High School Programs

TCAPS Ranked Among Best High Schools By U.S. News and World Report

Best High Schools

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.

“The U.S. News and World Report rankings show the great work our high school staff, students, and administrators are doing every day. To be ranked among the top high schools in our state, and in the high percentiles in the nation, says so much about the educational services and value we provide to our community,” said Dr. John VanWagoner, superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools. “A student’s academic career starts early. The high quality learning environment in our elementary and middle schools are commendable and help to form the building blocks that support these collective achievements.”

U.S. News and World Report ranked 17,857 public high schools out of more than 24,000 that were reviewed. Traverse City West Senior High School ranked 52nd in the state (overall score of 90.75 out of 100). Traverse City Central High School ranked 64th in the state (overall score 89.21 out of 100).

The U.S. News and World Report “Best High Schools” rankings identify the country's top-performing public high schools. The goal of the rankings is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students – from the highest to lowest achieving – in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work. To learn more about the rankings, visit: External Linkhttps://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

Celebrating the Class of 2022

Congratulations Class of 2022

Class of 2022 Information

  • 784 Graduates
  • 328 Presidential Education Awards
  • 325 Magna/Summa Cum Laude
  • 341 Academic Awards
  • 13 National Merit Scholars

Prepared for the Future

  • TCAPS High Schools Ranked Among Best High Schools (U.S. News & World Report)
  • TCAPS' Advanced Placement, Early College & Dual Enrollment Courses Save Area Families Over $4 Million Annually
  • 2022 Graduates Earned More Than $6.9 Million in University & $140,980 in Local Scholarships


Class of 2022 Graduations & Honors Convocations

2022 Event Information:


Traverse City Central High School
Monday, May 23, 2022
7:00 p.m.
TC Central Auditorium (1150 Milliken Dr.)

Traverse City West Senior High School
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
6:00 p.m.
TC West Auditorium (5376 North Long Lake Rd.)


Traverse City Central High School
Sunday, June 5, 2022
6:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium (Interlochen Center for the Arts)

Traverse City West Senior High School
Sunday, June 5, 2022
1:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium (Interlochen Center for the Arts)

Traverse City High School
Friday, June 3, 2022
7:00 p.m.
Lars Hockstad Auditorium (301 Seventh Street)


*All school Commencement and Convocation ceremonies will be streamed LIVE at https://livestream.com/tcapslive/graduation

Student Work Permits

Following is the school district’s process for student work permits:

  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).

External LinkLink to Work Permit for students ages 16 or 17 

External LinkLink to Work Permit for students under 16 years of age

  1. Student completes Section 1.
  2. Student takes the form to his/her Employer.
  3. Employer completes Section 2.
  4. Student goes to his/her school or the administration office with completed form and school ID or state ID card/driver’s license.
  5. School or administration office reviews the work permit, confirms information with the student's PowerSchool record and ID that is presented, and completes Section 3 of the work permit. School makes a copy of the work permit for the student's file.
  6. Student takes his/her completed work permit to his/her employer.  

If you have questions about this process or need further assistance, please speak with your school’s main office or call TCAPS' Human Resources office at 231.933.1710.