UPrep Academy celebrates with ribbon cutting ceremony
Caroline MacGregor June 13, 2013 | WGVU Founded in
2008, the Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy is a combined middle
and high school governed by a public-private partnership between
business leaders and the Grand Rapids Public School system.
college and career-oriented school, is modeled
on the Detroit University Prep Academy, and boasts a goal of having 90% of its students
graduate and go on to college. The
school started with 6th and 7th grades and 2013 marks
the first year they will serve 6-12th
Brian Cloyd, board chair of Grand Rapids University
Preparatory Association and co-chair of the Capital Campaign Committee, says the
school wants to prepare students for global competitiveness.
Just under 400 students currently attend the school. Next year they expect to hit the 500 mark.
“all the way
Present at Wednesday’s ribbon cutting ceremony was Steve Van
Andel, co-chair of the Honorary Campaign Cabinet and lead donor for the project.
His wife Cindi, who passed away in 2011, was also a strong supporter of children’s
“future of UPrep”
More than 70 other donors came forward to assist in raising
the 9.2 million needed for the project.
Teresa Weatherall, superintendent for GRPS, thanked everyone in attendance for their support.
lives of children”
The 53,260 sq. ft. facility covers three floors that will
accommodate more than students at full capacity with a layout designed to
encourage engaged participation and learning.
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