Our Mission Statement

It is the mission of Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to provide leadership and services to local school districts.

It is the vision of Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to be an indispensable partner with every district we serve.


It is the mission of Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to provide leadership and services to local school districts.

It is the vision of Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to be an indispensable partner with every district we serve.

Current News

Crooked Tree High School named Michigan’s Alternative Education School of the Year

HARBOR SPRINGS - Crooked Tree High School has been named the state’s Alternative Education School of the Year by the Michigan Alternative Education Organization. The school’s staff was awarded the honor at MAEO’s annual conference on May 2, 2024 at Crystal Mountain.  “To me, this award is about more than our achievements; it is a reaffirmation of our commitment to what is in the best interest of each student,” said Don Heinz, Crooked Tree teacher. “A recognition like this would not be possible without the tireless efforts and investment of our team members, the support of our administration, and the limitless potential of our students.” Char-Em ISD has operated Crooked Tree High School since September 1998. Heinz, who received the MAEO Teacher of the Year recognition in 2018, has been the lead teacher at the school for 20 years. It is located in Harbor Springs and serves between 20 and 40 students each year. Students come from throughout Char-Em ISD school districts, but predominantly from Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Alanson and Pellston school districts due to proximity of the program. Mike Haynes, the ISD’s Director of Instructional Services and supervisor of alternative education programs, said Crooked Tree sets the bar high for alternative programs, due to staff commitment to students’ education, flexibility, and knowledge of innovative and nontraditional instructional methods. In addition, Crooked Tree has a virtual learner component that helps support students who cannot participate in full school days due to medical reasons, pregnant or parenting, homelessness, or other reasons. Teacher Kristine Holmes meets students at their home, place of residence, or other alternative settings to assist them with their school work and to encourage them toward completion.  All of these pieces have made Crooked Tree stand out from their peers, Haynes said.  “With this award we recognize that learning should be tailored to meet the individual needs of students, with an...

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The Class of 2037! Kindergarten round-ups for 2024-25 school year

Kindergarten round-ups, open houses scheduled in local school districts for students enrolling in the 2024-25 school year It’s the time of year when local elementary schools roll out the welcome mat for incoming kindergartners and their families, through open houses, school tours and registration activities. Following is a list of kindergarten registration open houses, parent meetings and school tours planned throughout the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District’s 11 public schools, charter academies, and private schools (please note: some districts require an appointment and others do not): ANTRIM COUNTY CENTRAL LAKE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Thursday, April 11: By appointment only. Contact: Call (231) 544-3141 for an appointment. On the web: www.clps.k12.mi.us   EBENEZER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Preschool-kindergarten round up: Thursday, April 11: 3-6 p.m. Contact: Call (231) 588-2111 for more information. On the web: www.ebenezerchristian.org   ELLSWORTH PUBLIC SCHOOLS Appointment required. Parent meeting, orientation and tours. Tuesday, April 9: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact: Call (231) 588-2544 to make an appointment. On the web: www.ellsworth.k12.mi.us   CHARLEVOIX COUNTY BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY SCHOOL If your child is a prospective kindergarten student, please call the Beaver Island Community School office at (231) 448-2744 to set up an appointment to meet the staff and learn about the program. On the web: www.beaverisland.k12.mi.us   BOYNE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Parents/guardians will need to register for a kindergarten round-up session of their choice by filling out a kindergarten pre-registration form that is available on the BCPS website, www.boyne.k12.mi.us. The following registration sessions will be held: Wednesday, May 1: 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 2: 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Friday, May 3: 9:30-10:30 a.m. ONLY If you have questions, please call (231) 439-8300. On the web: www.boyne.k12.mi.us   BOYNE FALLS PUBLIC SCHOOL Registration...

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Inclusivity in action at Pellston Elementary School: A Success Story

Creating a place where all students’ daily lives are intertwined ‘The goal is for staff to know that anything that is good for kids - all kids - is good with me.’ - Stephen Seelye, Pellston Superintendent  PELLSTON - The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in schools have been widely reported, but in one local district, it opened up the opportunity to positively change structures to support students with disabilities. At Pellston Elementary School, district leaders took the initiative to integrate students with disabilities in Char-Em ISD classrooms into the overall school environment to experience typical school-day activities with their same-age peers without disabilities.  At a recent “Learning Round” held at the school to share Pellston’s inclusivity success with other local district leaders, a story about one student in particular showed how meaningful these efforts have become. During his years at the school, the student had limited access to same-age peers. Due to the impact of a cognitive impairment, this student spent most of his school days in one of two CEISD classrooms in the building, whereas general education students rotate through the day to art, music, gym and other classes. He hadn’t yet had the opportunity to participate in activities with nondisabled peers.  This set-up wasn’t intentional, but over the years it became how things operated in this district that houses two Char-Em ISD classrooms located at the end of a long hallway on the building’s north end, separated from the rest of the general education students and classrooms.  Just before the pandemic hit, this arrangement wasn’t sitting right with Superintendent Stephen Seelye and elementary principal Tammy VanAntwerp, who both joined the district about 6 years ago. “I’ve used the analogy of Disney World. The rest of the building is Disney World, and the students with disabilities were always just outside the gate, looking in but not able to ride the rides,” said Seelye. “We...

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Our Mission

It is the mission of Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to provide leadership and services to local school districts.

It is the vision of Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to be an indispensable partner with every district we serve.

Char-Em ISD is proud to have achieved accreditation by AdvancED for a second 5-year period effective July 2016. The AdvancED Accreditation Commission determined that Char-Em ISD engages in a continuous systemic process of improvement, and has effective and efficient quality assurance controls throughout the system. This achievement recognizes the quality of services provided by the ISD through the leadership team and governing authority, the dedication and service of the professional staff, and the support of community stakeholders.

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