Traverse City is home to many outstanding public, private schools and one college. The Traverse City community is dedicated to ensuring that their students are learning in a safe and encouraging environment. Parents and teachers continuously work together to challenge students and help them achieve their goals on a daily basis.
Traverse City Area Public Schools, in partnership with a caring community, has created a place where the extraordinary staff and students work together with high levels of collaboration and high quality educational programs. Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) offers a comprehensive K-12 curriculum with an enrollment of over 10,000 students throughout a 300-mile geography and nearly 1,500 teaching and support staff. District school facilities include 13 elementary schools (including one Montessori school), two middle schools, two senior highs, and an alternative high school.
Cornerstone Christian School (K-8)
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TC Christian Elementary is a non-denominational Christian school that teaches the Bible. We have been building lives of integrity since 1979 as Living God Christian School. On July 1, 2005 we became a parent-based Association and changed our name to Cornerstone Christian School. As of March of 2008, our elementary school Parent Association voted to merge with Traverse City Christian School, a 7th-12th Grade school, to form a Pre-School thru Grade 12 School Association, in order to enhance Christian Education in the Grand Traverse Area.
Grand Traverse Area Catholic School (PK-12)
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Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools (GTACS) has been providing the gift of Catholic education to children in grades preschool through twelfth in the Grand Traverse region for over 120 years. The school system is comprised of four distinct schools that are separated by grade level but united by a common mission. One of the vital components of our schools is the active support received from the five area Catholic parishes: Christ the King, Immaculate Conception, Saint Francis, Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph.
Holy Angels Elementary School (K-8)
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Holy Angels Elementary and Preschool is truly a place where God is present! Throughout the hallways of our school, you will find dedicated, faith-filled teachers who commit themselves each and every day to educating not only a childs mind, but their heart as well. Our academic classes are second to none and we feel blessed to be able to incorporate Jesus Christ into every educational realm.
Immaculate Conception Elementary School (K-8)
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At Immaculate Conception Elementary School, students enter as dependent Third graders and leave as capable, independent Fifth graders. It is here that the students make the transition from learning to read, to reading to learn! We foster a true feeling of belonging with emphasis on Christian values, respect and school spirit. A diverse curriculum that ranges from Saxon mathematics to writing workshops with nationally recognized authors, is offered at all grade levels. Students are given a solid foundation in core academic subjects as well as receiving instruction in vocal and instrumental music, art, physical education and computers. A wide variety of extra curricular activities are offered including x-country, basketball, volleyball, track, Odyssey of the Mind, chess club, and choir. Child care services are provided before and after school through an enrichment program that is coordinated and staffed by Munson Hospital.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School (6-8)
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The spirit at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School is alive with quality academics, incredible art, music and foreign language classes, and teachers who believe that high expectations allow students to reach higher than even they think is possible. And Christ is at the center of all we do!
St. Francis High School (9-12)
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At Saint Francis High School all of the traditional areas are available to your student. Our curriculum is solid and offers both accelerated and honor program options. Student opportunities reach far beyond our school walls. Many of our students are actively participating in dual enrollment programs at Northwestern Michigan College and the Traverse Bay Area I.S.D. Career Tech Center.
The Saint Francis environment is one that strives to be Christ-centered. Our school size allows your student to really know their teachers and classmates and be an active part in their own education. Our parental commitment is important as we work together to promote growth in responsibility, confidence, competence and faith.
Traverse City Seventh Day Adventists (1-8)
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The mission of the Traverse City Seventh-day Adventist School is to educate children in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ, so that they, in turn, can emulate Him in their own personal commitments and in their relationships with family, church, community, and the world.
This school has fulfilled the requirements, provisions, and standards prescribed by the National Council for Private School Accreditation and have a Certificate of Membership.
The Childrens House (PK-6)
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The Children's House, an Independent Montessori School founded in 1984 is located just west of Traverse City. The beautiful campus honors the rural history of the region. Architecturally designed to serve active learners, infant through 6th grade, the building and its gardens, small woodlands and open fields attract a diverse population of families. Children's House Montessori faculty has attained professional Montessori certification at well-respected teacher-training sites.
The Pathfinder School, Inc. (K-8)
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¢ An independent day school serving Pre-Kindergarten - 8th grade students
¢ Fully accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS)
¢ Small classes and personal attention: Individualized instruction with a student:faculty ratio of 8 to 1
¢ Dedicated teachers whose real-life field experience adds relevance to classroom instruction
¢ An engaging and responsive curriculum built on the proven principles of experiential education
¢ A 22-acre wooded campus brimming with learning opportunities nestled on the shores of Cedar Lake and Grand Traverse Bay
¢ Centrally and conveniently located 3 miles from downtown Traverse City at the base of the Leelanau Peninsula
¢ The Pathfinder School is an independent day school serving pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. Pathfinder is celebrating 36 years on our 22 acre private, wooded campus in Traverse City, Michigan.
Traverse Bay Christian School (K-8)
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Founded in 1991, TBCS has been serving the Grand Traverse region with quality elementary Christian education. We have a marvelous heritage of making a difference in the lives of our young people, and our students making a difference in their world! We partner with the home and church to make a bond that is not easily broken, especially in the ever changing world in which we live! We invite you to explore TraverseBayChristianSchool.com for yourself and discover how TBCS can start your student in the right direction in their education.
Trinity Lutheran School (K-8)
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"The mission of Trinity Lutheran School is to provide a quality education that nurtures children in the Christian Faith as taught by the Holy Bible and confessed by the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in order that they believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ and share it with the world.
Northwest Michigan College
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Northwestern Michigan College is a publicly funded community college that serves people, organizations and businesses throughout the Grand Traverse region. We serve more than 50,000 learners annually.
NMC offers associates degrees and professional certificates and, through our University Center, 10 partner universities grant baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral degrees. NMC's extensive extended education program offers a vast array of non-credit classes to more than 10,000 local residents annually.
At NMCs central campus youll find modern learning facilities and two
residence halls, as well as the Dennos Museum Center and WNMC public
At the Great Lakes Campus on West Grand Traverse Bay youll find several NMC programs and services: the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute and the Hagerty Conference Center.
At the Aero Park Campus youll find facilities for NMCs Aviation program, as well as programs, training and research opportunities for a wide range of technical fields and trades, including the Michigan Energy Demonstration Center.
NMCs Rogers Observatory offers year-round public viewing opportunities.
Northwestern Michigan College has been nurtured and generously supported by the Grand Traverse region since being established in 1951. Our annual NMC Barbecue is the largest and most successful community picnic staged by a community college.