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Arbor Prep Welcomes Students
Arbor Preparatory High School, a new college preparatory charter high school, opens its doors to more than 175 students on Tuesday.
Located at 6800 Hitchingham Road, the 55,800-square-foot facility was recently completed in preparation for the 2011-2012 school year.
"We are thrilled to begin the new school year in such a beautiful new facility," said Arbor Prep Principal Matt Hudson in a news release.
"Several months ago, school leaders assembled on this site to celebrate the groundbreaking. Today, as the new principal, I'm delighted to celebrate the grand opening of Ann Arbor's newest public charter high school with such a bright group students and talented faculty and staff.
"Arbor Prep is designed to promote academic excellence that leads to a successful college career. We're excited about embarking on this journey with our students."
Arbor Prep is part of the PrepNet network of public charter college preparatory high schools in Michigan. The new school features more than 30 classrooms, two laboratories, an art studio, music room, a central student commons space and an 800-seat gymnasium.
The building is designed to achieve a high standard of energy efficiency through the use of increased thermal insulation, fluorescent lighting, water-conserving fixtures and a high-efficiency HVAC system.
Each classroom is equipped with current academic technology, including interactive digital white boards and a schoolwide wireless network.
More than 200 school leaders, parents and students, elected officials and community members commemorated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony in late August.
The event featured remarks by Hudson as well as J.C. Huizenga, PrepNet founder and chairman. Also speaking at the grand opening were Miriam Snyder, president of the school board, and student Mariah Hall.
Arbor Prep is near capacity, but still accepting students for ninth and 10th grades.
For more information about Arbor Prep, visit www.arborprep.com or call 961-9700.
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