Academy of Teaching & Learning

Preparing students for careers in education through dual enrollment and real-world teaching opportunities.

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The Academy of Teaching and Learning is located at Innovation Central. All the innovation, talent, resources, and partnerships of five Innovation Central Academies are combined on one campus near the heart of downtown.

A theme school application is required for admission to the Academy of Teaching & Learning. Visit apply.grps.org for more information and to apply. 

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

In partnership with Ferris State University School of Education, students will explore and prepare for a career in education through mentoring with master teachers, real-life experience in classrooms, dual enrollment, and professional preparation for the field. This is a unique “grow our own” teacher development program.

PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE

Successful program graduates will be offered admittance to Ferris State University School of Education to complete a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate. These graduates will also be first in line for hiring in Grand Rapids Public Schools with tuition reimbursement available.

COLLEGE CREDIT

Students in the Academy of Teaching & Learning have the opportunity to earn 7 credits from Ferris State University by taking dual enrollment education courses. These courses will be taught by a Ferris professor in conjunction with GRPS staff. Upon enrollment at Ferris after graduation, students will be granted an additional 3 credits, for a total of 10 credits towards their bachelor’s degree.

CONSIDER THE ACADEMY OF TEACHING AND LEARNING FOR YOUR CHILD IF:

  • They have an interest in teaching, working with children, or education.
  • You want a rigorous college and career prep curriculum.
  • You believe in the importance of hands-on experience.
  • You want your child to learn valuable skills for the future.
  • You value dual enrollment opportunities.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

The Academy of Teaching and Learning is proud to partner with Ferris State University on curriculum design, dual enrollment opportunities, and student teaching opportunities.