Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Nancy B. Mansberger

Second Advisor

Dr. Dennis C. McCrumb

Third Advisor

Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer


Charter school, arts-integrated curriculum

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This project investigates the process of starting a public school academy (i.e., charter school) in Benton Harbor, Michigan and completing the authorizing application. The dynamics of the project is documented in four phases. The first is the inquiry phase which is identifying, clarifying and documenting the problem. Phase two is designing a comprehension strategy in response to the problem. The third phase is implementing, creating and submitting a viable application for authorization to an educational institution and which is to be submitted to the Michigan State Department of Education for a charter school grant. The last phase of the project summarizes the process, citing lessons learned and recommendations for future references for starting a charter school.