Private, Charter, Religious, Language Immersion and More

West Michigan parents, you have options and we’ve put them together for you in one easy guide.

Today, West Michigan parents have LOADS of options when it comes to making important choices about your child’s education.

Whether you are looking for a language immersion school, a charter school, or a school to help a child with learning differences, there are tons of choices. Each public school and private school across West Michigan has something different to offer.

Start here as you research your child’s school.. and find your child’s learning home.

What’s in This Schools Guide:



  • List of Language Immersion Schools

  • List of Experience-Bases Schools

  • List of Private Religious Schools

  • List of Public Schools

  • List of Online Schools

  • List of Tutoring and Enrichment Programs

Thanks to our Title Sponsor, NorthPointe Christian Schools 
“There aren’t enough words to express the blessing NorthPointe Christian is to our family and to our children. The elementary teachers and principal consistently see the hearts of our children as they were created. They nurture their spirit. They think outside the box to reach our son. There aren’t enough minutes in the day to properly thank them!”
NorthPointe parent

NorthPointe Christian Schools is passionate about making sure each and every one of our students – preschool through high school – reaches his or her full, God-given potential. We pair academic excellence with a strong, 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 to cultivate their individual gifts.

Small class sizes at NorthPointe allow for greater individualized attention. Authentic learning takes place at all levels. And a focus on service is at the heart of NorthPointe’s mission.

NorthPointe Elementary Campus houses the following programs:

Early Childhood:

  • 3’s and 4’s Preschool (enrollment available anytime child reaches 2 years, 9 months)
  • Nature-Based Preschool – NEW in 2017!
  • Intergenerational Preschool
  • Spanish Immersion beginning for age 3
  • Young Fives


  • Spanish Immersion
  • 3 & 5 Day Kindergarten
  • Traditional English
  • Home & School Hybrid
  • Student Resource/Inclusion Program
  • Before/After Care

NorthPointe Middle & High School Programs include:

  • 6th Grade Bridge Year
  • Spanish Secondary Continuing Education Program
  • Dual High School/College Enrollment

Visitors to NorthPointe Christian’s campus frequently comment on the warm, welcoming atmosphere. NorthPointe’s doors are open year round for individual tours and admissions inquiries – we would love to learn how we can support your individual child’s needs!

NorthPointe Christian Schools | 540 Russwood Ave NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546


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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.

New Branches Charter Academy


New Branches Charter Academy (NBCA) is a tuition-free public school serving students in grades PreK – 8. New Branches is working to ensure that all their students are receiving a quality education, with a foundation in environmental integrity. Located on 12-acres, New Branches utilizes its vast campus to provide students with an academic education that is built both in positive learning experiences and opportunities. Students at New Branches also work on improving their overall being, by participating in the Character Choices program; which provides students with the skills and tools to become the best citizens they can be.

Preschool students at New Branches Charter Academy attend through the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). New Branches and GSRP work to ensure that students are provided an early start to education. The preschool program at New Branches also incorporates Character Choices, environmentally themed activities and learning frameworks. Our GSRP program provides an educational foundation for years to come, and creates a smoother transition for students going into kindergarten.


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

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

Experience the four seasons of nature! West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science is a PreK-12, tuition-free academy with an environmental focus in learning. With over 60 acres of wilderness to explore, your child will be in LOVE with LEARNING!

Every day students have an up-close, hands-on opportunity to study in a wide variety of ecosystems including wetlands, forests and prairies. From making maple syrup to collecting data with the school drone, students apply their studies to real-life experiences.

Benefits of WMAES:

  • Environmentally Themed Classes
  • NEW Elementary Building
  • Small Class Sizes
  • College Credits for High School
  • Spanish Offered K-12
  • One Campus for ALL Grades
  • Much MORE to DISCOVER!

