Which School is Right for Your Family?

Find your child’s learning home with our Grand Rapids Schools Guide.

Get started with our full list of West Michigan school options for every family – private, secular, religious, public, experience-based and more.

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Grand Rapids Public Schools

GRPS proudly offers the largest selection of school choices.

Neighborhood schools offer a traditional education and are open to all students within their attendance area. Exciting pilot programs are underway to strengthen the connection between neighborhood schools and neighborhood residents.

Theme schools offer the core curriculum through a unique lens, including environmental science, arts and music, global studies, leadership, Montessori, International Baccalaureate and more.

Centers of Innovation are unique public-private partnerships that offer students a rigorous education along with opportunities to connect with professional mentors, complete job shadowing and internships, and earn college and trade school credits or career certification.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1331 Franklin St SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 819-2149WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Private, Charter, Religious, Language Immersion and More

West Michigan parents, you have options and we’ve put them together for you in one easy place: the GRKIDS Schools Guide.

Today, West Michigan parents have vast of options when it comes to making important choices about your child’s education. Whether you are looking for Grand Rapids area schools or one in Ottawa County, we have them listed for you.

Want a language immersion school, a charter school, or a school to help a child with learning differences? There are tons of choices. Each public and private school across West Michigan has something different to offer.

Start with this guide as you research your options and find your child’s learning home.

UPCOMING GRADE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

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CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools are publicly funded schools, which are held to the same standards as other public schools, but are usually allowed flexibility in regards to some rules and regulations. You do not pay tuition at a charter school.

Charter schools in Michigan operate independently and often have curriculum and educational philosophies which may differ from other public schools. A high level of parent involvement is required at many charter schools, and some charter schools are theme-focused.

Many charter schools have a waiting list and admission may be lottery-based.

iCademy Global

“Ms. Kate, look! I found one!”

Wiping the dirt from the juicy tomato, Nora beams with pride as she runs over to her computer to show her teacher and classmates her precious treasure. They may not all be in the same physical space, but they easily learn from each other’s experiences.

This is virtual learning. This is community. This is iCademy Global; ensuring students in grades K – 12 cultivate a lifetime love of learning in a flexible environment allowing students to gain a quality education while also engaging in passions outside of school.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

8485 Homestead Dr | Zeeland, MI 49464
(616) 748-5637WEBSITE| FACEBOOK

New Branches Charter Academy

New Branches Charter Academy is a tuition-free public school that provides a quality elementary education to children in preschool through eighth grade. We offer a positive learning environment and a rigorous academic and cultural program where our children learn to become healthy, responsible citizens.

We are proud to provide:

– An environmental education
– Rigorous learning
– A positive learning environment
– A strong character education program

We bus students who live within a five-mile radius of our 12-acre campus, which is located south of downtown Grand Rapids. Here, our students are able to learn from the woods, field, and plants around them.

Call today to schedule a tour!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3662 Poinsettia Ave SE | Grand Rapids MI 49508
(616) 243-6221 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

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 set by each student’s specific situation. Most students attend 4 days a week, working onsite for 4 hours a day, either in an AM or PM setting. Working from home, a coffee shop, or other locations they work up to 16 hours a week away from campus. This results in a unique program that works for the student. Own your future at NexTech High School!

Why Choose NexTech?

  • Small Class Sizes
  • Flexible schedules
  • Innovative programming

CONTACT INFORMATION:

801 Broadway Ave NW Suite 225 | Grand Rapids MI 49504
(616)-458-4992 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM 

Byron Center Charter School

BCCS is an independent and innovative K-12 public school authorized by Grand Valley State University.  Academic Excellence, Personal Connections and Positive Character Traits are the focal points of the school’s mission. BCCS maintains smaller class sizes, and provides a safe, orderly and academically challenging school environment for students.     

CONTACT INFORMATION:

