A great learning environment
EDUCATION IN THE REGION
Ludington and other Mason County communities place a high value on life-long learning is evident in the variety of educational options and resources for children, teens and adults. Just as important to education are the involvement and support from individuals, community organizations, business and industry. The extraordinary natural resources of Lake Michigan, inland lakes and rivers, forest and farmland — plus the history of the area — are woven into these opportunities making for very rich and dynamic experiences for all.
The fully accredited Public and Private school systems for children begin with early childhood and school readiness programs, and follow with curricula and fine arts for Kindergarten through 8th grade in private schools and Kindergarten through 12th grade in public schools. A full slate of athletic and co-curricular programs and clubs are a big part of school and community life in Mason County, as well as Community Leisure and Enrichment Programs. There is also a home-schooling community.
West Shore Community College serves Mason and surrounding counties with fully accredited educational curricula for its own students, and athletic, arts, enrichment and accredited programs designed to complement high school programs and serve the community. Mentorships, internships and scholarships are available from area citizens, groups and businesses, who are invested in the professional and personal success of the area’s children.
SCHOOLS IN THE AREA
LUDINGTON AREA SCHOOLS
809 E. Tinkham Ave., Ludington, MI 49431,
www.lasd.net | 231.845.7303
Ludington Area Schools’ vision is that students will graduate from a top-performing district, confident and prepared with the knowledge and skills required for their success in the global community. They offer a top-notch quality education with a small-town feel.
The community-supported technology bond allows LASD to put a device in every student’s hands, allowing for a 21st Century education in connection with the global community. The district’s partnerships with the community allow it to provide innovative opportunities beyond the traditional Michigan Merit Curriculum expansive AP offerings, dual enrollment courses with West Shore Community College, Career/Technology Education (CTE), as well as renowned fine and performing arts.
In addition to its strong academic program, Ludington Area Schools offers athletics for students in grades 7-12, including 24 varsity sports, as well as an array of co-curricular groups, such as Business Professionals of America, Community Service Club, Drama Club, Show Choir, We the People Civic Group, and others in middle and high school.
Ludington serves 2,200 students across five buildings: Ludington High School (9-12); O. J. DeJonge Middle School (6-8); Foster Elementary (3-5); Franklin Elementary (K-2) and Lakeview Elementary (K-2).
The Pere Marquette Early Childhood Center is also part of LASD, and offers several preschool options for young children.
MASON COUNTY CENTRAL SCHOOLS
300 W. Broadway St., Scottville, MI 49454
www.mccschools.org | 231.757.3713
Mason County Central Schools serve 1,600 students with the Mission Statement: “Our actions will inspire and equip students to excel.” The newly renovated Mason County Central High School serves grades 9-12; Mason County Central Middle School, grades 6-8; Mason County Upper Elementary School, grades 3-5; Scottville Elementary School, grades K-2. There are a variety of programs for preschool children at Victory Early Childhood Center.
Mason County Central Schools are the #1 district for Schools of Choice in the area. Around 400 students living in the surrounding districts choose MCC each year. This shows in their academic scores, as over $6.7 million has been awarded to MCC seniors in the form of secondary scholarships since 2006. For three of the past five years, MCC has been recognized nationally as a Bronze Award Winner for US News and World Report Best High School.
MASON COUNTY EASTERN SCHOOL DISTRICT
18 S. Main Street, Custer, MI 49405
www.mceschools.com | 231.757.3733
Mason County Eastern Schools believe that all students can learn, and students will reach their full potential in an environment of teamwork, trust and pride. Mason County Eastern Middle and High School serve grades 6-12. Mason County Eastern Elementary serves K-5th grade, preschool and Mason’s Nest (after school program).
GATEWAY TO SUCCESS (G2S)
1526 N. Scottville Rd., Scottville, MI 49454
www.g2sacademy.net | 231.845.0922
G2S is a charter school designed to serve as an alternative education option for all eight districts of the West Shore Educational Service District, including Baldwin, Hart, Ludington, Mason County Central, Mason County Eastern, Pentwater, Shelby, and Walkerville. G2S provides an innovative and engaging, project-based learning environment, where the different needs of students are understood and used to effectively stimulate and support success.
