Volume 5 No. 6
Wellspring Preparatory High School in Grand Rapids has a clear-cut vision: “educate, support, and guide students through a few of the most exciting and impressionable years of their lives.” Wellspring Prep accomplishes this through their dedicated teachers and staff who set a bar of excellence for their students. That bar is the ramp to enter college. In the class of 2020, 61 seniors graduated, 100% of which were accepted into colleges, and 100% of which completed AP coursework (compared to the state average of 28%). Furthermore, seniors collectively received $1.9 million in merit-based scholarships. Wellspring Prep also leverages a robust early college program that allows students to complete high school in three years and then go on to earn an associate’s degree or certificate.

Wellspring Prep is a rich environment for students to develop their skills. With science laboratories, an art studio, music room, and cafeteria, the school provides numerous opportunities to cultivate the imagination and creativity of the student. In case there are difficulties in coursework, tutoring is available. This month, the school’s schedule has in-person classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students have at-home learning days for assignment completion.
Academics are not the only focus at WellspringPrep. Students are also encouraged
to develop their moral character. The school emphasizes the importance of community service, “good values, positive behavior, and moral conscience.” Wellspring also stresses the importance of parents setting the tone for work ethic at home. To develop their physical and mental health, athletic offerings at Wellspring Prep are broad with track, cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and golf.

Though the hybrid/in-person status of this past year has made some sports unavailable, they
are all set to return for the 2021-2022 school year. To supplement the academics, there are
several electives and clubs that students are enthusiastically involved in.
Wellspring Preparatory High School was authorized by Bay Mills in 2010 and has continued to be a hub of learning since then.
To learn more about Wellspring Preparatory High School, visit their website at https://www.prepnetschools.com/schools/wellspring-preparatory-high-school/en

We are pleased to announce that two of our educators have placed as semifinalists from the 2021 Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year and Administrator of the Year Awards. Renee Arnot of American Montessori Academy Upper Elementary of Westland and Cherise Cupidore of Crescent Academy of Southfield both were in the 10 outstanding administrators for the 2021 cycle of semifinalists.

The Michigan Charter School Association (MAPSA) says they chose semifinalists who “embody the values that make charter educators unique - innovation, professionalism, and a passion that drives success in their classrooms and schools.”

Michigan is home to over 10,000 charter school teachers and more than 1,500 charter school administrators statewide. Over 700 nominations were received from parents, teachers, school leaders, and students. Our educators span elementary to high school and come from rural, suburban, and urban areas all over the state of Michigan. 

The finalists (five teachers and five administrators) will be announced on March 29 and 30th via the MI Charters Facebook page. Winners of the 2021 Michigan Charter School Administrator of the Year and Teacher of the Year Awards will be announced on May 14, during Day 5 of Charter Schools Week 2021 celebration.

To learn more visit MAPSA’s website:
About Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools
Bay Mills Community College began authorizing charter schools in the year 2000 and now authorizes 46 schools serving approximately 23,660 students.
Our Mission: To ensure a quality education for urban, minority, and/or poor children by improving and expanding educational opportunities through innovative oversight methods. To provide academy boards with the necessary support and training so that they may make educated decisions that are in the best interest of the students that attend their academies.