9930 Burlingame Ave SW | Byron Center MI 49315
(616)-878-4852 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

  • Black River Public SchoolGrades: K-12 | 491 Columbia Ave, Holland, MI 49423 | Website
  • Chandler Woods Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5s-8 | 6895 Samrick Ave., Belmont, MI 49306 | Website
  • Creative Technologies Academy | Grades: K-12 | 350 Pine Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 | Website
  • Cross Creek Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5s-8 | 7701 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Byron Center, MI 49315 | Website
  • Eagle Crest Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5s-8 | 11950 Riley Street, Holland, MI 49424 | Website
  • Excel Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5s-8 | 4201 Breton Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 | Website
  • Flat River Academy | Grades: K-12 | 9481 Jordan Road, Greenville, MI 48838 | Website
  • Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center | Grades: K-5 | 409 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Website
  • Grand River Prep High School | Grades: 9-12 | 650 52nd Street SE, Kentwood, MI 49548 | Website
  • Hope Academy of West Michigan | Grades: PreK-12 | 240 Brown Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 | Website
  • Innocademy | Grades: PreK-12 | 8485 Homestead, Zeeland, MI 49464 | Website
  • Knapp Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5s-8 | 1759 Leffingwell NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525| Website
  • Ridge Park Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5s-8 | 4120 Camelot Ridge Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | Website
  • River City Scholars | Grades: Young 5s-8 | 944 Evergreen St., Grand Rapids, MI 49507 | Website
  • Vanderbilt Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5s-8 | 301 West 16th St., Holland, MI 49423 | Website
  • Vanguard Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5s-8 | 1620 52nd Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49519 | Website
  • Vista Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5s-8 | 711 32nd Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548 | Website
  • Walker Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5s-8 | 1801 Three Mile Road NW, Walker, MI 49544 | Website
  • Wellspring Preparatory High School | Grades: 9-12 | 1031 Page Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 | Website
  • West Michigan Academy of Arts & Academics | Grades: K-8 | 17350 Hazel St., Spring Lake, MI 49456 | Website
  • William C. Abney Academy | Grades: K-8 | 1435 Fulton St. East, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Website

LANGUAGE IMMERSION SCHOOLS

Many schools in our area offer Spanish Immersion programs. The purpose of these programs is to foster bilingualism by using Spanish as the primary language of instruction in the classroom. Students are taught to read, write, and converse in Spanish by being immersed in the language on a daily basis. Forest Hills Public Schools also operates a Mandarin Chinese Immersion program.

Admission to these programs may require residency in public school districts. Check with the schools you’re interested in for more details.

Grand Rapids Christian Schools - Spanish Immersion

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

Comprehensive Curriculum

In the Spanish Immersion program, students are taught a parallel curriculum and are held to the same standards as their peers in the non-immersion program. Students receive instruction in Spanish and will learn to read, write, and speak in Spanish. The total immersion program begins in preschool and kindergarten and continues through the 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 College which allows students to begin working toward a Spanish minor already in high school!

Spanish Immersion students benefit from a program led by a full-time coordinator 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!

Spanish Immersion students at Grand Rapids Christian Schools excel in classrooms that fully integrate faith and experience God’s majesty as they:

  • Engage with NATIVE-SPEAKING teachers and support staff.
  • Achieve functional PROFICIENCY in Spanish while also developing strong English literacy skills.
  • Receive added SUPPORT by trained staff to ensure students ACHIEVE THEIR HIGHEST POTENTIAL.
  • Build deep CROSS CULTURAL appreciation and understanding.
  • Master Grand Rapids Christian Schools grade level STANDARDS and BENCHMARKS.
  • ENGAGE IN GOD’S KINGDOM through Christian discipleship.

Applying for Admission

Students new to Spanish Immersion are accepted at either the preschool or kindergarten level, and students transferring from another Spanish Immersion program who meet language proficiency standards are accepted beyond kindergarten.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Preschool-4th Grade Admissions: Michelle Ogdahl 616-574-6565 or [email protected]

Middle School Admissions: Linda Vellenga 616-574-6015 or [email protected]

High School Admissions: Vickie Fischer 616-574-5605 or [email protected]

Grand Rapids Christian Elementary |1050 Iroquois SE |Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Grand Rapids Christian Middle School | 2036 Chesaning SE |Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Grand Rapids Christian High School | 2300 Plymouth SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

“We are just totally excited about what has happened when our children have come to Spanish Immersion at GRCS.  Not only are they proficient in English, they are proficient in Spanish as well.  They have a sophisticated awareness about culture and have a multicultural competence as a result of participating in this program.”

