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  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
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  4. College Prep
    C+
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  6. Health & Safety
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  7. Administration
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Grand Rapids Public Schools is a public school district located in Grand Rapids, MI. It has 16,076 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 18% of students are at least proficient in math and 29% in reading.
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
18%
Average Graduation Rate
66%
Average SAT
1080
203 responses
Average ACT
24
157 responses
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Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
16,076
Free or Reduced Lunch
76.8%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$52,250
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.8%

Finances

Total Expenses
$263,934,000
Expenses Per Student
$15,527/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    55%
  • Support Services
    40%
  • Other
    5%

Grand Rapids Public Schools Reviews

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Grand Rapids Public is a district built on students and staff with different backgrounds and current situations, so it welcomes everyone. The school’s definelty do welcome everyone and allow everyone to know their worth and potential. However, schools need immediate academic improvement! They (staff) don’t even attempt to educate us further that a 7th grade education, even as seniors!! I had many assignments throughout high school, and in the corner it said something along the lines of “Grade Level: 7”. If we were challenged and pushed a little more, I’d give a higher rating. Also, the district has a problem with staffing, usually understaffing or simply not having substitutes when a teacher is out.
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Grand Rapids Public Schools is a district concerned solely on their image and not with the quality of education their students receive. As a student of one of the highest ranked schools in Michigan, I can see that the education side of the GRPS administration is very lacking. I received a good education from great teachers, but the faces of GRPS did nothing to help the obvious problems with the other schools in the district; they simply gave the school millions of dollars to make it look nicer and newer and left the mangled, twenty year-old textbooks and under payed, overextended teachers to be dealt with by the students. Our technology in my own school was years behind others, even in our own district. My school personally was only given more money to use if we received excellent test scores, as if no smart boards or usable laptop carts were punishments for being average. I loved the experience I had with my peers and teachers, but the administration of GRPS is atrocious.
I love the school that I attend. Being in the heart of a city, I have gotten a very good experience of different cultures, and I believe that has helped me to become a better person. The people I attend school with are all very friendly, and the teachers are amazing. Every teacher does their best to be personable and to understand the students to the best of their ability. If I had to change something about my school though, it would be some of the policies they have put in place, such as the uniform policy.