Welcome to Shawmut Hills (PK-8)
It is an honor to serve as the Principal of Shawmut Hills Academy. We have an amazing team of dedicated, talented, and resourceful teachers and support staff who create an amazing educational experience for our scholars. Our scholars bring truly diverse backgrounds to school, which only enriches one another's lives. We have the steadfast support of an amazing PTA and school community to make this a special place to be.
Whether your family lives in our attendance zone or not, we would love to talk to you about becoming a part of our school community. It would be great to give you a tour of our school and bring your family in as members of the Shawmut Hills community!
Breakfast 8:10 a.m.
Start Time 8:30 a.m.
Dismissal 3:26 p.m.
Half Day Dismissal 11:40 a.m.
Shawmut Hills uses a positive and holistic approach to education to create an environment that promotes scholar learning and well-being.
Nestled in a beautiful residential neighborhood on the northwest side of Grand Rapids, Shawmut Hills is a hidden gem. We proudly serve scholars in grades preschool through 8th grade.
Our highly-skilled and passionate staff ensure that every child has the opportunity to have their needs met academically, socially, and emotionally. Our team has been trained in creating trauma-sensitive classroom environments, allowing all of our scholars to feel supported and experience success.
Place-Based, Supplemental Learning
Using place-based education as our guide, our scholars explore and utilize our beautiful school grounds to deepen their learning. Our campus features old growth trees, habitats for a variety of animals, and an amazing edible garden run by scholars and the school community. Our scholars also have the opportunity to participate in rich experiences that include, but are not limited to, the following:
- social and emotional integrated curriculum
- high impact math, science, reading, and social studies curriculum
- music, band, art, physical education, computers, and library
- elementary and middle school sports
- the Shawmut Hills Friendship Garden
- Kid’s Hope Mentoring
- Senior Neighbors Tutoring
- after school LOOP tutoring
- enrichment activities with Grand Valley State University and Cornerstone University
As a school, we thrive because of the trust, support, and collaboration between staff, scholars, family members, and our supportive community partners. Through the generous work of our PTA and community partners, we are able to support after school events that include:
- family dances
- Shawmut Hills Night at the 3 Mile Project
- winter holiday sing-a-long
- school carnival
- reading night
- math night
- and so much more!
One of our most treasured accomplishments is that we have taught and continue to serve the children of many of our staff members both past and present. Our staff work collaboratively to create the best learning environment for all scholars, and we trust each other to teach our own children. At Shawmut, our family is your family!
We have incorporated distance learning for years and are poised to be a leader in the district as a blended model of new technologies and old practices, giving our students the best of both worlds. Our 1-to-1 student technology device approach ensures that every student has the opportunity to learn inside and outside the classroom.
Our newly modernized building is a hidden gem on the west side of Grand Rapids featuring updated entrances, classrooms, air conditioning, and an athletic wing, surrounded by sprawling green space for outdoor education and athletics.
Fall Count DayDate: Oct 4Calendar: GRPS District Calendar
Dean Transportation Update & Parent Feedback | Suggestions 6:30 PM to 8:00 PMDean Transportation Update & Parent Feedback | SuggestionsDate: Oct 4Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PMLocation: GRPS University, 1400 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505, USACalendar: GRPS District Calendar
Ottawa Hills Girls Swim InvitationalDate: Oct 7Calendar: GRPS District Calendar
GRPS Parent Action Leaders (PALs) Meeting 9:30 AM to 11:00 AMGRPS Parent Action Leaders (PALs) MeetingDate: Oct 10Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AMCalendar: GRPS District Calendar
GRPS Parent Action Leaders (PALs) Meeting 5:30 PM to 7:00 PMGRPS Parent Action Leaders (PALs) MeetingDate: Oct 10Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PMCalendar: GRPS District Calendar
Ottawa Hills Homecoming Football Game 7:00 PM to 10:00 PMOttawa Hills Homecoming Football GameDate: Oct 13Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PMLocation: Houseman Field, 162 Houseman Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USACalendar: GRPS District Calendar
No School; No LOOP ProgrammingDate: Oct 23Calendar: GRPS District Calendar
Half Day for Scholars; No LOOP ProgrammingDate: Oct 31Calendar: GRPS District Calendar
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Change is happening at Ottawa Hills High School as community investments are turned over for the benefit of scholars.
A new weight room was unveiled at Ottawa Hills High School, the culmination of efforts from community partners and donors.
As Zoo School turns 50, volunteers are planning an open-house style event with a taco dinner, music, games and more to highlight the commitment to excellence in education offered by Grand Rapids Public Schools.