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Class of 2024: Early Middle College Program Gives McCowan a Head Start

Amara McCowan has graduated from Wellspring Preparatory High School with her Class of 2024 classmates, but there will be an even bigger occasion to celebrate one year from now.

Through National Heritage Academies’ Early Middle College Program, she will receive her high school diploma and associate degree at the time next year when she graduates from Davenport University. The Early Middle College Program is a five-year educational plan that allows your student to complete high school in three years and go on to earn an associate degree or certificate – tuition-free.

McCowan has studied business management and medical assisting at Davenport. After graduation she plans to move to the University of Michigan to study psychology.

“I’ve enjoyed the early college program so far; it’s an outstanding opportunity for any student but it definitely has its challenges,” she said. “Becoming something under the therapy branch is my truest goal in life, as I love learning about mental health issues and helping others as much as possible.”

Wellspring Prep Senior, Amara McCowan

McCowan has especially enjoyed the variety and quality of art classes at Wellspring, which outperforms the district.

“Whether it be traditional art, or music, I believe Wellspring has some of the strongest, most passionate art teachers,” McCowan said. “These teachers have taught me so much and I’ve grown as a student and a person in their classes.”

Upon reflecting on her time at Wellspring, McCowan said she will always cherish her classmates and teachers for giving her such a memorable high school setting.

“I’ve found so many loving, supportive, and thoughtful people at Wellspring,” she said. “Students and staff all fit into this category, as I’ve created many bonds with both.”

Good luck during the next part of your educational journey, Amara! 

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About Wellspring Preparatory High School
Wellspring Preparatory High School is a tuition-free, public charter school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, serving students in ninth through 12th grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes more than 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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