Khary Bridgewater (Middle school and elementary Spanish Immersion parent)

NorthPointe Christian Schools

NorthPointe Christian’s Spanish Immersion Program Features:

  • Christ-centered
  • Add.a.lingua partnership provides third party accountability and ensures best immersion practices
  • Native speaking teachers enhance language exposure
  • Reading resource staff provide support
  • Loving, community environment
  • Offered in 3s preschool through middle school (high school available 2020)

CONTACT INFORMATION:

540 Russwood Ave NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49505
(616) 363-4869 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

  • Ada Vista Elementary School | Grades: K-4 | 7192 Bradfield St. SE, Ada, MI 49301 | Website
  • Grand Haven Christian SchoolsGrades: Kindergarten | 1102 Grant Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417 | Website
  • Grand Rapids Public- Southwest Community Campus | Grades: PreK – 8 | 801 Oakland Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49508 | Website
  • Grandville Christian | Grades: Preschool- 5 | 3934 Wilson Ave. SW, Grandville, MI 49418 | Website
  • Holland Public Schools | Grades: K-4 | 500 West 24th St., Holland, MI 49423 (Holland West K-7 bldg) |Website
  • Innocademy – Las Huellas | Grades: K-5 | 8485 Homestead Drive, Zeeland, MI 49464 | Website
  • Jenison Public | Grades: Kindergarten only | Three locations: Rosewood Elementary School 2370 Tyler Street, Jenison, MI 49428 | Bursley Elementary School 1195 Port Sheldon Street, Jenison, MI 49428 | Pinewood Elementary School 2405 Chippewa Street, Jenison, MI 49428 | Website
  • Legacy Christian School | Grades: Kindergarten (with subsequent grades added annually) | 67 68th Street SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548 | Website
  • Meadow Brook Elementary Mandarin Chinese Immersion | Grades: K-4 | 1450 Forest Hills SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | Website
  • Rockford Public Schools | Grades: K-5 | Roguewood Elementary: 3900 Kroes Street, Rockford, MI 49341 | Website
  • West Ottawa Public Schools | Grades: Preschool-5 | Lakeshore Elementary School: 3765 N. 168th Ave., Holland, MI  49424 | Website
  • Zeeland Christian School | Grades: PreK – 12 | 334 West Central Ave., Zeeland, MI 49464 | Website
  • Zeeland Public Schools | Grades: K-5 and 9-12 | Two Elementary Locations: New Groningen Elementary 10542 Chicago Drive, Zeeland, MI 49464 | Lincoln Elementary 60 E. Lincoln, Zeeland, MI 49464 | Website

EXPERIENCE-BASED SCHOOLS

These experience-based schools offer a complete education including core subjects, while at the same time also integrating additional education and hands-on experience related to a specific area of interest.

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

Come and explore West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science’s diverse ecosystems! We bring Michigan’s curriculum to life for an education like no other. From forests to prairies and ponds to meadows, our campus puts learning at our students’ fingertips.

At WMAES, we do more than tell our students to recycle– we educate them about the impact they have on their environment and we provide compost bins and recycling containers. We ask our students to do their share at school and at home to ensure they manage energy and waste responsibly.

Call today or visit our website to schedule a tour!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

4463 Leonard St. NW | Walker, MI 49534
(616)-791-7454WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Ambassador High

What would learning look like if students were actively invested in their learning and challenged to pursue their interests by a supportive community of educators, professionals, and family members?

Ambassador High is a school within a school at Calvin Christian and provides students with opportunities to discover and apply their God-given talents, preparing students to excel in both college and career.

Students spend three days a week in interdisciplinary, project-based classrooms, followed by two days per week at internships, working on projects that help our students identify the intersections between what they love and the job opportunities in different fields.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3750 Ivanrest Ave. SW | Grandville MI 49418
(616)-538-0990  | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Big Picture Learning at NorthPointe Christian Schools

Big Picture Learning at NorthPointe Christian Schools allows students to pursue a regular internship of their interest two days a week and delve into project-based learning three days a week. Students are part of a larger student body of NorthPointe Christian Schools that provides athletic and extracurricular opportunities.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3101 Leonard St. NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616-942-0363 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

