We all know that school is important, preparing children for a bright future. And now more than ever it’s important for them to learn academic skills and social skills, like respect for others, and acceptance. Ann Arbor has lots of education options. Our guide helps you navigate the area’s top schools and tells the story of our community’s efforts to make all students feel heard and welcome.
Go Like the Wind Montessori School
8845 Main St., Whitmore Lake
734-747-7422 | golikethewind.com
Go Like the Wind is an authentic Montessori Christian school serving infants through middle school children. The Montessori method is a child-centered educational approach based on years of scientific observation of children by Dr. Maria Montessori. Their approach values the human spirit and the development of the whole child – physical, social, emotional and cognitive. Go Like the Wind is a caring and diverse environment embracing all nationalities and faiths. They have been inspiring a life long love of learning for thirty one years. Get to know them and schedule a tour at golikethewind.com
St. Paul Lutheran School
495 Earhart Road
420 West Liberty (Preschool and Infant Toddler House only)
734-665-0604 | school.stpaulannarbor.org
Each child is a unique blessing, and St. Paul School in Ann Arbor wants to partner with you in discovering and developing your child’s exceptional gifts and talents. St. Paul opened its doors in 1964, and has been walking side by side with families ever since. The integrated curriculum will inspire your child with a combination of academic skills, music and fine arts, foreign language, technology and physical education. Your child will explore the individualized and rigorous academic program with caring, highly experienced, fully certified teachers who work with each learner one on one. St. Paul is proud to be accredited with the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools (MANS), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the National Lutheran Schools Association (NLSA). Open enrollment begins February 7, and availability is limited. Contact them today for a personal visit. Your family will experience the Christian love and values that are central to everything that they do at St. Paul. Their mission is to educate, equip and encourage students for tomorrow and eternity.
All Saints Catholic School
48735 Warren Rd., Canton
734-459-2490 | allsaintscs.com
All Saints Catholic School serves students in preschool through eighth grade. Their mission is to grow leaders in mind, body, and spirit.
Mind. All Saints Catholic School is committed to academic excellence and infuses a coherent and content specific curriculum with the teachings of the Catholic Church. They provide their students with an educational experience that ignites a passion for lifelong learning. Their unique approach focuses on small class size, allowing teachers to know each student’s unique strengths and abilities. Students graduate with confidence, ready and able to take on the challenges of the 21st century and lead their peers by excellence and example.
Body. Their school is dedicated to the development of each child as a unique and individual gift from God. Students are encouraged to grow and develop their physical being through athletics and extracurricular activities that promote respect, responsibility, discipline, and teamwork. Through these various opportunities, their students learn to honor their physical being and to grow as team leaders who are poised to take on the challenges of high school and beyond.
Spirit. All Saints Catholic School provides an environment that fosters love, compassion, and inquiry of spirit and faith. They strive to develop each child’s spirit, social, and moral, responsibility, and instill the lifelong obligation of giving and service to others. Students grow in faith and understanding through the many different faith-based opportunities offered, and their programs develop socially and morally responsible leaders who selflessly give back to their community and lead as Disciples of Christ who will one day change the world.
Creating Brighter Futures
4201 Varsity Dr., Suite B & C
734-926-0740 | creatingbrighterfutures.com
Creating Brighter Futures (CBF) offers customized Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA) for children diagnosed with autism, as well as Speech and Language Therapy (ST) for children with any speech delay or disorder. Staff at CBF work with children between the ages of 2 and 18 years. Their unique, family-based Autism treatment center is conveniently located and uses individualized, empirically validated, behavioral and play-based therapy to dramatically improve your child’s skills. In addition, CBF offers a variety of social skills groups throughout the year. Call today for more information! Contact Jessica Irish with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Discovery Center
775 S. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor
734-663-7496 | thediscoverycenterpreschool.com
The Discovery Center is an early childhood program for two-and-a-half to five-year-olds that has been serving families in the Ann Arbor area since 1974. With a highly-educated and experienced staff, a modern building designed specifically for their use, and a nurturing, flexible program, the staff at The Discovery Center believes the environment created there for young children is ideal. The Discovery Center has been an accredited program through the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 1993. The Discovery Center provides an environment that encourages each child to approach optimum physical, social, emotional, aesthetic, and intellectual growth. Their programs are based on an open classroom approach with emphasis on a hands-on, experiential environment. The classroom environment encourages each child to explore “discovery centers” set up by the staff and to participate in a full range of activities occurring throughout the day. The program is also enhanced by outside specialists who provide Spanish, music, and storytelling enrichment activities.
Mathnasium of Ann Arbor
2111 Packard St., Suite C, Ann Arbor
734-408-1118 | mathnasium.com/annarbor
Mathnasium of Dexter
7061 Dexter Ann Arbor Rd, Dexter
734-424-9195 | mathnasium.com/dexter
Mathnasium of Ann Arbor and Mathnasium of Dexter are dedicated to transforming the way kids understand and appreciate math. Their expert instructors help kids in grades K-12 understand math by teaching a way that makes sense using their proprietary Mathnasium Method™. Some subjects covered at their math learning centers include: numerical fluency, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, probability, precalculus and calculus. They also offer excellent SAT and ACT prep courses tailored to each student. Specially trained math instructors teach children how to understand math in an individual setting, and will also set aside time to provide homework help. Transform your child’s homework frustration at Mathnasium. They help kids understand homework assignments so they feel better prepared to complete the work at home.
Kensington Woods Schools
9501 Pettys Rd., Lakeland
517-545-0828 | kwoods.org
Entering its 25th year and tuition-free, Kensington Woods serves 6-12th graders from Livingston, Washtenaw and Oakland counties. A student who attends Kensington Woods is a student who values critical thinking, creativity and a small, personal learning environment. With an innovative curriculum that includes subject-area integration, a strong and diverse art and music program, challenging academics and a focus on connections to the real-world, students at Kensington Woods graduate prepared for their future with 100% of graduates accepted into college. Students benefit from a small, personal learning environment where they feel comfortable; developing strong relationships with their teachers and peers.
Acton Academy Ann Arbor
Relocating to East Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area this fall!
734-996-9959 | actonannarbor.com/tour
Are you feeling like school should be more than state-mandated curriculum and standardization? Acton Academy does too! In their mixed-aged, collaborative studio, learners are given real-world challenges with life-long applications, nurturing divergent thinkers confident to tackle the challenges that lie ahead in the future. They offer a learning environment that focuses beyond tests and grades, empowering children by embracing personal learning. It is a place with infinite academic growth through self-directed core studies and where Socratic discussions foster critical thinking and necessary social skills. Is your child ready to be challenged and inspired? Schedule a tour of their studio and experience a new way of schooling that honors your child’s hero’s journey. Open enrollment for fall has begun for K-Grade 5. Looking for 6th grade this fall? They would love to hear from you!