GRKIDS Schools Guide: Private, Public, Charter & Religious Schools in Greater Grand Rapids 2021-2022

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This information is updated for the 2021-22 school year.

Which School is Right for My Kid? – Answers Vary

Gone are the days when there was only one school choice for a family, and it all centered on the family’s address. In addition to fantastic neighborhood public schools, West Michigan parents can also consider private, charter, faith-based, outdoor, Montessori, home schools and more.

Kids spend a majority of their waking hours in school, so making sure your child is enrolled in the right school is a big task. Consider your child‘s learning methods, physical and mental needs, and any special family values (like faith) that you want honored in an educational setting.

Find the best school for your kid in our comprehensive list of school options in Kent and Ottawa counties with the Grand Rapids Kids Schools Guide.

 

Grand Rapids Christian Schools

GRCS Grand Rapids Christian Schools Guide 2021
Locations in Grand Rapids & Rockford  
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(616) 574-6565

 

Grand Rapids Christian continues to set the bar higher and higher. The support staff, school leadership, and classroom teachers have all been such a reflection of God’s love and providence.  Words cannot describe the amount of confidence our daughter has gained.  We attribute much of that confidence to the fact that she feels so safe and secure at GRCES. We are truly thankful for a school system that so earnestly reflects God’s love and grace and does whatever it takes to support and care for its students. 

Sarah and David Gebben
GRCES-IQ Parents


Five Campuses, Serving Preschool – 12th Grade

Nearly 2200 students from diverse cultural, economic, and spiritual backgrounds find their place at Grand Rapids Christian Schools. Students graduate from Grand Rapids Christian Schools prepared to engage, serve, and make a meaningful impact on their communities and around the world.

Our five campuses in Grand Rapids and Rockford provide preschool through high school students with a variety of learning opportunities. Students at every level are nurtured academically, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

By using their gifts to glorify God and pursue personal faith, graduates of Grand Rapids Christian Schools will be…

  • Disciples of Christ – Prepared to follow Christ with faithfulness, resilience, and humility in a broken but hopeful world.
  • Culturally Competent – Prepared to engage with a diverse range of people and ideologies.
  • Communicators and Collaborators – Prepared to work in a team environment, articulate ideas, and consider multiple viewpoints.
  • Justice Seekers – Prepared to actively pursue greater wholeness in the world by working for justice and practicing stewardship.
  • Creative Solution Finders – Prepared to identify issues, engage in critical thinking, and persistently work toward solutions.
  • Lifelong Explorers – Prepared to live a life of discovery and wonder in God’s world.

Learn more at one of our upcoming Admissions events or schedule a personal tour so you can see our classes in action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public, Private, Charter, Language Immersion and So Many More

If you haven’t noticed already, West Michigan families have countless options when it comes to educating our children. In fact, there are so many, you might be wondering, which school is right for my child?

Our GRKIDS Schools Guide breaks down all of these options into several categories to help you easily narrow down your choices.

Your options range from language immersion, to balanced calendar, to experience-based schools, plus so many more. Use our guide to get started on exploring all of the amazing options that exist in our community.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools are publicly funded schools, which means students do not pay tuition to attend. Even though they are publicly funded, these schools typically have more freedom than traditional public schools in regards to curriculum and educational philosophies. In some areas, where charter schools have gained considerable popularity, enrollment is determined by a lottery system.

National Heritage Academies

National Heritage Academies


T E S T I M O N I A L

“I love the communication and relationships I am able to build with the staff. I feel supported as a parent and trust the staff caring for my children.”

NHA Parent
Grades Served Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

At National Heritage Academies (NHA), we never set limits on how much your child can achieve. We shape instruction to build on the strengths and abilities of each child and make Moral Focus lessons part of every school day. NHA’s goal is to see every child build the knowledge, skills, and character they need to excel in school and life.

To us, success means creating endless opportunities for children to become their best. We reach higher. We build character. We expect more. We work together.

NHA schools are tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. As a network, NHA schools share a common vision, while each school enjoys the flexibility of tailoring their program to meet the needs of their community.

We operate Knapp Charter Academy, Ridge Park Charter Academy, River City Scholars, Vista Charter Academy, and Walker Charter Academy in the Grand Rapids Area. Find a school near you today.

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New Branches Charter Academy

Grades Served Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

New Branches Charter Academy is a tuition-free K-8 public school that provides a positive learning environment, as well as a rigorous academic and nature-based program. Our students learn outdoors on our 12-acre campus located south of downtown Grand Rapids.

We are proud to provide:
- Environmental Education
- STEAM
- Eco-Art
- Positive family-oriented culture
- Rigorous learning
- Character education program

At New Branches, we believe every student is unique and an individual. Students have the opportunity to work together in our garden and learn the food cycle from farm to table. They know how to prepare the soil, plant, water, measure growth, harvest, and prepare food from crops. We also offer transportation and before and after school care.

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West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

Grades Served Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Come and explore our diverse ecosystems! Our 62-acre property contains a forest, prairie, meadow, pond and garden in which students learn by connecting the Michigan curriculum to the rich environment at their fingertips. We encourage discovery, learning outside and exploring using all of our senses.

At WMAES, we do more than tell our students to recycle - we educate them about the impact they have on their environment. Students plant and grow their own food while caring for it as it grows. Our gardens are located just steps outside of our school building.

Call today or go to wma-es.com to learn more!

Byron Center Charter

Byron Center Charter School

Grades Served Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

BCCS is an independent and innovative K-12 public school authorized by GVSU.

Academic Excellence ~ Personal Connections ~ Positive Character Traits are the focal points of the school's mission.

BCCS features smaller class sizes, an award winning band program, and provides a safe, orderly and academically challenging school environment for students.

