Tonight, 4 to 6 p.m., at Innovation Central High School, GRPS is having their big School of Choice Expo and Winter Carnival. It's for parents and students to learn all about school choices that Grand Rapids Public Schools have to offer, and, it's FREE. 

Children’s activities include bounce house, 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 Winter Carnival with information about their school, showcase what makes them unique, and answer any questions parents and students may have.

Seats are limited for the different schools, and applications are required for these schools. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 31, so the Expo is a wonderful, fun, opportunity for parents and students to get an up-close and personal look. Applications are also available online at apply.grps.org.

Innovation Central is at 421 Fountain Street, NE, Grand Rapids, 49503.