FAQs

What is a public school academy (PSA)?
Public school academies are independently operated public schools. There is no tuition charge to parents because funding comes from state and federal tax dollars. In addition to adhering to all of the same federal and state rules and regulations, and meeting the same academic requirements as traditional public schools, public school academies have additional accountabilities. They are overseen by their PSA authorizer or sponsor as well as their school board and are also held accountable by their parents. In addition, public school academies must be non-sectarian and adhere to all state and federal educational, health and safety regulations.

Is there tuition to attend Orchard Academy?
Orchard Academy does not charge tuition. Orchard Academy is a free, state-funded public school open to all students between the ages of 5 – 8 years old who reside in Michigan.

How do I obtain a Student Enrollment Application?
Complete the online Request Enrollment Information form or contact the Enrollment Coordinator at TBD.

How do I enroll my child?
Students under the age of 9 years old must be enrolled by their parent or legal guardian. Completing the Student Enrollment Application (one per child) and return the completed application to TBD .

Is my child guaranteed a seat if I submit an enrollment application?
If there are enough seats available to accommodate all of the applications we receive, your child will have a seat. If we receive more applications than available seats, we will conduct a random selection drawing or public lottery to fill any available seats. When all seats are filled, the remaining names will be wait-listed in the order they were drawn.

What is the age requirement for incoming kindergartners?
Incoming kindergarteners must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the year in which they plan to attend.

Which documents are required for enrollment?
Parents/guardians must provide copies of the following for enrollment consideration:

  • Completed Enrollment Application form
  • Court papers allocating parental rights and responsibilities, or custody (if appropriate)
  • Should a seat become available for your child, additional paperwork will be required:
  • Completed Release of Records form
  • Completed Record of Behavior Intervention
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Current Health Appraisal form with immunization record (or waiver)

Final enrollment at Orchard Academy is contingent upon receipt and confirmation of the accuracy of the information submitted. A student’s enrollment cannot be confirmed until all records have been received and reviewed.

Any student who has been suspended or expelled by another public school may be denied admission. The Executive Director or designated administrator will facilitate a thorough review of the circumstances resulting in the suspension and/or expulsion and make a decision based on the discoveries.