WELCOME TO HONEY CREEK
Welcome to the Honey Creek Community School website! You have taken the first step in learning about our unique, little school.
When parents are asked what they like most about Honey Creek, “ The community!” is the overwhelming response. Parents play a vital role in the success of our school, and they enrich the learning experience through participation in a variety of theme committees. Their work supports a variety of activities such as wellness, farm-to-school, and community gardening, our Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fair, and our beloved annual spring talent show as well as other school-wide events.
If you are interested in enrolling your student and would like to learn more about Honey Creek, please attend one of our two January enrollment meetings.
Honey Creek Director
LETTER TO OUR COMMUNITY
Dear Honey Creek Family,
We recognize that racism exists and functions, intentionally and unintentionally, in our nation, our state, our county, our district, and in our school. Many of us have watched as current events violently revealed the systemic racism that continues to block our collective path toward true liberty and justice for all.
Honey Creek was intentionally created over twenty-five years ago by a group of parents with great minds and hearts, rich in cultural and ethnic backgrounds and a myriad family structures. They aspired to the idea that all families should feel that their children were safe physically and emotionally and would be given the opportunity to thrive academically. Their hope was to foster an environment that educated each student equitably; that it would recognize and celebrate differences; encourage individual potential, creativity, self-expression and confidence.
Many families, like yours, may have sought out our small school because of these values. However, our values and best intentions did not immunize us against the systemic issues that afflict our nation.
Members of our community have asserted that we still have work to do to become the school that we set out to be. We didn’t recognize the urgency of our systematic failure to address the issues that confront our black and brown families. Some became discouraged and left. We feel their absence. Others have stayed and are working to help educate us by creating an Equity and Diversity Committee, which is funding and delivering professional education to our staff.
We are writing to you from a place of open discomfort, surrounded by an ever-growing awareness of our own ignorance.
The faculty, staff, and administration of Honey Creek are committing to learn as much as possible so that we are better equipped to support our community, including those with marginalized identities.
We are educators, we know that we can create an environment that encourages reflection and change by addressing our own hidden biases - through our curriculum, our relationships, and our professional development. As community members, we want to listen, discuss, brainstorm, and motivate each other toward the goal of true equity and collective liberation.
Earnest and well-intentioned we may be, we are also imperfect; and we are going to make mistakes while we learn and unlearn how to better develop the skills necessary to truly transform our practice and our culture to navigate our way back to the initial intention of this school. Our goal is the same, our commitment is renewed. We are grateful for the members of this community who push us to be better.
We invite you to join us - to do the hard work, to be uncomfortable sometimes… to see, to learn, to acknowledge, to grow, to advocate.
Please consider joining the HCCS Equity and Diversity Team in promoting an environment in which all of our students and community members can truly thrive.
We will regularly share our efforts to learn and build our skills. It is our hope that with your help we will solidify our roots as a truly welcoming community.
With much love,
The Faculty, Staff, and Administration of Honey Creek Community School
To find out more about the the work our members have been doing in the area of social justice and/or to explore some resources that we recommend, please visit our Equity Resource Chart.
WHO WE ARE
Honey Creek Community School was started by parents who were interested in finding quality alternative education for their children. These families belonged to a day-care program called the Child Care Connection – where children of different ages learned together but were treated individually. As their children grew older, the parents saw the need for a school that operated on a similar philosophy.
In 1995, a charter was granted through the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD), and Honey Creek opened for its first school year. The WISD selected Honey Creek from among other charter applicants because it was deemed the strongest proposal in terms of meeting local needs, the programs it offered were unique and innovative, and there was a high degree of parental involvement.
Honey Creek has grown from its modest beginning with 33 students to a thriving school with three fully enrolled classes at each grade level: Early Elementary (K-1); Middle Elementary (2-3); Later Elementary (4-5) and a middle school with four base classes each encompassing grades 6,7 and 8. Total enrollment is currently near Honey Creek’s optimal limit at approximately 250 students. Class sizes range from 18 at the lower levels to 20 in the Middle School.
The WISD supports Honey Creek in ways that extend beyond typical charter oversight. Honey Creek shares a campus with the WISD’s High Point School – a facility for special education students – many of whom are severely disabled. The strong, collaborative relationship between the two schools is represented by the boundless playground project that was completed in 2005. Honey Creek and High Point worked together to attract donations and recruit volunteer labor to create “a play environment uniquely configured to provide for inclusive play and to remove the barriers that limit exploration and development.”
Honey Creek Community School develops the whole child by integrating a rigorous, project-based curriculum, real-life experiences and expertise, a focus on relationships, and an emphasis on the importance of community in a supportive, multi-age classroom setting.
Honey Creek Community School develops the whole child by integrating life, learning and community.
Honey Creek Community School will advance transformative education practices to ensure all students reach their full potential while preparing them to successfully address the emerging challenges of the twenty-first century.
We believe that students learn and flourish with experiential, integrated, and thematic instruction.
We believe that there are experts of all ages in our community who contribute to student learning.
We believe that the development of cooperative learning strategies and the ability to work successfully as a team member are essential life skills.
We believe that every individual is entitled to a respectful environment that is both physically and emotionally safe in which he/she/they can develop to their full potential.
We believe that it is essential for children and their families to be active participants in students’ education, their school, and their community.
We believe that celebrating academic, personal, and civic achievement promotes enthusiasm for learning and supports a positive self-image.
We believe that fostering genuine relationships between the High Point and Honey Creek communities creates opportunities for students to share the joy of life viewed through a broad lens of human experience.
We believe that curriculum-based service learning projects enhance student learning.
We believe instruction is academically rigorous when students are challenged to research, explore, and synthesize complex topics to develop a deep understanding of core subjects.
We believe students demonstrate their learning as they share, explain, and transfer their new knowledge.
We believe that our intentional commitment to small, multi-age classrooms leads to strong relationships that promote the development of each student.