GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Wedgwood Christian Services on Friday announced the creation ofa second specialized school for at-risk youth.
Hope Academy of West Michigan, a new general K-12 charterschool, will open for the 2011-12 school year at the site of theformer St. Francis Catholic School, a 32,000-square-foot buildinglocated at 250 Brown St. SE.
During its first year, Hope Academy of West Michigan'senrollment is expected to be 180 students and will be admittingstudents grades 2-12, adding kindergarten and first grade in the2012-2013 school year.
The school will offer smaller student/staff ratios and provideat-risk students, who have been suspended long term from previousschools, with a proven behavioral teaching model in theclassroom.
The curriculum includes family involvement in the student'slearning plan. Components such as mentoring, job skill development,therapeutic and prevention groups will all be housed at HopeAcademy of West Michigan. The school will have full-timetherapeutic and case management staff to help students deal withnon-educational needs that may have led to their lack of success inthe past.
There will be no charge to attend the charter school.
To apply for Hope Academy of West Michigan, contact principalHeidi Cate at (616) 949.2287.
The new school will create 22 full-time and part-time jobsranging from special education and bilingual instructors to acustodial position.
In 2005, Wedgwood opened Lighthouse Academy for expelled ninththrough 12th grade youth, serving 17 students. Lighthouse Academynow serves more than 297 students on the campus of WedgwoodChristian Services, 3300 36th St. SE.
Both Lighthouse Academy and Hope Academy are charter schoolsauthorized by Ferris State University.
"In the past, Lighthouse Academy has had to turn down requestsfrom students' parents who wanted us to extend our innovativeeducation model to their child's younger siblings," Cate said."Hope Academy allows us to do this by extending our successfuleducational program to all students in the community and throughoutthe state who will benefit from our unique approach."
Cate will also continue to serve as principal of LighthouseAcademy.
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