  • Academy of Business, Leadership & Entrepreneurship | Grades: 9-12 | 421 Fountain St. Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Website
  • Academy of Design and ConstructionGrades: 9-12 | 421 Fountain St. Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Website
  • Academy of Health, Sciences & TechnologyGrades: 9-12 | 421 Fountain St. Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Website
  • Academy of Modern EngineeringGrades: 9-12 | 421 Fountain St. Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Website
  • Blandford | 6th grade only | 3143 Milo St., NW Grand Rapids, MI 49544 | Website
  • C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy | PK-10 growing one grade per year to become PK-12 | 1460 Laughlin NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | Website
  • Center for Economicology @ City | 6th grade only | 1720 Plainfield Av., NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 | Website
  • City High Middle SchoolGrades: 7-12 | 1720 Plainfield Av., NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 | Website
  • Coit Creative Arts AcademyGrades: K-5 | 617 Coit Av., NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Website
  • Gerald R. Ford Academic Center | Grades: PK-8 | 851 Madison Av., SE Grand Rapids, MI 49507 | Website
  • Goodwillie Environmental School | Grades: 5 and 6 | 8400 2 Mile Road NE, Ada, MI 49301 | Website
  • Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School – Evergreen Program | Grades: Preschool – 5th grade | 1630 Griggs St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | Website
  • Grand Rapids Montessori School | Grades: PK-12 | Elementary: 159 College Av., NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503; High School: 421 Fountain St., NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 |  Website
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum School | Grades: 6-8, growing one grade per year to become 6-12 | 272 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | Website
  • John Ball Zoo School | Grades: 6th grade only | 1300 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | Website
  • Kent Innovation High | Grades: 9-12 | 1655 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | Website
  • North Park MontessoriGrades: PK-8 | 3375 Cheney Av., NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 | Website
  • Ridgemoor Park Montessori | Grades: PK-6 |  2555 Inverness Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49546  | Website
  • Rockford Christian Middle School- Environmental Program | Grades: 5th and 6th | 6060 Belding Rd., Rockford, MI 49341 | Website
  • Sherwood Park Global Studies AcademyGrades: K-8 | 3859 Chamberlain Av., SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508 | Website
  • Southwest Community CampusGrades: K-8 | 801 Oakland Ave., SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Website
  • Stepping Stones Montessori School | Ages 3 months – 15 years1110 College NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Website
  • University Prep Academy | Grades: 6-12 | 512 S Division Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Website
  • West Michigan Aviation Academy | Grades: 9-12 | 5363 44th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 | Website

PRIVATE RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS

Private schools are established, maintained, and supported by private individuals or a corporation. This structure allows these schools to operate independently, choose their own curriculum, and offer specialized programs or those geared toward particular religious beliefs if they desire. Because they are independently run, private schools are not required to accept all applicants and may be selective in their acceptance procedures.

Grand Rapids Christian Schools

Nearly 2300 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 at their potential. 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 including Spanish Immersion and a hands-on environmental program for middle school students. 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.

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.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School – Iroquois Campus | 1508 Alexander St SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | (616) 574-6565
Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School – Evergreen Campus | 1630 Griggs St SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | (616) 574-6015
Rockford Christian School | 6060 Belding Rd | Rockford, MI 49341 | (616) 574-6438
Grand Rapids Christian Middle School |2036 Chesaning Dr SE |Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | (616) 574-6015
Grand Rapids Christian High School | 2300 Plymouth Ave SE |Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | (616) 574-5605

WEBSITE| FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

“Grand Rapids Christian Schools has been one of, and perhaps the best investment I’ve made in my life. My wife and I believe that the single most important task that the Lord has given us is to raise our children to love and live for Him. The K-12 education each of my kids received at GRCS was not only excellent, but more importantly – much more importantly – it helped to instill a Christ-centered worldview in each of them. They are now grown, but the Christian foundation that the excellent teachers at GRCS helped to instill in them remains. I am grateful to be a part of what God has done and is doing in and through Grand Rapids Christian Schools.”

Jim and Jan Bush

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
• 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.

Now taking registrations for 2019-2020!
• 3 and 4 year old preschool
• Young 5’s
• English Kindergarten-8th Grade
• Spanish Immersion Kindergarten-3rd Grade

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

CONTACT INFORMATION:

67 68th St SW | Grand Rapids, MI 49548
(616) 455-3860 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Tri-Unity Christian School

Tri-Unity Christian Schools – A Unique Spiritual and Academic Environment preparing Spirit-filled Christian Leaders for life.  Tri-unity Christian aspires to redefine the future of education by partnering with the church and home to graduate academically excellent disciples of Jesus Christ.

Tri-Unity offers:

• Preschool – 12th grade on one campus
• 3 and 4 year old Preschool
• AP classes/partnership with Grace Christian University
• Missions opportunities
• Homeschool Program
• Weekly worship
• Closed campus with key FOB entry

Experience this intimate community. Call to schedule a personal tour to see how your student can excel at Tri-unity Christian School!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

5353 Wilson Ave SW | Wyoming MI 49418
(616)-532-8827  | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Trinitas Classical School

trinitas classical school

Now enrolling full-time and homeschool students in grades K-8

Trinitas Classical School is a community of Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians committed to educating children in an environment that is both academically challenging and joyful.

