In the fall of 2011, Kent Intermediate School District (Kent ISD) opened Kent Innovation High School. KIH is affiliated with the New Tech Network, a project based learning network for schools. KIH will combine students from the 20 different districts located in Kent County, MI; representing the demographics of the county. The student body will be composed of 100 freshmen with an additional 100 students being added over the course of the next three years.
KIH will focus on teaching 21st Century skills such as collaboration, communication, and critical thinking that are needed in a “real-world” work environment. Students will take their four core content areas at KIH and then return to their home school for their electives and extracurricular activities. KIH will offer the core content areas in a cross-curricular setting to help students learn a holistic understanding of the content. Courses offered will include: BioLit (biology + literature), Global Studies (world history + literature), Algebra, Geometry, Biology, and World History.
Graduates from KIH will fulfill the state of Michigan’s Common Core expectations for graduation. Their diploma will be issued from their home school district. Students at Kent Innovation will accrue college credits by the end of their senior year through partnerships with local universities such as: Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, and Grand Rapids Community College.
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