West MI School Guide: Public, Charter & Private Schools in Greater Grand Rapids – 2022

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This information is updated for the 2022-23 school year.

Where Should You Send Your Child to School?

Whether you’ve just moved to West Michigan or have been here all of your life, choosing a school for your child is a process that has changed drastically over the last 30 years.

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 to be honored in an educational setting.

Start your quest to find the best school for your kid by using this comprehensive list of school options in Kent and Ottawa counties.

Asking other parents about their experience at a school you’re interested in can also be helpful. Hop over to our community Facebook Group and post your question – you’ll likely get lots of helpful responses.

Visit this companion resource if you’re looking for preschools in Grand Rapids, Kent County, or Ottawa County.

School Types Available in West Michigan

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?

This West Michigan 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 a balanced calendar approach, to experience-based schools, plus so many more. Use this guide to get started on exploring all of the amazing options that exist in our community.

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Grand Rapids Christian Schools

Nearly 2300 students from diverse cultural, economic, and spiritual backgrounds find their place at Grand Rapids Christian Schools. Students graduate 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 – including Spanish Immersion from preschool through 12th grade as well as our nature-rich outdoor education program at Rockford Christian.

Our teachers create dynamic classes that meet the needs of students with different learning styles to ensure all students achieve at their potential. At every GRCS campus, students are nurtured academically, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

For 100 years, we have been firmly committed to our mission 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.


"We enrolled our children in GRCS because of the emphasis on faith formation and academic rigor. They are challenged academically and loved, valued, and respected as precious creations of God." "GRCS continues to set the bar higher and higher. We are truly thankful for a school that so earnestly reflects God’s love and grace and does whatever it takes to support and care for its students."


Open House Info
Through our in-person and virtual campus tours, campus visit days and admissions events, we are able to welcome you in a variety of ways. Learn more about how to experience our schools at www.grcs.org/visit.

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.

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Charter Schools in

National Heritage Academies

At our 9 Grand Rapids area National Heritage Academies (NHA), we never set limits on how much your child can achieve. We shape instruction to build on the strengths of each child and make Moral Focus lessons part of every school day. Our schools see every child build knowledge, skills, and character they need to excel in school and life.

In the greater Grand Rapids area, there are 9 schools to choose from:
• Chandler Woods (Belmont, MI)
http://chandlerwoods.org
• Cross Creek (Caledonia, MI)
http://crosscreekcharteracademy.org
• Excel (SE Grand Rapids, MI)
http://excelcharteracademy.org
• Knapp (NE Grand Rapids, MI)
http://knappacademy.org
• Ridge Park (Kentwood, MI)
http://ridgepark.org
• River City (SE Grand Rapids, MI)
http://rivercityscholars.org
• Vanguard (Wyoming, MI)
http://vanguardcharteracademy.org
• Vista (SE Grand Rapids, MI)
http://vistacharteracademy.org
• Walker (Walker, MI)
http://walkercharteracademy.org

All of our 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.


"I love the communication and relationships that I have been able to build with the staff and parents. I feel supported and trust the staff caring for my children."

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Charter School in Grand Rapids

New Branches Charter Academy

New Branches Charter Academy is a tuition-free K-8 public school with a positive learning environment, rigorous academics and nature-based program! Our students learn outdoors on our 12-acre campus south of downtown Grand Rapids!

We believe every student is unique and an individual. Students work together in our garden and learn the food cycle from farm to table!

We proudly offer:
Environmental Education
STEAM
Eco-Art
Positive family-oriented culture
Character education program
Transportation
Before and after care

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Charter School in Walker

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

Come explore our diverse ecosystems! We encourage discovery, learning outside and exploring using all of our senses all on our 62-acre campus of forest, pond, meadow and garden. Students learn by connecting the Michigan curriculum to the rich environment all at their fingertips!

At WMAES, we do more than tell our students to recycle - we educate them about the impact they have on their environment.

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

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Charter School in Grand Rapids

NexTech High School

NexTech High School is a unique environment meant for today’s high school student.

The school has the right combination of ONLINE and ONSITE learning options for each student’s specific situation to prepare them for college or career opportunities.

Take control and #OwnYourFuture with NexTech High School.


Open House Info
Virtual Open Houses on Wednesday Nights, 7 PM. Sign up on our website.

