Congratulations TCAPS Class of 2020

High School Programs

Class of 2020 Celebrations

Congratulations to our graduating seniors on their outstanding accomplishments

  • 748 Graduates
  • 291 Presidential Education Awards
  • 275 Magna/Summa Cum Laude
  • 310 Academic Awards
  • 6 National Merit Scholars

Commencement Schedule

Senior Walk and Diploma Presentations*

Video DocumentView the livestream during each event here


The Senior Walk and Diploma Presentation will be held in lieu of each school’s traditional whole group Graduation/Commencement (which was scheduled for TC Central and TC West on May 31st at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and for TC High School on May 29th at Lars Hockstad Auditorium). Each graduate will have an opportunity to walk through their school one more time in their cap and gown, receive their diploma, and have a professional commencement photograph taken. Senior families are then encouraged to take the “Commencement Cruise” to show off their diplomas and get some photos around town, including at locations where banners have been hung in the Class of 2020’s honor. A full video version of graduation, including senior speeches, will be released after the event. 

* Please Note: Due to COVID-19 and current restrictions on large gatherings, the 2020 Commencement Walks are intended for graduating seniors and their immediate families only. Health and safety protocols will be in place for those participating. A Video Documentlivestream of the event will be available to view during the senior walk and a commencement video, including student speeches, will be produced as a keepsake after the event. 

Honors Convocation Videos & Programs 

Traverse City Central High School

Video DocumentCentral High School Convocation Video

PDF DocumentCentral High School Convocation Program

Traverse City West Senior High School

Video DocumentWest Senior High School Convocation Video

PDF DocumentWest Senior High School Convocation Program


Obtaining Student Work Permits

Student Work Permits

Per Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s External LinkExecutive Order 2020-140 that took effect on June 30, 2020, and expires on July 31, 2020, school districts are permitted to continue to complete work permits by remote/electronic means due to COVID-19. Therefore, TCAPS is processing work permits remotely through email through July 31, 2020. Following is the District’s temporary process:

  1. Student obtains a copy of the appropriate blank work permit form from his/her employer or by using the appropriate link below (based on student age). The requirements of printing on colored paper, front to back have been temporarily lifted by External LinkExecutive Order 2020-140):

    External LinkLink to Work Permit for students ages 16 or 17

    External LinkLink to Work Permit for students under 16 years of age
  2. Student completes Section 1.
  3. Student takes the form to his/her employer.
  4. Employer completes Section 2.
  5. Student sends completed form to his/her school as an email attachment (i.e., scanned document or photograph). If student is unable to email form as an attachment please contact your school for assistance (see contact list below):
Central High School  Ashley Hart
Britny Schwartz
Traverse City High School Jill Cheever
West Senior High School

Tammy Brunan
East Middle School Mindy Neuhardt
West Middle School Mandi Furstenberg
Barb Parker


  1. School reviews the work permit, confirms information with the student's PowerSchool record, and completes Section 3 of the work permit.

  2. School emails the student the completed and signed work permit.

  3. Student prints the completed work permit and takes it to his/her employer.  

  4. While the email method is preferred, as an alternative to the email process, a student may still present his/her work permit and school ID card in person at his/her school’s main office during the summer months Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m, or at the Tompkins Boardman Administration Center (412 Webster Street, Traverse City, MI 49686) in the Human Resources office on the first floor, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE, A FACE MASK IS REQUIRED TO ENTER ANY TCAPS SCHOOL BUILDING OR THE ADMINISTRATION CENTER, AND SOCIAL DISTANCING MUST BE PRACTICED WHILE IN THE BUILDING.

    If you have questions about this process or need further assistance, please email your school contact as listed above or call Human Resources at 231.933.1710.

TCAPS High Schools Among State and Nation’s Best According to U.S. News and World Report

Traverse City Central High School & Traverse City West Senior High School Ranked Among Nation's Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report

Central High School ranked #38 and West Senior High School ranked #64 in the state

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is pleased to announce that Traverse City Central High School (#38) and Traverse City West Senior High School (#64) have again been recognized among the “Best High Schools” by U.S. News and World Report.

“I know the quality of our schools because I interact with our teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, and community members on a regular basis. Still, it is always uplifting when an external organization looks at our schools and places us among the best,” said Jim Pavelka, interim superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools. “It is an honor to receive this year’s U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools ranking and is recognition of the collective efforts of our talented and dedicated team that inspires student learning from preschool through graduation.” 

The U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools rankings are based on a methodology that considers college readiness, math and reading proficiency and performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum, and graduation rate. Nearly 18,000 schools across the country were reviewed for the 2020 ranking. In Michigan, 1,147 K-12 schools received a ranking out of the more than 3,400 public schools in the state.

Learn more about the U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools program here: External