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TCAPS Student Programs & Enrichment

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is committed to preparing students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the 21st century world economy through its strong PreK-12 curriculum and diverse enrichment programs. Below you'll find information about enrichment programs that complement student achievement and encourage personal growth.

ACADEMICS & CURRICULUM    

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Special Education Programs

TCAPS Enrichment Program Quick Links

For additional information, please use the following links or view the dropdown menus below.
 

In partnership with a caring community and quality, compassionate staff, TCAPS’ early childhood programs provide our youngest learners the opportunity to create, explore, think and reason in environments that are nurturing, respectful, engaging and fun. Early childhood is where a lifetime of success begins! Traverse City Area Public Schools offers the following programs for families with children birth to five years of age:

Traverse City Area Public Schools has 11 elementary schools, grades Pre-K – 5. Each school offers the highest quality education from caring, qualified staff.

Elementary Programs

Additional Information

  • Child care programs operate in elementary schools for school age children.
  • TCAPS’ Montessori program provides an environment that encourages independent, engaged learners.
  • Early childhood developmentally disabled program for preschool age children needing special education services is available half-days at several elementary schools.
  • A reading teacher is available in most schools for low-performing first grade students to increase literacy achievement.
  • The Talented & Gifted (TAG) magnet program provides services to 4th and 5th grade identified gifted and talented students.
  • Shared time programs are offered through many of TCAPS’ community partners.
  • All schools have quality art, music, and physical education programs taught by a certified staff.

Middle School Programs

Traverse City Area Public Schools has two middle schools, Traverse City East and Traverse City West. Both are organized as a "school-within-a-school" concept. Each wing office has a team consisting of an administrator, school counselor, and an administrative assistant. This team uses a collaborative approach to guide each student through the middle school years. Continuity is achieved by having the same wing office staff and resources supporting students as they progress from year to year. 

Developing Your Roadmap For High School Graduation & Beyond

Middle school is the time to get your roadmap in place so you can take advantage of many TCAPS opportunities available. Did you know you may already be earning high school credits from some classes you have taken — such as world language, algebra, geometry, and environmental science?

Jump start your high school journey now so you can take advantage of exciting options. You can choose to dual enroll at NMC and also take Advanced Placement courses to earn college credits while you are still in high school. Choose to take part in any number of global study exchange programs that TCAPS offers; or find an internship learning opportunity and explore a career that interests you.

Begin your roadmap today and discuss your options with your parents, teachers, and counselors.

Seventh and Eighth Grade Students Can Earn High School Graduation Credits

As part of their regular course work, all TCAPS 8th grade students can earn high school credit in math and science, both 7th and 8th grade students may earn high school credit in world language. Credits can be earned when students pass designated tests in these content areas. No sign up required.

Additional Information

  • TCAPS’ One2World Program provides all middle and high school students with a laptop computer to enhance classroom learning.
  • TCAPS Online Academy options are available to all students who reside in the TCAPS attendance area.
  • Students may begin to earn high school credit in middle school.
  • Honors and Academically Talented (AT) courses are available in language arts, math, science, and government.
  • An Early College program is available to help students earn up to two years of college credit before high school graduation.
  • Dual Enrollment at Northwestern Michigan College is available to student who meet the criteria.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available to students in a variety of curricular areas.
  • Online and blended online courses are available to all students.
  • Small learning communities such as neighborhoods, academies, advisories, and SCI-MA-TECH provide unique learning experiences to high school students.
  • Academic assistance is available to students who need additional support within their school. Tutoring is available for those students at risk of failure.
  • The Transition Program provides support for students who have academic and/or attendance problems.
  • Traverse City High School is an External Linkalternative high school available for students who may have difficulty with traditional time structures, lecture formats for learning, or social issues that occupy a large portion of their energies.  Additional programs located at Traverse City High School include the infant/toddler child care program for student parents, indian education program, homeless student program services, and drug free schools and prevention services.
  • Noon Activities Program (NAP) provides optional activities for students during the lunch period and is available is some schools.
  • Aleks is a math intervention support program available at all middle schools.
  • Summer school is available to all high school students for remedial course work or to get ahead in the coming year.

TCAPS has three (3) high schools: Traverse City West Senior High School, Traverse City Central High School and an alternative Traverse City High School.

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is pleased to announce that Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School have been recognized as being ranked among the nation’s best high schools this year by U.S. News and World Report. LEARN MORE

High School Programs

Additional Information

  • Graduation Requirements
  • TCAPS Graduation Videos
  • TCAPS’ One2World Program provides all middle and high school students with a laptop computer to enhance classroom learning.
  • TCAPS Online Academy options are available to all students who reside in the TCAPS attendance area.
  • Students may begin to earn high school credit in middle school.
  • Honors and Academically Talented (AT) courses are available in language arts, math, science, and government.
  • Online and blended online courses are available to all students.
  • Small learning communities such as neighborhoods, academies, advisories, and SCI-MA-TECH provide unique learning experiences to high school students.
  • Academic assistance is available to students who need additional support within their school. Tutoring is available for those students at risk of failure.
  • The Transition Program provides support for students who have academic and/or attendance problems.
  • Traverse City High School is an External Linkalternative high school available for students who may have difficulty with traditional time structures, lecture formats for learning, or social issues that occupy a large portion of their energies.  Additional programs located at Traverse City High School include the infant/toddler child care program for student parents, indian education program, homeless student program services, and drug free schools and prevention services.
  • Noon Activities Program (NAP) provides optional activities for students during the lunch period and is available is some schools.
  • Aleks is a math intervention support program available at all middle schools.
  • Summer school is available to all high school students for remedial course work or to get ahead in the coming year.

 

  • Special Education programs and services for students with disabilities are available at every school.
  • Students identified with a disability are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Education. Modifications, accommodations or interventions will be put into place, regardless of mitigating factors. In some cases, a 504 Plan, which is an accommodations plan for a student with a disability, may be indicated. Any service provided for a child with a disability must be aligned with the impairment.
  • The External LinkNorthwestEd Career -Tech Center provides programs and services for high school students to learn a variety of trades and skills ranging from office procedures, to drafting, to food service.
  • A broad range of rich, comprehensive K-12 curriculum offerings and extracurricular activities in the arts, athletics, as well as academics are offered to help students broaden their experiences and learn important social, leadership, and life skills.
  • The following list of tutors is compiled for you as a courtesy of TCAPS. Michigan Certified teachers who are employees or subs with TCAPS are included in this list if they indicated their interest in tutoring and have been reviewed by Human Resources. It is up to you to interview tutors who may fit your needs, determine their suitability, and to make your own arrangements. Google SheetTutor List