Full List of Grand Rapids Charter Schools

Black River Public School
491 Columbia Ave, Holland, MI 49423
Kindergarten-12th · Free
Byron Center Charter School
9930 Burlingame Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
Kindergarten-12th · Free
Chandler Woods Charter Academy
6895 Samrick Ave NE, Belmont, MI 49306
Young 5's-8th · Free
Creative Technologies Academy
350 W Pine St NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319
Preschool-12th · Free
Cross Creek Charter Academy
7701 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Byron Center, MI 49315
Kindergarten-8th · Free
Eagle Crest Charter Academy
11950 Riley St, Holland, MI 49424
Young 5's-8th · Free
Excel Charter Academy
4201 Breton Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Young 5's-8th · Free
Flat River Academy
9481 W Jordan Rd, Greenville, MI 48838
Kindergarten-8th · Free
Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center
409 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Kindergarten-5th · Free
Grand River Preparatory High School
650 52nd St SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
9th-12th · Free
Hope Academy of West Michigan
240 Brown St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Preschool-12th · Free
iCademy Global
8485 Homestead Dr, Zeeland, MI 49464
Kindergarten-12th · Free
Knapp Charter Academy
1759 Leffingwell Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Young 5's-8th · Free
National Heritage Academies
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Y5-8th · Free
New Branches Charter Academy
3662 Poinsettia Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Kindergarten-8th Grade · Free
NexTech High School
801 Broadway Ave NW, suite 225, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
9-12 · Free
Ridge Park Charter Academy
4120 Camelot Ridge Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Young 5's-8th · Free
River City Scholars Charter Academy
944 Evergreen St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Kindergarten-8th · Free
Vanderbilt Charter Academy
301 W 16th St, Holland, MI 49423
Kindergarten-8th · Free
Vanguard Charter Academy
1620 52nd St SW, Wyoming, MI 49519
Kindergarten-8th · Free
Vista Charter Academy
711 32nd St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Kindergarten-8th · Free
Walker Charter Academy
1801 3 Mile Rd NW, Walker, MI 49544
Young 5's-8th · Free
Wellspring Preparatory High School
1031 Page St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9th-12th · Free
West Michigan Academy of Arts
17350 Hazel St, Spring Lake, MI 49456
Preschool-8th · Free, Fee Based
West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science
4463 Leonard St. NW, Walker, MI 49534
Kindergarten-12th Grade · Free
West Michigan Aviation Academy
5363 44th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
9th-12th · Free
William C. Abney Academy
1435 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Kindergarten-6th · Free

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 in the Forest Hills Public School district.

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.

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Language Immersion Schools in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Christian Schools

Students are uniquely prepared to achieve success in school and life through enrollment in Grand Rapids Christian Schools’ Spanish Immersion program. We strive for our students to authentically connect with the broader world that exists all around them and to see God at work in all communities.

Our program begins in preschool and continues through high school. From total immersion in preschool through first grade, students progress through elementary, middle and high school, gradually adding in English instruction and becoming bilingual. The program culminates in high school where students have the opportunity to work toward a Spanish minor through a partnership with Calvin University.

Students are taught a parallel curriculum and held accountable to the same standards as students in our English classrooms. Because GRCS acknowledges that each student is unique, students in the Spanish Immersion program receive enrichment for their strengths and support for subjects that are challenging.


"We are totally excited about the Spanish Immersion program at GRCS! Not only are our children proficient in Spanish and English, they also have a sophisticated awareness about culture and a multicultural competence from this program."


Open House Info
Through our in-person and virtual campus tours, campus visit days and admissions events, we are able to welcome you in a variety of ways. Learn more about how to experience our schools at www.grcs.org/visit.

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Language Immersion School in Grandville

Grandville Calvin Christian School

At Grandville Calvin Christian, Spanish Immersion is a method of language instruction in which the second language is the medium rather than the subject of instruction.

The classroom environment becomes the setting for second language acquisition through core subject content instruction, intentional language study, educational discourse, and social interaction.

Beginning in preschool and ending in high school, our Spanish Immersion program allows students to build a love for the language and culture of Spanish speakers across the globe.

Through our Calvin University partnership, our Spanish Immersion students have the opportunity to take 300 -level Spanish classes during their junior and senior year


"We chose GCCS Spanish Immersion because of the academic benefit bilingual education provides. However, we were fortunate to experience the true gift of bilingual education when we went to Peru on a mission trip with our sons. There we saw first hand how their second language opened doors and broke down barriers." Mike & Andrea Werkema, GCCS Parents


Open House Info
Discover Calvin at Calvin Christian High School, October 27th, 6:00-9:00 PM.

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Language Immersion School in Grand Rapids

NorthPointe Christian Schools

NorthPointe Christian Schools offers Spanish Immersion from 3s Preschool through High School.

