Join us for the annual School Choice Expo & Family Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the Gerald R. Ford Academic Center. It is a free, family friendly event offering GRPS students, their families, and prospective families the opportunity to learn about school choices while enjoying a fun fall celebration. Children’s activities include face painting, bounce house, fall themed games and activities, and prizes. Free dinner is also provided.

Grand Rapids Public Schools offers the largest selection of school choices in all of West Michigan, including many Theme Schools and Centers of Innovation. Theme schools offer the core curriculum through a unique lens, including environmental science, arts and music, global studies, leadership, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, and more. In many theme schools, students have the opportunity for place based education and exciting extracurricular programming to enhance their learning.

Centers of Innovation are unique public-private partnerships that offer students a rigorous classroom education along with opportunities to connect with professional mentors, complete job shadowing and internships, and earn college and trade school credits or career certification to prepare them for in-demand, high paying careers.

Principals from each Theme School and Center of Innovation will be at the School Choice Expo and Family Harvest Festival to share information about their school, showcase what makes them unique, and answer any questions parents and students may have.

Seats are limited and applications are required for these schools. The application deadline is January 31, 2019. There is a new on-line application available at apply.grps.org. A paper application is available at any GRPS school or the GRPS Administration Building, located at 1331 Franklin St SE. Applications are available in English and Spanish.