Our approach to education is multi-directional, looking to both past and present to prepare students for the future. We employ a classical education distinguished by memorization and conversation around great ideas, which equips students with “the lost tools of learning.” Uniting this with the best contemporary tools of education and intentional character education, Trinitas prepares its students for lives well-lived.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1934 52nd St SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49508
(616) 855-6518 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

West Side Christian School

West Side Christian is a preschool-8th grade school whose mission is to provide a quality Christ-centered education to all of its students. A Christian emphasis is threaded through our entire curriculum. Students are taught about every aspect of God’s creation, and we’re pleased to offer nature preschool, outdoor education opportunities, and an on-site nature preserve and 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!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

955 Westend NW | Grand Rapids MI 49504
616-453-3925 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

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 in 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

Schedule a tour today!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

6206 Ada Dr. SE | Ada, MI 49301
(616) 676-1289 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Saint Robert Catholic School

At St. Robert, our mission is to provide a premier Catholic education that empowers every student to develop into the individual God created him/her to be through a culture designed to nurture each student’s relationship with Christ.

We are also a STEM school, providing students with a year of challenging and fun-filled religious and STEM learning experiences that will enhance the total development of the child spiritually, socially, intellectually, and physically.

Enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year:

* Preschool 3’s
* Preschool 4’s
* Young 5’s
* Kindergarten & First Grade
(adding a grade each year to become Preschool through 8th grade)

* Before and After School Care Available

For more information, contact Liz Peters at [email protected]

CONTACT INFORMATION:

6477 Ada Dr | Ada MI 49301
616-455-4966 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

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 (through middle school)
  • 3s and 4s Preschool
  • Nature-Based Preschool
  • Intergenerational Preschool
  • Young Fives
  • Home & School Hybrid
  • Before/After Care
  • 6th Grade Bridge Year
  • High School/College Dual Enrollment
  • Big Picture Learning (hands-on, internship-based)

CONTACT INFORMATION:

540 Russwood Ave NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49505
(616) 363-4869 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Our Savior Lutheran School


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.

Each day begins with God’s word providing the 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1916 Ridgewood Ave SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 949-0710 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

AnchorPoint Christian School

AnchorPoint has supportive resources and an encouraging atmosphere for students Preschool through grade 6.

• Christ-centered education
• Safe, nurturing environment
• Personal care in small classes
• Multi-age teams and buddies
• Experienced, creative teachers
• Art, Music, PE, Spanish, Tech
• Innovative, interactive activities
• Affordable PreK-Grade 6 tuition
• Spacious facilities
• In-school enrolled-student daycare
• Family partnership in child’s growth

CONTACT INFORMATION:

601 36th St SW | Wyoming, MI 49509 (just west of the 131 Expressway)
(616) 608-4006 | EMAILWEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Catholic Schools - Diocese of Grand Rapids

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities inspiring young people across West Michigan 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

360 Division Ave. S | Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 246-0590 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Byron Center Christian School

Byron Center Christian School

Our mission is to provide an excellent education, rooted in God’s Word, preparing students for lifelong service in God’s Kingdom. This mission is carried out daily by teachers who are not only highly qualified, but also love God and love their students!

We strive to partner with parents to help each student succeed academically, but also to grow socially, emotionally and spiritually. It is our desire to teach the whole child using God’s Word as the basis for everything we do!

At BCCS,  your child will experience:

-Faith-inspired education
-Co-curricular activities
-Chapel, small groups and devotional times
-Excellent instruction
-Educational support services and an academically talented program

Discover the difference at BCCS by contacting Andy Reidsma to schedule your personal tour today!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

8840 Byron Center Avenue SW | Byron Center, MI 49315
616-878-3347 WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Private, Religious Schools in Kent County & Ottawa County

