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Grand Rapids Museum School

Grand Rapids Museum School is a coeducational public school for students in grades 6 through 12.

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As a Grand Rapids Public Schools Center for Innovation, the Grand Rapids Museum School will serve grades 6 through 12. The school's curriculum delivers a place-based and experiential education that utilizes dynamic teaching methods, design thinking techniques, hands-on explorations.


The Grand Rapids Museum School received a Noodle Innovative School Award in 2015.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum School will prepare students for college and the workforce. Students will surpass grade-level expectations in all areas, including language, mathematics, social studies and science. Students will be able to apply their knowledge to local and global challenges and opportunities.

Museums use “primary sources” to help people learn. Every item in the museum collection is a primary source. Primary sources are physical objects that tell a story. Our museum has objects and artifacts from our community and around the world. Students can touch, feel, and see these artifacts from throughout history every day. This hands-on approach to learning activates the mind. Primary sources and their stories help students connect history, culture, art, science, and other subjects.


Admission Information

Students entering 6th grade in the fall of 2015 are invited to apply for enrollment in the Grand Rapids Public Museum School. The application process is open to any interested students, including those not currently enrolled in Grand Rapids Public Schools and those living outside the City of Grand Rapids.

Teaching Philosophy Information

Place-based education gets students and school staff involved in real world problem solving. Place-based education is different from traditional text and classroom-based education because it uses the local community as one of the primary resources for learning. This way, learning is rooted in the unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature, and art of students’ own “place” or immediate neighborhood and community.



Public schools are supported through local, state, and federal funding, and do not charge tuition to students who attend them.

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