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Noorthoek Academy

Noorthoek Academy
Grand Rapids Community College
Noorthoek Academy
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503, MI 49503
Program Contact Mary Ruth Scholz
Phone 616.915.6096

The Noorthoek Academy is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a continuing education program in the arts and sciences for special needs students who want to pursue their education in a college setting after high school

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 85
Deadline to apply to this program: none
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Visual and physical impairments
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 97%
Tuition amount: $250.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Donation
Scholarships available:

If a student is unable to afford the $250 tuition rate they can apply for a scholarship.
This can be discussed with us personally before registering.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

We explore the natural sciences, history, literature, drama and current events using a dynamic, hands on approach. We offer skill-based classes in computer and creative writing, and a service leadership club. Being on a college campus and integrating into the mainstream, students have the opportunity to increase their self-confidence and independence while making friends in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.

Time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 30%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

No this is not our purpose. Provides Life-long learning opportunities.

Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: More than 75%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Student life food drive and computer class mentoring.

Last updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 16:17