  • Adams Protestant Reformed Christian SchoolGrades: K-85539 Byron Center Ave., Wyoming, MI 49519 | Website
  • Algoma Christian School | Grades: PreK- 12 | 14471 Sparta Ave, Kent City, MI 49330 | Website
  • Allendale Christian SchoolsGrades: PreK-8 | 11050 64th Ave, Allendale, MI 49401 | Website
  • All Saints Academy | Grades: PreK-4 (Blessed Sacrament Campus) 5-8 (St. Jude campus) | Multiple Locations | Website
  • Assumption BVM School | Grades: PreK-8 | 6393 Belmont Ave NE, Belmont, MI, 49306 | Website
  • Borculo Christian SchoolGrades: PreK-8 | 6830 96th Ave. Zeeland, MI 49464 |  Website
  • Calvary Schools of HollandGrades PreK-12 | Multiple Locations | Website
  • Catholic Central High School Grades: 9-12 | 319 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 | Website
  • Corpus Christi Catholic School Grades: PreK-8 | 12100 Quincy St, Holland, MI 49424 | Website
  • Covenant Christian High School | Grades: 9-12 | 1401 Ferndale Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49534 | Website
  • Divine Providence Academy | Grades: PreK-8 | 18768 8th Ave, Conklin, MI 49403 | Website
  • Dutton Christian School | Grades: PreK-8 | Multiple Locations | Website
  • Eastside Christian School | Grades: PreK-8 | 2792 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 | Website
  • Grand Haven Christian SchoolsGrades: PreK-8 | 1102 Grant Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417 | Website
  • Grand Rapids Hebrew Academy Grades: PreK-5 | 2615 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 | Website
  • Grand Rapids Adventist Academy Grades: K-12 | 1151 Oakleigh Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504 | Website
  • Grandville Calvin Christian Schools. Grades: PreK-12 | Multiple Locations | Website
  • Heritage Christian SchoolsGrades: K-8 6340 Autumn Dr, Hudsonville, MI 49426 | Website
  • Holland Christian Schools Grades PreK-12 | Multiple Locations | Website
  • Holland Adventist SchoolsGrades K-10 | 11385 Ottogan St, Holland, MI 49423 | Website
  • Holy Spirit School | Grades: K-8 | 2222 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504 | Website
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School | Grades: PreK-8 | 1304 Alpine Church Rd NW, Comstock Park, MI, 49321 | Website
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran School | Grades: PreK-8 | 4201 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI, 49509 | Website
  • Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School Grades: K-8 | 1545 Wilson Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49534 | Website
  • Hudsonville Christian School | Grades PreK-8 | 3435 Oak St, Hudsonville, MI 49426 | Website
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary School | Grades: PreK-8 | 1951 Plymouth Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 | Website
  • Jenison Christian SchoolGrades: PreK-8 | 7726 Graceland Dr, Jenison, MI 49428 | Website
  • Journey Academy | Grades: ages 6-10 (expanding to include first grade through high school) | 6206 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, MI 49301 (at Ada Christian School) | Website
  • Lamont Christian SchoolGrades: PreK-8 | 5260 Leonard St, Coopersville, MI 49404 | Website
  • Libertas Christian SchoolGrades: PreK-12 | 5181 64th Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426 | Website
  • Living Stones Academy | Grades: PreK-6 | 1415 Lyon Street NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 |  Website
  • Our Lady of Consolation School | Grades: K-8 | 4865 11 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI, 49341 | Website
  • Plymouth Christian Schools | Grades: PreK-12 | Multiple Locations | Website
  • The Potter’s HouseGrades: PreK-12 | Multiple Locations | 616-241-5202 | Website
  • Rockford Christian School | Grades: PreK-8 | 6060 Belding Rd, Rockford, MI 49341 | Website
  • Sacred Heart Academy Grades: PreK-12 | 1200 Dayton St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504| Website
  • San Juan Diego Academy | Grades: K-8 | 1650 Godfrey Ave S.W. Wyoming MI 49509 | Website
  • South Christian High School | Grades: 9-12 | 160 68th St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548 | Website
  • South Olive Christian School | Grades: K-8 | 6230 120th Ave, Holland, MI 49424 | Website
  • St. Anthony Of Padua Elementary School | Grades: PreK-8 | 2510 Richmond St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | Website
  • St. John Vianney Catholic School | Grades: PreK-8 | 4101 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 | Website
  • St. John’s Lutheran Day School | Grades: PreK-8 | 527 Taylor Ave. Grand Haven, MI 49417 | Website
  • St. Mary’s Catholic SchoolGrades: PreK-8 | 421 E. Exchange St. Spring Lake, MI  49456 | Website
  • St. Patrick School Grades: PreK-8 | 4333 Parnell Ave NE, Ada, MI 49301 | Website
  • St. Stephen Catholic School Grades: PreK-8 | 740 Gladstone SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | Website
  • St. Thomas The Apostle School Grades: PreK-8 | 1429 Wilcox Park Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | Website
  • Unity Christian High School | Grades: 9-12 | 5900 48th Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426 | Website
  • West Catholic High School | Grades: 9-12 | 1801 Bristol Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504 | Website
  • West Michigan Lutheran High School Grades: 9-12 | 601 36th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 | Website
  • Zeeland Christian School |Grades: PreK-12 | 334 W Central Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464 | Website
  • Zion Christian School Grades: PreK-12 | 7555 Byron Center Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315 | Website

