Grand Rapids Public Museum School will officially open its new school on the 4th floor of the Grand Rapids Public Museum with a ribbon cutting ceremony this Thursday, August 18 at 3:30pm.
The ribbon cutting caps off more than $4.5 million in renovations to the 4th floor of the Grand Rapids Public Museum that includes the relocation of the Museum’s administrative offices, new classroom space that will eventually serve 180 students in grades 6-8, open space for special projects, and more. The space was specifically designed to enhance the cutting edge instructional model of the Museum School that was developed by a team of experts from Grand Valley State Universities College of Education, Kendall College of Arts and Design, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and Grand Rapids Public Schools. The instructional model utilizes placed-based learning and design thinking to create a unique learning experience for students that incorporates the Museum exhibits, archives, and the entire downtown area.
The $4.5 million project is phase one of a $14.5 million investment the district is making for the Grand Rapids Public Museum School. GRPS recently acquired 54 Jefferson, the city’s original public museum facility, and will be renovating it to accommodate high school students in grades 9-12. Only $2 million of the project costs are covered by proceeds from the $175 million bond proposal approved by city voters last November. The remaining portion will be raised through a capital fundraising campaign. The Grand Rapids Public Museum School is also one of 50 finalists worldwide out of 1,700 applicants for the XQ Super School Project. Five winners will be selected to split $50 million.