January 16, 2019

GRPS School Choice Expo & Family Winter Carnival Moved to January 22

Due to inclement weather, the Grand Rapids Public Schools’ annual School Choice Expo and Family Winter Carnival is rescheduled for Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at City High Middle School. It is a free, family friendly event offering GRPS students, their families, and prospective families the opportunity to learn about school choices while enjoying a fun winter celebration. Children’s activities include bounce house, winter themed games and activities, and prizes. Free dinner is also provided.

Due to inclement weather, the Grand Rapids Public Schools’ annual School Choice Expo and Family Winter Carnival is rescheduled for Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at City High Middle School. It is a free, family friendly event offering GRPS students, their families, and prospective families the opportunity to learn about school choices while enjoying a fun winter celebration. Children’s activities include bounce house, winter themed games and activities, and prizes. Free dinner is also provided.
 
Grand Rapids Public Schools offers the largest selection of school choices in all of West Michigan, including many Theme Schools and Centers of Innovation. Theme schools offer the core curriculum through a unique lens, including environmental science, arts and music, global studies, leadership, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, and more. In many theme schools, students have the opportunity for place-based education and exciting extracurricular programming to enhance their learning. 
 
Centers of Innovation are unique public-private partnerships that offer students a rigorous classroom education along with opportunities to connect with professional mentors, complete job shadowing and internships, and earn college and trade school credits or career certification to prepare them for in-demand, high paying careers.
 
Principals from each Theme School and Center of Innovation will be at the School Choice Expo and Family Winter Carnival to share information about their school, showcase what makes them unique, and answer any questions parents and students may have.
 
Seats are limited and applications are required for these schools. The application deadline is January 31, 2019. There is a new on-line application available at apply.grps.org. A paper application is available at any GRPS school or the GRPS Administration Building, located at 1331 Franklin St SE. Applications are available in English and Spanish.
 
WHAT:     School Choice Expo and Family Winter Carnival
 
WHEN:     Tuesday, January 22, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
                    *Please note the new date and time*
 
WHERE:   City High Middle School
                1720 Plainfield Ave NE
                Grand Rapids, MI 49505
 
COST:      Free!
 
The following is a list of all Theme Schools and Centers of Innovation:
 
Theme Schools:
Blandford School (6th grade only, test-in)
C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy (PK-12)
City Middle High School (7-12, test-in)
Center for Economicology (6th grade only, test-in)
Coit Creative Arts Academy (PK-5)
Gerald R. Ford Academic Center (PK-8, admissions criteria)
Grand Rapids Montessori Academy (PK-12)
North Park Montessori Academy (PK-8)
Early Middle College @ Ottawa Hills (9th and 10th grade, growing to 9-13)
Ridgemoor Park Montessori Academy (PK-6)
Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy (K-8)
Southwest Community Campus Spanish-English Immersion (PK-8, admissions criteria)
Zoo School (6th grade only, test-in)
 
Centers of Innovation:
Academy of Business, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship @ Innovation Central (9-12)
Academy of Design and Construction @ Innovation Central (9-12)
Academy of Hospitality and Tourism @ Ottawa Hills (9th grade, growing a grade per year to be 9-12)
Academy of Health, Sciences, and Technology @ Innovation Central (9-12)
Academy of Modern Engineering @ Innovation Central (9-12)
Academy of Teaching and Learning @ Innovation Central (9th & 10th, growing grade/year to be 9-12)
Grand Rapids Public Museum School (6-9, growing one grade per year to become 6-12)
Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy (6-12)