About Us

For more than 150 years, Grand Rapids Public Schools has been a leader in West Michigan. With over 40 schools in one dynamic district, we take pride in preparing our scholars for the real world. 

GRPS is Michigan’s eighth-largest public school district and the third-largest employer in the City of Grand Rapids. Every day over 1,800 employees, including more than a thousand dedicated teachers, educate more than 14,000 scholars. 

Our scholars represent more than 70 countries with over 75 different languages spoken, creating a value-added educational experience and benefit that is above and beyond basic education. 

Come be a part of the energy, excitement, and momentum at Grand Rapids Public Schools! 

 

Our Mission: To ensure that all students are educated, self-directed and productive members of society.


Upon graduation scholars will be:

Educated and therefore able to:

  • Apply skills and knowledge learned from a rigorous and relevant core curriculum.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in current technologies.
  • Transfer career and employability skills across multiple settings.
  • Pursue lifelong learning to succeed in a changing global community.

Self-Directed and therefore able to:

  • Use a high degree of self-awareness to facilitate making life-directing decisions.
  • Identify and initiate career-appropriate post-secondary options.

Productive and therefore able to:

  • Appreciate and respect cultural and individual diversity.
  • Actively participate as productive members of a democratic society.

Graduates will meet the specific credit requirements as defined by the rules of this policy. These requirements will meet or exceed the minimum graduation requirements as defined by the state of Michigan.

We believe that all children can achieve their academic potential through effort, high expectations, and quality teaching.

Our vision is to become a world-class performing district with a diverse portfolio of the highest quality schools, with the top educational talent, to meet the differing academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of every student with unrelenting focus on high achievement, high expectations, and preparation for the 21st Century economy.

 

School Choices


GRPS proudly offers the largest selection of school choices in all of West Michigan, including neighborhood schools, theme schools, and Success Centers. 

Neighborhood schools offer robust, traditional education. GRPS has neighborhood schools serving scholars in preschool through 5th grade, preschool through 8th grade, and 9th through 12th grade throughout the city. Neighborhood schools have attendance area boundaries where every child living in the attendance area is eligible to attend the school. While every neighborhood school is unique, each program offers important key features: strong community partnerships, extracurricular and enrichment activities, field trips, social-emotional learning, and positive scholar-teacher relationships. Find your neighborhood school using our Attendance Area Finder. 

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, scholars have the opportunity to participate in exciting extracurricular programming to enhance their learning. GRPS has 17 theme schools, each with a customized curriculum and unique academic offerings that are centered around a certain theme. Applications are required, admissions criteria may apply, and seats are limited. Some limited attendance area seats are available for scholars who live in the immediate neighborhood around a particular elementary theme school. Apply to a theme school.

GRPS has two Success Centers designed for scholars who may need extra support recovering high school credit, be off-track academically, or have experienced other challenges that required an alternative educational setting.‚Äč Succes Centers are referral-based schools offered to GRPS scholars already enrolled in GRPS.  Referrals will be given to schools who require high school support.

Schools may also offer services for English Learners; “community schools” with social, health, and mental health services embedded; and more.  

Secure. Connect. Transform

Thanks to the residents of Grand Rapids, GRPS has been able to create new, state-of-the-art buildings with the latest technology and educational designs to support instruction and learning. In every corner of the city, whether it’s a new green-built, LEED-certified school or a school that utilizes the beauty of surrounding neighborhoods and parks, GRPS has been transforming our district to meet the needs of our scholars.  

While our schools have had secure entrances and requirements for all visitors to sign in through the office, many of our buildings were not built for the complex security concerns of the 21st Century. We have reconfigured entrances and offices to meet today’s security standards, as scholar and staff safety remains our top priority.  

Continuing to focus on 21st Century solutions, Chromebooks and iPads are available for all scholars, which supports the district’s curriculum. Teachers, staff, principals, and classrooms throughout the district have also been upgraded with new state-of-the-art, interactive, wireless projection capabilities.  

 

Our Scholars


You may see the word "scholar" on a poster in a school building, in an email to the community, and throughout this website. You may hear our Superintendent, district leaders, teachers, and staff use the word "scholar" to refer to our students. As a district, we elevate our students by calling them "scholars" to convey their full potential and encourage high expectations. Words have the power to transform when used often and intentionally. Our goal is to transform the way our students see their potential - making the impossible possible.

 

GRPS Strategic Plan


Building on the successes of the Transformation Plan–including increased graduation rates, decreased chronic absenteeism, and increased test scores––GRPS spent months collecting community feedback to build on our progress of a bold, comprehensive plan aimed at restoring stability and growth for GRPS

After reviewing two months of community input from a diverse set of stakeholders, the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan resulted in six prioritized outcomes and six themes, each with multiple initiatives.

Contact Us 

For general questions concerning GRPS, please call our main office at 616-819-2000 and a staff member will direct your call.

GRPS Mailing Address

Grand Rapids Public Schools
1331 Martin Luther King Jr St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49501

 

Enrollment

For questions about school choices and how to enroll your child in a GRPS school, please visit our Enrollment page on our website, call Community & Student Services at 616-819-2150, or enrollment@grps.org

Website Accessibility

For website accessibility concerns or assistance, please visit our Website Accessibility page or contact our Accessibility Team directly at accessibility@grps.org.