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Noorthoek Academy

Noorthoek Academy
Grand Rapids Community College
Noorthoek Academy
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49503-3201
Program Contact Linda Vantol
Program Contact Email
Phone 6162344123
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

Noorthoek Academy provides an affordable college experience for adults with intellectual disabilities. Students will find a supportive and structured college experience on the Grand Rapids Community College campus in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Noorthoek Academy was the first college experience of this kind in 1989 and continues to be recognized for Excellence in Education. Lifelong learning is the motto and joyfully displayed throughout our program.

Program information submitted: January 24, 2023

Public or private: Public
Type of school: non-profit organization providing a continuing education program, not an accredited institute of higher education.
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 85
School district or agency partner: all of West Michigan
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Blind
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 98.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $500.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $500.00
Program fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: Need based scholarships are available.
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access: GRCC courses are open to Noorthoek students. The offering changes from semester to semester.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Arts and Science 101 (ranging from health sciences to studying a country to American History)
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 1-24%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Honorary Deegree from GRCC
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 10%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 1-24%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation