Grand Rapids Christian Schools
Grand Rapids Christian Schools, the largest member of Christian Schools International (CSI), provides high quality, faith-based education to students in preschool through 12th grade. With five campuses located throughout Grand Rapids and Rockford, Grand Rapids Christian Schools educates nearly 2,300 students annually and nurtures the lives of a spiritually, culturally, and economically diverse student body. We hold ourselves to the highest standards as we strive for excellence in education based on a solid foundation of faith, rich tradition of excellence, and a long legacy of success.
Foundation of Faith
Faith formation in the Grand Rapids Christian Schools is rooted in the premise that God loves us and calls us into relationship with Him. GRCS seeks to develop in students and staff a desire to be actively engaged in God’s Kingdom by being Christian disciples.
Grand Rapids Christian recognizes that the school is only one component of a faith formation process shared with the home and the church. While the home is the fundamental and most Biblical arena for faith formation, the Christian school bears an important responsibility in this process as well.
Forming faith can be described in a variety of ways – we have found it helpful to discuss it in the context of how we Know God, Love God, and Serve God. This three-fold focus shapes how we nurture faith in academics, worship and service to God.
For more information about Faith Formation at Grand Rapids Christian Schools, please contact Tom DeJonge, Superintendent, at 616.574.6000.
Preparing students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society.
Our Core Values
Rooted in Christ: Impressing a strong knowledge of God, a love for His word, and an understanding that all we do is in honor of Him are fundamental to a Christian school education. Rather than measuring all aspects of program against worldly standards, we measure program against biblical standards in order to equip students to live out their faith in their relationships, character, and service to others.
Educated for Life: Passionate and dedicated Christian educators develop learning environments and implement effective and relevant instructional practices that engage today’s students and build a love for learning. What, when, and how we teach must effectively transition all learners to be effective servants of Christ in today’s society, which is global, digital and technology rich, and driven by innovation and creativity. What students learn from us must prepare them for what God calls them to do, motivate them to be the best they can be, and instill a love for learning that is lifelong. Further, we must equip them to be Christian leaders within their homes, churches, and communities on a local, national and international level today and for the decades to come.
Connected through Relationships: Relationships are essential to learning, and precede a student’s ability to cognitively engage in the learning process. We must create a community of learning that starts with the student’s personal relationship with Christ. Further, our learners must experience intentional, positive, caring relationships with parents, peers, and school staff. It is through meaningful relationships developed in a Christian context that students mature in their faith, strive to achieve, experience success, and fulfill their God-given potential.
United with Home and Church: Strong spiritual foundations are firmly established when Christian home, church, and school work in partnership. Christian schools exist to assist parents to fulfill the biblical mandate to “train up their children in the way they should go” and collaborate with the church in teaching children in God’s truths.
Called to Serve: Excellence in God’s eyes is doing one’s best in Glory of Him. As a Christian school, we affirm that all that we do, the culture we establish, the relationships we build, the lessons we teach, and the activities we support must be defined within the context of whether they bring honor and glory to God. Service is an opportunity for Christ to be visibly revealed as the Lord of all things. Through service we engage in worshipping God and extending the love of Christ in transformative ways through our actions.
Our Statement of Faith
We believe in one God--the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Our Faith Perspective
“Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony” (shared with permission by the Christian Reformed Church in North America) is the Christian perspective that guides Grand Rapids Christian Schools. The Contemporary Testimony provides biblical perspective for the entire curriculum. It also affirms that the purpose of education is to enable students to become spiritually wise, world-engaging citizens of God’s Kingdom.
Tradition of Excellence
Grand Rapids Christian Schools is recognized throughout the state for its comprehensive curricular and co-curricular programs, commitment to excellence, and the academic achievements of its graduates. Dedicated teachers, administrators, and support staff provide world-class instruction in state-of-the art facilities to meet the educational needs of students with a wide range of abilities, interests, and gifts at all grades. Grand Rapids Christian graduates are positioned well for acceptance in colleges and universities across the country as well as success in the workplace, home, and community.
