Early Childhood

Kindergarten
Students must be 5 years old by September 1st. Contact your neighborhood school or check https://www.grps.org/attendance-area-finder to find out your neighborhood "attendance area" school.

Full day 4's Preschool 
Full day PreK for 4 year olds is availlable at all GRPS elementary schools with the exception of North Park Montessori @ Wellerwood, Grand Rapids Montessori and Ridgemoor Park Montessori. Students must be 4 by September 1st, or check with the Early Childhood Office to see if there is an age waiver available for students who turn 4 between September 2nd and December 1st.
WorldClass
An intake needs to be completed, which is available online at https://preschool.kentisd.org/apply or by calling the Early Childhood Office at (616) 819-2111, or available in all elementary school main offices. 

Placements take place through the Early Childhood Office beginning in July, with letters being sent to the home address. 

Many families qualify for free preschool through the Great Start Readiness Program grant. If a family's income exceeds grant eligibility, there is a potential tuition option. Please contact the Early Childhood office at 616-819-2111 to further discuss these options.

Half Days Preschool 
Montessori schools are the only option at GRPS for half day general education PreK - North Park Montessori @ Wellerwood, Grand Rapids Montessori and Ridgemoor Park Montessori. Students must be 4 by September 1st. There may be a potential waiver each year that could allow those students who turn 4 between September 1 and December 1 to be eligible for the program. 

A theme school application needs to be completed. It is available online at apply.grps.org.

Selections happen through the Office of Community & Student Services (819-2150) beginning in February. The application is available late fall. There may be a tuition cost which is determined by income and calculated once families have completed the Kent County Preschool Intake form.

3 Year Olds Preschool 
Montessori schools are the only option at GRPS for 3 year old preschool - North Park Montessori @ Wellerwood, Grand Rapids Montessori and Ridgemoor Park Montessori. These are half day programs. Students must be 3 by September 1st.

A theme school application needs to be completed. It is available online at apply.grps.org

Selections happen through the Office of Community & Student Services (819-2150) beginning in February. The application is available late fall. There might be a tuition cost, up to $2,200. It is determined by income, and calculated in the fall after families have completed the Household Supplemental Services form.

Kate Lara
Director of Early Childhood
1331 Franklin ST SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0117
Phone: (616) 819-2111
Fax: (616) 819-2104