Midland returns to school for fall semester

The trees are starting to have pops of color, the mornings are crisp, and school is right around the corner in Midland. Whether you are taking classes at a local college or getting ready to drop your kiddos off at elementary school, you know that a lot of information gets thrown your way as you prepare for a successful year. Below you will find helpful links and information on Midland city and county schools, and local colleges. Wishing all students and families a safe and healthy 2023-24 school year as you learn and grow.
Kent MacDonald has served as the president of Northwood University since August 2019.
Northwood University
“While many colleges are experiencing a decline in enrollment, Northwood’s incoming new student enrollment has increased over 23 percent,” stated Northwood President Kent MacDonald. “Many factors contribute to our enrollment success, including our unabashed commitment to developing graduates who believe in free enterprise, limited government, the rule of law, and personal responsibility.”

Northwood University develops free-enterprise leaders who drive global social and economic progress. Rooted in the Northwood Idea, the University promotes the importance of free enterprise, ethics, individual freedom, and responsibility. Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at a full-service, residential campus. The public is invited to help welcome Northwood students to Midland during a Go MAD March from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, downtown. Classes start August 28. If you are interested in learning more about the university and how to enroll, visit their website

Davenport University
Online and on campuses across Michigan, Davenport University prepares students for successful careers in business, technology, health, and urban education. Classes begin September 5 in Midland. Visit their website for more information. 
Delta College's Downtown Midland Center is located at 419 E. Ellsworth St.

Delta College
One of the country's leading community colleges - recognized for their innovation, community leadership, and  teaching excellence. Delta is also known for caring about each student every step of the way. Classes start on August 27. Start your application on their website.

Midland Public Schools
Lead with respect, trust, and courage. Ensure an equitable, collaborative, and inclusive culture. Enable all to achieve success. Midland Public Schools is committed to creating an equitable and anti-racist system that honors and elevates all! Midland Public Schools is made up of two high schools, two middle schools, six elementary schools, a pre-k learning center, and the Juvenile Care Center. MPS has a website that is jam-packed with information on how to enroll, which forms need to be filled out to collect your child’s materials, school supply lists and how to apply for School of Choice. Classes kick off on August 22.
To enroll your student, visit their enrollment page

Ceremony at Jefferson Middle School
Midland County ESA
The Midland County Educational Service Agency offers special education, career and technical education, early childhood education and more. MCESA is one of 56 Michigan intermediate school districts that serve the educational needs of students, parents, and staff in local schools. Their mission is to provide leadership, deliver services and leverage resources to improve the education of students in collaboration with constituent districts, schools, and the community at large. Pupil instruction starts August 22. Learn more about MCESA on their website

Bullock Creek School District
The Bullock Creek School District, in partnership with the community, provides a positive climate that supports excellence in teaching and learning, thereby enabling students to realize their full potential. With three elementary schools, a middle school and high school, Bullock Creek Schools kick off classes August 28. For more information on the Lancers or to enroll your student, visit their website.

Coleman Community Schools
Home of the Comets, Coleman Community Schools creates the leaders of tomorrow through Academics, Arts, Athletics and Agriculture. Consisting of one elementary school and a Jr./Sr. High School, students start reporting to class August 22. To learn more about what Coleman has to offer, visit their website

Meridian Public Schools
Located in the heart of Sanford, the Meridian Mustang staff and faculty encourage students to reach higher – expanding and developing their potential to succeed academically and in life. Classes for the Fall semester start August 28. To enroll your student, visit their enrollment page.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School
With its small class sizes and favorable student-to-teacher ratio, Good Shepherd has been able to provide high-quality, individualized education to the children of Good Shepherd and the community of Midland for more than forty years. Serving grades K-8, classes start August 29. For more information or to apply for enrollment, visit their website.

Calvary Baptist Academy
As a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Academy exists to assist parents in training students for a life of service, defense of the faith and obedience to God’s will for their lives through academic excellence in a Christ-centered educational environment. Classes start August 28 and enrollment is open now. To learn more or enroll, visit their website

St. Brigid’s School
Saint Brigid School believes in the education of the whole child — mind, body and spirit — in an environment that will enable students to develop to their fullest potential. Catholic values are integrated into the overall school environment to reinforce values taught at home by parents. Essential to our goals is the celebration of liturgy and prayer, a strong academic program, and opportunities for each child to sense his or her worth in the eyes of God and him or herself. Saint Brigid Catholic School seeks to be an example of a living faith community. We strive to be of service to each other, parents, parishioners, and the community. School starts August 21. To learn more about St. Brigid’s curriculum and view their application, visit their website

St. John’s Lutheran
St. John’s Lutheran School exists to provide a Biblical Christian Education in the context of an active Christian community that will prepare students for lifelong discipleship. St. John’s offers preschool – grade 8. Classes start August 22.
Learn more about curriculum and tuition on their website

Academic and Career Education Academy
Academic and Career Education Academy (ACEA) is an alternative high school that provides an innovative learning environment for students by integrating Michigan's educational standards through different delivery systems. ACEA promotes student success through mastery learning, individualized academic planning, career exploration, and vocational/work opportunities. ACEA offers the educational background necessary for students to begin a career or enter a post-secondary school after graduation. Transportation is available for ACEA students. The ACEA Eagles start classes August 21. Learn more on their website.

Windover High School
The Windover Bulldogs’ mission is to provide the social and academic skills that will guarantee successful high school completion in an alternative learning environment that accepts individual challenges, while enhancing the strengths of all students, enabling them to become successful, contributing members of the community. Windover High School is an alternative school for grades 9-12. Classes start August 22 and students can enroll by filling out a form on the website.

Education and Training Connection
ETC’s mission is to provide communities with needed education and training opportunities accomplished through the integration of existing services with new ideas, techniques, technology and partners. Learn more about their community partnerships and how to enroll on their website

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Carly Lillard moved to the Great Lakes Bay Region in 2007 from Traverse City. Since that time, she’s graduated from Northwood University and held positions at Dow, Northwood University, Midland Area Community Foundation, Shelterhouse and Youth For Understanding. Currently, Carly is working as the Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Relationships at Holy Cross Services while completing her Master’s Degree from Michigan State University in Strategic Communication. When she’s not writing, you will find her spending time with her husband, Jesse, and two children, Maycie and Elias. Carly can be reached at carlylillard@gmail.com.