Black River Public School 491 Columbia Ave, Holland, MI 49423616-355-0055
Byron Center Charter School9930 Burlingame Ave SW, Byron Center MI 49315616-878-4852
Chandler Woods Charter Academy6895 Samrick Ave., Belmont, MI 49306616-866-6000
Creative Technologies Academy350 Pine St, Cedar Springs, MI 49319616-696-4905
Cross Creek Charter Academy7701 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Byron Center, MI 49315616-656-4000
Eagle Crest Charter Academy11950 Riley St, Holland, MI 49424616-786-2400
Excel Charter Academy4201 Breton Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512616-281-9339
 Flat River Academy 9481 Jordan Road, Greenville, MI 48838616-754-9360
 Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center 409 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503616-459-0330
 Grand River Prep High School 650 52nd Street SE, Kentwood, MI 49548 616-261-1800
 Hope Academy of West Michigan 240 Brown Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507616-261-1800
 iCademy Global/Innocademy 8485 Homestead Zeeland, MI 49464616-748-5637 
 Knapp Charter Academy 1759 Leffingwell NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525616-364-1100
 New Branches Charter Academy 3662 Poinsettia Ave SE Grand Rapids MI 49508 616-243-6221
 NexTech High School 801 Broadway Ave NW #225 Grand Rapids, MI 49504 616-458-4992
 Ridge Park Charter Academy 4120 Camelot Ridge Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 616-222-0093
 River City Scholars944 Evergreen St., Grand Rapids, MI 49507  616-248-3390
 Vanderbilt Charter Academy 301 West 16th St., Holland, MI 49423616-820-5050 
 Vanguard Charter Academy 1620 52nd Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49519 616-538-3630
 Vista Charter Academy711 32nd Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548  616-246-6920
Walker Charter Academy1801 Three Mile Road NW, Walker, MI 49544616-785-2700
Wellspring Preparatory High School1031 Page Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505616-235-9500
West Michigan Academy of Arts & Academics17350 Hazel St., Spring Lake, MI 49456616-844-9961
West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science4463 Leonard St. NW, Walker, MI 49534616-791-7454
West Michigan Aviation Academy5363 44th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512616- 446-8886
William C. Abney Academy1435 Fulton St. East, Grand Rapids, MI 49503616-454-5541

LANGUAGE IMMERSION SCHOOLS

If you want to give your child the gift of a second (or third) language, many area schools offer language immersion programs. While Spanish is the most popular offering, there are other options available here in West Michigan, like Mandarin Chinese. These programs are offered through both private and public schools, so enrollment may be free or tuition-based and may require residency in a particular school district depending on the program you choose.

GRCS Language Immersion

Grand Rapids Christian Schools


T E S T I M O N I A L

We are just totally excited about what has happened with our children in the Spanish Immersion program at GRCS. They have a sophisticated awareness about culture and a multicultural competence as a result of participating in this program.
~Khary Bridgewater
Grades Served Young 5's, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students are uniquely prepared to achieve success in school and life through Grand Rapids Christian Schools’ Spanish Immersion program.

The total immersion program begins in preschool and kindergarten and continues through 8th grade. Continued Spanish Immersion programming is offered at the high school, including exciting opportunities for travel, internships, and worship, as well as a partnership with Calvin University which allows students to begin working toward a Spanish minor already in high school!

Spanish Immersion students benefit from a program led by two coordinators dedicated to ensuring the strength of our program and the excellence of our staff, as well as supportive administrators who help ensure excellence in programming!

• Engage with NATIVE-SPEAKING teachers and support staff.
• Achieve functional PROFICIENCY in Spanish while also developing strong English literacy.
• Receive added SUPPORT by trained staff to ensure students ACHIEVE THEIR HIGHEST POTENTIAL.
• Build deep CROSS-CULTURAL understanding and appreciation for differing cultures.
• ENGAGE IN GOD'S KINGDOM

LOCATIONS

Elementary - Iroquois Campus | 1050 Iroquois St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Middle School | 2036 Chesaning Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
High School | 2300 Plymouth Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Open Houses

Learn more and register for our Virtual Preschool and Kindergarten Open House on January 14, 2021 at www.grcs.org/openhouse. Or schedule a personal tour at www.grcs.org/visit.

North Point Language Immersion

NorthPointe Christian Schools

Grades Served Preschool, Young 5's, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

NorthPointe Christian is a Christ-centered, family community where loving teachers nurture each student to cultivate their God-given gifts.

NorthPointe Christian’s Spanish Immersion Features:
> Offered preschool through high school
> Christ-centered
> Add.a.lingua Partnership: provides 3rd party accountability, teacher support, and ensures best immersion practices
> Native Speakers: students hear native tongue throughout their education
> Reading resource staff provide support
> Cultural enrichment and appreciation
> Robust continuing immersion in middle and high school

Forest Hills Public Schools6590 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546616-493-8800
Grand Haven Christian Schools1102 Grant Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417616-842-5420
Grand Rapids Christian Schools1050 Iroquois Drive SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506616-574-6500
Grand Rapids Public Schools1331 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0117616-300-2328
Grandville Calvin Christian3934 Wilson Ave. SW, Grandville, MI 49418616-538-3553
Holland Public Schools320 W 24th St, Holland, MI 49423616-494-2000
Innocademy – Las Huellas8485 Homestead Drive, Zeeland, MI 49464616-748-5637
Jenison Public Schools8375 20th Ave. Jenison, MI 49428616-457-8890
Legacy Christian School67 68th Street SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548616-455-3860
NorthPointe Christian Schools540 Russwood Ave NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49505616-363-4869
Rockford Public Schools350 N. Main Street Rockford, MI 49341616-863-6320
West Ottawa Public Schools1138 136th Avenue, Holland, MI 49424616-786-2050
Zeeland Christian School334 West Central Ave., Zeeland, MI 49464616-772-2609
Zeeland Public Schools183 W Roosevelt Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464616-748-3000

EXPERIENCE-BASED SCHOOLS

Experience-based schools appeal to a wide range of students, offered through both public and private educational settings. These schools give kids the education foundation they need plus a variety of hands-on learning outside of the traditional classroom setting.

GRCS Experience Based Rockford Christian

Rockford Christian School


T E S T I M O N I A L

To say that the Outdoor Education Program at Rockford Christian is just what our son needed would be an understatement. The staff has exceeded our expectations on all fronts, truly meeting him where he is and pushing him further. - Sara Fink, RCS Parent
Grades Served Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Christ-Centered, Child-Focused, Nature-Rich

Within a safe, Christ-centered environment, students at Rockford Christian School grow academically and spiritually as they learn in and about God’s world.

