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UPrep celebrates 10 years of helping students into college and careers

UPrep was founded as a collaboration between Grand Rapids Public Schools and leaders of the West Michigan business community, to give students the experiences and resources to get a running start on college and careers...

Neal announces retirement after 44 years of serving GRPS

In announcing her retirement Monday, Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal pointed to accomplishments under her leadership including increased graduation rates, reduced absenteeism and passage of a $175 million bond...

A more promising future begins for grads of city schools

Promise Zone designation is expected to boost the future of both the students and the city of Grand Rapids – and put the dream of college within reach...

Students collaborate on eye-catching entries to ArtPrize competition

As ArtPrize 10 gets under way on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the global competition will feature the artwork of students from three Kent ISD school districts: Byron Center, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Rockford...

On the way for future GR grads: the promise of college funding

The district Board of Education is expected to vote Sept. 17 to approve establishment of a Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority, thus beginning a process to appoint authority members who will develop a plan and specify its parameters...
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Working hard on the field, and giving back off of it

As high school football season gets under way, at least one team looked for a way to score one for the larger community...

New shoes for a new school year — for free

In the Image’s annual “Shoes Help Our Elementary Students” program put shoes on the feet of 1,700 students from more than 39 elementary schools...

Two new leaders for GRPS elementaries

Maureen Capillo is the new North Park Montessori School principal and Harvey Crawley is the new Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy principal...

Museum School takes next step of innovation — into high school

An Aug. 15 ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the school, created from the former Grand Rapids Public Museum at 54 Jefferson Ave. SE...

A like-new school – and a cooler one – for Buchanan students and staff

Nearly $14 million in renovations and additions increase capacity, update technology and add air-conditioned comfort for students and staff at Buchanan Elementary School...

Leaders begin transition of center programs from GRPS to Kent ISD

The Grand Rapids school board voted to discontinue operating special education center programs on behalf of all 20 Kent ISD school districts, effectively turning them over to the intermediate district as of July 2019...

GRPS considers transfer of center-based Special Education programs to Kent ISD

The Grand Rapids school board plans to vote Aug. 6 whether to transfer operation of center-based special education programs serving Kent County students to Kent ISD...

New classrooms, upgraded facilities a ‘huge blessing’ at Buchanan School

When classes begin at Buchanan Elementary School this August, students and teachers will walk into 16 new classrooms, new art and music rooms and cafeteria, and a spacious new gym...

Class of 2000 kindergartners come back to Fountain School: ‘We were a family’

Alumni of the 1987 Fountain School kindergarten – the Class of 2000 – got together at their old school for a mini-reunion full of memories and laughter...

After learning first lessons at Fountain, she works on behalf of all students

Even as she graduated from City High School in June of 2000, brimming with optimism about her future, Anne Bowles expressed concern about declining standards and support for public education...

‘This opportunity is priceless’

Students are getting a head start this summer by earning college credits. If they complete the courses with Cs or higher, they will automatically be accepted at Ferris and receive a $1,000 scholarship...

Grand Rapids Student Showcase

Impacting America.. My Way

When I think about Rosa Parks and what she did, or how she impacted America, I begin to think of ways that I could possibly be an impacting person and be influential for people today. One thing that I...

Watch Riverside Middle-Schooler Read Winning MLK Essay

Editors Note: Twanyea Smith, a student at Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Riverside Middle School, won the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest for sixth- through eighth-grade students. Here he reads his essay at the MLK Day celebration at...

My Hero, My Friend

My definition of a hero is someone who helps people. Dr. King fits this definition because he did help people by trying to stop segregation. My friend Brent is also a hero but in a different way. He helps...
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