NorthPointe Christian’s Spanish Immersion Features:
• Christ-centered
• Loving, community environment
• Option to enter program as late as first grade
• Native speaking teachers and paraprofessionals enhance language exposure
• Reading resource staff provide support
• Add.a.lingua partnership provides third party accountability, teacher support, and ensures best immersion practices
• Robust, complete program with opportunity to earn Spanish college minor


Open House Info
January 20th Preschool and Elementary Pancakes and Preview 5:30 - 7:00 PM
January 24th Middle and High School Showcase 6:45 PM
February 3rd Preview Day 7:45 AM - 2:35 PM

Language Immersion Schools – Full List

Forest Hills Public Schools
6590 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Kindergarten-12th · Free
Grand Haven Christian School
1102 Grant, Grand Haven, MI 49417
Preschool-3rd, program grows a grade level each year · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Grand Rapids Christian Schools
Iroquois Campus: 1508 Alexander St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Preschool-12th Grade · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Grand Rapids Public Schools
1331 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0117
Kindergarten-12th · Free
Grandville Calvin Christian School
3750 Ivanrest Ave. SW, Grandville, MI 49418
Preschool-12 · Fee Based
Holland Christian
956 Ottawa Ave., Holland, MI 49423
Preschool-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Holland Public Schools
320 West 24th Street, Holland, MI 49423
Kindergarten-5th · Free
Innocademy
8485 Homestead Dr, Zeeland, MI 49464
Young 5's-8th · Free
Jenison Public Schools
2950 Baldwin, Hudsonville, MI 49426
Kindergarten-6th · Free
Legacy Christian
67 68th Street SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Kindergarten-5th, program grows a grade level each year · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
NorthPointe Christian Schools
540 Russwood St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
3s Preschool-High School · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Rockford Public Schools
350 N. Main Street, Rockford, MI 49341
Kindergarten-12th · Free
West Ottawa
1138 136th Ave, Holland, MI 49424
Kindergarten-12th · Free
Zeeland Christian
334 W Central Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Zeeland Public Schools
183 W. Roosevelt Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464
Kindergarten-12th · Free

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 educational foundation they need plus a variety of hands-on learning outside of the traditional classroom setting.

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Experience-Based Schools in Rockford

Rockford Christian School

Christ-Centered, Relational, 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 relational 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 program weaves meaningful experiences in God's creation throughout our Preschool- 8th grade curriculum. Located on 30 acres overlooking Lake Bella Vista, our campus offers a variety of dedicated outdoor learning spaces, and our students enjoy many off-campus learning experiences throughout Michigan during the year.


"We love hearing all that our daughter is learning about her faith at RCS, as well as all the new things she is exploring and experiencing in her outdoor learning lessons."


Open House Info
Through our in-person and virtual campus tours, campus visit days and admissions events, we are able to welcome you in a variety of ways. Learn more about how to experience our school at www.grcs.org/visit.

northpointe christian experiential learning

Experience-Based School in Grand Rapids

Big Picture Learning at NorthPointe Christian Schools

Big Picture Learning at NorthPointe Christian Schools begins 9th grade through 12th grade.

This unique program allows students to pursue a regular internship of their interest two days a week and delve into project-based learning three days a week. Engaging, hands-on projects allow for an out-of-the-box high school experience.

Students are part of a larger student body of NorthPointe Christian Schools that provides athletic and extracurricular opportunities. A Christian worldview is weaved through the curriculum.


Open House Info
January 24th Showcase 6:45 PM

Experience-Based Schools – Full List

Big Picture Learning at NorthPointe Christian Schools
3101 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
9th-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Forest Hills Public Schools - Goodwillie Environmental School
8400 2 Mile Road NE, Ada, MI 49301
5th-6th · Free
Grand Rapids Christian - Evergreen Campus
1630 Griggs St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Preschool-5th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Grand Rapids Public Schools - Multiple Themed & Centers of Innovation Schools
1331 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0117
Young 5's-12th · Free
Grandville Calvin Christian Ambassador High School
3750 Ivanrest Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
9th-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Kenowa Hills Knights STEM Academy
2325 4 Mile Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
6th-12th · Free
Kent Innovation High School
1655 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
9th-12th · Free
New Branches Charter Academy
3662 Poinsettia Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Kindergarten-8th · Free
Northview Public Schools - Field School Program
4365 Hunsberger Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Kindergarten-5th · Free
Rockford Christian School
6060 Belding Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341
Preschool-8th Grade · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Stepping Stones Montessori School
1110 College NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Preschool-9th · Fee Based
West Michigan Academy of Arts
17350 Hazel St, Spring Lake, MI 49456
Kindergarten-8th · Free
West Michigan Aviation Academy
5363 44th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
9th-12th · Free

PRIVATE RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS

Private schools are supported by private individuals, allowing 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.

You can find an assortment of faith-based private elementary schools, as well as private middle schools, and private high schools in West Michigan.