We are child-focused because we believe each child is made in the image of God, and are ready to partner with your family to nurture your child’s faith and provide the individual attention that enables them to reach their full potential.

Our nature-rich outdoor education program weaves an environmental focus throughout our Preschool- 8th grade curriculum. Located on 30 acres overlooking Lake Bella Vista, our campus offers outdoor learning opportunities for our students who also enjoy off-campus learning experiences at Camp Roger weekly and in other locations throughout Michigan during the year.

Open Houses

Learn more and register for our Virtual Preschool and Kindergarten Open House on January 19, 2021 at www.grcs.org/openhouse. Or schedule a personal tour at www.grcs.org/visit.

NorthPointe Christian Schools

NorthPointe Christian Schools

Grades Served 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Big Picture Learning at NorthPointe Christian Schools allows students to be the drivers of their education in an out-of-the-box environment. With the guidance of mentors, students pursue internships of their choice twice a week and project-based learning three days a week. As a program within NorthPointe Christian Schools, students have access to athletic and extracurricular opportunities.

The Biblical, Christ-centered values of NorthPointe Christian Schools inform this educational model of helping students thrive in who God made them to be.

Whether your student excels in school or is struggling to keep up, Big Picture Learning is a great option to learn in a unique, hands-on way!

Forest Hills Public Schools – Goodwillie Environmental School8400 2 Mile Road NE, Ada, MI 49301616-493-8633
Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School – Evergreen Program1630 Griggs St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506616-574-5900
Grand Rapids Public Schools – Blandford3143 Milo St., NW Grand Rapids, MI 49544616-819-2555
GRPS – C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy Elementary1460 Laughlin NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504616-819-2550
GRPS – C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy Middle/High School1417 Covell Ave NW, 49504616-819-2550
GRPS – Center for Economicology at City High Middle School1720 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505616-819-2380
GRPS – City High Middle School1720 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505616-819-2380
GRPS – Coit Creative Arts Academy617 Coit Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503616-819-2390
GRPS – Gerald R. Ford Academic Center851 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507616-819-2640
GRPS – Grand Rapids Montessori159 College Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503616-819-2405
GRPS – Grand Rapids Montessori High421 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503616-819-2310
GRPS – Innovation Central421 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503616-819-2310
GRPS – North Park Early Childhood Center800 Wellerwood St NE, Grand
Rapids, MI 49505
616-819-3683
GRPS – North Park Montessori3375 Cheney Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505616-819-2848
GRPS – Public Museum High School54 Jefferson St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503616-819-6450
GRPS – Public Museum Middle School272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504616-819-3600
GRPS – Ridgemoor Park Montessori2555 Inverness Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49546616-819-2950
GRPS – Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy3859 Chamberlain Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508616-819-3095
GRPS – Southwest Community Campus (PK – 6)801 Oakland Ave., SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503616-819-2947
GRPS – Southwest Community Campus (7-12)327 Rumsey Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503616-819-2947
GRPS – Stocking Elementary863 7th St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504616-819-3130
GRPS – University Prep Academy512 S Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49503616-819-1010
GRPS – Zoo School1300 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49504616-819-3344
Grandville Calvin Christian Schools – Ambassador High3750 Ivanrest Ave. SW Grandville MI 49418616-538-0990
Kent Innovation High1655 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI 49525616-363-8010
New Branches Charter Academy3662 Poinsettia Ave SE Grand Rapids MI 49508616-243-6221
NorthPointe Christian Schools – Big Picture Learning3101 Leonard St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525616-942-0363
Rockford Christian School6060 Belding Rd., Rockford, MI 49341616-574-6400
Stepping Stones Montessori School1110 College NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503616-451-8627
West Michigan Academy of Environmental Sciences4463 Leonard St. NW Walker, MI 49534616-791-7454
West Michigan Aviation Academy5363 44th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512616-446-8886

PRIVATE RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS

Private schools are supported by individuals which allows for more freedom on how the school is operated. Many families choose private schools because of the school’s ability to incorporate educational philosophies or religious teachings into the classroom that are not available in other educational options. Families pay tuition for private schools, however some schools offer scholarships based on need and also offer discounts when multiple children from one family are enrolled.

GRCS Grand Rapids Christian Schools Guide 2021

Grand Rapids Christian Schools


T E S T I M O N I A L

We enrolled our children in GRCS because of the emphasis on faith formation and academic rigor. Grand Rapids Christian Schools is a place where our children experience care, both spiritually and emotionally. -Khary Bridgewater and Jennifer McCormick-Bridgewater
GRCS Parents
Grades Served Young 5's, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Nearly 2200 students from diverse cultural, economic, and spiritual backgrounds find their place at Grand Rapids Christian Schools. Our teachers create dynamic classes that meet the needs of students with different learning styles to ensure all students achieve their full potential.

Our five campuses in Grand Rapids and Rockford provide preschool through high school students with a variety of learning opportunities. Students at every level are nurtured academically, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

At Grand Rapids Christian, our mission is to prepare students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society. Ultimately, our graduates are well prepared for today’s world and tomorrow’s expectations. Students graduate from Grand Rapids Christian Schools prepared to engage, serve, and make a meaningful impact on their communities and around the world.

LOCATIONS

Elementary – Evergreen Campus| 1630 Griggs St SE, Grand Rapids
Elementary - Iroquois Camps | 1050 Iroquois St SE, Grand Rapids
Middle School | 2036 Chesaning Dr SE, Grand Rapids
High School | 2300 Plymouth Ave SE, Grand Rapids
Rockford Christian School | 6060 Belding Rd, Rockford

Open Houses

Learn more and register for one of our Virtual Preschool and Kindergarten Open House on January 14, 19 and 21, 2021 at www.grcs.org/openhouse. Or schedule a personal tour at www.grcs.org/visit.

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Ada Christian School

Grades Served Young 5's, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

At Ada Christian School we educate the whole child - mind, body, and soul in Christian community.

Preschool through 8th grade students experience:
-Faith-based education
-Exceptional fine arts
-Weekly chapel and small groups
-A multi-age campus community
-Rigorous academics

Now Enrolling!
3’s, 4’s & Young 5’s
Progressive & 5-Day Kindergarten
1st-8th grades

Schedule a tour today!

