MAPSA Mini-Documentary Spotlights Wellspring Prep, the Grand Rapids Charter School That’s the Best High School in Michigan

LANSING, Michigan – A three-part mini-documentary on Wellspring Preparatory High School – ranked as the No. 1 high school in Michigan by U.S. News & World Report – is premiering at noon today (Wednesday, June 28) on the Michigan’s Charter Schools Facebook page.

Titled “Wellspring Prep: The Best High School in Michigan,” the mini-documentary tells the story of Wellspring Prep primarily through the eyes of two 2017 graduates, Allyssa Pant and Ariel Aguilar. The video was produced by Buddy Moorehouse, an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker who is Vice President of Communications at the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association.

Moorehouse produces videos throughout the year that highlight outstanding charter schools and charter school educators in Michigan. All of the videos can be seen on MAPSA’s Facebook page. Click here to see Part 1 of the mini-documentary.

Part 1 of “The Best High School in Michigan” went live at noon today, while Part 2 will be posted at noon Thursday and Part 3 will be posted at noon Friday. Each segment will be 6-7 minutes long. Part 1 looks at the overall school, while Part 2 is called “Allyssa’s Story” and Part 3 is called “Ariel’s Story.”

Wellspring Prep, a small charter high school in Grand Rapids that opened in 2010, was ranked as the No. 1 high school in Michigan earlier this year by U.S. News & World Report, which releases its “Best High Schools in America” rankings every year. The U.S. News rankings – considered the gold standard of high school rankings – look at how well high schools are preparing their students for college.

In this year’s rankings, the top three high schools in Michigan were all charter schools: No. 1 Wellspring Prep, No. 2 Arbor Preparatory High School in Ypsilanti, and No. 3 Black River Public School in Holland. The top three high schools nationally were also all charter schools. Both No. 1 Wellspring Prep and No. 2 Arbor Prep are managed by PrepNet and authorized by Bay Mills Community College.

MAPSA President Dan Quisenberry said the mini-documentary is part of MAPSA’s ongoing effort to spread the news about great student achievement taking place in Michigan’s charter schools.

“The Wellspring Prep story is a fascinating one, and we wanted people to see how this small charter high school in Grand Rapids was able to become the best high school in Michigan after just seven years of existence,” Quisenberry said. “The mini-documentary looks at how Wellspring Prep’s amazing academic program, high standards and exceptional accountability are benefitting students.

“You’ll especially love seeing the stories of Allyssa and Ariel, two students who have incredibly bright futures ahead of them thanks to this school. This video gives you an excellent sense of what’s possible when you bring innovation and accountability together at a school. It’s our hope that policy-makers and others will watch this, to see that it truly is possible to have great schools in Michigan.”