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Private Religious Schools in Ada

Ada Christian School

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

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.

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

See all that Ada Christian School’s Christ-centered environment can offer you and your child. Schedule a personal tour at www.adachristian.org/why-acs/schedule-a-visit


"By attending Ada Christian our children have grown in confidence, friendships, learning and faith. ACS has set a beautiful foundation not only for their education but for their lives."


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Private Religious School in Grandville

Grandville Calvin Christian School

GCCS is a community of faith and learning that partners with families and churches to help students grow in their faith and develop students’ gifts and talents to glorify God and to serve and build His Kingdom--both now and in the future.

We seek to be a community where the diversity of God’s Kingdom and of the broader west Michigan community is reflected in our students and their families and in our staff.

From preschool to 12th grade, GCCS students are grounded in faith and equipped to engage the world for Jesus Christ.


Abigail Hekman, Class of 2022, “All the teachers really care about our faith journey and they’re here to answer any questions that we have."



Open House Info
At Grandville Calvin Christian, we believe the best way to find if our school is the place for you is by meeting us and seeing our campus for yourself.

We are happy to provide personalized tours and answer your questions any time of the year. Simply give us a call or email us to schedule your time to visit.

Legacy Christian School

Private Religious School in Grand Rapids

Legacy Christian School

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
Before and After Care
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 2022-2023 school year begins on January 3, 2022. Call us today to schedule a tour!


"We are so blessed by Legacy and the LCS community. Our kids thrive in their classrooms because the teachers truly do reflect the love of Christ." - Lisa E.



Open House Info
Early Childhood Open House
Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 5:30-7:00 PM

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Private Religious School in Grand Rapids

NorthPointe Christian Schools

NorthPointe Christian Schools is passionate about making sure every one of our students – preschool through high school – reaches his or her full, God-given potential. We pair academic excellence with a Christ-centered environment to reach our mission of “equipping students to impact their world for Jesus Christ.” NorthPointe teachers love and serve Jesus wholeheartedly and are dedicated to nurturing each student spiritually and academically.

NorthPointe Christian programs include:
Spanish Immersion
3s and 4s Preschool
Nature-Based Preschool
Developmental Kindergarten
Home & School Hybrid
Before/After Care
6th Grade Bridge Year
High School/College Dual Enrollment
Big Picture Learning Internship Program


"We are so thankful for NorthPointe! The teachers and staff love our kids so well. They truly get to know and care for each student & family." Megan C



Open House Info
January 20th Preschool and Elementary Pancakes and Preview 5:30 - 7:00 PM
January 24th Middle and High School Showcase 6:45 PM
February 3rd Preview Day 7:45 AM - 2:35 PM

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Private Religious School in

Grand Rapids Christian Schools

For 100 years, we have been firmly committed to our mission to prepare students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society.

Nearly 2300 students from diverse cultural, economic, and spiritual backgrounds find their place at Grand Rapids Christian Schools.

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.

Students graduate from Grand Rapids Christian Schools prepared to engage, serve, and make a meaningful impact on their communities and around the world.


"GRCS continues to set the bar higher and higher. We are truly thankful for a school that so earnestly reflects God’s love and grace and does whatever it takes to support and care for its students."


GRCES-Iroquois: PreK-4, GRCES-Evergreen: PreK-5
Rockford Christian: PreK-8, GR Christian Middle: 5-8
GR Christian High School: 9-12


Open House Info
Through our in-person and virtual campus tours, campus visit days and admissions events, we are able to welcome you in a variety of ways. Learn more about how to experience our schools at www.grcs.org/visit.

west side christian

Private Religious School in Grand Rapids

West Side Christian School

At WSCS, 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, an on-site nature preserve, garden, outdoor classrooms and more!

WSCS offers Little Sprouts Childcare, an onsite, affordable, year-round childcare program also featuring wraparound care.

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



Open House Info
Early Childhood Tour Night - January 6, 2022. Tours begin at 6 PM; tour signups begin soon at wscsgr.org.

Private tours can be scheduled at any time at wscsgr.org!

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Private Religious School in Wyoming

AnchorPoint Christian School

SEARCHING for an Adventure in Learning for Your GRKID?

LET’S SET SAIL TOGETHER!
• 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
• Spacious rooms, playground, gym
• Convenient central Wyoming location

LICENSED PRESCHOOL 3s & 4s/5 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 House Info
Early Childhood Open House | January 27, 2022 | 6:30-7:30 PM
All School Open House | April 14, 2022 | 6:30-7:30 PM

Byron Center Christian School

Private Religious School in Byron Center

Byron Center Christian School

Byron Center Christian 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 learning experiences to ensure lasting, impactful learning. They build relationships with students to ensure every individual child has their unique needs met and discovers their role in God’s story!


