Our Authorizer & Education Service Provider


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Authorized by Oakland University in 1997

In 1993, Michigan became the ninth state in the country to enact a charter school law, and saw its first charter school open in 1994. By definition, a charter school must be authorized by “the governing board of a public body that is allowed to issue charter contracts pursuant to Michigan law.” In Michigan, the term “authorizing body” means any one of the following:

  • Public university
  • Community college
  • K‐12 local education agency
  • Intermediate school district

Unique to Michigan is the ability of public universities to charter schools.

In 1995, Oakland University’s Board of Trustees approved its Public School Academy Chartering Policy for granting the ability to open schools in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Oakland University authorized its first charter school in October 1996. Since that time, OU has opened and provides oversight for ten different charter schools throughout the Metro Detroit area, with a combined enrollment of over 6,000 students.

Oakland University’s charter schools complement the university’s own mission and goals. Among these primary objectives is to:

  • Educate a diverse body of students
  • Maintain quality academic programs
  • Develop/implement innovative instructional strategies and demonstrations of learning
  • Increase community outreach and collaborations
  • Engage in continuous planning and evaluation for self-assessment

For more information on both Oakland University and their charter schools office, please visit their website.

Education Service Provider



Dove Academy of Detroit excels, in great part, because of its managing partner, Choice Schools Associates. Choice is a family-owned, Michigan based education service provider with a team that is passionate about your child receiving the best education they possibly can.

For over two decades Choice Schools Associates has carried out its mission to partner with school communities, empowering and equipping them to fulfill their unique mission. Choice provides Michigan charter schools with exceptional assistance in all aspects of school management while striving to meet three fundamental and unchanging standards: significantly improve students’ academic achievement; delight parents and ensure high levels of satisfaction; and create a safe, secure learning environment.

Choice customizes its services to meet the unique needs of each academy and works diligently to ensure that the Academy Board’s vision is carried out. The strength of Choice is its exceptional people who provide services to children, parents and families at every school it manages. This recognition, coupled with its emphasis on achievement of Academy Board goals and Choice’s standards, makes Choice a truly unique education service provider.

Choice’s Mission:
We partner with school communities, empowering and equipping them to fulfill their unique mission.

Choice’s Vision:
In our communities everyone thrives. #EveryoneThrivesHere