Imagine a New

Way to Learn

What if your children could learn in a brand new way that instills rigorous educational fundamentals with an innovative core curriculum along with curiosity, creativity and inspired learning? The Flint Cultural Center Academy is the school that offers students a unique experiential learning education combined with daily activities and programs at the Cultural Center institutions — Flint Institute of Arts, Flint Institute of Music, Flint Public Library, Longway Planetarium, Sloan Museum, The Whiting and Applewood. Our new public, nonprofit charter school will serve an estimated 650 students each school year in grades kindergarten through eight and is expected to open in time for the start of the 2019/20 school year.

The Flint Cultural Center Academy will build on the strengths of the Flint Cultural Center institutions to create an experiential learning opportunity that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the region. It also will mark the next step in efforts to strengthen the education continuum in Flint — from cradle to college and career.

In its first year, we will enroll a total of up to 300 students from kindergarten through the fifth grade. The following school year, grade six will be added, then grade seven in year three, and grade eight in year four. At that time, we expect to enroll up to 650 students – kindergarten through 8th grade – each academic year.

Enrollment will be open to students living in Flint, Genesee County and — in accordance with state law for public charter schools — elsewhere in Michigan. If enrollment applications for a particular grade outnumber the available seats, students will be chosen by a lottery system. Information about the application process to enroll a child in the Flint Cultural Center Academy will be available in early February 2019.

FCC Academy Features

  • 78,000 Square-Foot School
  • 27 Classrooms
  • Gymnasium
  • Cafeteria
  • Collaborative Learning Spaces
  • Exhibit Space
  • Three Multipurpose Classrooms
  • Direct Access to the Flint Institute of Music and Sloan Museum
Kids learning about geology at the Sloan Museum

Our Academic Model – A Rigorous Core Curriculum Combined With Curiosity, Creativity and Inspired Learning

The Flint Cultural Center Academy is where the art of experience and science of education meet. The idea for the school first emerged in 2015 as a logical next step in the Cultural Center’s long history of providing high-quality learning experiences. The goal of the Flint Cultural Center Academy is to engage students in science and the fine and performing arts in ways they otherwise might not encounter. Those experiences will reflect and reinforce learning that is taking place in the classroom, and result in a cohesive, engaging and stimulating educational experience. We are passionately committed to extending our educational mission. We want to help more children in and beyond our hometown to learn, grow and succeed.

Academic Partners – It Takes a Community Committed to Education

Grand Valley State University approved the school’s charter. EL Education, a national nonprofit organization specializing in K–12 education, will help the school create a curriculum and culture that support student engagement, achievement and character. The project’s lead design and construction partners are Flint-based THA Architects Engineers and E & L Construction Group, Inc. The Flint Cultural Center Corporation, will help to coordinate campus-wide projects, including the new school.

A longtime supporter of the Cultural Center, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, granted $2.9 million for planning and development activities related to the new school. The Mott Foundation has also committed up to $35 million to cover the costs of designing, constructing and outfitting the school, as well as making related improvements to the Cultural Center campus. Learn more at mott.org.

Children learning about electricity at the Sloan Museum