Integrated Outdoor Education

Our 37 acre classroom provides all students with a unique learning experience through caring for our resident goats and chickens, planting and harvesting our greenhouses and gardens, tracking solar and wind energy, exploring our Native American and Pioneer Villages, and observing our various ecosystems.

Open Houses

See all that ACS's Christ-centered environment can offer you and your child. Take a virtual tour of our campus or schedule a personal tour at https://www.adachristian.org/why-acs/schedule-a-visit

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Legacy Christian School

Grades Served Preschool, Young 5's, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

At Legacy Christian School we are “Preparing Christ-Followers and Kingdom-Builders”! All preschool-8th grade students will receive:
• Quality, Faith-based education
• Academic Excellence
• Inclusive Education
• Loving Community
• Multi-Age Classroom Buddies
• Weekly Worship / Small Groups
LCS is happy to offer a Spanish Immersion option beginning in Kindergarten. This immersion program is a method of educating children by instructing them in the Spanish language so they become bilingual.

Registration for preschool, young 5's and kindergarten, for the 2021-2022 school year, is going on now.

• 3 and 4 year old preschool
• Young 5’s
• English Kindergarten-8th Grade
• Spanish Immersion Kindergarten-5th Grade

Call us today to schedule a tour to see all that Legacy Christian can offer your family!

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NorthPointe Christian Schools

Grades Served Preschool, Young 5's, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

NorthPointe Christian is a Christ-centered, family community where children thrive, preschool through high school. NorthPointe Christian teachers love and serve Jesus wholeheartedly. They are dedicated to nurturing each student to cultivate their God-given gifts. Academic excellence combined with small class sizes and devoted teachers positions students for success. The variety of programs offered helps meet the variety of our diverse learners.

In-person learning has continued through 2020-2021 as state guidelines allow.

Programs include:
Spanish Immersion
Before/After Care
Learning Support Services
Nature-Based Preschool
Intergenerational Preschool
Developmental Kindergarten (Young Fives)
Home & School Hybrid
6th Grade Bridge Year
High School & College Dual-Enrollment
Big Picture Learning (hands-on, internship-based learning)

Open Houses

Join us for In-Person "Welcome Wednesdays"
Sign up for an individual tour during our Welcome Wednesday hours.
January 13th, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
January 20th, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
January 27th, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
February 3rd, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Virtual Preview Day available daily on-demand!

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Our Savior Lutheran School

Grades Served Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

Since 1955, Our Savior Lutheran School has been recognized for excellent Christ-centered academics at an affordable price. Our Savior Lutheran School’s classic approach to education develops critical thinking, while small class size allows for individual attention. During these uncertain times, Our Savior Lutheran School strives to provide a safe, steadfast, and loving environment grounded in the truth of God’s word.

Each day begins with God’s word providing the steadfast, unchanging and comforting message of salvation through Jesus Christ. The rich musical heritage of the Christian church is further emphasized through classes dedicated to music, choir, and band. Athletics, drama, and after school activities help develop a positive, loving work ethic grounded in the Bible preparing children for an active life of service for the good of all.

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West Side Christian School

Grades Served Preschool, Young 5's, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

West Side Christian is a preschool-8th grade school whose mission is to provide a quality Christ-centered education to all students. A Christian emphasis is threaded through our entire curriculum, and students are taught about every aspect of God's creation. Explore what makes WSCS unique like nature preschool, outdoor education opportunities for all students, and seven acres of outdoor space, including an on-site nature preserve, playscapes and a garden.

WSCS also offers Little Sprouts Childcare, a flexible, affordable, year-round childcare/development center offering preschool wraparound, before/after school, school vacation, snow day, and summer vacation care.

Come discover how your child's growth will be nurtured and developed within our school community!

Open Houses

Please contact us to schedule a private tour at any time!

Trinitas Classical School

Trinitas Classical School

Grades Served Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Trinitas Classical School joins with parents to provide the very best in Christian classical education—teaching students to discover, discern, and desire truth; nurturing mind, body, and spirit within an ecumenical Christian community.

We partner with families to guide students in Grades K-8 toward lives of faith, reason, and virtue. Trinitas is an ecumenical community committed to historic Christian beliefs and practices and is a member school of Christian Schools International and The Association of Classical Christian Schools.

Open Houses

Online Parent Information Events
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:30 PM

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Byron Center Christian School

Grades Served Preschool, Young 5's, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Byron Center Chrisitan School seeks to provide an excellent education, rooted in God's Word, that prepares students for lifelong service in God's Kingdom.

We strive to partner with parents so that each student not only succeeds academically, but also grows emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

Teachers design formational learning experiences to ensure lasting, impactful learning! They also build relationships with students to ensure every individual child has their unique needs met!

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AnchorPoint Christian

Grades Served Preschool, Young 5's, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

SEARCHING for an Adventure in Learning for Your GRKID?

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PreK-Grade 6 School with Student Daycare.

LET’S SET SAIL TOGETHER!
AnchorPoint has supportive resources and an encouraging atmosphere!
• Christ-centered education
• Safe, nurturing environment
• Personal care in small classes
• Multi-age teams and buddies
• Experienced, creative teachers
• Inspiring academic curriculum
• Art, Music, PE, Spanish, Tech
• Innovative, interactive activities
• Affordable PreK-Grade 6 tuition
• Spacious rooms, playground, gym
• In-school enrolled-student daycare
• Family partnership in child’s growth
• Convenient central Wyoming location

LICENSED PRESCHOOL 3s & 4s/5s
• God’s LOVE All Day!
• 2 or 3-day schedule
• 9:00-11:30 AM
KINDERGARTEN 8:30-11:45 AM
GRADES 1-6 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
STUDENT DAYCARE 7:00 AM-5:30 PM

Open Houses

January 28 and April 15, 2021
6:30-7:30 PM
Or call for a PERSONAL TOUR

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Catholic Schools - Diocese of Grand Rapids

Grades Served Preschool, Young 5's, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities throughout West Michigan, inspiring young people to grow in faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. Scholarships are available.

