Grand Rapids Public Schools will be hosting the annual School Choice Expo and Family Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 18 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Gerald R. Ford Academic Center.

The Academic Center is located at 851 Madison Avenue SE, 49507

The Expo 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, including environmental science, arts and music, global studies, leadership, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, and more.

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 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.



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