Redefining the Classroom

North Central Academy

Mission Statement

Learning adds quality to our lives. At Bay City Academy, we strive to inspire students to grow in their lifelong learning potential by teaching them how to learn. Students will develop competence, caring and citizenship through a positive learning experience in partnership with home and community.

North Central Academy Location

5055 Corey Road
Mancelona, MI 49659

(231) 584-2080

Web Address:

North Central Academy Contact Information

Patrick Cleland Management Company:
Smart Schools North
Executive Director: Dr. Steven Ingersoll Board of Directors:
President: Craig David Johnston,
Vice President: Michael E. Wooley,
Secretary: Dennis J. Griffith,
Treasurer: Arlene Harris-Bush,
Trustee: Claire Ann Gregory

LSSU Oversight Officer:
Nick J. Oshelski
Executive Director Charter Schools

Contract (See Bay City Academy)

Young Entrepreneurs

North Central Academy students earn salaries, have jobs to do, pay bills and develop their own businesses. The younger children rely more heavily on teacher support, but all kids experience the responsibility, creativity and satisfaction of building a business. Students learn to become productive members of society by participating in these businesses and job clubs, where real-life issues such as supply and demand, profitability and customer service are experienced firsthand.

Our fifth and sixth grade class has partnered up with Shetler's Dairy to create a unique ice cream flavor, "Blurple Berry Blast". This special blend of blueberry, strawberry and raspberry is mixed into Shetler's all natural, organic ice cream. The 1/2 gallon cartons will be specially decorated with the NCA logo and being distributed through the school and also available through the Shetler Dairy Farm in Kalkaska, MI as well as Oryana's in Traverse City.

Our Music Program

Learning music helps students learn other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use. Music is more than just using your voice, or playing an instrument; it helps multiple skill sets. It helps your child develop as a whole through the mind and the body. It helps students become more involved and engaged which is what we strive to accomplish here at Bay City Academy.

This April, our Solo and Ensemble group traveled to Woodland School in Traverse City to compete in the "Charter School Solo and Ensemble" competition. We are proud to announce they were awarded with SUPERIOR ratings which is the highest rating you can achieve. These young talented students never seize to amaze us each and every day!