Benzie Academy

9222 Homestead Rd.

Benzonia, Michigan 49616

231-882-4381 (7:45am – 3:00pm)


Interested in attending Benzie Academy?

Students who are not residents of our district, must fill out a School of Choice application.

Parent Permissions are needed to be enrolled in online courses.

Students who are 18 years of age or older, may sign themselves.

Alternative education is designed to meet the needs of at-risk students who are not succeeding in the traditional setting. Students are provided with a variety of options that can lead to graduation and are supported by services for the student and their immediate family that are essential to success. 

While each alternative education program is unique, they share characteristics identified in the research as common to successful alternative schools:

  • Maximum teacher/student ratio of 1:22
  • Small student base 
  • Flexible school schedule with community involvement and support
  • Access to online classes 
  • Total commitment to have each student be a success


  • Mailing Address:

    9222 Homestead Rd.

    Benzonia, Michigan 49616

  • Phone:


  • Principal:

    David Clasen

  • Asst. Principal:

    Steve Graetz

  • Counselor:

    Emily Burrus

  • Teacher:

    Elaine Taghon

  • Parapro:

    Maria Wolowiec

  •  6-12 Registrar:

    Katrina Grose