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Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 : 2:04 p.m.

Arbor Preparatory Charter High School announces choice for principal

By Kyle Feldscher

The name of Arbor Preparatory High School was mistakenly printed as Ann Arbor Preparatory High School. This has been corrected.

Matthew Hudson, a former assistant principal at South Arbor Charter Academy, will be the principal at Arbor Preparatory High School, the school announced last week.

Arbor Prep is one of two new charter schools opening in September in Ypsilanti Township and is slated to be one of the few charter high schools in the area. Hudson has spent the last seven years as an assistant principal at South Arbor.


Matthew Hudson

The school will be run by PrepNet, a network of public charter high schools in Michigan based in Grand Rapids that is affiliated with National Heritage Academies.

Dave Angerer, executive principal of PrepNet, said Hudson would be a major addition to the Arbor Prep team.

“We are thrilled to have Matthew Hudson as principal of Arbor Prep and part of our PrepNet team,” Angerer said in a statement. “We conducted a long and diligent search for a candidate who possess a strong, proven record in education leadership.”

Angerer added that Hudson, a former seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at South Arbor before becoming assistant principal, has played a big role in helping that school reach a high level of student achievement.

Construction is ongoing at the corner of Hitchingham and Merrit Roads, where the two charter schools will be located. Crews began working on the schools in the spring and construction is expected to be finished in time for school to begin in September.

The K-8 charter school set to open on the site is East Arbor Charter Academy. The school named Shawn Leonard as its principal earlier this year.

Kyle Feldscher covers K-12 education for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.


Kyle Feldscher

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 5:15 p.m.

The name of the school is in fact Arbor Preparatory High School. My apologies for the error.


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 5:11 p.m.

I agree. The reporter made an error in calling it Ann Arbor Preparatory High School. He should correct the error but, so far, has not.

Harold Martin

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 1:54 p.m.

It's called Arbor Prep....not ANN Arbor Prep....has nothing to do with the cities...

Heidi Hess Saxton

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 1:57 a.m.

Oh, please. These charter schools have records that speak for themselves. If anything, Ann Arbor benefits from the association. South Arbor has a waiting list as long as your arm. South Arbor will also have a new principal this year, as Tim DiLaura was promoted to a regional post. A small, selfish part of me wishes Hudson wasn't moving on (my son was to be entering middle school this year), but it's good to know that the new charter high school will be in such capable hands. Congratulations, Mr. Hudson!


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 12:56 a.m.

I would not want to be sent to the office of a principal named Angerer, lol.


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 12:39 a.m.

So South Arbor and East Arbor are also in Ypsi? Geesh! Get your own reputation already. How about South Coattails, East Coattails and Coattails Preparatory?


Wed, Jul 20, 2011 : 8:24 p.m.

I prefer "Harvard Preparatory Academy".


Wed, Jul 20, 2011 : 8:20 p.m.

dading, If it was named "Ypsilanti" Preparatory High School, it wouldn't attract families. Sad but true.

Turd Ferguson

Wed, Jul 20, 2011 : 8:42 p.m.

So it's False Advertising?

dading dont delete me bro

Wed, Jul 20, 2011 : 6:24 p.m.

the school is in ypsilanti why's it called, "Ann Arbor Preparatory High School" ?!? i wish they'd hurry up with that darn intersection there.