The students and families at American Montessori Academy celebrated a move to their newer and bigger building in early January. The move relocates grades 3-8 from the previous building in Redford to the transformed previous site of St. Damian Church in Westland.

Executive Director Dr. Ticheal Jones is thrilled to see the vision and hard work of the staff and stakeholders come to life in this new building. “The larger classrooms help teachers incorporate the individualized Montessori approach we offer and is just one of the great things about this new site,” Jones said. “The building feels like home….and we look forward to continuing to expand and grow our school in this community.”

The new school building is on 9.28 acres and gives students two playground areas and baseball and soccer fields to play on. It is also 15,000 square feet larger than the old school providing many more features for students. In addition to the larger classrooms it includes a library, art room, gym, café, collaboration space and a tech room. The computer lab in the new school was also upgraded with the newest computers and an interactive white board for teaching. Long-time American Montessori staff member, Cookie Peters, revealed her favorite room in the new building is the Commons room. In addition to using it as a collaborative project space for students, she often works with special needs students in this area as an Act-18 Aide.

“It’s absolutely incredible to look back and think about the growth that AMA has made in the last few years. Through consistent hard work and perseverance, amazing leadership, a strong and supportive staff, loyal and dedicated families, and hardworking and incredible students the dream of moving into a new, beautiful building became reality! I am so excited and proud to be a part of this amazing school,” said Meagan Scott who has taught at AMA for nine years and currently serves as their Preschool Director.

American Montessori currently enrolls 539 students from preschool to eighth grade. Students in preschool to second grade attend school in American Montessori’s lower building on Middlebelt in Livonia, with grades 3-8 in the new Westland building. Next school year second grade will also move to the new building.

Board member Gerald Olkowski said, “The acquisition of this property will bring a much-needed increase in space and opportunity for American Montessori, and I’m extremely happy that we were able to find and repurpose this facility. We’re well-poised to continue our mission of educating the leaders of tomorrow here.”


AMA Library




Brighton, Mich., Jan. 16, 2018 – Educational service provider, CS Partners, announced the promotion of Chris Matheson to Senior Vice President this week. Matheson was hired in May 2017 as Director of School Performance at CS Partners.

“Chris has proven to be a most valuable leader in a short period of time at CS Partners. His dedication to leadership development, school performance and the maintenance of a positive work environment has been a great asset”, said President Mary Kay Shields.

Upon receiving his promotion, Chris said “I am humbled by the trust CS Partners places in me and I am incredibly thankful to be a member of such an outstanding team. I look forward to our continued growth and improvement as we strive to provide the best service possible to our schools.”

Matheson worked in various roles in the field of education for 18 years prior to joining CS Partners last year. He earned a bachelor’s and Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan–Flint, a Master of Arts in History from the University of Alabama, an Education Specialist degree from Oakland University, and is finishing work on a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Michigan–Flint.

CS Partners is a growing Michigan based educational service provider headquartered in Brighton. Founded in 2004 the company is focused on school reform and provides full management services for 19 Michigan charter schools. CS Partners focuses their support of schools on their seven indicators of excellence: Correlates of Effective Schools; Marzano’s Instructional Strategies; Student Achievement; Student Enrollment and Retention; Balanced Budget; Rules and Compliance; and Innovation. In addition to full management services, CS Partners provides other charter school services, including human resources and financial support through their affiliate company MEP Services.

CS Partners Hires Director of School Performance

April 25, 2017

PRESS RELEASE Brighton, Mich., May 1, 2017 – Educational service provider, CS Partners, announced today the addition of Chris Matheson as Director of the School Performance Team. In working with close to 20 Michigan charter schools, the school performance team is vital to advising and directing school leadership, ensuring curriculum and special education programs are […]

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Spring Showers Bring…School Budgets

April 24, 2017

Working with Michigan schools we experience our own seasons, and spring brings a couple of important pieces to the school funding puzzle. First, the Governor and State legislators lay out their proposed upcoming budget which can have a significant impact on students and education. This is also the time of year when those of us […]

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Huron Academy Adds Grades and Opens New Campus

January 18, 2017

On August 23, 2016, Huron Academy held an official ribbon cutting ceremony for their new upper elementary – middle school campus on Utica Road in Clinton Township, MI.  The new campus will house grades 3 through 7, with PreK-2 remaining at the existing site on Metropolitan Parkway in Sterling Heights.  Seventeen years ago Huron entered […]

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FlexTech Brighton Growing in Size and Opportunity

January 18, 2017

On January 18, 2017, the Brighton campus of FlexTech High School officially opened its new space with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. and an Open House from 5–7 p.m. This new space is a nearly 14,000-square-foot extension that maintains and enhances the school’s commitment to creating a learning space where students are encouraged to play […]

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