MORE Private Religious Schools

Private, Religious Schools in Kent County & Ottawa County

  • Ada Christian School | 6206 Ada Dr. SE Ada, MI 49301 | 616-676-1289
  • Adams Protestant Reformed Christian School | 5539 Byron Center Ave., Wyoming, MI 49519 | 616-531-0748
  • Algoma Christian School | 14471 Sparta Ave, Kent City, MI 49330 | 616-678-7480
  • Allendale Christian Schools | 11050 64th Ave, Allendale, MI 49401 | 616-895-5108
  • All Saints Academy  | Elementary – 2233 Diamond Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 | 616-447-2997; Middle School – 1110 Four Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525  | 616-363-7725
  • AnchorPoint Christian School | 601 36th St SW Wyoming, MI 49509 | 616-608-4006
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic School | 6393 Belmont Ave NE, Belmont, MI, 49306 | 616-361-5483
  • Bethel Community Education | 8356 Belding Rd Rockford, MI 49341 | 616-581-7188
  • Borculo Christian School | 6830 96th Ave. Zeeland, MI 49464 |   616-875-8152
  • Byron Center Christian Schools | 8840 Byron Center Avenue SW Byron Center, MI 49315 | 616-878-3347
  • Calvary Schools of Holland | Elementary & Middle School – 518 Plasman Ave. Holland, MI 49423 | 616-396-4494; High School – 6047 147th Ave Holland, MI  49423 | 616-396-0248
  • Catholic Central High School | 319 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 | 616-233-5800
  • Corpus Christi Catholic School | 12100 Quincy St, Holland, MI 49424 | 616-796-2300
  • Covenant Christian High School | 1401 Ferndale Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49534 | 616-453-5048
  • Divine Providence Academy | 18768 8th Ave, Conklin, MI 49403 | 616-899-5300
  • Dutton Christian School | North Campus – 6729 Hanna Lake Caledonia, MI 49316; South Campus – 6980 Hanna Lake Caledonia, MI 49316 | 616-698-8660
  • Eastside Christian School | 2792 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 | 616-942-2939
  • Grand Haven Christian Schools | 1102 Grant Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417 | 616-842-5420
  • Grand Rapids Christian Schools – Evergreen Campus | 1630 Griggs St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | 616-574-6000
  • Grand Rapids Christian Schools – Iroquois Campus |  1050 Iroquois Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | 616-574-6000
  • Grand Rapids Hebrew Academy | 2615 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 | 616-957-0770
  • Grand Rapids Adventist Academy | 1151 Oakleigh Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504 | 888-791-3108
  • Grandville Calvin Christian Schools | Preschool/Elementary – 3934 Wilson Ave., SW Grandville, MI 49418 | 616-538-9710; Middle School – 3740 Ivanrest Ave., SW Grandville, MI 49418 |  616-531-7400; High School – 3750 Ivanrest Ave, SW Grandville, MI 49418 | 616-538-0990
  • Heritage Christian Schools | 6340 Autumn Dr, Hudsonville, MI 49426 | 616-669-1773
  • Holland Christian Schools | Multiple Locations | 616-820-2805
  • Holland Adventist Schools | 11385 Ottogan St, Holland, MI 49423 |616-396-5941
  • Holy Spirit Catholic School | 2222 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504 | 616-453-2772
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School | 1304 Alpine Church Rd NW, Comstock Park, MI, 49321 | 616-784-0696
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran School | 4201 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI, 49509 | 616-538-1122
  • Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School | 1545 Wilson Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49534 | 616-453-9717
  • Hudsonville Christian School | 3435 Oak St, Hudsonville, MI 49426 | 616-669-6689
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary School | 1951 Plymouth Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 | 616-241-4633
  • ISJ Academy | 2066 Oakwood NE Grand Rapids MI 49505 | 616-363-0505
  • Jenison Christian School | 7726 Graceland Dr, Jenison, MI 49428 | 616-457-3301
  • Journey Academy | 161 Spaulding Ave SE Ada MI, 49301 | 616-303-0040
  • Lamont Christian School | 5260 Leonard St, Coopersville, MI 49404 | 616-677-1757
  • Legacy Christian School | 67 68th St SW Grand Rapids, MI 49548 | 616-455-3860
  • Libertas Christian School | 5181 64th Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426 | 616-669-2270
  • Living Stones Academy | 1415 Lyon Street NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616-803-9654
  • NorthPointe Christian Schools | 540 Russwood Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 | 616-363-4869
  • Our Lady of Consolation School | 4865 11 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI, 49341 | 616-866-0931
  • Our Savior Lutheran School | 1916 Ridgewood Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | 616-949-0710
  • Plymouth Christian Schools | Elementary – 1000 Ball Ave., NE Grand Rapids, Mi 49505 | 616-458-4367; High School – 965 Plymouth Ave., NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 | 616-454-9481
    The Potter’s House | Elementary/Middle School – 810 Van Raalte Dr SW Grand Rapids, MI 49509 | 616-241-5202; High School – 2465 28th Street Wyoming, MI 49509 | 616-249-8050
  • Rockford Christian School | 6060 Belding Rd, Rockford, MI 49341 | 616-574-6400
  • Sacred Heart Academy | 1200 Dayton St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504| 616-459-0948
  • San Juan Diego Academy | 1650 Godfrey Ave S.W. Wyoming MI 49509 | 616-243-1126
  • South Christian High School | 7979 Kalamazoo Ave Byron Center MI 49315 | 616-455-3210
  • South Olive Christian School | 6230 120th Ave, Holland, MI 49424 | 616-875-8224
  • St. Anthony Of Padua Catholic School | 2510 Richmond St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 616-453-8229
  • St. John Vianney Catholic School | 4101 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 | 616-532-7001
  • St. John’s Lutheran School | 525 Taylor Ave. Grand Haven, MI 49417 | 616-842-0260
  • St. Mary’s Catholic School | 430 E. Savidge Street. Spring Lake, MI  49456 | 616-842-1282
  • St. Patrick School | 4333 Parnell Ave NE, Ada, MI 49301 | 616-691-8833
  • St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School | 2750 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-949-4170
  • St Robert Catholic School | 6477 Ada Dr Ada MI 49301 | 616-455-4966
  • St. Stephen Catholic School | 740 Gladstone SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | 616-243-8998
  • St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic School | 1429 Wilcox Park Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | 616-458-4228
  • Tri-Unity Christian School | 5353 Wilson Ave SW Wyoming MI 49418 | 616-532-8827
  • Trinitas Classical School | 1934 52nd St SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49508 | 616-855-6518
  • Unity Christian High School | 5900 48th Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426 | 616-669-1820
  • West Catholic High School | 1801 Bristol Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504 | 616-233-5900
  • West Side Christian School | 955 Westend NW | Grand Rapids MI 49504 | 616-453-3925
  • West Michigan Lutheran High School | 601 36th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 | 616-455-2200
  • Zeeland Christian School | 334 W Central Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464 | 616-772-2609
  • Zion Christian School | 7555 Byron Center Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315 | 616-878-9472

