Partner In Education

Partner in Education

Program Designation Options

academic worldquest thumbnailSupport TC West Senior High School’s Academic WorldQuest™ (AWQ) team, the “Wild and Wacky Western Warriors.” The team is seeking help with travel expenses for their trip to the National Academic WorldQuest™ competition April 25-28 in Washington, D.C. They will compete against 40 teams from across the U.S. at Georgetown University. The national Academic WorldQuest™ competition is attended by more than 225 of the nation’s most promising students. Academic WorldQuest™ is a flagship youth education program of the national network of World Affairs Councils. It is a team game testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. Contact coach Dan Rosenburg for questions or more information. Donate Now


Anti-Bullying Initiative

olweus thumbnailTCAPS has adopted the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today for grades K-12 called the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). OBPP provides a common language and strategy to use across the district. Donations to our anti-bullying initiative will help offset the costs to purchase the program and materials used in the curriculum. Community partners include Conflict Resolution Services’ Beyond Bullying in Northern Michigan program and Building Bridges with Music.

Athletic Programs

LEAP LogoLEAP (Learning, Enrichment &Athletic Program): LEAP provides athletic, arts and enrichment opportunities for preschool through 12th grade students. The program provides students with increased opportunities for engagement beyond the school day through educational and recreational activities to improve learning, health, and wellness. Many LEAP offerings provide a reduced fee option for students who qualify for the free or reduced meal program.

chs thumbnailCentral High School Athletic Boosters – The Trojan Athletic Boosters support the efforts of all Central High School athletic programs



wsh thumbnailWest Senior High School Athletic Boosters – The Titan Athletic Boosters support the efforts of all West Senior High School athletic programs.



wsh thumbnailWest Senior High School Basketball TC West 24-Hour Basketball Game – Join the TC West boys basketball program as they raise funds to support their program by playing 24 hours of basketball against TC community members and area businesses.  A portion of the proceeds will also benefit “Cancer Travels” which sponsors families that have been recently diagnosed with cancer to help cover travel expenses for treatment.

Cherry Knoll Nancy McKinney Summer Enrichment Scholarship

cherry knoll thumbnailThe Nancy McKinney Summer Enrichment Scholarship fund provides financial assistance to up to three “graduating” 5th grade students from Cherry Knoll Elementary School who wish to participate in a summer enrichment experience. McKinney was a 5th and 6th grade teacher at Cherry Knoll Elementary School for 24 years. She passed away in September of 2000, and since the spring of 2001, the school’s current and retired staff and PTO, together with Cherry Knoll alumni, parents, and friends, have set up a memorial scholarship fund to honor the dedicated educator.

Debate Program at Central High School

debate thumbnailHelp support the TC Central High School debate program! Students are looking for financial assistance to cover program costs, and to attend more local and national policy debate tournaments on the current topic, which is economic engagement in Latin America. Debate teaches reading comprehension, argumentative, and research skills, which benefits students long after their involvement in the activity. Tournament costs include registration (between $50-100 per 2 person team), judging (around $250/judge), and travel costs; which vary depending on the location of the tournament. Travel costs include gas and/or airfare, rental vehicles, and hotels. Students are also looking to compensate some new additions to the CHS coaching staff. We appreciate any support you are willing to give!

Early Childhood Opportunities

early childhood thumbnailTCAPS Early Childhood Programs provide our youngest learners the opportunities to create, explore, think, and reason in environments that are nurturing, respectful, engaging, and fun. Early Childhood is where a lifetime of success begins! Our goal is to make preschool available for all children! Affordable, high quality preschool options for more families are greatly needed in our region. Your support can help fund age-appropriate classroom materials to offset program costs. Many families are in need of support for childcare but may not meet the household income requirements to receive funds through the Department of Human Services. By supporting Early Childhood, funds can be used to help families using preschool and extended day services.

East Middle School

ems thumbnailEast Middle School Bike2East: Recycle E(A)st-Bike Program & Safe Routes to School Initiative – For non-monetary donations, please note your donation items in the comments section of the donation form and someone will contact with you to make drop off arrangements. East has also begun the process of applying for a Safe Routes to School grant which will be used to create safe, walkable and bikeable trails to the middle school. If you would like to get involved in the safe routes to school planning and/or grant writing, please note your interest in the comments section on the donation form and someone will contact you.

ems thumbnailEast Middle School Journalism Programs – Donations made to East Middle School Journalism Programs will be used to support EMS’s award winning journalism programs including newspaper, yearbook and Trojan TV. Donate now.


ems thumbnailEast Middle School Student Programs – Donations made to East Middle School will be used to support student programs and events. Donate now.



Fine & Performing Arts Programs

chs thumbnailTC Central High School Band - Donate now.



chs thumbnailTC Central High School Orchestra - Donate now.



chs thumbnailTC Central High School Theatre Program - Donate now. 



chs thumbnailTC Central High School Vocal Program - Donate now. 



wsh thumbnailTC West Senior High School Band Program - Donate now. 



wsh thumbnailTC West Senior High School Orchestra Program - Donate now.

wsh thumbnailTC West Senior High School Theatre Program - Donate now.



wsh thumbnailTC West Senior High School Vocal Program - Donate now.



