TCAPS believes education is a partnership between our schools, students and parents. The following resources are intended to assist students in staying connected with our schools and answer questions about student services, programs, extracurriculars, and more. If you are unable to find what you are looking for or have a suggestion for improving the website, please contact us at

Student Services

Traverse City Area Public Schools aligns curriculum and assessment with the Michigan Department of Education ‘Common Core K-12 Standards’ (CCK-12) and the ‘Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards’ (CCR) for both mathematics and literacy (English language arts, 6-12 history/social studies, science, and tech subjects). Courses are reviewed, assessments developed, and student materials and resources are purchased to comply with the new Common Core Standards and graduation requirements.

Traverse City Area Public Schools is committed to preparing every student with the knowledge and strategies needed for a lifetime of successful learning and responsible global citizenship through its rigorous and relevant K-12 curriculum, and its academic and extra curricular student programs. 


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.

The Role of a School Social Worker

Traverse City Area Public Schools’ certified school social workers are licensed and experienced master’s level professionals who hold an integral role within our buildings across the district.


TCAPS has many exciting summer learning and camp opportunities for children of all ages. All programs are available to children living in the Traverse area region as well as those visiting the area for the summer.


About UpNorth Virtual

Traverse City Area Public Schools is pleased to offer families a full-time K-12 online learning program. Open to K-12 students in the five-county region, UpNorth Virtual (UPNV) provides a unique opportunity for students to receive 100% of their courses virtually while still being part of a local school community. 

Every student learns differently and what works for one, may not work for another. No matter the reason, whether it's the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are homeschooled, or you just prefer to work at your own pace, UpNorth Virtual is here for you. 


International Program Postponed for 2021/22 Academic Year

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the temporary postponement/suspension of the
TCAPS International Program. We have carefully examined the current issues related to COVID-19 and international travel as well as the experience we would be able to provide students given the many uncertainties facing our schools in the coming year. In doing so, we have determined that this decision must be made now in fairness to any international students hoping to study in Traverse City next year and in order to begin planning with partner organizations for the 2022/2023 school year. This was a difficult decision for the district to make. However, ensuring the best and safest possible learning environment for all students, including international students is our utmost priority. 

Out of an abundance of caution for the academic year this was the right decision to make. The following reasons were shared:

  • According to the district’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program field representative, embassies across the world are closed. Students are unlikely to be able to access them until at least late October in order to request their VISA, making a fall start next to impossible.
  • A late start is problematic, as it is very difficult to bring English Language Learner (ELL) students up to date with classroom curriculum in a condensed time period.
  • There are too many “what if” scenarios that could shorten, or even lengthen, students’ time in the U.S. and/or not allow them to safely travel home, if necessary. TCAPS is also concerned that students would not receive the high quality experience they deserve in a shortened time period.
  • Additional pressures facing our teachers who will be helping current students make up for any learning lag this fall due to COVID-19 related school closures and transition to remote learning.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Karyn Hertel at We thank you for understanding the need to suspend the program at this time. 


Extracurricular Activities

TCAPS’ students participate in a variety of extracurricular activities that extend beyond their well-rounded classroom programs. Extracurricular activities help students learn social and leadership skills, such as goal-setting, time management, self-discipline and teamwork, that help prepare them for the Five Adult Roles. Students broaden their experiences through a broad range of extracurricular programs offered throughout Traverse City Area Public Schools.  Involvement helps students to learn important social, leadership and life skills.


Below you'll find information about upcoming TCAPS events, as well as links to tickets, if needed. If you ever have questions about an upcoming event, please contact your school front office or the school/organization hosting the event. 

Theatre and Music

May 26, 2022: TC Music Boosters Annual Benefit Concert

External LinkCHS Calendar

External LinkWSH Band Calendar

External LinkWSH Orchestra Calendar

External LinkWSH Vocal Calendar


External LinkTraverse City Central High School Athletics Calendar

External LinkTraverse City West Senior High School Athletics Calendar

Visual Arts

External LinkTCAPS Annual K-12 Student Art Show

Special Events

External LinkCommunity Screening of Do It For Daniel

For additional information about school events, visit your school's calendar on the homepage of their website!


LEAP, also known as the Learning, Enrichment and Athletic Program, provides athletic, arts and enrichment opportunities for preschool through 12th grade students. It is the vision of LEAP to provide students with increased opportunities for engagement beyond the school day through educational and recreational activities to improve learning, health, and wellness. Programs goals include 1) ensuring access to available programming for each student committing to participate in athletic and/or recreational activities offered through LEAP, and 2) participants, coaches, parents, and spectators will demonstrate the highest degree of sportsmanship at all times.


Student Support

For additional information about TCAPS high schools, click here.

About the Program

TCAPS’ Indigenous Program meets the unique needs of Native American and Alaska Native students. The goal of the program is to improve student proficiency and graduation rates. The program provides assistance to students early on and throughout their learning journey at TCAPS.

The program is funded by a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and is administered through the Office of Indian Education. The program is further supplemented through additional grant monies from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians’ Community 2% Funds.


Great Community, Great Schools. Together, we're making a difference in the lives of children.

TCAPS values the partnership we share with our community. The Partner in Education (PIE) program is designed to provide businesses/organizations an opportunity to support education in a way that is meaningful and mutually beneficial.

Partner Options

Intense Student Support Network

The Intense Student Support Network (ISSN) provides non-academic needs which may create obstacles to high achievement for students. Learn more about the Support Network.

Give Back Program

​Support TCAPS by giving back. You choose the specifics: percentage of sales, frequency of donation, and program to support. These funds support scholarships for the Learning, Enrichment, and Athletics Program. 

Financial Contribution

There are many programs, student organizations, athletic teams and extra-curricular activities at TCAPS. You are welcome to designate your tax deductible donation to any group within the school for which you have a passion. Please contact the Partner in Education Coordinator at 231.933.1790 or for assistance. Thank you for your support. Make an online contribution today.

Gift in Kind – Time, Talent or Resources

Share your expertise or special talent with our students. Donate supplies or anything else a school might need. We welcome all inquiries.

Purchase Sponsor Space

Looking for a better way to capture the attention of school audiences? Purchase signage at TCAPS schools and facilities. These funds support scholarships for the Learning, Enrichment, and Athletics Program. Learn more about Sponsorship Options.

Become A TCAPS Partner Today!

Contact Karyn Hertel at 231.933.1790 or

Students in Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) is a program administered by Traverse City Area Public Schools that provides free supportive, education-related services to students, ages 3-20, who lack fixed, regular and adequate housing. STEP ensures the educational rights of families and youth as required by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. 


OK2Say: Stop The Silence. Help End The Violence.

TCAPS would like to remind all students to always speak up when they hear or learn of any potential threat. Students can always talk to any staff member, call 9-1-1, or can anonymously report an incident at any time to the OK2SAY tip line (855-565-2729), text to 652729, or email

Ok2Say:  Stop the Silence, Help End The Violence