Launch U

A Tuition-Free, Early College Program

"We are thrilled with the Launch U program and the opportunity Matthew has to develop a skilled trade in CAD design while still in high school.  This no-cost program will allow him to apply his skills in a strong labor market within a year of graduating." – Deb Martin, Launch U parent  

What is Early College? 

Early college is an exceptional opportunity to earn a college degree. By taking a combination of high school and college courses, students earn both a high school diploma and associate degree – cost free. Upon completion of an early college program, students may directly pursue a career or continue with higher education. 

Two students working on a school project with an Instructor

A Unique Partnership

Launch U is offered through the partnership of Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College. GRCC faculty and Launch U Staff are committed to creating an educational environment where students will grow and succeed. 

Important Info for Current Students and Parents

PowerSchool Portal

School Messenger Set-up

GRCC Support Programs

Blackboard tutorial for students

2019-2020 Student Handbook and Guidelines
It is a privilege to be a part of the Launch U program. All students are expected to follow the
Launch U Handbook, the Grand Rapids Community College policies, as well as your local school
district’s rules and guidelines.

Session Times:
Morning Session: 6:55 am - 8:55 am
Afternoon Session: 11:55 am - 1:55 pm

LAUNCH U Staff:
Kristen Doneth 
Launch U Coordinator                                    

Kathleen Shook
Launch U Academic Coach

Stacy Smith  
Launch U Academic Coach                                                   

Jeff Bush                                              
KIH Principal/Launch U                                                     

                                        

For More Information on Launch U, please call (616) 447-5670 or email LaunchU@kentisd.org

 

Overview of School Calendar

Important Dates

Important Dates
Last Month January 2020 Next Month
S M T W T F S
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26 27 28 29 30 31  
February 17
No Class
No Class
Date: Feb 17
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Mid-Winter Break 

February 18
No Class
No Class
Date: Feb 18
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Mid-Winter Break

April 3
No Class
No Class
Date: Apr 3
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Spring Break

April 6
No Class - Spring Break April 3 - 10
No Class - Spring Break April 3 - 10
Date: Apr 6
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Spring Break - April 3 through April 10

April 14
No Class
No Class
Date: Apr 14
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - SAT/PSAT Testing

April 15
No Class
No Class
Date: Apr 15
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Sending School Testing

May 1
Launch U semester ends
Launch U semester ends
Date: May 1
Calendar: Launch U

Last Day Celebration!

May 4
May 4 - June 10 **No Class**
May 4 - June 10 **No Class**
Date: May 4
Calendar: Launch U

**There is no class held at Launch U after the GRCC semester end.  May 4 through June 10 = no class.

May 18
Cohort 2 - Accuplacer Review May 18 - 19 - 20
7:00 AM
Cohort 2 - Accuplacer Review May 18 - 19 - 20
Date: May 18
Time: 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Calendar: Launch U

Accuplacer Review at Launch U May 18 - 19 - 20.  Accuplacer test at Launch U May 21. This is for Cohort 2 only = 11th graders.

May 21
Cohort 2 - Accuplacer Testing
7:00 AM
Cohort 2 - Accuplacer Testing
Date: May 21
Time: 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Calendar: Launch U

Accuplacer Review at Launch U May 18 - 19 - 20.  Accuplacer test at Launch U May 21. This is for Cohort 2 only = 11th graders.