TODAY! K-8 Open House & Ribbon Cutting - Branch Line School, a free public charter school

Small, nurturing free public charter school enrolling most grades now!

The Full Child
The Full Child

Do you know a family who is looking for a more intimate and personal educational experience specifically created to help children grow into ethical, compassionate and informed adults? 

Please join us for our ribbon cutting & open house on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 3:30PM-6PM.

Branch Line School (www.branchlineschool.org) is a free, public charter school centrally located in Livonia and serving students in kindergarten through 7th grade (adding 8th grade in 2014). Founded and operated locally, BLS is a nonprofit, secular and independent charter school expressly designed to provide a personal, nurturing, child-centered lifelong learning community.

“Branch Line School was created by local parents and teachers who wanted a positive alternative to the ‘factory model’ of education that is so prevalent in area schools,” said Lori Brugman, founding President of the Board of Directors and mom to 7-year old Madeleine. “We believe that children deserve authentic respect for their creativity and individuality.”

Branch Line School program highlights include:

  • Small classes in a small school

  • Class sizes average 18; maximum school size is approximately 150 students including preschool.

  • Just-right learning

    • Multiage classrooms use flexible grouping; instruction is personal to each child’s developmental level in each core content area.

  • Project-based learning

    • This inquiry-based approach engages children’s natural curiosity and integrates core content into real-world applications.

  • Service learning

    • Service to each other and the greater community is emphasized throughout the program so that students grow into engaged and thoughtful community members.

  • Family participation

    • Parents are invited and encouraged to participate in the classroom. BLS has an open-door policy for parents to participate in the learning community.

    Private preschool and young 5s programs inspired by the Reggio Emilia early childhood education philosophy are also available, ensuring a nurturing and cohesive learning home for students from preschool through middle school.

    Branch Line School

    16360 Hubbard

    Livonia, MI 48154




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