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Old 04-30-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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Is this a year round schooling district? I thought I had heard it was. The trimester schedules. Also any thoughts on it?
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:58 AM
 
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Is this a year round schooling district? I thought I had heard it was. The trimester schedules. Also any thoughts on it?
No, I think there are only a few of those in the entire State.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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I saw an article where it says "Grand Rapids Montessori, Coit Creative Arts Academy and Dickinson, Campus and Campau Park elementary schools" are year round but they are suggesting that Coit and Montessori would be the only ones to stay that way.

Are those public schools?
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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I saw an article where it says "Grand Rapids Montessori, Coit Creative Arts Academy and Dickinson, Campus and Campau Park elementary schools" are year round but they are suggesting that Coit and Montessori would be the only ones to stay that way.

Are those public schools?
Yes, within GRPS. I thought you were asking if the whole district was year round.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:58 AM
 
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So Im assuming that going to Coit or Montessori would depend on your address? Just asking because I have never heard of public schools being called "Creative Arts Academies" or Montessori schools.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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They are public charter schools open to all in the district.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:10 PM
 
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They are public charter schools open to all in the district.
K. Explanation? I guess I need to read up more before we decide where to live. This seems like a completely different type of district from where we are moving from. I am in a great school district in Missouri. One of the best in the state. We go to the elementary school based upon our home address. Does this work the same in GR? Im going to assume there is a massive waiting list to get in to the year round schools? Not moving until the July so haven't really started a ton of research on where to live due to time constraints.

Thank you guys for the help so far.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:46 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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Michigan is different than other states in how our districts are made up too. Not sure where you live in Mizzou, but here we have lots of districts within the greater GR area too.

Living anywhere in "Kent County" grants you the title of "I live in the Grand Rapids area." Yes, that's an over-generalization, but it's close enough if you're a transplant.

Given that, this map shows the myriad of school districts in the region http://www.michigan.gov/documents/CG...T_103412_7.pdf

If you're looking for a more urban lifestyle, then Grand Rapids proper (the schools you've mentioned) or East Grand Rapids (an older, affluent, walkable, inner-ring suburb with excellent academic reputation) might be the best for you. If you're looking for suburban, Forest Hills has outstanding schools and would be a good choice. Honestly, there are others too!

You should definitely spend some time researching.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:19 PM
 
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There are traditional public schools where attendance is based on which neighborhood you live in and there are public charter schools which are open to kids who apply. Based on number of applicants there may or may not be a lottery and waitlist. Good luck with your search.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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K. Explanation? I guess I need to read up more before we decide where to live. This seems like a completely different type of district from where we are moving from. I am in a great school district in Missouri. One of the best in the state. We go to the elementary school based upon our home address. Does this work the same in GR? Im going to assume there is a massive waiting list to get in to the year round schools? Not moving until the July so haven't really started a ton of research on where to live due to time constraints.

Thank you guys for the help so far.
There are individual districts based upon where you live, and then elementary/middle/high schools within those districts based upon where you live. But Michigan is one of many states that allow charter schools, where basically anyone can go to those charter schools, regardless of where you live (you just have to get your kids there yourself, no buses, I believe). And there is no tuition to attend.

Grand Rapids Public Schools just covers the actual "city" of Grand Rapids. It's a struggling urban district, so it has gone through many attempts at reinventing itself with public/private partnerships and innovative programs. That's why there is the Coit Academy, GR Montessori, and the Centers of Innovation. Centers of Innovation Listings

I don't know that you'll find a big waiting list based on year-round availability. Michigan has an entire economy built on Summer tourism, and people (teachers especially) have gotten used to having their 2.5 months off.
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