Tour TODAY! —>


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

  • Black River Public SchoolGrades: K-12 | 491 Columbia Ave, Holland, MI 49423 | Website
  • Byron Center Charter School | Grades: K-12 | 9930 Burlingame Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315 | Website
  • Chandler Woods Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5’s-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 5’s-8 | 7701 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Byron Center, MI 49315 | Website
  • Eagle Crest Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5’s-8 | 11950 Riley Street, Holland, MI 49424 | Website
  • Excel Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5’s-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 Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts & Technology | Grades: PreK-12 | 600 Burton, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 | 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 5’s-8 | 1759 Leffingwell NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525| Website
  • New Branches Charter Academy | Grades: K-8 | 3662 Poinsettia Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508 | Website
  • Nexus Academy | Grades: 9-12 | 801 Broadway Ave NW, Suite 225, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | Website
  • Ridge Park Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5’s-8 | 4120 Camelot Ridge Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | Website
  • River City Scholars | Grades: Young 5’s-8 | 944 Evergreen St., Grand Rapids, MI 49507 | Website
  • Vanderbilt Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5’s-8 | 301 West 16th St., Holland, MI 49423 | Website
  • Vanguard Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5’s-8 | 1620 52nd Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49519 | Website
  • Vista Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5’s-8 | 711 32nd Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548 | Website
  • Walker Charter Academy | Grades: Young 5’s-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


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.

Southwest Community Campus


Southwest Community Campus (SWCC) is the area’s leading dual immersion school. The school currently serves preschool through 8th grade students, but is expanding to be preschool-12th grade. In the dual immersion program, students whose primary language is English and students whose primary language is Spanish are placed in the same classroom. In kindergarten, students learn 90% in Spanish and 10% in English. As they get older, students transition gradually to 50% of their instruction being in English and 50% in Spanish. Students become bilingual and bicultural through the proven two-way immersion program.

SWCC’s strong curriculum is rooted in academic achievement. SWCC students have shown continued growth and success each year and benefit from strong parental involvement. Students have the opportunity to extend their learning by participating in academic events, including the annual school-wide science fair, robotics, and the Academic Games. The school celebrates its diversity through many cultural events and promotes understanding and respect of each other’s cultures.

The teachers at Southwest Community Campus are caring and dedicated. They believe in their students and have an environment of high expectations. The highly qualified bilingual staff are trained to meet the needs of all learners.

Research shows that people who are bilingual are positioned well for a successful future with more opportunities at the college level and in the workplace, better performance on standardized tests, and are more competitive in an increasingly global economy. Set your child up for success by applying today for Southwest Community Campus.


801 Oakland Ave SW | Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 819-2947 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

NorthPointe Christian Schools


NorthPointe Christian Schools is passionate about making sure each and every one of our students – preschool through high school – reaches his or her full, God-given potential. We pair academic excellence with a strong, 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 to cultivate their individual gifts.

Small class sizes at NorthPointe allow for greater individualized attention. Authentic learning takes place at all levels. And a focus on service is at the heart of NorthPointe’s mission.

NorthPointe Elementary Campus houses the following programs:
Early Childhood:
3’s and 4’s Preschool (enrollment available anytime child reaches 2 years, 9 months)
Nature-Based Preschool – NEW in 2017!
Intergenerational Preschool
Spanish Immersion beginning for age 3
Young Fives

Spanish Immersion
3 & 5 Day Kindergarten
Traditional English
Home & School Hybrid
Student Resource/Inclusion Program
Before/After Care

NorthPointe Middle & High School Programs include:
6th Grade Bridge Year
Spanish Secondary Continuing Education Program
Dual High School/College Enrollment

Visitors to NorthPointe Christian’s campus frequently comment on the warm, welcoming atmosphere. NorthPointe’s doors are open year round for individual tours and admissions inquiries – we would love to learn how we can support your individual child’s needs!



NorthPointe Christian Schools | 540 Russwood Ave NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 363-4869 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

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. Students are immersed in Spanish from preschool through 6th grade, followed by the opportunity to maintain Spanish language skills from 7-12th grades.

Comprehensive Curriculum

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.

Students receive instruction in all core subjects in the Spanish language and co-curricular subjects in English. This includes music, physical education, technology, and art. Formal English Language Arts learning begins in 2nd grade and grows gradually each year thereafter. By the end of middle school, Spanish Immersion students take most of their classes in English with a Spanish Immersion maintenance program that ensures their Spanish fluency remains razor-sharp. Grand Rapids Christian High School offers advanced-level Spanish courses and exciting cultural opportunities for Spanish Immersion students as well.

Spanish Immersion students at GRCS excel in classrooms that fully integrate the Christian faith 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 GRCS 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. Students transferring from another Spanish Immersion program who meet language proficiency standards are accepted beyond kindergarten.


