Changes set for Harrison Prep

With the coming of spring, Clover Park School District’s (CPSD) Harrison Preparatory School is announcing some changes planned for 2009-10 school year. Next year, Harrison Prep will offer grades six through 12 only and will no longer have a fifth grade program.

According to Harrison Prep principal Lisa Boyd there are two primary reasons for the change:

  1. The school is preparing for the adoption of an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program, which serves students in grades 6 through 10; and
  2. Fifth grade marks the end of elementary school in CPSD. Harrison Prep’s move to serving only sixth through 12th grades, provides a natural time for students and families to explore options for secondary schools.

New student orientations are scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 and Thursdays, April 30 and May 14. The orientations will feature information from current students and staff and begin at 6:30 p.m. at Harrison Prep, which is located at the former Lake City Elementary School, 8800 121st St. S., in Lakewood.

Harrison Prep began as the “5-12 Learning Community” and opened in 2005 for fifth- through ninth-graders on the campus of Oakwood Elementary School. Initial funding for the program came through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“We are excited to align our curriculum and course offerings with the IB Middle Years Program next school year,” said Boyd. “And, the Harrison Prep staff looks forward to serving sixth through 12th graders, as we embrace the core values of diversity, high standards and connecting to a global community.”

For more information about Harrison Prep, call (253) 583-5418.