This decision is for the trimester beginning Monday, November 30, 2020 and ending on Friday March 5, 2021. This form MUST be filled out by every family, for every student by no later than Friday, November 20, 2020. Completion of this form is required, even if you plan on your student(s) staying in the same learning format as first trimester. Remember, once a family chooses to do virtual learning, the student can only return to in-person at the start of the next trimester. Also attached is the Virtual Learning Waiver for all families choosing the virtual format for learning in the 2nd trimester. The Health Screening Agreement will need to be signed by families transitioning to in-person learning only.



2020-2021 Academic Year will begin August 24. 

Full Academic Calendar

School Reopening


Meal Program


Cole Academy participates in the State of Michigan Free/Reduced Meal Application system. All meals are provided daily by the Okemos Public School System. 

2020/2021 Prices are as follows:

Prices Full pay:

Breakfast - $1.80

Lunch - $2.80

Milk - .50 


Prices Reduced pay:

Breakfast - .30

Lunch - .40

Milk - .50


All students have a meal account that tracks meal participation. 

Deposits can be made at the front desk by completing the Meal Deposit form or by clicking below:


The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.


You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at:


U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Director, Office of Adjudication

1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410


fax (202) 690-7442

email at program.intake@usda.gov

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).


USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 



De acuerdo con la ley federal de derechos civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU. (USDA - U.S. Department of Agriculture), el USDA, sus organismos, ofi y empleados, y las instituciones que participan o administran los programas del USDA tienen prohibido discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen étnico, sexo, discapacidad, edad o tomar represalias o venganza por actividades anteriores a los derechos civiles en cualquier programa o actividad llevada a cabo o financiado por el USDA.

 Las personas con discapacidad que requieran medios alternativos de comunicación para informarse del programa (por ejemplo,braille, letra grande, cinta de audio, lengua americana de signos, etc.) deben ponerse en contacto con el organismo (estatal olocal) donde solicitaron sus prestaciones. Las personas sordas o con problemas de audición o defi encias en el habla puedenponerse en contacto con el USDA a través del Federal Relay Service (servicio federal de transmisiones) en el (800) 877-8339.Además, puede encontrar información del programa en otros idiomas además del inglés.

Para presentar una queja por discriminación contra el programa, rellene el formulario de quejas por discriminación contra elprograma de USDA, (USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form - AD-3027) disponible en línea en:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o escriba una carta dirigida al USDA contoda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de queja, 

llame al (866) 632-9992


Envíe elformulario rellenado o carta al USDA por correo: 


U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410


Fax: (202) 690-7442; o

correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.

Esta institución aplica el principio de igualdad de oportunidades.






Cole Academy is Lansing's longest-standing charter school in the state of Michigan and received a charter through Central Michigan University in 1995. The Academy originated as an Early Childhood Center and over the years, gradually became a K-6 Public School. Our East Lansing campus, Cole Academy East, was built in 2018!


Annie Jasonowicz became Cole Academy Lansing Principal in August 2018 after a full year of mentorship. Stacey Johnson became Cole Academy East Principal in August 2018, previously being Assistant Principal of Cole Academy Lansing since 2016.  Both building Principals have experience as classroom teachers at Cole Academy. Mrs. Jasonowicz has taught at Cole Academy since 2011 and Mrs. Johnson has taught at Cole since 2004. 


Combining a foundation of current, research-based, balanced literacy objectives and a sustained professional development direction from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York, has  "raised the bar" for student achievement. Reader’s and Writer’s Workshops continue to be critical directions for Cole Academy.


For math, our teachers work closely with the expert curriculum coach throughout the school year to work on a constructivist/project-based (hands-on) approach to teaching mathematics. Continual professional development in math, and an inquiry-focused direction will be central to the program.  In addition, Cole will continue using representations (manipulatives), our Envision Math, and Bridges programs, as well as incorporating the MCTM, NCTM, and Common Core State Standards as guides.


Science instruction involves a State of Michigan recognized expert/consultant working with teachers and students.  Our science kits program is helping to prepare our students for the Michigan Science Standards (MSS). 


Social Studies is undergoing major revisions in the district, using an MSU Professor that is nationally recognized as an expert in the field.  This direction uses local and kid-focused issues to teach world views.

Art, PE, and Health have all undergone major changes and renovations to be up-to-speed with the State of Michigan Common Core Standards and Grade Level Content Expectations in these areas of study.  These specialty areas are an important component of a whole-child learning experience.


Cole Academy is working in conjunction with Okemos Public Schools providing dining services.  This streamlined approach to servicing the needs of our students with an affordable hot lunch program has been received with positive reviews and accolades.  The students are satisfied with the meals and the point-of-use system of payment through “LunchTime” (using a computer) has made lunch less hectic for all involved.  


Students in third through sixth grade each have individual IPads for school use. Students in kindergarten through second grade use both classroom IPads and Chromebooks throughout their learning day. We also have a 32-computer lab for all grades to use weekly.


We also partner with MSU student interns working with our students one-on-one and in the classroom.




Board of Directors



Tara Ferguson, President

Mary Harding, Vice President

Amy Gilmore, Secretary

Jason Marentette, Treasurer


Board of Directors meeting schedule is posted at Cole Academy and the meeting minutes are available in the office.

Zoom Meeting Information: 

Thursday, November 19






COVID-19 Preparation plans


Annual Expulsion Report and Website Report on Criminal Incidents

Current Fiscal Year Board Approved Budget

PersonNel Expenditures

Current Operating Expenditures

Educational Service Provider Transparency Reports


Current Bargaining Agreements

Health Care Plans

Audited Financial Statements

Procurement Policy

Expense Reimbursement Policy

Accounts Payable Check Register

Employee Compensation Information

District Paid Association Dues

District Paid Lobbying Costs

Approved Deficit Elimination Plan

District Credit Card Information

District Paid out-of-state travel information


Educational Information

Michigan Educator Evaluation and Research

Compliance Officers

Cole Academy Lansing - Annie Jasonowicz, 1-517- 372-0038

Cole Academy East - Stacey Johnson, 1-517- 580-3470

Harassment and Bullying Policy


Harassment of students is prohibited and will not be tolerated. This includes inappropriate conduct by other students as well as any other person in the school environment, including employees, Board members, parents, guests, contractors, vendors and volunteers. 

Bullying - Matt's Safe School Law

The Board will not tolerate any gestures, comments, threats, or actions to any student which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm, reasonable fear for personal safety, or personal degradation. This policy applies to all activities in the school including activities on school property and those occurring off school property if the student or employee is at any school sponsored, school approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the school's control, or where an employee is engaged in school business. 

Bullying - intimidation of others by acts, such as (but not limited to) the following: 

1. threatened or actual physical harm

2. un-welcomed physical contact

3. threatening or taunting verbal, written or electronic communications

4. taking or extorting money or property

5. damaging or destroying property

6. blocking or impeding student movement


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