Academically Talented Youth Program (ATYP)
ATYP is an highly accelerated Math or Language Arts program designed for students who need to learn at greater depth, complexity and at a much faster pace than the sending school is able to provide. Open to public, non-public, charter and home school students usually in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who meet the criteria.
High school students can make a once in a lifetime trip to washington, D.C. to see government in action through the Close Up program. Scholarships available.
The Explorer Program is an after school job shadow offered 4 times per school year in the fields of Engineering, Construction, Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology and Health Sciences. Students observe a professional mentor in the field of their choice on one or more Wednesday afternoons and learn more about these career areas.
Groundhog Shadow Day
February 2nd isn't just about Punxsutawney Phil anymore. As part of a national movement in career exploration, hundreds of high school students experience a "day in the life of..." during job shadows with local organizations. Get details and sign up for Groundhog Shadow Day!
Health Career Immersion
High school seniors explore a wide variety of health careers by observing health professionals while they work. This after school job shadow experience takes place at local hospitals, private offices and freestanding clinics. Health Career Immersion runs both Fall and Winter/Spring.
Kent Career Tech Center
Get ready to experience an entirely different way of learning. Kent Career Tech Center takes project-based learning to a whole new level. By integrating the learning environment with real-world applications, we arm students with knowledge and experience they can apply directly to college and career. We offer real life, real learning in 20+ programs with free college credit, all taught by teachers who have worked in that field.
Kent Innovation High
Innovation High is a very different high school with a focus on project-based learning and collaboration with students and teachers and the community. This school demonstrates some of the best thinking in the country about teaching and learning. Innovation High also serves as a learning "lab" for teachers and administrators who want to innovate in their own schools.
Kent Transition Center
Kent Transition Center is a unique high school program offering hands-on learning and career exploration. The program helps at-risk students or those with special needs learn what it means to be successful employees and gain valuable skills they can use at work and in life.
This new hands-on early college program was created in collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College. Beginning in 10th grade, students who love to take things apart and understand the mechanical world can begin a career path providing industry connections, skill certificates and a tuition-free Associate Degree in just one year after high school.
MySchool@Kent combines interesting, online learning, with the best part of school - the caring relationships. In addition to online studies, students experience just-in-time learning and tutoring in our learning labs, in a comfortable, café-style environment.
SuccessLink is MySchool@Kent's sister program. It's built on the same model of online and face-to-face learning but takes place at locations out in the community rather than on the Kent ISD campus.
The Project NorthStar program is funded through a grant from Michigan Works! to provide support to students who come from families that are struggling financially and who meet one of several criteria which indicate they are "at risk" for successfully completing high school.
Students in grades 4-8, from schools in Allegan, Barry, Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa counties compete in school, then regional spelling bees culminating in The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee in March. The winner of The Greater Grand Rapids Bee goes on to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Student Interfaith Leadership Council
The Council helps students grades 9-11 lead interfaith understanding initiatives in their home school districts. Members participate in community activities, special training and events, monthly meetings, the Face to Faith program and make visits to area world religion congregations.
Talk & Tour Career Series
Talk & Tour, our newest career exploration program, gives students and their families a chance to learn about in-demand careers in a variety of industries during tours and panel presentations hosted at local businesses. Topics include careers in Health Sciences, Information Technology, Engineering and more.
Teen Leadership Team for Healthy, Safe, Drug-Free Living
Teens from all over the county work together to develop an outreach initiative to reduce alcohol and other drug use, network with public policy makers for policy change, and engage with community leaders to make a difference in Kent County.
We the People
High school students in AP Government classes, which use the We the People materials, compete on their knowledge of the Constitution. The 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts competition is in November followed by State competition in Lansing in January. Winner of the State competition represents Michigan at the national competition in late April.