About Grand Rapids Public Museum School
As a Grand Rapids Public Schools Center of Innovation, the Grand Rapids Public Museum School will serve grades 6 through 12. The school’s curriculum delivers a unique education that you won’t find anywhere else! Our mission is to inspire passionate curiosity, nurture creative problem solving, cultivate critical thinking, and instigate innovation. View our School Improvement Plan here.
The school’s curriculum focuses on providing students with opportunities to explore their community, use design thinking to become creative problem solvers, and have exciting hands-on experiences. Learn more about the curriculum here.
The school began with 60 6th grade students attending in fall 2015 (click here for enrollment information). In the fall of 2016, the Public Museum School moved to its permanent home on the 4th floor of the Grand Rapids Public Museum, located at 272 Pearl St. NW. The new setting serves 6th and 7th graders and includes the latest in classroom design and state-of-the-art technology that will help teachers and students alike adapt to the school’s new approach to teaching and learning.
The Public Museum School’s enrollment will grow by one grade level each year, but will remain at 60 students per grade level. Our middle school students (6th-8th grade) will continue to use the classrooms located inside the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The historic public museum building at 54 Jefferson is the future site of classrooms for our high school students (9th-12th grade).
A progressive educational collaboration
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 (KCAD), Grand Valley State University, the City of Grand Rapids, and Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
The Museum as a Classroom
The Grand Rapids Public Museum’s main areas of focus include history, science, and culture, and the museum maintains a collection of over 250,000 artifacts and specimens. Students who attend the Public Museum School will be able to touch, feel, and see these artifacts from throughout history every day. This hands-on approach to learning activates the mind.