Enrollment

Use How Enrollment Works

Innocademy is a completely free public school academy and is open to any student. Each spring Innocademy will have a two week open enrollment period in which students may fill out applications for enrollment. Returning families and students are automatically guaranteed a seat in the grade level needed.

By law, if there are more new students applying for a particular grade level than seats available at that grade level, a public lottery will be held to determine admission and the waiting list. The public lottery drawing takes place at Innocademy, and all families involved in the lottery are immediately informed of the results. All families are welcome to attend the lottery drawing, dates and times are shared with families if/when a lottery needs to take place.

Tour Our School

Want to check out the school in person? We’d love to give you and your family an on-site tour. To schedule a tour, contact Leisa at leisa.lobbezoo@innocademy.com, or check out our virtual tour

Enroll Now

For questions regarding enrollment, or to schedule a tour, please contact Leisa at 616-446-1486 or by email at leisa.lobbezoo@innocademy.com.

Enroll at Innocademy

Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is March 1st – March 15th. Anyone applying within those dates is eligible for the lottery on March 20th. Students applying after those dates will be invited to enroll on a first come, first served basis. When all seats are filled a first come, first served waiting list will be established.

Enroll with Las Huellas Spanish Immersion

Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is March 1st – March 15th. Anyone applying within those dates is eligible for the lottery on March 20th. Students applying after those dates will be invited to enroll on a first come, first served basis. When all seats are filled a first come, first served waiting list will be established.

Enroll in Precademy

Preschool Open Enrollment for students that will be 3 or 4 years old during the 2019-2020 school year is happening NOW! Enrollment continues until all spots are filled.

How to Enroll:
Enrollment applications can be completed online by clicking the link, below:

PRECADEMY ENROLLMENT APPLICATION

or an application can be picked up and returned at our front desk each business day between 8:30am-4pm. 

Families wishing to apply for tuition assistance through Ready for School (3 year olds) and Great Start Readiness Program (4 year olds) should fill out the link, below as well:

GSRP and RFS TUITION ASSISTANCE APPLICATION

Our Address:
8485 Homestead Dr, Zeeland MI, 49464

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What grades are available at Innocademy?

A: Innocademy offers Young 5’s thru eighth grade. There are two possible programs available; Classic program where students receive Spanish instruction each day for approximately 30 minutes and the Spanish Immersion program where all content is taught all day, everyday in Spanish.

Q:  How can I learn more about the ideas, principles and structure of day to day life at Innocademy?

A: Please take a look at our Family Resource Guide for much more information and elaboration on specific topics.

Q:  Is Innocademy for my family?

A: Do you and your family….

  • Believe in an emphasis in the development of the whole child through small student to teacher ratios and student directed learning?
  • Spport the methods of teaching that Innocademy offers such as character development, global education, multi-age grouping, and a modified school calendar?
  • Agree that parental involvement is crucial in a child’s education?
  • Believe that in the 21st century it is imperative to cultivate knowledge of a second language starting in elementary school?
  • Desire to make a difference in the world and influence students to do the same?

If you answered “yes” to any, or even all of these questions, then yes, Innocademy is a Just Right Fit for your family!

Q:  What curriculum does Innocademy follow?

A: Innocademy follows the Common Core State Standards and curriculum for the State of Michigan. We are allowed the flexibility to try new materials and new programs to teach the content expectations necessary in Michigan. Visit our curriculum page for more information.

Q:  Is there transportation to and from Innocademy?

A: Currently there is no transportation offered to or from Innocademy.

Q:  What is a “charter school” or “public school academy”?

A: A charter school is a public school meeting all of the Common Core State Standards for each grade level. In this case, instead of reporting to a traditional public school district who then reports to the Michigan Department of Education, we report to Lake Superior State University who will report to the Michigan Department of Education.

Q:  Is Innocademy a private school?

A: No, Innocademy is a public school academy that is authorized by Lake Superior State University. Therefore, any and all families and students are welcome to enroll in our tuition-free programs!

Q:  Are there requirements for volunteering at school? We work full time and wouldn’t be able to be at school very often.

A: Innocademy doesn’t have any requirements for parents in terms of volunteering. Students and staff LOVE volunteers and encourage involvement from all Innocademy families. They also understand that for many parents who work full time, volunteering might come in the form of helping on a committee that might meet quarterly in the evenings, taking on small home projects or, perhaps, working on an event such as our golf outing.

Q:  Is there a tuition cost to attend the school?

A: There is no tuition at Innocademy. We do, however, strongly encourage each of our families to contribute time or resources as they are able.

Q:  What is the school schedule at Innocademy?

A: Each day students participate in core subjects such as reading, writing, math, science and social studies as well as daily Spanish. The school day begins at 9am and ends at 3:30pm each day. Innocademy is a school that operates on a balanced calendar; offering frequent breaks throughout the year instead of one large break during the summer months.  Our families enjoy recess times throughout the year rather than just one long summer break. In June and August, students do not attend school on Friday. Christmas and Spring Recesses are coordinated so that they align with the calendars of the districts surrounding Innocademy. Take a peek at our calendar for the 18-19 school year.

Q:  What exactly does “small class size” mean?

A: Class size is determined by just right learning groups. What that means is that Innocademy might have 20 chronological sixth graders enrolled at the school, but because students may be moving up or down a level to meet their individual learning needs, their “class size” for math or ELA might be slightly bigger or smaller based on that movement.

Q:  What is “Just Right Learning”?

A: “Just Right Learning” at Innocademy means that students are evaluated and plans developed to meet their specific learning needs. If, based on in class, state and national assessments, a chronological third grade student has demonstrated proficiency in third grade math and is ready for concepts in a fourth or fifth grade level math group, they are placed in that “Just Right Learning” level. This is the same for reading and writing.

Q:  What is the teaching style/philosophy of Innocademy teachers?

A: We want our Innocademy children to develop a LOVE of learning. We strive to teach through inquiry practice, project based learning, critical thinking and problem solving opportunities.

Q:  Can anyone attend Innocademy?

A: Innocademy is a public school academy and is open to any student. Each spring Innocademy will have a two week open enrollment period in which students may fill out applications for enrollment. By law, if there are more students applying for a particular grade level than seats available at that grade level, a public lottery will be held to determine admission and the waiting list.

Q:  What does Innocademy offer my child?

A: Innocademy believes in student-directed learning with small class sizes and multi-aged grouping of students. Innocademy children will study a second language, have field experience in the work place, gain a global stewardship, character development, and a sense of community partnership while attending Innocademy.

Q:  Why was Innocademy started?

A: There was a group of local, but global companies who started discussing the possibilities of a non-traditional school setting in 1996. Through those discussions it was determined that a school needed to offer flexibility to families, focus on critical thinking and problem solving skills, and prepare our Innocademy students for a global economy.

Q:  Is Spanish Immersion Available At Innocademy?

A: Yes! Las Huellas is the name of our Spanish Immersion Program. Currently, for the 2019-2020 school year we will host grades Young 5’s – 7th; eventually growing to 8th grade. Las Huellas worked with Add-A-Lingua to build the program at Innocademy.