Global Exchanges

gloabl exchanges thumbnailInternational High School Exchange Program: This two-year international exchange program provides students an intercultural experience by integrating students into the everyday life of their host families. Students from countries around the world attend TCAPS high schools for two years and earn their high school diploma. This exchange offers the opportunity to enhance students’ global awareness, intercultural understanding and communication skills. Donate now.

gaap thumbnailGerman American Partnership Program: West Senior High School offers students learning German the unique opportunity of a short-term exchange at partner school the Kaspar-Zeuss Gymnasium in Kronach, Germany. The program is designed for German and American students to exchange and experience another culture, while applying their language skills. The students from Germany will come to the US, live with our families, and attend school; we in turn will do the same. This is an incredible opportunity for students to have the chance to experience German culture and enhance language skills by living with a family, attending school, and participating in educational field trips in and around Germany. Donate now.

japan thumbnailJapan – Student Exchange: TCAPS, through the Traverse City and Koka Sister City program participates in an 8th grade exchange program with sister city, Koka, Japan. The purpose of this program is to promote friendship and understanding between Japanese and American middle school students. Exchanges are usually for one week. Students stay with middle school host families and attend school with their host family student. Learn more. Donate now.

mexico thumbnailMexico Global Service Trip: Students from Traverse City West Senior High School will participate in a language immersion tour in Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. They will take language courses in the morning, and apply their skills during afternoon excursions, cooking classes, salsa dancing lessons, and while working directly with locals in volunteer opportunities in a canine rescue shelter, an orphanage for girls, and/or a school for the deaf. Donations will help offset the price of the tour, so that all students may have the opportunity to experience a new culture and language firsthand, an invaluable experience in today’s global society. Donate now

netherlands thumbnailNetherlands – Student Exchange: This program offers TCAPS students the unique opportunity of a short-term exchange with partner school Ulenhofcollege in Holland, a region and former province located on the western coast of the Netherlands. The program is designed for Dutch and American students to exchange and experience another culture. Donate now.

spain thumbnailSpain – Student Exchange: Students from Central High School and West Senior High School will take an educational, ten-day trip to Spain. Immersion into the Spanish culture will allow students to complement their world language learning as well as provide opportunities for character development, leadership skills, and global understanding. Students will visit Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Costa del Sol, Sevilla, and Madrid. Students must raise approximately $2800 each for the trip. Multiple fundraisers will be held prior to the trip to help defray students’ costs. Donations are also accepted. Donate now

Science, Technology & Math

sci-ma-tech-thumbnailHigh School SCI-MA-TECH: An enhanced science, math, and technology program designed to inspire and challenge students through an individualized and integrated curriculum. Designed to fully prepare high school students for success in post-secondary education and beyond, the rigorous curriculum engages students through participation in exciting and innovated explorations. Specific areas of study include advanced Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Physics, Trigonometry, Calculus, Biology, Measurement and Instrumentation, CAD Programming and Independent Research. Donate now.

earth-150x150Student Spaceflight Experiments Program: TC West Senior High School students are participating in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission 3 to the International Space Station (ISS). The program will immerse 626 students in grades 9-12 in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. Patrick Gillespie, TCAPS Physics and Chemistry teacher, spearheaded the proposal that was approved for TC West Senior High School students to participate in the very prestigious spaceflight program. The participation fee for the curriculum and implementation will cost the school $20,000 and will be underwritten primarily by public and private donors. Fundraising is currently underway. Gillespie stated, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and for our community. The Student Spaceflight Experiment Program has everything you want science education to be- full of engaging, relevant, and real world experiences. To top it off, we actually send one of our student experiments to the International Space Station! Learn more. Donate now.

WMS new thumbnailTC West Middle School Titan Robotics Club: This year the Traverse City West Middle School Titan Robotics program was formed. This came as part of the tremendous growth and popularity of robotics in the area. Though program fees cover the immediate needs, we are still in need of funds to support the purchase of more materials and competition fees. Thank you. Donate now.


wsh new thumbnailTC West Senior High School Robotics: The Traverse City West Senior High School robotics program is a mixture of club, class, competition and tinkering. Led by robotics, math and dance teacher Phillip Leete, robotics is based on understanding, modifying and mastering concepts to use in unique student-driven projects. Donate now.


Student Senate

The Student Senate exists to lead and organize school projects, represent the student voice, assist with school-wide decision-making processes, and generally make their school a more enjoyable place to attend. The Student Senate consists of members who have been elected by their class or members who have volunteered to serve their school. Students must petition and interview to place their name on the ballot for election each spring. Student Senate meets on a regular basis and does extensive service for the Traverse City community.

chs thumbnailTC Central High School Student Senate: Donate now.



wsh thumbnailTC West Senior High School Student Senate: Donate now.



Student Services

step thumbnailStudents in Transition Empowerment Program (STEP): TCAPS’ STEP program is a free program that works with eligible students who have lost permanent housing due to foreclosure, eviction, or reasons related to economic hardship to locate and coordinate available services based on each student’s individual needs. The goal of the program is to ensure school stability, remove barriers to full participation in their education, and support academic achievement while children are in residential transition. Donate now.

chs thumbnailTruancy Intervention Services: The Attendance Incentive Program (AIP) is an incentive-based program developed to improve academic achievement and school connectedness by improving attendance. The program is designed to encourage students to be in class every day and on time. Academic performance is increased when students have good attendance in school. Students in the program receive regular incentives throughout the school year to reward them for improved school attendance and academic performance. AIP is a pilot program at TC Central High School.