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
Matthew Beresford
Executive Director of Preschool, Elementary & K-8 Instructional Support
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.”

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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Museum High School Photo Tour


  • 23 Aug
  • 2 Sep
    • No School
      Date: Sep 2
      Calendar: GRPS District Calendar
  • 5 Sep
  • 20 Sep
    • Grand Rapids Public Museum High School Open House
      Date: Sep 20
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: Grand Rapids Public Schools Museum High School, 54 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
      Calendar: Museum HS Calendar
      This event has a video call. Join: https://meet.google.com/ryt-qkbq-chj
  • 23 Nov
    thru Nov 25
  • 19 Dec
    thru Jan 2
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