Welcome to City High Middle School (7-12)

Thanks for your interest in City High Middle School, a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School! As an International Baccalaureate school, we offer the full Middle Years and Diploma Programmes to ALL scholars at NO COST to families, and we have an excellent legacy of college/university preparation amidst a positive and scholar-centered school climate. We prepare scholars in grades 7-12 to be well-rounded, critical thinkers through challenging advanced academics. 

City is continually one of the top-ranked schools in the state of Michigan and the nation! Our graduates regularly come back to tell us they are often the most prepared scholars in their college and university courses and that City gave them the skills needed to find success in their higher education journey. We hope you’ll consider City as a top choice for the middle and high school experience for your family! Please arrange a scholar-led tour of the school by calling our Counseling Office at 616-819-2383. Thank you!

Charlotte Vandervliet

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City High Middle School

1720 Plainfield Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: 616-819-2380
Charlotte Vandervliet
Meghan Jackson
Assistant Principal
Christie Modzeleski
Assistant Principal
Alesia Albin
Head Secretary
Jesse Antuma
IB Coordinator
Matthew Beresford
Executive Director PK-12 Instructional Leadership (Northeast)

School Hours

Breakfast 7:45 a.m.
Start Time 8:00 a.m.
Dismissal 2:41 p.m.
Half Day Dismissal 10:45 a.m. 


City High Middle School stands apart in the world of secondary school options through a unique combination of elements that include a challenging academic program, positive culture and climate, and a diverse scholar body. 

A 2019 National Blue Ribbon School, City offers the comprehensive International Baccalaureate (IB) program to all scholars at no cost to our families! Scholars in grades 7-10 follow the IB Middle Years Programme, while scholars in grades 11 and 12 complete the IB Diploma Programme. The goal of both programmes is to develop life-long learners who are naturally curious, seek knowledge, think about complex issues, and communicate confidently and creatively. Through the IB programmes, scholars are well prepared for post-secondary education.

City strives to meet the varying needs of every scholar through a scholar-centered educational experience that is focused on acceptance, belonging, and scholar engagement. We are a diverse and open-minded school community where all scholars are safe to be themselves, no matter their interests or preferences. Whether you are a passionate artist, athlete, activist, academic, or all of the above, there is a place for you here!

City has a long-standing legacy of high academic standards coupled with a positive school climate that has resulted in our school community earning top rankings across our region, state, and nation. Through our challenging academic offerings and rich cultural elements, the mission at City is to shape our scholars into well-educated and active members of an ever-changing global society.

Congratulations Class of 2023!

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.

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