2980 West US-10, Ludington, MI 49431
www. ccs-ludington.com | 231.845.9183
The Covenant Christian School’s Board of Education is committed to making the school the best that it can be. Its mission is to partner with families, churches, and the community to provide an excellent, affordable education in a Christ-centered environment.
LUDINGTON AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOL
700 E. Bryant Rd., Ludington, MI 49431
www.stsimonchurch.com/school | 231.843.3188
LAC serves approximately 145 students beginning with 3-year-olds in preschool through 8th grade, with a 15:1 student-teacher ratio. Strong elementary academics, supportive social skills, a networked computer lab, fine arts, Spanish, music and athletics are offered. The school is fully accredited with the Michigan Non-Public School Accrediting Association, and teachers are state certified.
THE LUDINGTON – MASON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS (MCCHE)
MCCHE offers group support, encouragement and friendships, plus activities such as book sales and field trips. They meet on the first Mondays of the month during the school year, Sept.-May, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ludington Public Library, 217 E. Ludington Ave. For more information, contact Mason County Christian Home Educators (MCCHE) 231.845.2960.
Community colleges are centers of educational opportunity. Beginning nearly 100 years ago, they are a uniquely American invention that put publicly funded higher education at close-to-home facilities.
West Shore Community College was established by a vote of the people in the college’s district on March 6, 1967. The College offers a comprehensive general education curricula, designed to meet the needs of students desiring to transfer to senior institutions, and many occupational programs are available for students desiring to pursue immediate employment.
The college continues to serve the community as a valuable partner for business and industry, community organizations and cultural programming by bringing more resources, grants, programs and special events to the region.
Many of the college’s employees are active participants in community organizations, civic causes, charity events, service clubs, and economic development initiatives. The administration meets regularly with state and local leaders and governmental representatives. To remain current with cultural, economic and education developments, the staff regularly attends symposiums and conferences with other educational institutions and professional organizations.
More than personal participation, the college brings new dollars and economic resources to the area, while continuing to give students a quality, affordable education.
NEW THIS YEAR is the establishment of the Mason County Promise, which provides community college education funding to any student who graduates from a Mason County school district. Eligible students will be able to earn a two-year college degree, certificate or college credential from WSCC that is tuition free. Click on the link for further information.
The college’s “home base” is 360 beautiful acres of rolling timberland, located at the intersection of North Stiles and Sugar Grove Roads in Mason County. Students in the northern portion of the college district are served through the Manistee County Education Center, on US-31, just north of the city of Manistee.
Since its creation nearly 50 years ago, the college has been an inclusive institution that welcomes all who desire to learn, regardless of wealth, heritage, or previous academic experience. The process of making higher education available to the maximum number of people continues to evolve at 1,173 public and independent community colleges across America.
Thousands of people visit the campus throughout the year to use recreational facilities, and attend numerous special events and activities. In addition to concerts, plays, art exhibits, historical presentations and readings, thousands of district-wide school children attend special programs designed specifically for younger audiences.
The college is working in concert with community leaders to assess the region’s strengths and opportunities with a goal to develop new business recruitment and retention strategies and to be a catalyst for new jobs.
In order to serve and respond quickly to the needs of the business community, the college regularly reviews its occupational programs and offerings to assure that existing needs are being met, but to also anticipate future training, certification, and degree needs.
Mason County Family Link: This initiative is currently being implemented in all three school districts in the county. Mason County Family Link focuses on bringing health and human services into the school building to serve children and families through the following means:
- Increase support for students, families and schools
- Increase access to healthcare, mental health services and other community resources
- Increase parent and community engagement and involvement
- Promote opportunities that support students’ educational, social and emotional development
- Redirect non-educational issues from the principals and teachers, so they are able to focus on educating our children
Lakeshore Resource Network
920 E. Tinkham Ave., Ludington
Mason County 2-1-1: Wondering where to find the help that you need? Simply dial the number 2-1-1. It is free and confidential, and the Call Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Translation service is available for non-English speaking callers. Simply dialing 2-1-1 makes it possible for you to navigate a wide variety of health and human service agencies and programs. This includes locating family/parenting resources, services for children, support to care for aging parents, assistance with a utility shut-off notice and much more. If you don’t feel comfortable calling, information and services can be accessed by visiting www.call-211.org.