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Bay City Academy is a tuition-free K-8 public charter school created for quality — with an emphasis on project-based learning.

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Bay City Academy creates a loving environment where kids feel safe so they can learn at a higher level.


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At Bay City Academy, we teach students to do the right thing, because it is the right thing to do.


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The science behind our model of teaching kids how to learn is based on natural human development and how the brain learns best.

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At Bay City Academy, we set the stage for teachers, students and parents to form real relationships that serve as the basis for students' success.

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Bay City Academy uses a competency-based grading system to ensure quality work. At BCA we not only teach content but we teach students how to learn.

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Our Schools

Bay City Campuses:

Two Bay City campuses provide a quality education for students in grades K-8.

North Central Academy Campus:

A satelite campus in Mancelona offers a K-12 educational alternative based upon BCA's educational methodology. 


Frequently Asked Questions


What exactly is a charter school? What makes Bay City Academy special? We have the answers to your questions.

Weekly Newsletters

At Bay City Academy it is important that we keep family members informed and involved in their children's school experience and education.


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Weekly Newsletters

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Bay City Academy Welcomes Mitten Educational Management

For Immediate Release
April 29, 2015

Bay City Academy Welcomes Mitten Educational Management

We would like to officially welcome Mitten Educational Management (MEM) as the Educational Service Provider for Bay City Academy and North Central Academy.  MEM is officially replacing Smart Schools Management of Bay City. Mitten Educational Management is a full service management company handling all aspects of operations including curriculum, financial management, compliance, personnel management, public relations, facility management, and enrollment.  MEM is excited at the opportunity to partner with the Bay City Academy Board of Directors, Lake Superior State University, North Central Academy, and Bay City Academy to work in the best interest of the students and staff. The contract runs through June 30, 2016.

Mitten Educational Management is co-owned by Michael Randel, CPA and Brian Lynch.  Mr. Randel has over 24 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant and currently serves as the managing member of the public accounting firm Randel, Frank & Schwartzman, CPA PLLC.  Mike will have a focus on the financial side of the management company.  Brian Lynch has been serving students in education for over nine years as a teacher, consultant, and as an administrator.  Since February 2014, Mr. Lynch, has served as Superintendent of Bay City Academy and North Central Academy. He will focus his attention mainly on the educational and curriculum side of the management company.

Pat Cleland is scheduled to take on the Interim-Superintendent position for the remaining two months of the school year.  Mr. Cleland has 23 years of experience serving students in education as a teacher, state championship football coach, and as an administrator.  He will be splitting roles as Superintendent for the Bay City Academy District along with maintaining his responsibilities as Principal at North Central Academy in Mancelona, Michigan.  Pat Cleland has been Principal at NCA for the past three years. Under his leadership the school has increased their academic performance, expanded their athletics and extracurricular programs, along with growing it's enrollment.  The official decision to name Pat Cleland as Superintendent is pending official approval at the May 14, 2015 Bay City Academy Board of Director's meeting.

The goal at Bay City Academy continues to be educational excellence for our students, and we will take all available steps to achieve this goal.

Craig Johnston
Bay City Academy Board of Directors

Special Board Meeting


The Bay City Academy Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Monday, April 27, 2015, at 1:00 pm.  This meeting will be held at our Farragut campus.

BCA Special Board Meeting Notice 4-27-15