There is no other educational adventure in all of Michigan quite like the Zoo School experience. Located at John Ball Zoological Garden, Zoo School is designed to heighten an awareness of the environment, stimulate creative thinking, develop leadership, promote intellectual growth, and increase self-esteem. Zoo School takes hands-on learning to a whole new level as students engage in learning activities throughout the zoo's natural environment that meet all core subject and curriculum areas in math, science, reading, writing, and social studies.

Consider Zoo School for your child if:
- You are seeking teachers who believe in your child’s potential to learn and achieve.
- You want your child to learn in a nationally recognized educational environment.
- You value a hands-on, practice-driven learning experience.
- You want an innovative curriculum designed to engage your child’s creativity.

Zoo School is proud to offer:

- Parent Teacher Community Council.
- Volunteer opportunities through John Ball Zoo.



ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Zoo School is not only in the top 5% in all of Michigan on combined measures of student achievement and growth, but is also named one the top 25 “Coolest Schools in America” by Parent and Child Magazine. Zoo School is a program for gifted and talented students, led by teachers who understand their needs and abilities.&nbsp

EXPANDED CURRICULUM: In addition to the required sixth grade curriculum, Zoo School offers special units on astronomy, zoology, forestry, chemistry, and physics.

INDEPENDENT PROJECTS: Students at Zoo School enhance their learning with a number of group and individual projects throughout their year, culminating in an independently chosen final project that allows the student to creatively demonstrate research and presentation skills.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: Students have the opportunity to participate in unique educational experiences including animal feeding, raising salmon, recycling, navigating trails, and water sampling. They also participate in two camping trips during the school year.

RULES, SAFETY, DISCIPLINE: All GRPS schools provide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS). PBIS is a proactive, team-based framework for creating and sustaining safe and effective schools. Educators emphasize prevention of problem behavior, development of pro-social skills, and the use of data-based problem solving for addressing existing behavior concerns. The result is a fair, firm and consistent approach to rules, safety, and discipline.

Greg Ramey

Principal Zoo School

1300 W. Fulton N.W.

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

p. 616.819.3344 f.616.819.3345

Maximun Enrollment:
Grades Served: 6th Grade Only

7:55 A.M.
Start Time 8:15 A.M. 
Dismissal 3:11 P.M.

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