Charter expands to elementary

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. - North Star Academy expanded its program this year by adding kindergarten through fifth grades, according to a report by WLUC TV-6.

Enrollment grew quickly to fill the spots available, CEO and Superintendent Karen Anderson told WLUC. The public charter school rented portable classrooms to accommodate the young students, but plans to build a school before the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, she said.

"It's not going to be a huge school at any rate. That's not our plan," Anderson told WLUC. She said the school offers smaller class sizes and a personalized learning community.

"I think we'll all be very excited when we get to have doors and sinks and things like that," teacher Sara Seehof told WLUC. Seehof currently teaches kindergarten and first grade in a portable classroom.

The school previously offered only a middle and high school program.

WLUC-TV 6, "Elementary program sparks need for growth," Nov. 23, 2009

Michigan Education Digest, "Charters gain market share," Nov. 17, 2009