SECULAR PRIVATE SCHOOLS

The Goddard School

The Goddard School offers the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. Children discover that learning is fun! The Goddard School offers a play-based learning program to provide a well-rounded experience and ensure children become confident, joyful and fully prepared students. The Goddard School introduces STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) to help children develop a strong foundation for their future educations.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1544 Macnider Rd SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-954-7550
5820 Bayberry Farms Dr | Grandville, MI 49418 | 616-202-2777
2911 Knapp Street NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | 616-208-9292
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Stepping Stones Montessori

Stepping Stones Montessori School provides intentionally prepared environments for children from 12 weeks to 15 years. Highly educated guides respect the individual development of each student.

SSMS nurtures global citizens and guides children to realize their unique potential. Our students are self-directed, responsible, self-aware and self-confident.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1110 College Ave NE | Grand Rapids MI 49503
(616)-451-8627 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

West Michigan is fortunate to have exceptional public schools that are only increasingly improving in quality. Public schools are often close to home and have the advantage of being tuition free.

VIRTUAL ONLINE SCHOOLS

Virtual schools offer education and instruction primarily through online methods. They can be publicly or privately funded and therefore, depending on the school, can be categorized as public, private, or charter schools. This means that some virtual schools are free and others require tuition.

  • Clonlara School | Grades: K-12 | 1289 Jewett, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | Website
  • K12 | Grades: K-12 |Corporate office: 2300 Corporate Park Drive, Herndon, VA 20171 | Website
  • Michigan Connections Academy | Grades: K-12 3950 Heritage Ave., Okemos, MI 48864 | Website
  • Michigan Virtual Charter Academy | Grades: K-12 | 678 Front Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI  49504 | Website
  • Michigan Virtual School | Grades: 6-12 | 3101 Technology Boulevard Suite G, Lansing, MI 48910 | Website
  • Virtual Learning Academy of St. Clair County | Grades: 9-12 | 1520 Michigan Road, Port Huron Twp., MI 48060 |  Website
  • Westwood Cyber High School | Grades: 9-12 | 25824 Michigan Avenue, Inkster, MI 48141 | Website

HOME SCHOOL

Homeschool is a growing community in West Michigan. With the resources available to families today, it’s easier than ever to educate your kids at home and enjoy a strong community atmosphere with other homeschool families.

HSB, Inc.

Whether you’re a home educator, tutoring, or just looking for enrichment for your child, our facility should be your first stop! HSB, Inc. has been providing information, resources, and networking opportunities for area families and home educators in West Michigan since 1999. We are a local nonprofit, proud to have a tremendously wide reaching and positive impact in our community.

We offer a wide variety of academic and enrichment classes as well as an onsite bookstore. The options for structuring your child’s education, utilizing our resources, are limitless!

Contact us today to learn more!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

5625 Burlingame Ave SW | Wyoming, MI 49509
616-532-9422 ext. 4 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

TUTORING & ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

All of our kids have different strengths and different challenges. Academic support programs and tutoring options can give a child extra tools to master their skills.

Whether your kid may need some extra math guidance or reading support, these greater Grand Rapids academic enrichment programs can help.

Mathnasium


Mathnasium teaches children of all skill levels to understand and master math. We boost grades, build confidence, and develop critical thinking for today and for their future.

At Mathnasium, we believe that every child has the ability to be successful in math. It’s a matter of teaching it the way that makes sense to them. When math makes sense, children leap way ahead – whether they started out far behind or already ahead in math.

Mathnasium offers the finest mathematics instruction worldwide. We utilize a time-tested approach that provides initial and ongoing assessments, customized learning plans, personalized instruction, and guided practice to build each student’s math understanding and skills. We don’t believe in rote memorization of tables and procedures; we teach children how to truly understand math.

As students gain a greater understanding of math, they become excited about the subject. Excitement leads to passion, and passion leads to growth. At Mathnasium, we have helped tens of thousands of children grow to not only understand math, but to love it as well. Teaching math is not just what we do, it’s all we do. We’re the authority in math education, growing to over 1000 centers worldwide with 3 locations locally to serve you. Start your child’s transformation today!