Email or Call Lindsay Hart for Preschool Admissions. Email or Call Linda Vellenga for K-8th Admissions.

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

(616) 574-6000 | 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 Christian Elementary School | Grades: PreK – 4 | 1050 Iroquois Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | 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
  • Northpointe Christian Schools | Grades: Preschool- 5 | 540 Russwood NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 | Website
  • Oriole Park Elementary | Grades: K-2 | 1420 40th St. SW, Wyoming, MI 49519 | 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


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.

Grand Rapids Public Schools

grand rapids public schools

Grand Rapids Public Schools is the leader in experience-based education. In fact, our schools have even made the list of “Coolest Schools in America”. Our theme schools and Centers of Innovation offer opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. Students enjoy experiences like building houses, exploring woods and streams, performing on stage, exploring culture and diversity, using artifacts, raising chickens, interacting with zoo animals, and much more!

Allow your child to explore their interests at one of these outstanding schools:

  • Academy of Business, Leadership & Entrepreneurship (9-12)
  • Academy of Design and Construction (9-12)
  • Academy of Health, Sciences & Technology (9-12)
  • Academy of Modern Engineering (9-12)
  • Blandford (6th grade only)
  • C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy (PK-10) growing one grade per year to become PK-12
  • Center for Economicology @ City (6th grade only)
  • City High Middle School (7-12)
  • Coit Creative Arts Academy (K-5)
  • Early Middle College @ Ottawa Hills (9-12, Fall 2017)
  • Gerald R. Ford Academic Center (PK-8)
  • Grand Rapids Montessori (PK-12)
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum School (6-7) growing one grade per year to become 6-12
  • North Park Montessori (PK-8)
  • Ridgemoor Park Montessori (PK-6)
  • Rockford Christian School – Environmental Program (5-6)
  • Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy (K-8)
  • Southwest Community Campus (PK-8)
  • University Prep Academy (6-12)
  • Zoo School (6th grade only)


1331 Franklin St SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 819-2000 | 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
  • Early Middle College @ Ottawa Hills | Grades: 9-12, Fall 2017 | 2055 Rosewood Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | 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: 6-7, 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
  • 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
  • West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science | Grades: K-12 | 4463 Leonard St. NW, Walker, MI 49534 | Website


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.

Our Savior Lutheran School

our savior luthern school

Daily, Kindergarten to 8th grade students at Our Savior Lutheran School are given the rich and comforting Word of God as they hear of the work of Jesus Christ and His forgiveness. This is the center of our school and school day. Our warm, caring teachers engage with your child in discussions about faith, family, and the world that God has given to us. They work with you to provide your child with the tools necessary for life-long learning and success.

In addition to excellent teachers and a carefully-crafted curriculum, our school offers other rich experiences from being active on one of our sports teams to being active in the community through service opportunities. Finally, our well-developed fine arts program includes class choirs, 5th-8th grade choir, 5th-8thgrade chimes, beginner’s band, advanced band, and multiple plays each year.

We look forward to you stopping by to visit our tightly-knit, family-oriented community!

Call (616) 949-0710 to schedule a visit or to speak with one of our knowledge staff members to find out more about our school.


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

Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic Schools

diocese of grand rapids catholic schools

In a Catholic school, your child will learn about morals and values along with academics. Experienced teachers and staff nurture students in mind, body, and soul – creating an environment where children of all faiths feel safe, loved, and appreciated.

From preschool through high school, principles of the Catholic faith are built into students’ core studies and abundant extra-curricular activities, encouraging curious minds to discover and develop their God-given gifts. As a result, research shows Catholic school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go to college, and grow in relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is committed to making Catholic education possible for every family who desires it. Our schools offer multiple scholarships, including Welcome Scholarships for students whose families enroll in a Catholic school for the first time.

With 30 Catholic schools offering a variety of programs throughout West Michigan, there’s an option for you. We invite you to join our family.

3, 4-year-old Preschool: 1/2, full-day options
DK, Kindergarten: 1/2, full-day options
Elementary through High School
Before and after care are available.

