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New Program Launched for Not-Your-Average Student

January 30, 2017
By K. Lowitzki

At NorthPointe Christian, we wholeheartedly believe that God has uniquely created each of our students with a variety of gifts and that we parents and teachers need to help nurture those gifts to shine brightly.  To that end, NorthPointe is launching a unique and exciting new high school program next fall called NorthPointe Personalized Learning Community (NPLC); it will provide transformative learning opportunities for non-traditional learners.

NPLC--an interest-based, real world program--will meet the needs of a variety of learners on all points of the academic spectrum who would benefit from less time in a traditional classroom and more time with hands-on learning and out-of-the-box problem solving.  Research shows students are more motivated when their education has real-world application; NPLC plans to capitalize on that motivation by providing real-world problem solving along with internships, service opportunities, micro-business creation, and even foreign travel.  

Program Director Bill VanDyk shares his passion for this new program: “I believe this program is going to open incredible doors of learning for all types of students.  We believe we can empower students and parents to make their own choices about their students’ education and guide families to learning opportunities that will build on students’ strengths and help them grow in the gifts God has given them.

Launching this new program puts NPC is on the cutting edge of learning as the first Christian school in the nation to replicate what has been a highly successful educational model within the public schools.  Big Picture Schools, on which NPLC has closely modeled its education program, has seen students succeed in amazing ways.  One Big Picture educator said of the program, “I’m struggling to think of [any] other school model that I know of where the instructional approach and pedagogy can be adapted to meet the needs of literally ALL young people.”  

At NorthPointe, we are able to incorporate the Big Picture education tenets into a Christian worldview within a deeply rooted biblical community.  Ultimately NorthPointe plans to graduate self-directed, independent, and creative individuals who will have the critical thinking skills and core knowledge to be successful in college and in life, who are, true to our mission, “equipped to impact their world for Jesus Christ.

Discipleship, individual advising, and relationship-building will be cornerstones in this new program.  Students will develop their own academic goals, with direct one-on-one guidance from an advisor who is committed to “training up a child in the way he/she should go.”

We believe students shouldn’t have to wait until college to discover and hone the specific gifts God has given has given them.  The time to do that is now!   

If you think your student would benefit from an individualized learning experience at NorthPointe, we invite you to contact our Admissions Representative Brittany Noll with further questions. Phone: 616.942.0350 x276, email.  

We'd love to have you join us for our NPLC Lunch FAQ on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 or at any other future admissions events.  

Max E. Smith says:
February 13, 2018 02:16 PM CST
My youngest son graduated from Grand Rapids Baptist Academy 30 years ago. It would have been great to have had this program in place then. We had lunch today with the student who is "shadowing" our finance dept. We had an enjoyable time with this fine young man (a freshman).

Bill Van Dyk says:
February 14, 2018 08:02 AM CST