The Rutherford Winans Academy began in 1997 by Marvin L. Winans, the grammy-winning artist of the famed ‘Winans’ gospel group. The school started with grades K-5 and 248 students and one grade was added every year until the school reached 8th grade. The school emphasizes a commitment to excellence and Chancellor Winans is motivated to have each student achieve their highest goals.
The mission of the Academy is to prepare students for academic and performing arts excellence and responsible citizenship.
There are now over 1,100 students enrolled in Winans school district. The Academy is a Michigan public charter school serving grades K-8. The district consists of 2 schools on two campuses. Both campuses provide a safe and positive environment in which students can learn.
The Academy offers both an academics and a performing arts curriculum. The award winning performing arts department allows students to express themselves creatively while giving them exposure to the fine arts. Classes include dance, orchestra, art, vocal, music and drama, all of which have been recognized in competitions and exhibitions locally and nationally.
The mission of the Rutherford Winans Academy is to prepare students for academic and performing arts excellence. We expose our students to classical as well as contemporary music. We have beginning and advanced orchestra, vocal, dance and drama as well as art classes.
We have two annual productions each year starting with our Winter Concert followed by our Spring concert in May. Our students have performed ‘Annie’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘The Wiz’ as well as other Broadway productions. Our students have traveled through out the country competing in several regional competitions. We have won numerous awards for 1st place in the Walt Disney World and Cedar Point Music in the Park musical competitions.
Winans Academy has also traveled to Vatican City, Italy; Munich, Germany and Paris, France. Winans Academy students receive approximately $100k in free private music lessons in a public school setting.