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GRPS Centers of Innovation: It Takes a Whole Community
GRPS Centers of Innovation: It Takes a Whole Community

Rachel Melville

Launched in 2007 by then-Superintendent Bernard Taylor, Jr., the Centers of Innovation takes five schools whose structures have been redesigned to foster public/private partnerships and offer students and their parents more school choices. The five centers include the University Prep Academy (UPrep), the Academy for Design and Construction (Union campus), the Grand Rapids Area Pre College Engineering Program, also known as GRAPCEP (Creston), School of Business, Leadership and Entrepreneurship (Ottawa) and finally, the School of Health, Science and Technology (Central).

Each of the centers is proving to have positive results in attracting new students and parents alike. The University Prep Academy (UPrep Center) is the first official innovation center in the education model and has the most traditional format. There are many benefits to this program, including smaller class sizes, typically capped at 18 students. The best benefit of a small class size is perhaps the individualized learning plans cultivated by both parents and teachers to include key components and internships based on the student’s interest.

In a time where West Michigan leads the nation in LEED-certified construction, the Academy for Design and Construction (ADC) is on trend to help...

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