Aug 2, 2014 9:29 PM by Valerie Ponseti
With school doors set to open in just over a week, an open house at Willow Charter Academy was a chance for parents and future scholars to meet the faculty and tour the facilities.
Principal Melissa Jones-Clarke speaks highly of charter schools and believes they have a lot to offer. "When you couple high care with high expectations you'll build a very strong school culture so that's what we are hopeful in doing here at Willow," she says. Jones-Clarke goes on to say the Willow Charter Academy will not only have curriculum in academics, but also, moral focus. "How can we continue what we're teaching at home like respect, dignity, perseverance, self-control, integrity and carry over into the schools," she says.
Many parents are excited to send their children to school, and are impressed with the 50 thousand square foot facility near the Northgate Mall. Parent Echo Jones says, "I love it. I love the colors, I love how they have virtues written on the wall."
Teachers are also getting ready. Lower Elementary Dean, Ramon Hargons says, "I'm excited because I've seen this program work."
The first day of school is set for August 11th when nearly five hundred children will fill the classrooms. Willow Charter Academy is managed by the Michigan based company "National Heritage Academies".