Located in Marquette, Mich., North Star Academy is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, which is a growing network of more than 1,200 schools and over 20 regional support centers. The school was an alternative school till 1997 and became the Public School Academy, chartered by the Northern Michigan University, in 1997. The high school prepares a diverse community of aspiring scholars to be successful in their college and professional careers and to be active members of a democratic society. The academy uses a model of classroom activity that emphasizes on learning activities that are long-term, interdisciplinary, student-centered, and integrated with real world issues and practices. It has a comprehensive humanities curriculum that integrates traditional social studies and language arts coursework.