Our Savior Lutheran

Private Religious School in Grand Rapids

Our Savior Lutheran School

Since 1955, Our Savior Lutheran School has been recognized for Christ-centered excellent academics.

Our Savior Lutheran’s classical Christian approach to education develops critical thinking, while small class size allows for individual attention. Each day begins with God’s word providing the comforting message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Music, athletics, and drama help develop a positive, loving work ethic grounded in the Bible preparing children for an active life of service for the good of all.


diocese of grand rapids catholic schools

Private Religious School in Grand Rapids

Catholic Schools - Diocese of Grand Rapids

We have 31 Catholic schools across seven counties in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. We offer a variety of educational programs including Montessori, part-time, full-time, before and after care.

We prepare students to seek and fulfill God’s plan for learning and life. With a commitment to in-person education, we are ready to welcome you.

Tuition assistance and scholarships are available.



Open House Info
Open houses during Catholic Schools Week - January 30 through February 5. See https://catholicschools4u.org for more details.

st stephen catholic school arrowsmith

Private Religious School in East Grand Rapids

St Stephen Catholic School Arrowsmith Program

The goal of the Arrowsmith Program is to strengthen learning capacities rather than teach ways to compensate for specific learning difficulties. This program helps students address their challenges and achieve academic success.

After completing a two to four year program, most students return to a full-time regular school curriculum.



Open House Info
February 17, 2022, 5 - 7 PM

bethel community education

Private Religious School in Rockford

Bethel Community Education

At Bethel, each of our learners receives individualized attention, because we recognize each of us are uniquely and wonderfully made in God's image and see the world in different ways.

We offer a safe, welcoming environment where our team is committed to a learner's forward progress, not curriculum or timelines.


trinitas

Private Religious School in Grand Rapids

Trinitas Classical School

Does the idea of a device-free educational environment for your child sound refreshing to you in this age of digital distractions?

Do you want a school that is both academically challenging and joyful?

We invite you to explore Classical Christian Education at Trinitas!



Open House Info
Virtual Parent Information Event - February 9, 2022 6:30-7:30 PM
In-Person Parent Information Event - March 10, 2022 6:30-7:30 PM