Serving the communities of:
Ada (Parnell)
Comstock Park
East Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids

Contact Luzia Tartari ([email protected], 616-551-4743) or Stephanie Grey ([email protected], 616-551-5630) with questions; both are bilingual in English and Spanish.


360 Division Ave. S | Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 551-4743 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

AnchorPoint Christian School


SEARCHING for an Adventure in Learning for Your GRKID?
AHOY! Here it is!

You’ve just DISCOVERED your Affordable
PreK-Grade 6 School with Student Daycare.
Your child’s LEARNING ADVENTURE can begin

You and your child will joyfully journey with AnchorPoint’s supportive resources and encouraging atmosphere of individual whole-child development. Here’s why.
• Christ-centered education
Safe, nurturing environment
• Personal care in small classes
Multi-age teams and buddies
• Experienced, creative teachers
• Inspiring academic curriculum
• Art, Music, PE, Spanish, Tech
Innovative, interactive activities
• Affordable PreK-Grade 6 tuition
• Spacious rooms, playground, gym
• In-school enrolled-student daycare
• Family partnership in child’s growth
• Convenient central Wyoming location

• God’s LOVE All Day!
• 2- or 3-day schedule
• 9:00–11:30 AM
GRADES 1-6 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19

When we think about our Savior
And the faithfulness he’s shown
To every generation
His promises made known
He’s the anchor for our soul
Holding us firm and secure

AnchorPoint Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

January 25 & April 20, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM
Or call for a PERSONAL TOUR.



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

Ada Christian

ada christian

At Ada Christian School we establish a strong foundation by educating the whole child — mind, body and soul in Christian community.

Preschool through 8th grade students will experience:

• quality faith-based education
• transformative teaching through technology
• outdoor education integrated into each grade and subject
• exceptional fine arts programming
• athletics and inclusive sports
• weekly chapel and small groups
• multi-age classroom buddies
• meaningful service learning opportunities

We are especially thrilled to offer an Integrated Outdoor Education program for all of our students! We’ve expanded our efforts to provide students with a hands on, tangible appreciation for the world around them. All students experience wonder and awe for our Creator as we explore his exciting world together throughout our 37-acre classroom.

Now Enrolling!

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

“Family” is a word often used to describe our ACS students, parents, faculty and staff. Having preschool through 8th grade students all in one building provides unique and beneficial experience for all. Warm, caring, and respectful relationships are nurtured in and throughout grade levels in our Christian community.

Come Visit!

Call (616) 676.1289 or sign up to schedule a personal tour to see all that Ada Christian School’s Christ-centered environment can offer your family.


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

Grand Rapids Christian Schools

grand rapids christian

At Grand Rapids Christian Schools, our mission is to prepare students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society. With five campuses located throughout Grand Rapids and Rockford, we educate over 2300 students in preschool through 12th grade annually and nurture the lives of a spiritually, culturally and economically diverse student body. We hold ourselves to the highest standards as we strive for excellence in education based on five core values:

Rooted in Christ – Christian faith is integrated into every aspect of learning so that students develop a strong knowledge of God, a love for His word, and a deep understanding that everything they do is for God’s glory.

Educated for Life – Students prepare to embrace a lifetime of learning and leadership in an environment built on relevant instructional practices delivered by well-trained, passionate Christian educators in well-equipped facilities using up-to-date technologies.

Connected through Relationships – Students experience intentional, positive, caring relationships with parents, peers, and school staff. It is through these relationships that students mature in their faith, strive to achieve, experience success, and fulfill potential.

United with Home and Church – Students establish strong spiritual foundations through the working partnership that exists between home, church, and school.

Called to Serve – Students worship God and extend the love of Christ to others by engaging in actions of meaningful service.

With a focus on collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving all deeply rooted in faith, students graduate from Grand Rapids Christian Schools prepared to engage, serve and make a meaningful impact on their communities and around the world.

Grand Rapids Christian High School | 2300 Plymouth Ave SE | Grand Rapids, MI  49506 |  (616) 574-5500
Grand Rapids Christian Middle School | 2036 Chesaning Dr SE | Grand Rapids, MI  49506 | (616) 574-6300
Grand Rapids Christian Elementary – Iroquois Campus | 1508 Alexander St SE | Grand Rapids, MI  49506 | (616) 574-6500
Grand Rapids Christian Elementary – Evergreen Campus | 1630 Griggs St SE | Grand Rapids, MI  49506 | (616) 574-5900
Rockford Christian School | 6060 Belding Rd | Rockford, MI 49341 | (616) 574-6400

Trinitas Classical School

trinitas classical school

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. Homeschool Partnership and full-time enrollment options are available for grades K-8.

