Funded by a $200,000 Improving Teacher Quality Grant from the Michigan Department of Education, Calvin College education professor John Walcott and english professors Elizabeth Vander Lei and Dean Ward will work for a year-and-a-half with teachers from Lighthouse Academy and another area school, The Potter's House Christian School.
“The schools we’re working with want to improve their students’ writing, and we want to work with them so that their students are better writers, more effective writers and more willing writers,” Walcott said.
Lighthouse Academy - North Campus recently hosted a hard hat tour that was featured in the Grand Rapids Press and on MLive.com. The school will be opening in Fall of 2012 and is currently undergoing renovations to make room for 250 students in 3rd through 12th grades.
During the tour, Heidi Cate, Superintendent of Hope and Lighthouse Academies shared:
This fall, Lighthouse Academy (LA) will be opening a new site to service students on the North side of Grand Rapids. This is an exciting opportunity to help a population of at-risk students that Lighthouse has been unable to reach before. Since Lighthouse opened its doors 7 years ago, several agencies located on the North end of town have expressed the need for an education model like Lighthouse to be available and located closer to their clients.
Heidi Cate was in one of those spots — everybody’s had one — where she was It. The longtime therapist and educator was in a countywide meeting to talk about how to best serve the needs of kids expelled from school. The state says they can’t go back to public school for 180 days.
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Congratulations to the 20 students who graduated from Lighthouse Academy last may. Special thanks to the GR Press for covering the Lighthouse Academy Graduation ceremony and sharing the story of a few of our students. To view this article, please click the read more link!