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Everything You Need to Know for Going Back to School in West Michigan

I know that it’s time to start thinking about fall when I see the school supplies go on sale. Even though I’m not ready for it yet, I am looking forward to a return to routine and having a quiet house again.

We’ve got a pretty powerful back-to-school lineup with tips for getting your school year started on the right foot. To make it even easier for you, we are putting everything all in one place. Keep reading to find our back to school hacks for pleasing the teachers and making lunches as well as our massive list of when kids go back to school in each district.


Simple Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

As a former elementary school teacher, I know how much work teachers put into getting their classrooms ready for a new year. Every little thing parents did to make my life easier was always so appreciated. I noticed such easy things like getting kids to bed early and labeling supplies. Now that I’m on the parent end, I do as much as I can to help out my kids’ teachers.

Packing lunch every day is one task that I am not looking forward to. Of course, I make my son pack his own lunch but I’ve still got to figure out what foods to have on hand for him to use. If you’re a nicer mom than I am, our 10 lunch packing hacks will give you some ideas on how to keep this dreaded task more interesting.

I love a good bargain, so I’m always watching for the back-to-school sales. Shopping the deals, labeling supplies and setting up a homework area are just a few ideas from our list of 10 ways to make a smooth transition back to school.

When does School start in Grand Rapids

Where to Find Sports, Haircuts, Shoes and Field Trips

As I write this, I’m looking at my son’s floppy hair. When it gets long enough for me to run my fingers through it, I know it’s time for a haircut. Check out our list of reader recommended hair salons for a good place to make sure your kids are ready for fall pictures.

Our readers also chimed in on where they like to go shoe shopping. (Don’t forget gym shoes as well, if your school requires that!)

Soccer, baseball, karate, gymnastics… There are so many choices for activities these days. I’m waiting for my kids to ask to do a sport before I enroll them. I am not ready to try to figure out the best places to play all these sports and other extra-curriculars. Luckily, our massive sports guide can help us find the perfect class for our kids when the day comes.

When I think of school field trips, I automatically think of the zoo and the children’s museum. While these are fantastic destinations, our field trip guide has even more ideas on all the cool places there are to go visit, learn and play around Grand Rapids. We also have cool printables and a downloadable field trip and enrichment guide!

When Do Kids Go Back to School in Your District?

If you’re new to the area and researching schools, be sure to look over our schools guide. We can also help you find a great preschool with our separate guide to preschools or find homeschool resources in West Michigan.

Now that Michigan schools are no longer required to start after Labor Day, it can be hard to keep up with when everyone goes back to school. We have assembled a huge list of the first day of school. This list has been divided into public, private and charter schools.

Aug 6: Innocademy

Aug 8:  Ridge Park Charter Academy

Aug 20:  Creative Technologies Academy, Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center, William C. Abney Academy

Aug 21: NexTech High School

Aug 22: Black River Public School

Aug 27: Byron Center Charter School, Chandler Woods Charter Academy, Cross Creek Charter Academy, Excel Charter Academy, Knapp Charter Academy, New Branches Charter Academy, River City Scholars, Vanderbilt Charter Academy, Vanguard Charter Academy, Vista Charter Academy, West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

Sep 4: Walker Charter Academy, Wellspring Preparatory High School, West Michigan Academy of Arts & Academics

Aug 15: Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School – Evergreen Campus, Grand Rapids Christian High School

Aug 16: Grand Rapids Adventist Academy

Aug 20: Grandville Calvin Christian School, Unity Christian High School

Aug 21:  All Saints Academy, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic School, Corpus Christi Catholic School, Divine Providence Academy, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Holland Adventist Academy, Holland Christian School, Holy Spirit Catholic School, Holy Trinity Catholic School, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, Our Lady of Consolation Catholic School, San Juan Diego Academy, St. John Vianney Catholic School (except K starts 8/22), St. Patrick Catholic School – Parnell, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School, St. Robert Catholic School, St. Stephen Catholic School, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School (except K starts 8/22)

Aug 22: Grand Rapids West Catholic High School, Our Savior Lutheran School

Aug 23:  Ada Christian School

Aug 27: Algoma Christian School, Byron Center Christian School (grades 6 – 8, all others start 8/29), Covenant Christian High School, Dutton Christian School, Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School Iroquois Campus, Grand Rapids Christian Middle School, Heritage Christian School, Lamont Christian School, Legacy Christian School, Northpointe Christian School, Plymouth Christian School, The Potter’s House, Rockford Christian School, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Tri-Unity Christian School, West Side Christian School, Zeeland Christian School

Aug 28: Allendale Christian School (middle school students, all others start 8/29), AnchorPoint Christian School, Eastside Christian School, Grand Haven Christian School, Hudsonville Christian School, ISJ Academy, Jenison Christian School, St. John’s Lutheran Day School – Grand Haven

Sep 4: Libertas Christian School, Trinitas Classical School, Sacred Heart Academy, Calvary Schools of Holland, Zion Christian School

Aug 20: East Grand Rapids Public, Godfrey Lee Public, Godwin Heights Public, Grand Rapids Public, Grandville Public, Kentwood Public

Aug 21: Kelloggsville Public, Lowell Area, Thornapple – Kellogg Schools

Aug 22: Hamilton Community, Wyoming Public

Aug 23: Holland Public

Aug 27: Caledonia Community, Comstock Park Public, Coopersville Area, Forest Hills Public, Kenowa Hills Public, Kent City Community, Northview Public, Rockford Public, Sparta Area

Aug 28: Byron Center Public, Grand Haven Public, Hudsonville Public, Jenison Public, Spring Lake Public, West Ottawa Public

Sep 4: Allendale Public, Cedar Springs Public, Saugatuck Public, Zeeland Public

Back to School Events Around West Michigan

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Is there anything else you need to know to get ready for school? Let me know in the comments!

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