Why Trinitas?

Our approach to education is multi-directional. It looks to the past and the present to prepare students for the future. On the one hand, we employ a classical education distinguished by memorization and conversation around great ideas, which equips students with “the lost tools of learning.” At the same time, we take seriously the best contemporary tools of education. This means, for example, that we incorporate inquiry-based math and science. In uniting the best of the past and present tools of learning and the intentional cultivation of virtue, Trinitas prepares its students for a future in which they can become faithful stewards of God’s world.

Full-time Enrollment

• Phonics and handwriting
• Grammar, composition, and classic literature
• Narrative world history
• Exemplary inquiry-based science program
• Internationally acclaimed math curriculum
• Latin and Greek
• Art, music, and PE
• Intentional character education
• Critical thinking, logic, and public speaking

Homeschool Partnership

• Participation in classes alongside full-time students
• Instruction from a Trinitas faculty member
• Access to all extra-curricular events
• Field trips at no extra cost
• Optional participation in lunch and recess
• Custom options available


Located in Grand Rapids
(616) 855-6518 | WEBSITE | NEWSLETTER

St. Stephen Catholic School

st stephen catholic school

St. Stephen Catholic School has maintained a tradition of faith-based academic excellence for over 90 years. We offer preschool through eighth grade students a warm, safe learning environment, academics tailored to their individual needs, cutting-edge technology and a community rich with diversity and compassion. We offer competitive tuition and financial aid assistance. Highlights include: 

Early Childhood & Child Care Options

  • Childcare center open daily, 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Monday through Friday early childhood options – attend our preschool, lunch bunch, and childcare program – each intentionally designed and structured to promote kindergarten readiness.
  • Tuesday-Thursday morning three-year-old preschool
  • MondayThursday morning or afternoon four-year-old preschool
  • Young Fives and Kindergarten

Dynamic Learning Environment

  • Excellence in academics for all learning levels, including accelerated programs, a dedicated resource room and the Arrowsmith program (an internationally recognized program for students with learning disabilities).
  • Traditional classroom education, plus specialized instruction in Spanish, physical education, art, music, band, and technology.
  • Rich in diversity: our student body is socially, economically, culturally, and spiritually diverse.
  • Small class sizes. Our dedicated teachers provide the instruction, attention and guidance necessary to help students reach their full potential.
  • A faith-filled environment that fosters students’ natural goodness and creativity.

By putting faith at the center of all we do, we provide our students a moral compass and core values that will last a lifetime. Your child will love learning and growing with us.

St. Stephen Catholic School: Learning Today, Living Our Faith, Leading Tomorrow


740 Gladstone Dr. SE | East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 243-8998 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

St. Paul the Apostle

st paul the apostle

We believe that our primary purpose in educating is to lead the child to know, love, and serve God and one another through spiritual, academic, physical, aesthetic, and social development.

We are committed to our children’s growth:
• by nurturing with love and care the CHRIST-LIFE within the child.
• by calling forth from each child the God-given gifts of mind, heart, and body.
• by helping each child realize the fullness of daily life and a capability of sharing this celebration of life with others.
• by instilling a sense of personal and social responsibility through recognition of the value of self discipline.
• by fostering the skills needed for life-long learning.
• by promoting an awareness of the value of the cultural diversity of our global community.

A tradition of academic excellence.

St. Paul the Apostle School provides your child with a learning environment that cultivates academic achievement. Teachers are passionate about the subjects they teach and are wholly invested in the success of their students. High academic standards challenge students to expect great things of themselves; our teachers, with the support of the entire St. Paul community, work hard to assure that they reach their goals.
• Our students consistently rank among the highest in the Grand Rapids Diocese based on MAPs testing results.
• St. Paul graduates are well prepared to excel in high school. Nearly 100% of St. Paul’s students continue their journey of faith and education at nearby Catholic Central High School; most qualify for Honors and Advanced Placement courses.


