Contact & Apply

To Visit

If you are interested in scheduling a visit, please contact Sandy Barraza. We would love to meet you.

You can find a map of the GRCC campus here.

The following information is for NEW student applications for admission. Winter class registration is in progress. We advise to apply ASAP to guarantee first class time choices.

Required form: Enrollment application

To apply – For Parents/Caregivers

  1. Potential student or representative makes initial inquiry through phone, e-mail, or mail.
  2. Director of Education, Sandy Barraza, will contact you by phone to gather personal information such as past school experiences, educational successes and struggles, as well as student goals.
  3. Names of other contacts such as caseworkers, and former teachers are also requested. If appropriate, the Director of Education will attempt to contact these additional names in order to further assess the prospective student’s academic and social skills.
  4. If time allows, the prospective student is invited to visit a class. This allows both student and staff the opportunity to interact in a classroom setting.
  5. If student is unable to visit a class, a face-to-face meeting will be requested on the campus of GRCC.
  6. If eligible, an initial application will be provided.
  7. Once admitted, registration for classes will need to be completed each semester.

To apply – For Students

  1. Contact Noorthoek Academy and express interest in being a student. Call Sandy at (616) 634-8352, or send us an email.
  2. Sandy, Director of Education will call and gather your information.
  3. You may be invited to visit a class or have a face-to-face meeting at GRCC.
  4. If you are eligible, an application will be provided to complete.
  5. Once admitted, registration for classes will need to be completed each semester.


  1. You are 18 years old or older (there is no maximum age limit)
  2. You are able to read and write (exceptions for visual impairment)
  3. You are motivated to learn
  4. You have socially acceptable behavior
  5. You have successfully completed 4 years of high school


One class: $250 per semester is nonrefundable and due before start of the first class.

Two classes: If you are confirmed for an additional class, such as Computer 100 or Creative Writing 100, the cost is $400.

Three classes: If you are confirmed for three classes, the cost is $500.


All classes and other learning opportunities at Noorthoek Academy are modestly priced. However, we have a deep commitment to making all of our efforts available to as many students as possible.

Tuition was $200 in 1989. Since then tuition has increased only one time in thirty four years. Thanks to the generosity of our donors we are able to keep tuition affordable for all.

Students who need additional support, and provide evidence of need, may apply for financial aid.

If you want to be a part of Noorthoek Academy, we will do our best to be available to you.

Learn more by emailing Linda VanTol, Executive Director at


If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Barraza, Director of Education.

Phone: (616) 234-4123