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Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center

Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center is a coeducational public charter school for students in grades Kindergarten through 5.

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Institution Type: Public Setting: Urban


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Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center says

"Education Based on Relationships" -- The Grand Rapids Child Discover Center (GRCDC) is a diverse, urban, K-5 school in the heart of Grand Rapids, MI. The school believes education is built on relationships; relationships to others, to ideas, to the environment and the larger community. This approach is based on the Reggio Emilia method which encourages curiosity, discovery and connectedness. This shared experience in passionate discovery engages all members of our school community in co-constructing a unique and effective education.


We adhere to Michigan state standards through an Emergent Curriculum. Emergent Curriculum is a way of teaching and learning that requires teachers to observe and listen to the children. Teachers ask questions and listen for the children’s ideas, hypotheses and theories. After observing children in action, the teachers compare, discuss, and interpret their observations. Teachers plan activities, studies and long term projects in the classroom based on their observations. Teachers partner with children and the exchange of theories are referred to as the Cycle of Inquiry. Teachers use their interpretations, intentions and goals (social, emotional and academic) to make choices that they share with children. Learning is seen not as a linear process but as a spiraling progression.

Mission Statement

The mission of the GRCDC is to continuously expand the potential of children, the experiences of educators and the involvement of parents within the diverse community of Grand Rapids, MI.

The vision is to base all decisions on the principles of Reggio-Emilia incorporating current research on learning as well as developmentally appropriate practice.


Tuition Information

Our school program is free for all students.



Public charter schools are supported through lower levels of direct, public funding, as well as though private subsidies. As with district public schools, they do not charge tuition to students who attend them.



Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP was Met Overall for the year 2012.

AYP for Math was Met for the year 2012.

AYP for Reading was Met for the year 2012.

AYP is a measurement defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests.

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 220
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Kindergarten 46
1 55
2 32
3 32
4 22
5 33

Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 18 : 1
Gender 46% Male / 54% Female
Socioeconomic Diversity

57% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center.

Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 54%
Multi-racial 11%
Hispanic/Latino 22%
Black or African American 11%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Principal/Executive Director/Superintendent   John Robinson


We have extracurricular options such as Odyssey of the Mind, Girls on the Run, and scouting programs. Contact us for more information.
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