By: Kelsie Patrick

A Public Charter Academy 1915 W. Mt. Hope Ave. Lansing, MI 48911

Ph. 517.372.0038

Fx. 517.372.1446

Hours: 8:15a.m. Start time (7:45a.m. doors open) 3:30p.m. End time 5:45p.m. Aftercare pick up time

Cole Academy is Lansing’s longest-standing charter school in the state of Michigan and received a charter through Central Michigan University in 1995. The Academy originated as an Early Childhood Center and over the years, gradually became a K-6 Public School.

“We are the best charter school in Lansing. We came in first place in 4th Grade writing and 6th Grade Reading scores on the MEAP test. For a 70 percent free reduced school, that’s pretty remarkable.” -Principal Brian Shaughnessy





Lyons Elementary 

By: Liv Larsen


2901 Lyons Rd

Just beyond an adorable neighborhood, Lyons elementary school sits at the end of the block and has a very inviting feel to it.

Post Oak Magnet School



Address: 2320 Post Oak Lane, Lansing, MI 48912

Phone: (517) 755-1610

The Post Oak Magnet School teaches from pre-K to grade 6 in Lansing Charter Township’s northern area near the Eastwood Towne Center. It is an authorized IB World School, which means it is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. This challenging program is only available at 22 schools in the state of Michigan.






Fair View School

Address: 815 N. Fairview Ave., Lansing, MI 48912

Phone: (517) 755-1310

Fair View School is coincidentally located on Fairview Ave. and teaches from Kindergarten through 3rd grade. It is also located on Saginaw Ave. which makes it close to a busy road, but with its large field and play area it

photo 3Waverly East Intermediate School
3131 West Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48917
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Principal: Vickie Tisdale (

Waverly East Intermediate School is unique within the Waverly School District in that it is a grade 5-6 building only. Due to this set-up, Principal Vickie Tisdale sees the school as a “unique opportunity for kids to transition from an elementary mindset into the secondary world.” The public school hosts more than 380 students from within the township, and the student to teacher ratio is 17:1. “Our main objective is to provide a safe learning environment where kids can grow socially and academically,” Tisdale said. “We serve as a unique transition between elementary and secondary buildings.”