Private Schools (Religious) – Full List

Ada Christian School
6206 Ada Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301
Preschool-8th Grade · Tuition Assistance
Adams Christian School
5539 Byron Center Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49519
Kindergarten-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Algoma Christian School
14471 Sparta Ave, Kent City, MI 49330
Preschool-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
All Saints Academy
2233 Diamond Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Allendale Christian School
11050 64th Ave, Allendale, MI 49401
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
AnchorPoint Christian School
601 36th Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
PreK-6 · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic School
6393 Belmont Ave NE, Belmont, MI 49306
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Bethel Community Education
Starting for the 2022/23 school year, we are moving to 6070 Kuttshill Dr NE, Rockford, MI 49341
Kindergarten-8th Grade · Tuition Assistance
Borculo Christian School
6830 96th Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Byron Center Christian School
8840 Byron Center Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
PreK-8 · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Calvary Schools of Holland
518 Plasman Ave., Holland,, MI 49423
Preschool-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Catholic Central High School
319 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
9th-12th · Fee Based
Catholic Schools - Diocese of Grand Rapids
360 Division Ave. S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Preschool-12th grade · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Corpus Christi Catholic School
12100 Quincy St, Holland, MI 49424
Kindergarten-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Covenant Christian High School
1401 Ferndale Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
9th-12th · Fee Based
Divine Providence Academy
18768 8th Ave, Conklin, MI 49403
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Dutton Christian School
6729 Hanna Lake Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Eastside Christian School
2792 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Kindergarten-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Grand Haven Christian School
1102 Grant Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Grand Rapids Adventist Academy
1151 Oakleigh Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Kindergarten-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Grand Rapids Christian Schools
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Preschool-12th Grade · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Grand Rapids Hebrew Academy
2615 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1238
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Grandville Calvin Christian School
3750 Ivanrest Ave. SW, Grandville, MI 49418
PreK-12 · Fee Based
Heritage Christian School
6340 Autumn Dr., Hudsonville, MI 49426
Kindergarten-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Holland Adventist Academy
11385 Ottogan St., Holland, MI 49423
Kindergarten-10th · Fee Based
Holland Christian Schools
956 Ottawa Ave., Holland, MI 49423
Preschool-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Holy Spirit Catholic School
2222 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Preschool-8th · Fee Based
Holy Trinity Catholic School
1304 Alpine Church Rd. NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321
Kindergarten-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School
1545 Wilson Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Kindergarten-8th · Fee Based
Hudsonville Christian School
3435 Oak St, Hudsonville, MI 49426
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Immaculate Heart of Mary School
1951 Plymouth Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Preschool-8th · Fee Based
ISJ Lutheran Academy
2066 Oakwood Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Jenison Christian School
7726 Graceland Dr, Georgetown Twp, MI 49428
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Journey Academy
161 Spaulding Ave SE, Ada, MI 49301
Early Elementary-18 years old · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Lamont Christian School
5260 Leonard Road, Coopersville, MI 49404
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Legacy Christian School
67 68th St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Preschool-8th Grade · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Libertas Christian School
5181 64th Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426
Preschool-12th · Fee Based
Living Stones Academy
1415 Lyon St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Preschool-6th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
NorthPointe Christian Schools
3101 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
3s Preschool-12th Grade · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Our Lady of Consolation School
4865 11 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341
Preschool-5th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Our Savior Lutheran School
1916 Ridgewood Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Preschool-Eighth · Tuition Assistance
Plymouth Christian Schools
965 Plymouth Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Preschool-12th · Fee Based
Sacred Heart Academy
1200 Dayton St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Kindergarten-12th · Fee Based
Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School
1429 Wilcox Park Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
San Juan Diego Academy
1650 Godfrey Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
Kindergarten-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
South Christian High School
7979 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Byron Center, MI 49315
9th-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
South Olive Christian School
6230 120th Ave, Holland, MI 49424
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
St Paul the Apostle Catholic School
2750 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
St Stephen Catholic School Arrowsmith Program
740 Gladstone Ave SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
3rd Grade-8th Grade · Fee Based
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School
2510 Richmond St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Preschool-5th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
St. John Vianney Catholic Elementary School
4101 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
Preschool-8th · Fee Based
St. John's Lutheran School
525 Taylor Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
Kindergarten-8th · Fee Based
St. Patrick School
4333 Parnell Ave NE, Ada, MI 49301
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
St. Robert Catholic School
6477 Ada Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301
Preschool-3rd, will be expanding each year to 8th · Fee Based
The Potter's House
2465 28th Street, Wyoming, MI 49519
Preschool-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Tri Unity Christian School
5353 Wilson Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49418
Preschool-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Trinitas Classical School
1934 52nd Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
K-8 · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Unity Christian High School
5900 48th Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426
9th-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
West Catholic High School
1801 Bristol Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
9th-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
West Michigan Lutheran High School
601 36th St, Wyoming, MI 49509
9th-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
West Side Christian School
955 Westend Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Threes Preschool-8 · Tuition Assistance
Zeeland Christian School
334 W Central Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464
Preschool-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Zion Christian School
7555 Byron Center Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
Preschool-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance

PRIVATE SECULAR SCHOOLS

lake michigan academy

Private Secular School in Grand Rapids

Lake Michigan Academy

Lake Michigan Academy is a private day school that transforms the lives of children with learning differences. We empower students and focus on their strengths, not their weaknesses. An emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of the whole child including social-emotional development, self-advocacy, and critical problem-solving.

Students leave Lake Michigan Academy with renewed self-esteem and tools for success. Our students develop social skills and self-awareness techniques as they become valuable individuals in our society.

Private Schools (Secular) – Full List

Lake Michigan Academy
2428 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
1-12 · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Stepping Stones Montessori School
1110 College Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Preschool-8th · Fee Based

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.

