Experience Public Museum High School
Located downtown in the original public museum, students get a truly unique experience working with Museum employees to catalog and research artifacts and curate exhibits all while exploring the core theme. Building on the work students did in middle school, they continue the design thinking process and build on the principles of place-based learning utilizing the museum as a resource for these methods.
The Public Museum High School was one of ten schools internationally to receive the XQ Super School grant. This funding has allowed for GRPS and the Museum School to continue to innovate.
Preparing for their Future
Providing truly unique hands on experiences within different career fields and community organizations, Museum High School offers students opportunities for internships within fields of interest as well as dual enrollment.
The building, completely renovated in 2018, connects the archives to state of the art technology. The art design lab includes 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters, and robust technology to support students’ work. Taking a step further, this integrates theme classes, including social studies, science, and English language arts, as well as STEM to help students apply their concept knowledge to real world projects.
Culture and Environment
Students receive an enriched and thematic education. Central themes include industrialization and social change, social crisis and response, conflict and cooperation, technology and power, conditions of life and energy and revolutions.
Each of these themes connects with projects that engage multiple community partners and empowers students to make real change in their community and world.
Your Community School
Museum School is reinventing high school. Students are part of small cohorts that work collaboratively, co-taught by teachers, creating a culture of community of learners. Greater emphasis is place on community, as the school recognizes downtown as an extension of the classroom, providing students the opportunity to further build on place-based learning principles.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum School is the product of an ongoing educational collaboration between the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc., XQ Super School, and parents, through the Parent Teacher Community Council (PTCC).