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  


Come Check It Out!

Get the Launch U Lowdown
November 5, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Find out how the program works and if it's right for you! Current staff, students and parents will be here to talk with you and answer all your questions.

Inside Kent Innovation High on the Kent ISD campus
1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids


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

2019-2020 Student and Parent Handbook

School Messenger Set-up

GRCC Support Programs

Blackboard tutorial for students

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                                    

Amy Hasapis
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 November 2019 Next Month
S M T W T F S
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26
27 28 29 30
November 26
Thanksgiving Break - No Class Nov 26 - 27 - 28 - 29
Thanksgiving Break - No Class Nov 26 - 27 - 28 - 29
Date: Nov 26
Calendar: Launch U

Thanksgiving Break = No Class Nov 26 - 27 - 28 - 29

December 11
Launch U end of semester
Launch U end of semester
Date: Dec 11
Calendar: Launch U
December 16
No Class
No Class
Date: Dec 16
Calendar: Launch U
December 17
No Class
No Class
Date: Dec 17
Calendar: Launch U
December 18
No Class
No Class
Date: Dec 18
Calendar: Launch U
December 19
No Class
No Class
Date: Dec 19
Calendar: Launch U
December 20
No Class
No Class
Date: Dec 20
Calendar: Launch U
January 13
Launch U Classes Begin
Launch U Classes Begin
Date: Jan 13
Calendar: Launch U
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.