2750 Burton SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 949-1690 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Private, Religious Schools in Kent County & Ottawa County

  • Ada Christian School | Grades: PreK- 8 | 6206 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, MI 49301 | Website
  • 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
  • AnchorPoint Christian School | Grades: PreK-6 | 601 36th Street SW, Wyoming, MI, 49509 | 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
  • Byron Center Christian School | Grades: K-8 | 8840 Byron Center Ave, Byron Center, MI, 49315 | 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 Christian Schools | Grades: PreK-12 | Multiple Locations |  Website
  • Grand Rapids Hebrew Academy Grades: PreK-5 | 2615 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 | Website
  • Grand Rapids Seventh-day 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 Evangelical 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
  • Immanuel-St James Lutheran School | Grades: PreK-8 | 2066 Oakwood Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49505 | 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
  • Legacy Christian School | Grades: PreK-8 | 67 68th St SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49548 | 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
  • NorthPointe Christian Schools | Grades: PreK-12 | Multiple Locations |Website
  • Our Lady of Consolation School | Grades: K-8 | 4865 11 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI, 49341 | Website
  • Our Savior Lutheran School | Grades: PreK-8 | 1916 Ridgewood Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 | 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. Paul The Apostle School | Grades: PreK-8 | 2750 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 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
  • Trinitas Classical School Grades: K-8 | 1465 3 Mile Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 | Website
  • Tri-unity Christian School Grades: PreK-12 | Multiple Locations | 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
  • West Side Christian School Grades: PreK-8 | 955 Westend Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 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
  • Lake Michigan Academy | Special Education school | Grades: 1-12 | 2428 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546-0495 | Website
  • Stepping Stones Montessori School | Grades: Nursery/preschool-6 | 1110 College Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 | Website


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

Grand Rapids Public Schools

grand rapids public schools

GRPS proudly offers the largest selection of school choices in all of West Michigan, including neighborhood, theme, Center of Innovation, special education, alternative education, cultural centers, and charter.

Neighborhood schools offer a traditional education. They are located throughout the city and are open to all students within their attendance area. Exciting pilot programs are underway to strengthen the connection between neighborhood schools and neighborhood residents at Congress and Mulick Park.

Theme schools offer the core curriculum through a unique lens, including environmental science, arts and music, global studies, leadership, Montessori, International Baccalaureate and more. In many theme schools, students have the opportunity for place based education and exciting extracurricular programming to enhance their learning.

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

GRPS provides center-based special education programs and services to students from the 20 school districts of the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) as determined through the IEP team process.

Alternative education programs offer high school students an opportunity for high school completion, high school diploma, and/or college credits.

The cultural centers provide language support services for English Language Learners. These schools are staffed with additional highly qualified bilingual staff to support students and families.

GRPS also authorizes one charter elementary school, Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center.


1331 Franklin St SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 819-2000 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Kent County Public Schools

Ottawa County Public 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.

iCademy Global


The journey of 1,000 miles begins with just one click. At iCademy Global, Michigan’s leading TUITION FREE online school open to any Michigan resident in grades kindergarten -12th, we are experts in virtual learning and our family is still growing! We are a virtual community with a personal connection and investment in our students and families.

In case you were wondering, it’s not too late to join us for THIS school year!

If, however, you are considering iCademy Global for your family next year, please plan on joining us at an information night to experience the difference; Thursday, March 9th or Tuesday, March 14th at 6:30 PM at Homestead Campus in Zeeland! Or, if you’d rather join us virtually, please do! Visit our website for more details! Either option you choose we are looking forward to introducing our dedicated staff and sharing with you the incredible opportunities for your family. For questions or information, call Leisa at 616-446-1486 or [email protected] Start your journey TODAY at


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

  • 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


All of our kids have different strengths and different challenges. There are many academic support programs and tutoring options to help your child with whatever they may need. Whether your kid may need some extra math guidance or reading support, these greater Grand Rapids academic enrichment programs have got you covered.

New Chapter Learning

new chapter

Dyslexia Correction Program

New Chapter Learning LLC. offers the Davis Dyslexia Correction® Program which provides learning solutions for adults and children eight years or older for solving problems with reading, math, attention focus, coordination (dyspraxia), and handwriting (dysgraphia).

