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Welcome to Grand Rapids Public Museum Middle School (6-8)

Welcome to the Grand Rapids Public Museum Middle 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 that incorporate 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 the Museum Middle School attend classes within the amazing Grand Rapids Public Museum. They engage with museum staff, exhibits, and programs through hands-on collaborative projects. Interested in learning more? Give us a call! 

Christopher Hanks, Ph.D.

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Grand Rapids Public Museum Middle School

272 Pearl St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: 616-819-3600
Christopher Hanks
Kimberly Rowland
Assistant Principal
Sandra Morris
Head Secretary
Matthew Beresford
Executive Director PK-12 Instructional Leadership (Northeast)

School Hours

Breakfast 7:50 a.m.
Start Time 8:10 a.m.
Dismissal 3:06 p.m.
Half Day Dismissal 11:20 a.m.


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

Grand Rapids Public Museum Middle School serves scholars in grades 6 through 8 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

Learners at the Middle School have the unique opportunity to access the programs and exhibits within the Museum. This allows scholars to have a close-up view of the history or science that they are learning in a hands-on way. When our scholars are learning about geography they are able to see items from the various places they are studying not just see the name on a map. When scholars are researching innovation, they are able to access artifacts from the archive that give them a full view of how an item evolved into what they know today. When they are exploring photosynthesis they are working with thought leaders in the community to design systems to grow plants in urban environments, in space or without traditional methods.

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.

  • 26 Sep
    • Reimagine GRPS with Us! Voter Informational Session
      Date: Sep 26
      Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
      Location: GRPS University, 1400 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505, USA
      Calendar: GRPS District Calendar
      This meeting will be held in person at GRPS University, 1400 Fuller Avenue NE.

      A virtual option is also available. 

      The programwill begin at 5:30 pm. Superintendent Dr. Leadriane Roby will give an overviewof the Zero-Tax-Rate-Increase bond vote on November 7. Following the presentation,you will have a chance to get your questions answered.

       You can jointhe town hall at 5:30 pm by going to:

  • 28 Sep
    • Kensington School Farewell 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
      Kensington School Farewell
      Date: Sep 28
      Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
      Location: 1031 Kensington Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
      Calendar: GRPS District Calendar
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    • Ottawa Hills Homecoming Football Game
      Date: Oct 13
      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Location: Houseman Field, 162 Houseman Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
      Calendar: GRPS District Calendar
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