Kent ISD offers a range of programs and resources for students including career exploration and training, early college, online high school courses and much more.
High School Programs
Kent Career Tech Center Get ready to experience an entirely different way of learning. We offer real life, real learning in 20+ programs with free college credit, all taught by teachers who have worked in that field. By integrating the learning environment with real-world applications, we arm students with knowledge and experience they can apply directly to college and career.
Kent Innovation High Innovation High focuses on project-based learning and collaboration between 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.
Launch U 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.
Career Chats 30-minute live virtual career conversations with professionals from a wide variety of industries. Student's questions welcome! Recordings are available.
Talk & Tour Career Series - Virtual Employers are eager to share valuable career information with students. For Fall 2020, we will be going virtual with these career exploration events.
GED, Career Technical Education, English Language We help adults build brighter futures by helping them get their high school equivalency (GED), gain English Language and through Career and Technical Education (CTE). There are multiple with morning, afternoon and evening sessions to meet the needs of students and their work and family schedules.
More Great Opportunities for Students
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 who meet the criteria, usually starting the three year sequence in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. ATYP Math Jr. is open to 5th or 6th graders who meet the criteria and are invited to apply by their school principal.
Close Up 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.
Spelling Bee Students in grades 3-8, 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.