Early Childhood Programs (Preschool and Transitions)
We offer a wonder-filled time of learning, faith development, and purposeful play customized to meet the needs of three to five-year-olds as they begin their educational journey. Our teachers are fully certified, and our preschool programs at each of our elementary school campuses offer a wide-range of scheduling options as well as Spanish Immersion at the Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School campus.
Experienced and dedicated teachers provide a solid foundation for life-long learning. Within a challenging curriculum, our teachers integrate Christian teachings through traditional and differentiated instruction. Our curriculum is enriched with fine arts, physical education and technology. Our three campuses are conveniently located throughout Grand Rapids and Rockford. Our Evergreen Program offers an alternative environment of inquiry-based learning within a balanced school-year calendar.
We offer a faith-based, liberal arts education that focuses on academic excellence and prepares students for success in high school. Students at both campuses participate in unique, hands-on learning experiences; 5th and 6th graders engage in an environmental science program at Rockford Christian Middle School. In addition to our focused academic programs, we also offer a comprehensive fine arts program and a variety of athletic programs, including no-cut sports for 5th-8th graders.
Grand Rapids Christian High School provides students in grades nine through twelve with a rigorous academic environment that encourages intellectual, physical and spiritual growth. GRCHS teachers create dynamic classes that invite inquiry, nurture creative thinking and meet the needs of students with different learning styles.
A growing list of Advanced Placement and honors classes gives students the opportunity to excel. GRCHS offers more than 25 competitive sports and an array of extra-curricular activities for students to explore. Multiple chapel and worship experiences honoring a variety of worship styles and formats occur on campus each week to support the faith development of each student. Our programs and facilities expand students’ opportunities to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Winterim, a unique two-week learning experience that occurs each year between semesters, provides students an opportunity to select from a variety of on-campus courses on topics not available during a semester’s course of study, domestic and international travel destinations, and professional internships hosted by business partners from throughout the community.
The DeVos Center for Arts and Worship offers hands-on experiences in Fine Arts, both on stage and behind the scenes.
Eagles Stadium, the home for many athletic teams, boasts synthetic turf, comfortable bleacher seating, full concessions, and home and visiting team locker and coaches’ rooms in a premier facility that supports track and field, youth and high school football programs, Lacrosse, and many community-wide events.
The Quest Center, our indoor athletic facility, features a state-of-the-art weight and fitness/training room, indoor track, dedicated home and visiting team locker rooms, and full-size courts to support boys and girls indoor sports and intramural programs.
As an independent, nonprofit school system, Grand Rapids Christian Schools is governed by an elected Board of Trustees. The superintendent is the chief administrator of Grand Rapids Christian Schools. Grand Rapids Christian Schools is a member of Christian Schools International, an association of Christian schools in the evangelical, reformed tradition.
Teachers, Counselors and Staff
Teachers, counselors and staff at Grand Rapids Christian Schools integrate faith and knowledge everyday in our classrooms. Our faculty demonstrates God's love and nurtures students' faith development within an environment that supports the academic achievement of each child.
Legacy of Success
Grand Rapids Christian Schools’ tradition of excellence in education began in 1969 when nine independent Christian schools joined together as a single preschool - 12th grade system. For more than 40 years, Grand Rapids Christian Schools has focused on its mission of preparing students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society. Grand Rapids Christian High School graduates are well-equipped to succeed in colleges and universities across the country.
Each year, 95% or more of our graduates are accepted and enter college and move on to live meaningful lives of service at work, at home, in their churches, and in their communities. Loyal alumni remain engaged in Grand Rapids Christian Schools’ events and sustain strong programs and facilities through contributions, prayer, and unwavering support.
As Grand Rapids Christian Schools has grown and changed, our mission of preparing students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society has remained steadfast. Our commitment to that mission is built on a tradition of faith and the knowledge that all of life and learning belongs to our Lord and Savior.