West MI Public School Districts List – Full List

Allendale Public Schools
10505 Learning Lane, Allendale, MI 49401
Preschool-12th
Byron Center Public Schools
8542 Byron Center Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
Preschool-12th
Caledonia Community Schools
8948 Kraft Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
Preschool-12th
Cedar Springs Public Schools
204 E Muskegon St, Cedar Springs, MI 49319
Preschool-12th
Comstock Park Public Schools
101 School St NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321-9198
Preschool-12th
Coopersville Area Public Schools
198 East St, Coopersville, MI 49404
Preschool-12th
East Grand Rapids Public Schools
2915 Hall St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Kindergarten-12th
Forest Hills Public Schools
6590 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Kindergarten-12th
Godfrey-Lee Public Schools
961 Joosten Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
Preschool-12th
Godwin Heights Public Schools
15 36th Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49548
Kindergarten-12th
Grand Haven Area Public Schools
198 East St, Coopersville, MI 49404
Preschool-12th
Grand Rapids Public Schools
1331 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0117
Kindergarten-12th
Grandville Public Schools
3839 Prairie Street SW, Grandville, MI 49418
Preschool-12th
Hamilton Community Schools
4815 136th Ave., Hamilton, MI 49419
Preschool-12th
Holland Public Schools
320 West 24th Street, Holland, MI 49423
Kindergarten-12th
Hudsonville Public Schools
3886 Van Buren, Hudsonville, MI 49426
Preschool-12th
Jenison Public Schools
8375 20th Ave., Jenison, MI 49428
Preschool-12th
Kelloggsville Public Schools
242 52nd Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Preschool-12th
Kenowa Hills Public Schools
2325 4 Mile Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Preschool-12th
Kent City Community Schools
200 N Clover St, Kent City, MI 49330
Kindergarten-12th
Kentwood Public Schools
5820 Eastern Ave, Kentwood, MI 49508
Preschool-12th
Lowell Area Schools
300 High Street, Lowell, MI 49331
Preschool-12th
Northview Public Schools
4365 Hunsberger Avenue Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Kindergarten-12th
Rockford Public Schools
350 N. Main Street, Rockford, MI 49341
Preschool-12th
Saugatuck Public Schools
201 Randolph Street, Douglas, MI 49406
Preschool-12th
Sparta Area Schools
465 S. Union St., Sparta, MI 49345
Preschool-12th
Spring Lake Public Schools
345 Hammond Street, Spring Lake, MI 49456
Kindergarten-12th
Thornapple Kellogg Schools
10051 Green Lake Road, Middleville, MI 49333
Preschool-12th
West Ottawa Public Schools
1138 136th Ave, Holland, MI 49424
Kindergarten-12th
Wyoming Public Schools
3575 Gladiola SW, Wyoming, MI 49519
Preschool-12th
Zeeland Public Schools
183 W Roosevelt Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464
Preschool-12th

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.

nextech high school

Online School in Grand Rapids

NexTech High School

NexTech High School is a unique environment meant for today’s high school student.

The school has the right combination of ONLINE and ONSITE learning options for each student’s specific situation to prepare them for college or career opportunities.

Take control and #OwnYourFuture with NexTech High School.


Open House Info
Virtual Open Houses on Wednesday Nights, 7 PM. Sign up on our website.

Virtual Schools – Full List

Clonlara School
1289 Jewett Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Kindergarten-12th · Fee Based
Grand Haven Cyber School
106 South Sixth Street, Grand Haven, MI 49417
7th-12th · Free
Great Lakes Learning Academy
2875 Eyde Parkway, Suite 200, East Lansing, MI 48823
7th-12th · Free
Hamilton Public Schools - Flex Virtual
4815 136th Ave., Hamilton, MI 49419
Kindergarten-12th · Free
iCademy Global
8485 Homestead Dr, Zeeland, MI 49464
Kindergarten-12th · Free
K12
10 Virtual Schools in Michigan, , MI
Kindergarten-12th · Free, Fee Based
Kelloggsville Virtual School
242 52nd Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Kindergarten-12th · Free
Kent City Online Learning
200 North Clover Street, Kent City, MI 49330
6th-12th · Free
Kentwood International Virtual Academy
5820 Eastern Ave, Kentwood, MI 49508
6th-12th · Free
Link Learning
201 Sylvester Ave, Berrien Springs, MI 49103
9th-12th · Free
Michigan Connections Academy
3950 Heritage Ave, Okemos, MI 48864
Kindergarten-12th · Free
NexTech High School
801 Broadway Ave NW, suite 225, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
9-12 · Free
Northview Virtual
4365 Hunsberger Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Kindergarten-12th · Free
Prepnet Virtual
3850 Broadmoor Ave, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Kindergarten-12th · Free
Thornapple Kellogg Virtual School
10051 Green Lake Road, Middleville, MI 49333
6th-12th · Free
West Michigan Virtual Academy
35 Hamblin Ave W, Battle Creek, MI 49017
6th-12th · Free
West Ottawa Virtual Academy
1138 136th Ave, Holland, MI 49424
Kindergarten-12th · Free

HOMESCHOOL Resources

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.

For additional information on homeschooling in the area, consult the West Michigan Homeschool Guide.

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Home School in Wyoming

HSB, Inc.

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.


"The resources offered by HSB, Inc. are absolutely unmatched! Their dedicated team has helped me find the right educational materials for each of my three kids." – Danielle W.

northpointe christian home school

Home School in Grand Rapids

NorthPointe Christian Home and School Hybrid Program

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 provides the curriculum and two full days a week of instruction (Tuesday/Thursday). Parents continue the curriculum at home on Mondays and Wednesdays. Student benefit from the extracurricular offerings available to the wider school body of NorthPointe Christian Schools. An optional Friday Enrichment component offers a day for fun, hands-on learning.

