“Centers of Innovation” Schools Attracting Students, Parents and Partners
In October 2007, GRPS launched the “Centers of Innovation” - a new process designed to foster public-private partnerships and offer students and parents more school choices and opportunities for improving student achievement.
Today, GRPS has six “Centers of Innovation” that are already producing results and attracting more students, parents and public-private partners. These schools include Grand Rapids University Prep Academy (grades 6-12), Academy of Design and Construction (grades 9-12), Academy of Health, Science, and Technology (grades 9-12), Academy of Modern Engineering (grades 9-12), Academy of Business, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship (grades 9-12), and Grand Rapids Public Museum School (grades 6-12)
Most notably, the results demonstrate that the “Centers of Innovation” have:
• High student retention rates: Once enrolled, students and parents are sticking with the school.
• Strong academic achievement: The inaugural 9th grade classes at the four High School Centers of Innovation outperformed all other 9th grade classes across the district, with some exceptions.
• Strong parent involvement: The Centers of Innovation, in part based on their school model, have strong parental involvement and participation.
• Strong partnerships: The Centers of Innovation enjoy very strong partnerships with the region’s top businesses, non-profits, and higher education institutions. The public-private partners support students, teachers and the schools by serving as mentors, providing internships and field trips, and serving on the school Advisory Council, among other things.