Similar to kindergarten informational night, Grosse Pointe Public Schools will host a night for parents interested in the district's Multi-Age program Thursday at Trombly Elementary School.
The Multi-Age Program serves students from first through third grade and encompasses the children in a single classroom setting for three consecutive years with different ages, academic levels and skills with the goal of continuous learning.
Parents are encouraged to attend the night to view the classroom where the program is actually operated and learn more about it. The program is open to anyone in the district and is located at Trombly Elementary in Grosse Pointe Park.
This program has been in existence for several years in the district but repeatedly there is discussion happening somewhere within the district about eliminating it, which spurs the parents of children enrolled to address the school board each year about why it should be kept. The parents are passionate about the program and fear its elimination.
Following comments at the end of last school year, a collaborative effort was put in place to ensure the program is given proper recognition and promotion outside beyond Trombly to ensure everyone knows it is an option, district spokeswoman Rebecca Fannon said.
The program has been designed so that returning second and third graders are automatically put into the program and the first graders wishing to enter it are placed in a lottery. Registration for the program must be submitted by March 1 to ensure everyone interested is placed in the lottery, Fannon said.
For more information, call 313-432-5003 or email Trombly's principal Walter Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.