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About Central Academy

Central Academy is a free public charter school serving students in grades K-12. Central Academy has a free GSRP Preschool program and is an International Baccalaureate- Primary Years Programme (IB – PYP) authorized school. Central Academy is conveniently located in Ann Arbor, MI. The Academy goes well beyond the curriculum mandates. We offer strong community partnerships, after school programs, tutoring, athletics, robotics and more!

Central Academy
2459 S. Industrial Hwy.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 

School Mission

Our Mission is to promote lifelong learning by nurturing academic excellence, positive character, and appreciation of cultures.

School Vision

The vision of Central Academy is to have a school where all students are entitled to reach their highest potential through a meaningful educational experience.

Our academy is placed in diversely rich, international communities with aspirations of a better future for themselves, and their children, via education and support. Parents are partners in the learning process and educational success.

About Principal Dr. Luay Shalabi 

Dr. Luay Shalabi earned his MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Eastern Michigan University and doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Wayne State University focusing on bilingual and bicultural education. He has been in the field of education since 1981 when he started teaching English as a foreign language oversees. He has a wide experience and a great passion in the field of bilingual bicultural education. Dr. Shalabi joined the founders of Central Academy, the first of all GEE schools, even before the school started its operation in 1996.

About Global Educational Excellence

GLOBAL EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE (GEE) is an educational management company that was founded in 1998 by Mohamad Issa and Dr. Said Issa. GEE was established as a vehicle for developing educational environments where all children are offered quality educational opportunities. Since 1998, the GEE family of schools has grown to include thirteen campuses in the following cities; Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Hamtramck, Detroit, Warren as well as a campus in Toledo, Ohio.

Central Academy Preschool

GSRP at Central Academy location hours M-Th 7:45 AM– 3:15 PM

Preschool Admission

Please apply online here:


Preschool HandbookPreschool Handbook

Quintiles & License Information

MSDS Early Childhood Collections 2017-18

Preschool Informational Links

Learn more about GSRP by clicking HERE

Access Washtenaw ISD website HERE

Access Great Start to Quality website HERE

Access Great Start Collaborative Washtenaw County website HERE

Learn more about the American Disability Act (ADA) HERE

Visit the Washtenaw Community Events page HERE to learn about activities in your community

GSRP Contact Information

Office of Great Start

Preschool and Out-of-School Time Learning

Great Start Readiness Program

608 W. Allegan

P.O. Box 30008

Lansing, MI 48933

Phone: (517) 373-8483

Business Hours: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM

Washtenaw ISD- A Regional Educational service Agency

1819 South Wagner Road

PO Box 1406

Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1406

Phone: (734) 994-8100

Fax: (734) 994-2203

Business Hours:  8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Visit Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation department HERE to learn about activities in your community.