PRIVATE SECULAR SCHOOLS

Lake Michigan Academy

Lake Michigan Academy

Grades Served

Lake Michigan Academy is a non-public private school for elementary through high school students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Highly trained teachers provide differentiated instruction in small classes through evidence-based instructional strategies with a strong focus on literacy skills in all classes.
An emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of the whole child including social emotional development, self advocacy, and critical problem solving.

​Lake Michigan Academy is a private day school that strives to transform the lives of children with learning disabilities. We empower students to focus and build their strengths, not their weaknesses. Students leave LMA with renewed self-esteem and lifelong tools for success. Our students develop learning skills, social skills, and self-awareness techniques that help them become valuable individuals in society.

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones Montessori School

Grades Served

Our mission at Stepping Stones Montessori School is to nurture global citizens and guide each child to reach their own unique potential. Each Stepping Stones program is rooted in the Montessori mission, vision, and philosophy. Teachers guide students through self-directed learning in an environment designed for students to reach their full potential. Students immersed in the Montessori culture become incredibly adaptable from learning to work independently and in groups.

More Private Secular Schools

  • Lake Michigan Academy | 2428 Burton, SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616- 464-3330
  • Stepping Stones Montessori | 1110 College Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616-451-8627
  • The Goddard School | Multiple locations | 616-954-7550 (Cascade), 616-202-2777 (GR – Southwest), 616-208-9292 (GR – Knapp’s Corner)

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Public schools were once the primary source of education for students and still remain a popular option for students in West Michigan. Public schools are funded through tax dollars, so families pay no tuition to attend. While most students who attend a public school live within that school’s district boundaries, many schools offer school of choice so that students outside of the school district can still attend.

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Kent County Public Schools

  • Byron Center Public Schools | 8542 Byron Center Ave SW Byron Center, MI 49315 | 616-878-6100
  • Caledonia Community Schools | 9753 Duncan Lake Caledonia, MI 49316 | 616-891-8185
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools | 204 E Muskegon St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319 | 616-696-1204
  • Comstock Park Public Schools | 101 School St. NE Comstock Park, MI 49321 | 616-254-5001
  • East Grand Rapids Public Schools | 2915 Hall St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | 616-235-3535
  • Forest Hills Public Schools | 6590 Cascade Rd. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-493-8800
  • Godfrey Lee Public Schools | 1324 Burton Street SW, Wyoming MI  49509 | 616-241-4722
  • Godwin Heights Public Schools | 15 36th Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49548 | 616-252-2090
  • Grandville Public Schools | 3839 Prairie Street SW, Grandville, MI 49418 | 616-254-6550
  • Kelloggsville Public Schools | 242 52nd Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548 | 616-538-7460
  • Kenowa Hills Public Schools | 2325 4 Mile Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 | 616-784-2511
  • Kent City Community Schools | 200 North Clover Street spacer Kent City, MI 49330 | 616-678-7714
  • Kentwood Public Schools | 5820 Eastern Ave Kentwood, MI 49508 | 616-455-4400
  • Lowell Area Schools | 300 High Street Lowell, MI 49331 | 616-987-2500
  • Northview Public Schools | 4365 Hunsberger Avenue Northeast Grand Rapids, MI | 616-363–6861
  • Rockford Public Schools | 350 N. Main Street Rockford, MI 49341 | 616-863-6320
  • Sparta Area Schools | 465 S. Union St. Sparta, MI 49345 | 616-887-8253
  • Thornapple Kellogg Schools | 10051 Green Lake Road, Middleville, MI 49333 | 269-795-3313
  • Wyoming Public Schools | | 3575 Gladiola SW, Wyoming MI 49519 | 616-530-7550

Ottawa County Public Schools

  • Allendale Public Schools | 10505 Learning Lane Allendale, MI 49401 | 616-892-5570
  • Coopersville Area Public Schools | 198 East Street spacerCoopersville, MI 49404 | 616-997-3200
  • Grand Haven Public Schools | 1415 Beechtree StreetGrand Haven, MI 49417 | 616-850-5000
  • Hamilton Community Schools | 4815 136th Avenue, Hamilton MI 49419 | 269-751-5148
  • Holland Public Schools | 320 West 24th StreetHolland, MI 49423 | 616-494-2000
  • Hudsonville Public Schools | 3886 Van Buren, Hudsonville, MI  49426 | 616-669-1740
  • Jenison Public Schools | 8375 20th Ave. Jenison, MI 49428 | 616-457-8890
  • Saugatuck Public Schools | 201 Randolph Street Douglas, MI 49406 | 269-857-1444
  • Spring Lake Public Schools | 345 Hammond Street Spring Lake, Michigan 49456 | 616-846-5500
  • West Ottawa Public Schools | 1138 136th Ave, Holland MI 49424 | 616-786-2050
  • Zeeland Public Schools | 183 W. Roosevelt Ave.  Zeeland, MI 49464 | 616-748-3000

VIRTUAL ONLINE SCHOOLS

Virtual schools continue to gain popularity and can be another good fit for some students outside of a traditional classroom education. Most learning is taught by online instructors and with virtual schools, kids can be enrolled in schools where location is not a consideration. Both public and private virtual online school options are available.

