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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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Grand Rapids Public Schools is a public school district located in Grand Rapids, MI. It has 16,241 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 19% of students are at least proficient in math and 29% in reading.
About Grand Rapids Public Schools...
Address
1331 Franklin St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Telephone
(616) 819-2000
Website

Grand Rapids Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
29%
Percent Proficient - Math
19%
Average Graduation Rate
67%
Average SAT
1080
321 responses
Average ACT
24
190 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
16,241
Free or Reduced Lunch
77.9%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,313
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.8%

Finances

Total Expenses
$263,934,000
Expenses Per Student
$15,735/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    55%
  • Support Services
    40%
  • Other
    5%

Grand Rapids Public Schools Reviews

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It’s a good school system. But some things need to be put together. It can be better. The buildings aren’t getting the repairs it needs. Most classroom have stand fans to keep students from the exhausting heat in the spring and summer. It doesn’t help by the way.... also the bathroom are so bad! The doors can’t close, the soaps are always running out, and the smell is horrid and it’s humid. The school sometimes runs out of resources which is very odd. But the teachers in this school district are very supportive and willing to help you the best way they can. Which I really love! Also they have various counseling services which is also a plus!
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My experience with Grand Rapids Public Schools has been on the most part positive. My education has been provided by well qualified teachers. For example my Pre-Calculus teacher is a graduate from Brown University.
And it offers many good opportunities such as paid internships at local banks that lead to jobs. Besides that, all the schools in my district are theme schools with the themes being Career and Technical Education.
I think my school could improve though, when it comes to the diversity of the staff. There are no African-American male teachers, in my district. But, my school, has a program that starts teaching students about careers in education, and has an agreement with a University called Ferris State University, that if they go through our program, they will be automatically accepted into their school of education. The hope is to have them come back and work in GRPS. I think GRPS in a very good school district.
Grand Rapids Public Schools really inspired learning, shaping everyone of its students to show their true potential through their work and skills. Students love the connection they have with their teachers it makes them better, they get the extra help when they need it and aren’t afraid to ask for it. Diversity has a huge impact on the schools. So many people with different backgrounds and different races coming together as whole, a community, and all united. It is great to be part of this district with its many opportunities , for an example acquiring college credit while still being in high school. It is great for those who would like to work in the district and students who would like receive their education here. Ive been going to schools in this district since kindergarten and i am very happy my parents choice for sending me there, i am now a senior i’ve experiences my whole school life in grand rapids public schools and i’m glad to say they do not disappoint.