Welcome to Grand Rapids Public Museum High School (9-12)

Welcome to the Grand Rapids Public Museum High School! Formed in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, and Grand Valley State University College of Education, our unique learning approach focuses on community-based projects incorporating design thinking and place-based education. Everything we do is geared toward empowering scholars to become leaders and change-makers in their communities. 

Scholars at Museum High School enjoy regular access to museum archives, high-tech tools, and numerous downtown community partners. Graduation requirements include proficiency across twelve (12) core competencies and an independent Senior Capstone Project. 

Principal
Christopher Hanks, Ph.D.

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Grand Rapids Public Museum High School

54 Jefferson Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-819-6450
Fax: 616-819-6452
Christopher Hanks
Principal
Kimberly Rowland
Assistant Principal
Jennifer Teaker
Head Secretary
Kristine Beeckman
Head Counselor
Darius Acuna
Youth Advocate Specialist

School Hours

Breakfast 7:55 a.m.
Start Time 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal 2:55 p.m.
Half Day Dismissal 11:25 a.m. 

Bringing community to the classroom and the classroom to the community. 

Grand Rapids Public Museum High School serves scholars in grades 9 through 12 with programming that combines design thinking, place-based education, and museum methods and environmental learning. Scholars experience integrated content across subject areas and blend classroom activities with community-based experiential projects. Embracing the XQ Institute Learning Goals, we pursue a mission “to inspire, develop, and educate the next generation of confident, creative thinkers, doers and leaders.”

Our Mission:

The mission of Grand Rapids Public Museum School is to use place-bacsed design thinking and the museum context to create learning experiences that develop confident, creative, and competent thinkers, doers, and leaders.

Here, all learners will: master fundamental competencies, improve through iteration, enrich their communities, and understand and pursue their best selves. 

Core Competencies: Read Critically; Reason Quantitatively; Learn Independently; Lead Inquiry; Explore Social Phenomena; Communicate Effectively; Collaborate on Teams; Build Community; Design Solutions; Develop Self-Knowledge; Cultivate Well-Being; and Think and Act Globally

True Community Innovation

The Public Museum High School was one of ten schools internationally to receive the XQ Super School grant. This funding has allowed for GRPS and the Museum School to continue to innovate. At Museum School, we are reinventing high school.

Scholars are part of small cohorts that work collaboratively, co-taught by teachers, creating a culture of community of learners. Greater emphasis is placed on community, as the school recognizes downtown as an extension of the classroom, providing scholars the opportunity to further build on place-based learning principles. Housed in the Grand Rapids Public Museum Archives downtown, scholars quickly learn that the community IS their classroom. 

Our teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic about our scholar's education. More words....

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GR Board of Education Accepting Applications to Fill Vacant Seat

Application Deadline: December 10, 2022; Final Vote Set for: December 19, 2022

Coit Honors Choir to Perform in 1 p.m. show on December 3 with West Michigan Youth Ballet

Scholars in grades 3-5 at Coit will be part of the West Michigan Youth Ballet’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, including a 15-minute mini-concert prior to the 1 pm performance on December 3.

Supporting GRPS at a Grassroot Level

Local organizer recruits friends, family and many others to support donation drives for GRPS schools.

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