2021-2022 Academic Year will begin August 23. 

Full Academic Calendar

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. 

All students eat free for the 2021-2022 school year. 



Please refer to the NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM – SEAMLESS SUMMER OPTION LETTER TO HOUSEHOLDS for reasons why you should still complete the meal application for your family.  If you have questions, please reach out to Mrs. Helmic at

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.


To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
                     Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
                     1400 Independence Avenue, SW
                     Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)       email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



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:, 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:

Esta institución aplica el principio de igualdad de oportunidades.



Our educators and staff are devoted to provided an educational environment that provides academic and character building.


Our robust curriculum and consistent instruction aides our students in consistently outperforming national achievement goals. 


Cole Academy has over 30 years of elementary educational service with campuses in both Lansing and East Lansing.

Vision Statement

Cole Academy students will be equipped to excel as leaders and lifelong learners.

Mission Statement

Cole Academy will engage and inspire our diverse students to reach their full potential through individualized instruction.


We believe in ...

  • Fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse culture.

  • Nurturing collaborative relationships among students, families, and school.

  • Students being the center of all we do. 

  • Providing a safe and supportive environment. 

  • A commitment of excellence for all. 

Strategic Planning Work Sessions


Board of Directors



Tara Ferguson, 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.

Next Meeting: Thursday, June 16 at 5:45 p.m.

Location: Cole Academy  East Lansing




September 2020


March 2020


COVID-19 Preparation plans



District Benchmark Progress Reporting


Cole Academy

A previous version of the drill log has been removed from the website, because of an inadvertent typological error thereon. The attached log represents the most recent and accurate version of the drill log. For more information, please contact Principal Traci LaDue or Stacey Johnson.

Cole Academy east

AER Reports

Annual Expulsion Report and Website Report on Criminal Incidents

Educational Information

Michigan Educator Evaluation and Research

Compliance Officers

Cole Academy Lansing and 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

Current Fiscal Year Board Approved Budget

PersonNel Expenditures

Current Operating Expenditures

Educational Service Provider Transparency Reports


FOIA Coordinator: Stacey Johnson

Current Bargaining Agreements

Our Staff does not currently work under 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

There were no district paid lobbying costs for 2020-2021

Approved Deficit Elimination Plan

The district has not incurred a deficit

District Credit Card Information

District Paid out-of-state travel information

There was no travel to report in 2020-2021


 Cole Academy will fulfill requests that are not available in the transparency portion of this website.