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Cedar Springs Public Schools Middle College (CSMC) is collaborative project between Cedar Springs Public Schools (CSPS) and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) as a school‐within-a-school five‐year, “hybrid” entity combining the best elements of high school and college.
 
For year one, the CSMC students attend school at our high school site within the Cedar Springs Public Schools (CSPS) and engage in an exciting college‐preparatory curriculum taught by highly‐qualified and fully‐certified Cedar Springs secondary teachers and GRCC staff. CSMC offers students from Cedar Springs High School the opportunity to fulfill their requirements for a high school diploma by completing a rigorous college preparatory coursework experience while gaining valuable college readiness skills, their high school diplomas, and earning up to sixty‐two (62) transferable college credits towards their undergraduate degree and/or an Associate Degree from Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). This opportunity provides each CSMC student a free jumpstart on their college education and the ability to performing successfully with college level proficiency, ready to further extend their learning.  
 
CSMC is in the process of applying to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the United States Department of Education (USDOE) as a four‐plus‐one program upon completion of the proper waivers and paperwork. Students begin the program at the start of either their tenth or eleventh grade, and if needed are provided an additional year (5th year) beyond their expected year of graduation to complete the program. CSMC is a public early college high school. There is no cost to students or their families for attending. Tuition and required texts and fees will be paid by the school district. CSMC is a unique program for sophomores, juniors, seniors, and 5th year students who are mature, self‐motivated, and ready to learn in a college setting. CSMC students are offered an academically challenging environment to do their best academic work. The students have full access to GRCC’s onsite and/or online range of student support Mechanisms and activities, and CSMC's students are deeply involved in all aspects of high school life, assuming leadership roles in areas including student government, the honor society, and the fine and performing arts programs. The program will focus on students acquiring a liberal arts degree.

Requirements

  • 2.5 Overall GPA for High School Awarded Credit Courses (through end of 9th grade)
  • Grade Level or higher Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) and Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) scores
  • Appropriate score on the ACCUPLACER. It is a computerized placement test given to all GRCC students, which helps determine what classes best fit the academic needs and skills. CSPS students must receive a 71 or higher in Reading to demonstrate readiness for eligible in the Middle College program.
  • Currently on track to obtain a high school diploma (appropriate course track and success)
  • Approval of the principal and appropriate school staff
  • Student Letter (Why I would like to be admitted to the Middle College) and Transcript

Course Alignments

Students at the Cedar Springs Public Schools Middle College must meet the following
MINIMUM requirements to receive a high school diploma (as required in the Michigan Merit
Curriculum):
4 Math, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a senior‐level math course taken
at the college
4 ELA, including one taken at the college
3 Science, including Biology and either Chemistry or Physics
3 Social Studies, including .5 Civics, .5 Economics, US History, and World History
5 Physical Education
5 Health Education
1 Visual Performing Arts
2 World Language (beginning with the class of 2016)
 
In addition, the students will work toward completion of 62 credits to meet the requirements
for an associate's degree. This Associate of Arts will include a MACRAO certificate, which are
general credits in subject areas that will satisfy the general education requirements for many
Michigan colleges and universities. MACRAO is not a guarantee of credit transfer! The GRCC
Counselor/Advisor will work with each student about this situation, depending on where
they would choose to continue their education. Most institutions have their equivalencies