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

Aug
14
Fri
Senior Picnic, Senior brunch, Rehearsal and Commencement Ceremony
Aug 14 – Aug 16 all-day

Please reserve the weekend of Friday, August 14, 2020, Saturday, August 15, 2020 and Sunday, August 16, 2020 to allow your Will Carleton Academy family to honor you and celebrate your accomplishments.  We will host the Senior Picnic, Senior brunch, have rehearsal and hold our Commencement Ceremony in the safest possible way; this weekend will be about you!

Aug
19
Wed
First Day of School
Aug 19 @ 8:10 am
Sep
4
Fri
No School- Family Learning Day
Sep 4 – Sep 7 all-day
Sep
18
Fri
Half Day- Staff Professional Development
Sep 18 @ 8:10 am – 11:40 am
Sep
21
Mon
No School- Family Learning Day
Sep 21 all-day
Oct
1
Thu
Parent Teacher Conferences (Half Day)
Oct 1 @ 8:10 am – 11:40 am
Oct
2
Fri
No School- Family Learning Day
Oct 2 all-day
Oct
16
Fri
Half Day- Staff Professional Development
Oct 16 @ 8:10 am – 11:40 am
Nov
4
Wed
Half Day- Staff Professional Development
Nov 4 @ 8:10 am – 11:40 am
Nov
13
Fri
No School- Staff Professional Development
Nov 13 all-day

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Updates

  • 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

  • Sending Love to our Healthcare Heroes

    April 24, 2020

      Earlier this month our students drew pictures and wrote letters to show Hillsdale Hospital they are in our thoughts! A healthcare worker reached out to thank a parent of our kindergartener who made this beautiful little note. We are in this together. Keep supporting each other and stay positive!    

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