TCAPS Reopens, Rebrands Former Interlochen Community School

Traverse City Area Public Schools announced Thursday that it will reopen the former Interlochen Community School as an early childhood education center.

With a new focus, the building will now be named the Interlochen Early Childhood Center & Interlochen Innovation Center and will make its return as a daily educational center, including the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), a state-funded, high quality preschool program free of charge to qualified families.

TCAPS says the building has the potential to occupy a network of services and preschool options.

“Early childhood education is a critical component to ensuring all children are ready for kindergarten,” said TCAPS Superintendent Dr. VanWagoner in a statement. “By investing in our youngest learners now, we are initiating a successful academic journey and building a future of college and workforce ready graduates. This is a win for students, and a win for the future growth and development of our greater community.”

The former Interlochen Community School has served several purposes over the last few years, including as a testing center and host for athletic events, community meetings and community programing.