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Grand Rapids Public Schools is proud to offer the most comprehensive selection of school choices in West Mcihigan, including neighborhood, theme, center of innovation, special education, alternative education, and cultural centers.
Neighborhood schools offer a traditional education. They are located throughout the city and are open to all students within their attendance area. Exciting pilot programs are underway to strengthen the connection between neighborhood schools and neighborhood residents.
|Union Family of Schools||Ottawa Hills Family of Schools|
|Aberdeen School (PK-8)
Buchanan Elementary (PK-5)
Burton Elementary (PK-5)
Burton Middle (6-8)
Cesar E. Chavez Elementary (PK-5)
East Leonard Elementary (PK-5)
Harrison Park School (PK-8)
Kent Hills Elementary (PK-5)
Palmer Elementary (PK-5)
Riverside Middle (6-8)
Shawmut Hills School (PK-8)
Sibley Elementary (PK-5)
Stocking Elementary (PK-5)
Union High School (9-12)
Westwood Middle (6-8)
Alger Middle (6-8)
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.
Theme schools include:
- Blandford (6th grade only)- environmental science
- C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy (PK-10, growing one grade per year to become PK-12)
- Center for Economicology @ City (6th grade only)- sustainability, economics and ecology
- City High Middle School (7-12)- International Baccalaureate
- Coit Creative Arts Academy (K-5)
- Gerald R. Ford Academic Center (PK-8)- leadership and character building
- Grand Rapids Montessori (PK-12)
- North Park Montessori (PK-8)
- Early Middle College @ Ottawa Hills (10-13, opening fall 2017)- high school diploma and associate degree
- Ridgemoor Park Montessori (PK-6)
- Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy (K-8)
- Southwest Community Campus (PK-8)- dual immersion
- Zoo School (6th grade only)
Centers of Innovation
The 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.
Centers of Innovation include:
- Innovation Central High School
- Academy of Business, Leadership & Entrepreneurship (9-12)
- Academy of Design and Construction (9-12)
- Academy of Health, Sciences & Technology (9-12)
- Academy of Modern Engineering (9-12)
- Grand Rapids Public Museum School (6-7) growing one grade per year to become 6-12
University Prep Academy (6-12)
Special education programs meet the unique needs of students with individualized education programs (IEPs) by providing instruction and training to enable them to meet the district’s rigorous Academic Plan. The district also provides center-based special education programs and services to students from the 20 school districts of the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) as determined through the IEP team process.
Center-based programs include:
- Ken-O-Sha Early Childhood Center (birth-age 5) two locations
- Grand Rapids Oral Deaf (birth-age 26)
- Kent Education Center (KEC) Oakleigh (K-8)
- Kent Education Center (KEC) Beltline (9-12)
- Kent Vocational Options (ages 18-26)
- Lincoln Developmental Center (ages 5-26)
- Lincoln School (ages 5-26)
- Pine Grove Learning Center (ages 5-26)
- Community Transition Campus (ages 18-26)
Alternative education programs are available for students who need an alternative to the traditional high school setting. These programs help students complete their high school diploma. Students may also be able to earn college credit while completing their diploma.
Alternative education programs include:
Cultural Centers provide language support services for English Language Learners. Bilingual staff are available to assist parents and students as they improve their English language skills.
Cultural Centers include:
- Brookside Elementary
- Buchanan Elementary
- Burton Elementary
- Congress Elementary
- Cesar E. Chavez Elementary
- Dickinson Academy
- Harrison Park School
- Palmer Elementary
- Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy
- Sibley Elementary
- Southwest Community Campus
- Stocking Elementary
- Burton Middle School
- Riverside Middle School
- Westwood Middle School
- Union High School
- Newcomers at Union High School
How to Enroll
I WANT TO ENROLL IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL
Look up your neighborhood school using our attendance area finder. Please be sure to enter the full address, including street direction and type.
Fill out an enrollment form. A Spanish enrollment form is also available. Please print the completed form and return it to your neighborhood school.
Provide the school with all required documents (see list below).
I WANT TO ENROLL IN A DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL
Fill out a transfer form (Spanish transfer form).
If the transfer is approved, you will be asked to complete the enrollment form (Spanish enrollment form) and provide the required documents (see list below).
I WANT TO ENROLL IN A THEME SCHOOL/CENTER OF INNOVATION
Fill out a theme school application.
I LIVE OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT
If you would like to attend a theme school or Center of Innovation, please complete the theme school application. If you would like to attend a neighborhood school, please review the School of Choice information on Kent ISD's website.
Required Documents for Enrollment:
Legal Birth Certificate
Required by law
The certificate MUST have an official government seal (cannot use hospital issued certificate)
Proof of Residency
Utility bill (gas, water, electric, cable) or rent receipt (cannot use driver’s license, cell phone bill, or insurance bill)
Must include up-to-date immunizations
Transcripts & withdrawal grades for high school students
Report card for students in kindergarten through 8th grade
Emergency Contact Information
Names, addresses, and WORKING phone numbers of two people we can contact and release your child to, if we cannot reach you
General District Materials
Digital School Brochures (English)
School (Grade level)
World-Class Preschool (Located at Most Elementary Schools)
Buchanan Elementary (PK-5) (NEW Building in Fall 2018)
City High/Middle (7-12) (International Baccalaureate Diploma Program)
Coit Creative Arts Academy (PK-5) (IN PROGRESS - International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program)
Congress Elementary (PK-5) (2016-2017 Reward Status Designation)
Harrison Park School (PK-8) (Challenge Scholars)
Ottawa Hills High School (9-12) (Early Middle College)
Public Museum School (6-8) (COMING SOON - High School Opens Fall 2018)
Shawmut Hills (PK-8) (2016-2017 Reward Status Designation)
Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy (PK-8) (COMING SOON - International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program)
Southwest Community Campus (PK-8) (COMING SOON - New High School)
Union High School (9-12) (Challenge Scholars)
Westwood Middle (6-8) (Challenge Scholars)
Digital School Brochures (Spanish)
School (Grade level)
Unlinked brochures do not currently have a Spanish translated version. We are working to translated all of our brochures. Thank you for your patience.
Alger Middle (6-8)
Blandford School (6)
Brookside Elementary (PK-5)
CA Frost Environmental Science Academy (PK-11)
Campus Elementary (PK-5)
Center for Economicology (6)
City High/Middle (7-12)
Congress Elementary (PK-5)
Dickinson Academy (PK-8)
Gerald R Ford Academic Center (PK-8)
Grand Rapids Montessori (PK-12)
Innovation Central - Academy of Business, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship (9-12)
Innovation Central - Academy of Design and Construction (9-12)
Innovation Central - Academy of Health Sciences (9-12)
Innovation Central - Academy of Modern Engineering (9-12)
Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary (PK-5)
Martin Luther King Jr Leadership Academy (PK-8)
Mulick Park Elementary (PK-5)
North Park Montessori (PK-8)
Ottawa Hills High School (9-12)
Public Museum School (6-8)
Ridgemoor Park Montessori (PK-6)
Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy (PK-8)
University Prep Academy (6-12)
Zoo School (6)