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Middle College Information

Middle College Information

Cedar Springs Middle College (CSMC) is a community of students that are relational and innovative.  As a small school within a school, CSEMC provides world-class education in a personal supportive atmosphere to prepare students for further college and/or career opportunities upon completion. We assess every student who enrolls and move them toward earning a high school diploma and college credits. Sharing space with Cedar Springs High School, CSEMC’s goal is to make college courses available and free to those who are ready to begin college-level course work. We offer GRCC college-level courses on campus for our students as part of the normal school day. These courses are taken with high school students initially. What we don’t offer here can be taken at the downtown GRCC campus. The end result is that students can leave the CSMC program with both a high school and a college transcript in hand, knowing they have been equipped for post-secondary success. 

Why choose Early Middle College

Why choose Early Middle College

The middle college model high school program provides students the opportunity to receive a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree or up to two years of credit toward a Bachelor’s degree in the span of five years. Students take a combination of high school and college classes in order to obtain their high school diploma and associate’s degree for free! 
Contact Information

Contact Information

Jeremy Verwys, Assistant Principal
616-696-1200 x7901
Sheri Whipple, Academic Services
616-696-1200 x7903
EMC Enrollment Process

EMC Enrollment Process

  1.  Invitation letters mailed out to qualifying students in the beginning of December.
  2. Parent Info Zoom Meeting January 6, 2021
  3. Parent Q & A session January 11, 2021
  4. Application* and Paperwork due January 22, 2021
  5. Accuplacer** Testing at CSHS during the school day the first week of February 2021
  6. Acceptance Notice mailed mid February, 2021

*A complete enrollment packet must be submitted before students can be considered for
**ACCUPLACER is an assessment designed to evaluate students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics to assess student preparedness for college courses.

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  • 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
4 Math, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a seniorā€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
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