At New Chapter Learning we believe that learning problems are a result of primarily thinking with pictures. Because of this picture-thinking ability, the current school curriculum is not addressing the needs of these bright and talented students.

Dyslexia should not be confused with reversals of letters alone. The term dyslexia in its simplest terms is defined as a picture-thinking individual who cannot decode phonics, is easily distracted and/or transposes letters, numbers, or symbols. The symptoms of learning disabilities can be numerous; however the root cause is the ability to think in pictures. We believe that this ability, when used to its fullest potential, is actually a gift.

Many students are incorrectly diagnosed as ADD/HD. Students generally gain 2-3 reading grade levels at the completion of the one-week program.

The Davis Correction® Program is a one-week 30-hour course that provides the student with the tools they need to work within a classroom situation and become successful.

Free seminars regarding Dyslexia are offered monthly. Take the on-line test to determine if you or your child has dyslexic characteristics.

For further information or to schedule an assessment, contact New Chapter Learning at 616-534-1385.


4120 Chicago Dr. SW Suite #4 | Grandville, MI 49418
(616) 534-1385 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK


If you are looking for information on year-round, balanced calendar schools, be sure to check out Betsy’s article “Why I Chose Year-Round School for my Family.

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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  1. Brittany January 26, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    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.

  2. Karen Koh January 26, 2017 at 7:06 am - Reply

    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!

  3. Roy Williams August 12, 2016 at 9:01 am - Reply


    Another option for online K-12 education is Alpha Omega Academy ( Alpha Omega Academy (a division of Glynlyon []) is headquartered in Rock Rapids, IA. It is a Christian school, offering accredited ( 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.

  4. Ben May 24, 2016 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    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.

  5. Derina January 23, 2016 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Is there a list of schools in West Michigan that offer a year round calendar?

    • Jill Clarin
      Jill Clarin February 2, 2016 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      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!

    • April H
      April H January 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply
    • Leisa Lobbezoo January 17, 2017 at 11:20 am - Reply

      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.

  6. Sara June 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    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.

  7. Melissa December 6, 2014 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    There is a wonderful classical conversations campus in Allendale. Classical conversations is a co op for homeschool families. It meets every monday from 9-12 and follows the classical education model. There are a few other campuses around West Michigan as well.

  8. Katie October 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    When searching for Spanish immersion programs in West Michigan I came across another list:

  9. Neil July 1, 2014 at 11:44 am - Reply

    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. ..

  10. Amy Carpenter Leugs May 29, 2014 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    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.

  11. Rebecca Rop March 21, 2014 at 10:43 am - Reply

    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.

  12. Megans October 8, 2013 at 7:25 am - Reply

    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!

  13. Jamie September 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I was wondering if anyone has any info on K12 online learning?

  14. Anne August 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I didn’t see Freedom Christian on your list… in Hudsonville.

  15. Deb August 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    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. If looking for a free Christian preschool curriculum for use with ages 2-5, we liked the 4 year program from

  16. Abigail August 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

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

  17. Katie August 4, 2013 at 7:05 pm - Reply

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

  18. Diane July 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm - Reply

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

  19. Nikki July 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    I am curious about two schools —- Grand Rapids child discovery center and Living stones academy.

  20. Chris George July 30, 2013 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Darci February 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      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.

    • Jennifer August 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

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

  21. Jan Damsteegt July 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    We love the small class sizes and Christian community at Borculo Christian School. If you are looking for alternatives in Ottawa County, be sure to check it out!

    • Jan Damsteegt July 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      It is a Preschool – 8th Grade School.

  22. Michelle July 30, 2013 at 9:48 am - Reply

    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!

    • Melody V
      Melody V July 30, 2013 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Thanks for letting us know, we’ve added them to the list =)

  23. Kristi July 30, 2013 at 8:36 am - Reply

    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.

  24. Sarah July 30, 2013 at 8:27 am - Reply

    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!

    • Melody V
      Melody V July 30, 2013 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Which school is it? We will add it. Thanks!

      • Julie January 3, 2014 at 8:15 am - Reply

        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.

  25. Stacey July 30, 2013 at 7:15 am - Reply

    The S.I. Program at Ada Vista actually goes all the way through 12th grade.

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