Homeschool Resources

Achieve Tutoring Center LLC
2323 Port Sheldon St #102, Jenison, MI 49428
Elementary-High School · Fee Based
Grand Rapids Tutors
1451 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49416
Kindergarten-12th · Fee Based
Hamilton Part time 21f Enrollment - Homeschool
4815 136th Ave., Hamilton, MI 49419
Kindergarten-12th · Free
Homeschool Connections Program at South Olive Christian School
6230 120th Ave, Holland, MI 49424
Kindergarten-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
HSB, Inc.
5625 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
PreK-College Prep · Free
Jenison International Academy
800 Connie St., Jenison, MI 49428
Kindergarten-12th · Free
Kenowa Hills Links Learning Center
3233 Alpine Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
9th-12th · Free
NorthPointe Christian Home and School Hybrid Program
540 Russwood St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
K-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Saugatuck Public Schools Shared Time Services
201 Randolph Street, Douglas, MI 49406
7th-12th · Free
Trinitas Classical School
1934 52nd St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Kindergarten-8th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance

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.

the tutoring center

Tutoring and Enrichment Program in Wyoming

The Tutoring Center

K-12 Math, Reading, Writing and Enrichment Tutoring. Our rotational approach rapidly builds academic skills, improves concentration, and increases confidence.

• 1:1 In-person instruction
• Free Diagnostic Assessment and Test Consultation
• Custom learning plan and high-quality materials
• Monthly tuition - sibling, referral, and prepayment discounts

Students enjoy attending and families see immediate results!

Tutoring Services – Full List

Achieve Tutoring Center LLC
2323 Port Sheldon St #102, Jenison, MI 49428
Elementary-High School · Free, Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Grand Rapids Tutors
1451 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49516
Kindergarten-12th · Fee Based
Kumon Math and Reading Center
1971 E Beltline Ave NE Suite 120, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Preschool-High School · Fee Based
Mathnasium of Grand Rapids - The Math Learning Center
6080 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Elementary School-High School · Fee Based
Outside the Box: Creative Tutoring LLC
Grand Rapids & Wyoming, , MI
Kindergarten-12th · Fee Based
SLD Read
2650 Horizon Dr SE #230, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
5 Years-12th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Sylvan Learning Centers of West Michigan
3910 Burton St Se Ste 102, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Kindergarten-12th · Fee Based
The Tutoring Center
5751 Byron Center Ave. Suite S, Wyoming, MI 49519
Kindergarten-12th · Fee Based
Turning Pages
2428 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
All ages- · Fee Based

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.

Use this list of organizations to find resources that can support your child and family’s learning needs.

School Support List

Autism Family Network
4761B Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, 49534
- · Free
Autism Support of Kent County
160- 68th Street SW, Grand Rapids, 49548
- · Free
BRAINS
3292 N Evergreen Dr NE, Grand Rapids, 49525
- · Fee Based
Comprehensive Therapy Center
2505 Ardmore St SE, Grand Rapids, 49506
- · Free, Fee Based
HSB, Inc
5625 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, 49509
- · Free, Fee Based
New Chapter Learning
4083 Eagle Rock Ct, Grandville, 49418
- · Fee Based
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services ADHD Testing
300 68th St SE Building C, Entrance C3, Grand Rapids, 49548
- · Fee Based

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.

Year-Round Schools (Balanced Calendar Schools) – Full List

Grand Rapids Christian - Evergreen Campus
1630 Griggs St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Preschool-5th · Fee Based, Tuition Assistance
Hope Academy of West Michigan
240 Brown St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Preschool-12th · Free
iCademy Global
8485 Homestead Dr, Zeeland, MI 49464
Kindergarten-12th · Free
Ridge Park Charter Academy
4120 Camelot Ridge Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Young 5's-8th · Free
Zeeland Quest Elementary School
175 W Roosevelt Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464
Kindergarten-8th · Free

Do you have experience with any of the schools listed? Do you know of one we forgot? Please, share your experiences with us by leaving a comment!

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44 thoughts on “West MI School Guide: Public, Charter & Private Schools in Greater Grand Rapids – 2022”

  1. Jenison International Academy has a full time online virtual school ad well as the part time homeschool partnership program.
    Jenison Public has also started an outdoor preschool program that expands a grade each year. Next year they will have an outdoor Kindergarten class.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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      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.

  11. 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/

  12. 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. ..

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. [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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. There are many more options if you consider all the theme/specialty schools within GRPS. My daughter will be attending a Montessori program and we can’t wait to support the local public school system and still feel like we have something that meets her individual needs!

      1. Grand Rapids Montessori and North Park Montessori are two public Montessori options in Grand Rapids. We are very happy with North Park, where my 3 year old and 9 year old attend.

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