Welcome to Grand Rapids!

We are home to more than 50 high quality public school choices. Below, you will find a brief description of what we offer, as well as information about finding your neighborhood school, enrolling, the documents you will need, how to sign up for a tour, and more. 

School Choices

School Choices

Neighborhood

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.

Listing of feeder schools per high school
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)
Brookside Elementary (PK-5)
Campus Elementary (PK-5)
Congress Elementary (PK-5)
Dickinson Academy (PK-8)
Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary (PK-5)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy (PK-8)
Mulick Park Elementary (PK-5)
Ottawa Hills High School (9-12)
 


Theme

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:

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:

Special education

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

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

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

Enrollment Information

How to Enroll

I want to enroll in my neighborhood school

  1. Look up your neighborhood school using our attendance area finder. Please be sure to enter the full address, including street direction and type. 
  2. Fill out an enrollment form. A Spanish enrollment form is also available. Please print the completed form and return it to your neighborhood school. 
  3. Provide the school with all required documents (see list below). 

I want to enroll in a different neighborhood school

  1. Fill out a transfer form (Spanish transfer form).
  2. 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

  1. 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)

Shot Record

  • Must include up-to-date immunizations

Academic Records

  • 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

Additional Information

Additional Information

Transportation

Transportation is provided to eligible students. Eligibility is determined by the distance a student lives from their school (greater than 1 mile for elementary, greater than 1.5 miles for middle school) or by the IEP process for special education students. Transportation is not provided for students attending a school on transfer. Elementary, middle, and special education students are transported on yellow busses by Dean Transportation. High school students receive bus passes to ride the Rapid.

Regional theme school transportation is available for eligible students attending a theme school or Center of Innovation. 

Student safety is a top priority. Students walking to school or a bus stop may be assisted by crossing guards at busy intersections. The district is also exploring Safe Routes to Schools funding for programs, such as walking school busses, to help students travel safely between school and home. 

Uniforms

Students are expected to wear a school uniform. The approved colors for tops include red, white, light blue, navy blue, black, and orange. Tops must have a collar. Bottoms must be khaki, black, or navy blue. Denim may not be worn. Leggings may only be worn under a skirt or dress. Additional information, including preferred vendors and a complete policy, is available on our uniform page

Meals

Students are provided with a free breakfast and lunch. The current menu is posted each month. Nutrition services staff provide delicious and nutritious meals and promote healthy eating, trying new foods, and overall wellness. 

Parent Engagement

The district offers a strong parent engagement program, including free classes, helpful resources, parent meetings, and parent groups. 

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