Will Carleton Academy is a K-12 tuition-free public charter school in Hillsdale, Michigan founded in 1998. Will Carleton Academy devotes itself to serving the community as a charter school where parents can choose a traditional curriculum and educational atmosphere that is committed to both the intellectual development and the character formation of the students.

Our Mission Is

Educate

To Educate

  • Back-to-basics curriculum
    • K-8th-Core Knowledge Sequence
    • 9th-12th: Michigan Merit/College Preparatory Curriculum
  • Small classroom sizes at all grade levels
  • Emphasis on character education
  • Highest-achieving public school in Hillsdale County
  • Top 50 SAT scores in the State of Michigan
Enrich

To Enrich

  • Advanced Placement class offerings on demand
  • Dual Enrollment, Early/Middle College, and Vocational-Technical Programs
  • Extensive extracurricular offerings at all grade levels
  • Diverse field trip opportunities, including foreign travel
  • MHSAA-sanctioned athletics in all three seasons
Enlighten

To Enlighten

  • Orderly, disciplined environment
  • Focus on the whole child, with the goal of helping to mold outstanding citizens
  • K-12th Art and Music curriculum
  • 4th-12th French curriculum
  • Monthly Core Virtues instruction

Why Choose a Charter School?

A charter school, by definition, is a school of choice. Because of this, parents play an important role in every part of their child’s education. Our small size allows more one-on-one attention and the ability to tailor our curriculum to meet each child’s educational needs. Our faculty and staff are committed to nurturing the whole child, fostering the safe and respectful environment where learning can best occur.

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Annual Education Report

National Accreditation 

Annual Education Report

Annual Education Report

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What families are saying about Will Carleton Academy

"Our kids are thriving at WCA, and that is very important to us.  Thank you, WCA, for making a great place to educate our kids!"
-Cathy K.

"While I firmly believe our children's development starts at home, I truly feel that WCA is an extension of my home in raising my kids to become good people."
-Rob T.

"My son's learning needs are met with consideration and respect...making him feel supported, encouraged, and empowered."
Jennifer S.

"They welcome parent involvement and always take the time to make sure parents know how their children are doing."
-Lucy B.

"Will Carleton Academy strives for excellence, and they inspire their students to strive for the same."
-Jessica H.

"We love the individualized education and the clear sense that teachers and staff are rooting for students."
-Christina M.

Upcoming Events

Oct
15
Thu
Parent Teacher Conferences (Half Day)
Oct 15 @ 8:10 am – 11:40 am

Dismissal 11:40AM

Parent Teacher Conferences (Half Day)
Oct 15 @ 11:40 am – 3:10 pm

Dismissal 11:40AM

Oct
16
Fri
Parent Teacher Conferences (Half Day)
Oct 16 @ 11:40 am – 3:10 pm

Dismissal 11:40AM

Nov
13
Fri
Half Day- Staff Professional Development
Nov 13 @ 8:10 am – 11:40 am
Nov
25
Wed
Half Day- Thanksgiving Break
Nov 25 @ 8:10 am – 11:40 am
Nov
26
Thu
Thanksgiving Break
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day
Dec
18
Fri
Half Day- Winter Break
Dec 18 @ 8:10 am – 11:40 am
Dec
19
Sat
Winter Break
Dec 19 2020 – Jan 3 2021 all-day
Mar
18
Thu
Parent Teacher Conferences (Half Day)
Mar 18 @ 11:40 am – 3:10 pm

Dismissal 11:40AM

Mar
19
Fri
Parent Teacher Conferences (Half Day)
Mar 19 @ 11:40 am – 3:10 pm

Dismissal 11:40AM

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Updates

  • Cross Country

    September 17, 2020

    Our Cross Country team traveled to Colon yesterday for their first SCAA meet. We are so proud of our team! Gabe Gadwood received 6th place. James VanCamp and Tyler Barnes achieved new personal records and Gus Heath and Corbin Craddock had a great first race! Way to go Cougars!

  • School Closet

    July 21, 2020

    School Closet will be on campus next week Tuesday, July 28th. You must have an appointment so please phone the office Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm to schedule! School Closet Coupon

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