is responsible for oversight. The high-quality teachers in charter schools are required to be certified under state law, just like teachers in traditional public schools. According to the Michigan Department of Education, charter school students in grades K-8 outperform students in similar traditional public school districts in 25 of 27 MEAP test.

How many students per class?

Kindergarten classrooms will have 20 students. First through 5th Grade classrooms will have 30 students.

Will GHA offer a lunch program?

Yes, we have a breakfast and lunch program.

Will we offer sports programs?

Yes, sports will be available for 4th through 6th graders. Boys and girls basketball, flag football, girls volleyball, co-ed soccer, cheerleading, and cross country are some of the sports offered at GHA.

What other portions of the school day will include a focus on health and nutrition?

In addition to the sports programs, GHA will embed a focus in all grades/all academic areas on the positive impact of physical activity and balanced nutrition. Students will begin each day with a fun interactive physical program led by the Director/Assistant Director followed up by a nutritious breakfast.

What about character education?

Character education is a crucial part of GHA’s educational program. A strong assertive discipline plan with embedded interventions will be presented in a positive manner throughout the day. Each month the staff and students will focus on a character pillar (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship). This will be accomplished through a positive behavior support program including morning meetings, eagle tokens, and eagle sightings, just to name a few.

Do we offer music education?

Yes, we offer a music program to the entire student body. The students will participate in music education weekly.
We will also offer band for those students that are interested. Band is available for students in 4th-6th grade.

What types of technology will be available at GHA?

We are very happy to share that GHA will have Smart Board technology (interactive whiteboards & document projectors) in every classroom. Students will also receive technology instruction in our NEW state of the art lab!

Does GHA have a wellness committee?

Yes, we do have a wellness committee.  The wellness policy is reviewed by the board and wellness committee annually.  The wellness committee meets quarterly to ensure implementation of the program is enacted with fidelity. Parents and stakeholders are welcome to attend the quarterly meetings.  Please contact the school office if you are interested in attending the committee meetings or becoming a member.