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MORE Virtual Online Schools

  • Clonlara School | 1289 Jewett, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | 734-769-4511
  • iCademy Global | 8485 Homestead, Zeeland, MI 49464 | 616-748-5637
  • K12 | Five Virtual Academies Available in Michigan| 866-968-7512
  • Michigan Connections Academy | 3950 Heritage Ave., Okemos, MI 48864 | 1-800-382-6010
  • Michigan Virtual School | 920 Municipal Way, Lansing, MI 48917-6872 | 888-532-5806
  • Virtual Learning Academy of St. Clair County | 1520 Michigan Road, Port Huron Twp., MI 48060 | 810-364-8990
  • Westwood Cyber High School | 3601 Janet St, Dearborn Heights, MI 48125 | 313-565-0288

HOME SCHOOL

Home school is another popular option in West Michigan. Resources for these families are available to give these students the best education right at home.

NorthPointe Christian Schools Home School

NorthPointe Christian Schools

Grades Served Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

NorthPointe Christian Schools Home and School Hybrid Program partners with parents in educating students from Kindergarten through 8th grade from a Biblical, Christ-centered worldview. NorthPointe Christian Schools provides the curriculum as well as two days a week of instruction (Tuesday/Thursday). Parents are able to continue with the curriculum the remaining weekdays. Students benefit from the extracurricular offering available to the wider school body of NorthPointe Christian Schools. An optional Friday Enrichment component offers a day for fun, hands-on learning

MORE Home School Resources

  • HSB, Inc. | 5625 Burlingame Ave SW Wyoming, MI 49509 | 616-532-9422
  • NorthPointe Christian Schools | 540 Russwood Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 | 616-363-4869

TUTORING & ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

While many schools offer great support and intervention for kids who may need some extra help in the classroom, supplementing that with outside support can get your child to where he needs to be more quickly.

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More Tutoring & Enrichment Programs

  • Achieve Tutoring Center | 2323 Port Sheldon St #102, Jenison, MI 49428 | 616-916-8989
  • Grand Rapids Tutors |1451 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49516 | 616-481-7992
  • Kumon Math & Reading Center | Locations in Cascade & Grand Rapids | 616-977-0729 (Cascade), 616-363-2880 (Grand Rapids)
  • Mathnasium | Locations in Grand Rapids and Kentwood | 616-541-5150 (Kentwood), 616-956-5600 (Grand Rapids East), 616-710-2135 (Grand Rapids North)
  • New Chapter Learning | 4083 Eagle Rock Ct. SW, Grandville, MI 49418 | ​616-534-1385
  • Outside the Box: Creative Tutoring | Offered in Wyoming and Greater Grand Rapids | 616-259-0539
  • SLD Read | 2650 Horizon DR SE Suite 230 Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-361-1182
  • Sylvan Learning Center | 3910 Burton St Se Ste 102 Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-202-1014
  • Turning Pages | 24248 Burton St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-243-7323

SCHOOL SUPPORT

If your family could use some help supporting your child through ADHD, Autism, behavioral concerns, or are just looking for some educational enrichment, outside help is available. Check out our list of organizations who can provide resources or come along and support your child and family.

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HSB, Inc.

Grades Served Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

We offer educational resources and enrichment opportunities for children from all walks of life and schooling affiliations. HSB, Inc. is a local nonprofit, proud to have a tremendously wide reaching and positive impact in our community. Looking to enrich your child’s educational journey? We should be your first stop! Our facility is home to two massive bookstores! 2 Stores. 1 Building. Infinite Deals.

MORE School Support Programs

  • Autism Family Network | 4761B Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534 | 616-426-9467
  • Autism Support of Kent County | P.O. 150348 Grand Rapids, MI 49515 | 616-752-8577
  • Brains | 3292 North Evergreen Dr. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | 616-365-8920
  • Comprehensive Therapy Center | 2505 Ardmore SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | 616-559-1054
  • HSB, Inc. | 5625 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 | 616-532-9422
  • New Chapter Learning | 4083 Eagle Rock Ct. SW, Grandville, MI 49418​ | 616-534-1385
  • Neurocore Brain Performance Centers | 2040 East Beltline Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | 616-228-0707
  • Pine Rest ADHD Assessments | Locations in Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore | 866-852-4001

BALANCED CALENDAR SCHOOLS

Students who go to these schools log the same number of days as students with a traditional schedule, however, time off is more ‘balanced’ throughout the year.  Summer break is shorter, usually around six weeks, to decrease the chance of summer learning loss. Additional breaks are generally given in the fall, winter and spring.

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  • Grand Rapids Christian Elementary – Evergreen Campus | 1630 Griggs St. SE  Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | 616-574-5900
  • Ridge Park Charter Academy | 4120 Camelot Ridge Drive SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-222-0093
  • Zeeland Public Schools – Zealand Quest | 175 West Roosevelt  Zeeland, MI 49464 | 616-748-3050

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43 thoughts on “GRKIDS Schools Guide: Private, Public, Charter & Religious Schools in Greater Grand Rapids 2021-2022”

  1. Would love to hear about additional outdoor school programs locally for elementary through high school — could that please be separated out?

  2. The Tutoring Center in Wyoming is now open. We provide K-12 Math, Reading and Writing, as well as offer many enrichment programs. Our Rotational Approach to Learning helps children rapidly increase academic skills, increase concentration and improves confidence. You can reach us at 616-805-3479 or at [email protected] to learn more and schedule a FREE diagnostic assessment and consultation to benchmark your child’s reading and math grade level and improvement needs.

  3. Blue Bridge School is a new Agile Learning Center opening in Grand Rapids in the Fall. They offer a full-time and part-time homeschool-hybrid program for children 3-12 years. They are a micro-school and non-traditional school with small classes, project-based learning, lots of outdoor time, and field trips. It’s a great option for families considering something new and different for the Fall or for anyone looking for a more open and joyful experience for their child. http://Www.bluebridgeschool.com

  4. Jenison offer Spanish immersion starting in Kindergarten and will go throughout HS but the furst class has only made it to 7th grade so far. They also have a new K-6 building where all Spanish immersion takes place (no longer in multiple buildings) called El Puente.

  5. It is disappointing to see the lack of support for public schools on this list. There are many public school options that would fit into these categories.