Tutoring/Enrichment – SAT/ACT Prep – Homework Help

CONTACT INFORMATION:

6101 Kalamazoo Avenue Southeast #B1 | Kentwood, MI 49508 (Kentwood)
6080 28th St SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (Grand Rapids East)
5020 East Beltline NE, #103C | Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (Grand Rapids North)

616-541-5150 (Kentwood)
616-956-5600 (Grand Rapids East)
616-710-2135 (Grand Rapids North)

WEBSITE (Kentwood)

WEBSITE (Grand Rapids East)

WEBSITE (Grand Rapids North)

FACEBOOK (Kentwood)

FACEBOOK (Grand Rapids East)

FACEBOOK (Grand Rapids North)

“I enrolled my 3rd grade son due to his difficulty in keeping up with math skills in school. This led to frustration and discontent with school altogether. In as little as four months, his confidence and willingness to work on math has improved dramatically. He has also showed significant gains on his MAP test. More importantly, he enjoys attending Mathnasium and feels that the instructors are patient with him when learning new skills We are planning to continue his twice weekly sessions throughout the summer and the upcoming academic year. Thank you Mathnasium!”

Outside the Box: Creative Tutoring

At Outside the Box: Creative Tutoring, we believe that the secret to unlocking a student’s potential lies in the ability to be silly, personable, and creative with how we teach.  We have skilled tutors to help with every grade level and subject, preK-12, including ASL, art, mental health coaching, drama, Spanish, and advanced math and science.  We work with teachers to ensure we are covering what will best help the students succeed in the classroom, and we make it fun. Our students enjoy sessions with us and look forward to tutoring every week.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Libraries around Greater Grand Rapids
616-259-0539 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

“The tutors at Outside the Box have been invaluable to my family! The knowledgeable and supportive assistance my daughter receives weekly gives her a real boost of confidence, not to mention the extra help keeps her on the honor role! I can’t count how many times I have reminded my daughter that it’s tutoring night and she has responded “thank goodness!””

Beth, Jenison, MI

Kumon Math & Reading Center


Kumon is a supplemental program for preschool through high school students which prepares them for high school, especially standardized testing and the SAT by ensuring that they know math and have excellent reading skills. Kids study at the center twice a week and get worksheets to do at home on other days. Kids go from struggling or average students to those studying far above grade level.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

6810 Old 28th St, Suite 6 | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 977-0729WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

SCHOOL SUPPORT

If your child needs a little extra support to  thrive in school, West Michigan has several options. From ADHD screenings to autism support, there are services available to help your student succeed!

BALANCED CALENDAR SCHOOLS

These schools, also known as year round schools, often offer shorter summer breaks in exchange for longer breaks in the fall, winter and spring. Many families prefer this schedule as it lessens the chance for “summer brain drain” and keeps kids stimulated year round. With mini breaks spread throughout the year, families can also plan vacations that wouldn’t cause a child to miss school.

Jenison International Academy

Jenison International Academy is a free fully accredited school that offers online and face-to-face learning opportunities through Jenison Public Schools. We strive to provide an engaging learning environment, preparing our students with the competitive skills necessary to thrive in our ever-changing global society. Our staff is devoted to student outreach beyond a traditional school environment. Our mission statement truly defines JIA and the approach for learning by providing an engaging personalized education, bringing the home, school, and world together.

STEAM Tech Academy is a K-6 Project-Based Learning Elementary school through JIA. First through sixth grade students are provided face-to-face instruction five days per week to complete STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) based problem-solving challenges as well as schoolwork in the core areas.

Kindergartners take part in a blended program that includes three days of face-to-face instruction and two days of online learning. Students are empowered to discover and explore interests, imagine and design solutions to real-world challenges, and develop their creativity through art and free-play.

Program Highlights:
* “Hands On, Minds On” Philosophy
* Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Science (Problem-Based, Discovery Curriculum)
* Project-Based Learning
* Genius Hour/Maker Space Sessions for Discovery
* School-Wide Design Challenges
* Lego League Challenges
* Structured and Free Play Opportunities
* Elective Options with over 50 Community Partners

Enrollment for Fall is now open!

Upcoming informational meetings: February 7 at 5:30 PM and March 19 at 5:30 PM.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

800 Connie St. | Jenison MI 49428
616-457-8477 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

What is your favorite part about being in JIA?
“We love the close relationship between JIA staff and the family members. We love the individualized attention each student receives. But most of all we love being able to do school at home on our terms.”

-Laurie Owen, JIA Parent

Ridge Park Charter Academy | Grand Rapids | 616-222-0093
Grand Rapids Christian Elementary – Evergreen Campus | Grand Rapids | 616-574-5900
Emmons Lake Elementary | Caledonia | 616-528-8100
Zeeland Quest | Zeeland | 616-748-3050

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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