GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- A new public arts charter school is on track to open this fall in Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology has received a preliminary go-ahead to open under a charter contract with Lake Superior State University.
The school will open on Burton Street on the campus of Kingdom Square. It will focus on performing arts, music, and theater along with academics.
Bruce Harger with Lake Superior State University says, "It's very important to have a high school, especially a middle school-high school, because it's in the middle school years where children begin to be challenged."
Marvin Sapp, GREAAT Schools founder said, "We believe that this model is going to be a model that is going to add to the whole structure of what education is supposed to be in our community."
The new public arts charter school would be for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Only 75 students will be accepted per grade.