  6. As an educator, I love the freedom that Journey Academy allows students to have! They are free to interact with one another, work at their own speed, and follow what they are truly interested in!

    Brittany H.

  7. The Chinese Immersion Program at Meadow Brook Elementary is currently pre-enrolling for Kindergarten.

    There is an Open House today at 1.30pm where parents get to observe the classrooms and Q & A session with the Principal and a panel of Parents. If timing doesn’t work, call the school at (616) 493-8740 to schedule a private visit! The students will have a competitive edge especially in this integrated world!

  8. Melody,

    Another option for online K-12 education is Alpha Omega Academy (www.aoacademy.com). Alpha Omega Academy (a division of Glynlyon [www.glynlyon.com]) is headquartered in Rock Rapids, IA. It is a Christian school, offering accredited (www.advnc-ed.org) education option for students interested in one course for one semester or a full-slate of courses for an academic year. Alpha Omega Academy uses Alpha Omega Publications curriculum. It serves students who study at home and students who study in brick-and-mortar environments. Note: I work as a teacher for Alpha Omega Academy.and live in Grand Rapids.

    Roy Williams, Ph.D.

  9. My two grandchildren started Byron Center Charter this year. One a freshman and one third grade and it has been a very positive experience. It is a wonderful caring staff.

    1. We currently do not have a resource on schools in W Michigan with year round calendars, but that is something worth considering for future posts. Thanks!

    2. Precademy (Preschool), Innocademy (Young 5’s-8th + Spanish Immersion) and iCademy Global (K-12 online) all have a balanced calendar schedule! Information night for Youngest Friends and Preschool Enrollment on Thursday, February 2nd @ 6:30pm. Additional information nights on March 9th and March 14th at 6:30pm.

  10. My daughter just completed her first year at Connections academy, which is on your list (out of Lansing). She did their 4th grade program and we were pleased with it. However, we recently found out that Jension Public school district also has a virtual charter school program and students can still participate in their sports and orchestra programs. Currently it starts at 6th grade-12th but they’re working on adding lower grades. http://www.jpsonline.org/schools/jenison-international-academy/

  11. Are you looking for a small kindergarten class for your kid that offers flexible schedules with a warm, caring Christian teacher? Check out my mom’s class at St. Mark Lutheran School and Preschool in Kentwood. The cost is half-price this year and tons of fun while you learn about God and Jesus, plus all the academic stuff you are supposed to get and more in kindergarten. You’ll eat healthy snacks and you don’t have to stay all day but if you do, the afternoons are extra fun and you don’t have to take a nap. Come meet my mom and play with many of my toys that I donated to her class. I’m a grad of EKHS and the U of M. Now I live in Denver and I am a mechanical engineer so I get to go on adult field trips to power plants. ..

  12. Amy Carpenter Leugs

    For West Michigan teens who feel limited or bored by school, Open Doors Center for Self-Directed Teens can help for a fraction of the cost of private schools. They work with each teen on an individual learning plan that might include volunteer work, an internship, a hands-on project, or classes like Personal Finance or Wild Edibles or Critical Thinking and Feeling. OpenDoorsforTeens.org

  13. For any parents struggling to find an option for your child with a learning disability, please check out Lake Michigan Academy. We are the only private school in West Michigan that is specifically designed to meet the various needs of different learners. You can call 616-464-3330 for more info.

  14. After interviewing every private and public school within a 30 min radius we decided on Trinitas Classical School. That was 6 yrs ago and we can’t be happier with our choice. The classical, Christian curriculum has proven to be challenging, creative, and does a great job of giving a young person a world view. The teachers and fellow families are supportive, committed and dedicated to providing a nurturing, academic environment. I can’t say enough, we love it!

  15. Accelerated Christian Education (use PCES) is a program/curriculum used in some smaller church-run schools. Looks like there are some places using it in GR area (do a google search). There are a few northeast from GR (Morley, Evart, Barryton).. It can be done as distance learning or homeschooling as well. Once the student learns to read, it is a very independent style of learning. We’re doing it independently now but have heard good things about it from friends who have attended church schools that use it. http://www.aceministries.com/ If looking for a free Christian preschool curriculum for use with ages 2-5, we liked the 4 year program from http://www.abcjesuslovesme.com.

  16. St. Mark Lutheran School in Kentwood has an awesome Kindergarten teacher and program! My child excelled in the small class environment and has made great friends and I’m looking forward to seeing more growth in my child in educational learning, social interaction, and the knowledge of Christ. The staff is great! The building is beautiful! Having a child excel is priceless!

  17. I think Lake Michigan Academy is one of the best kept secrets in West Michigan! I taught there for 2 years, went and taught at the charter schools for a few more, and then my heart took me back to teaching at LMA. For any students who is struggling at school with anxiety and/or a learning disability, the other students, parents, and staff really understand how to help build up your child emotionally, socially, and academically. I love watching our students gain the skills they need at LMA, and then being able to send them back to their home district or college with the confidence they need to be successful! It is a great school to be a part of in West Michigan.

  18. [email protected] is a GREAT online learning opportunity for grades 9-12…..they work in collaboration with local area schools and it provides a way for a student to experience an alternative method of learning and get the grades posted via their regular “home” school. My son takes a combination of courses from his “home” school and online, and it has been a very successful combination for his learning needs.

  19. Ive heard good things about West MI Aviation Academy. It is a charter school and is located at the GR airport. I think it is 9-12.

    1. Our son is halfway through his freshman year and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the high quality teaching staff and challenging curriculum. My impression is that the school was organized by and is run by people who truly care about positive outcomes and don’t just use it as a slogan.

    2. My son was in the first graduation class of Weat Michigan Aviation Academy. We loved the opportunities he had going there!

  20. Our kids go to CA Frost Environmental Academy, which is currently a K-8 school. We love the size, the parental involvement, and the teachers! It is definitely a great fit for kids who love to be outside while learning!

  21. My kids have gone to Byron Center Charter (not on your list, not part of NHA) for six years. It is the best secret in Michigan. K-12 and the kids stay with the same small group all the way through rather than having to change at a critical age of development. If we hadn’t found it, we would have homeschooled.