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Early Childhood and Elementary Programs

PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN

Welcome to the Early Childhood program of the Grand Rapids Christian Schools. We feel that the early years should be a positive, wonder-filled time of learning. Children are actively learning about their place in the world, among family, friends, and the community. During these foundational years, each child, created in the image of God, constructs their knowledge and understanding of everything in God’s world as they become discerning stewards doing His will. 

Within a safe, Christ-centered environment, early childhood students at Grand Rapids Christian Schools engage with caring teachers who purposefully provide experiences to achieve both developmental and academic goals and position children for future success while respecting the pace of childhood. Students are given the freedom to make choices within an intentional plan of activities that build social and academic skills.

We see you as important partners in this. Our classroom environment reflects God’s creation inspiring children to know God’s world, learn from it, and care for it. Teachers are central to the educational setting, modeling a Christ-centered, joy-filled life. Your child will find themselves to be excited about learning, exploring, experimenting, and expanding their knowledge and friendships. Our program is designed to be a Christ-centered, hands-on, intellectually engaging, child-focused curriculum based on the Michigan State Benchmarks.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS AT GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN

MEETING AND TOUR

We welcome the opportunity to show our school to you.  During your tour you will have the opportunity to meet teachers, visit classrooms, ask specific questions, and learn more about preschool and kindergarten.  We will also give you a taste of the exciting things happening in first grade and beyond.

Please complete the online inquiry form, and a member of the Admissions Team will be in touch with you to schedule a meeting. 

EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS

Evergreen Campus Preschool & Kindergarten


GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
-EVERGREEN CAMPUS-

GRCES-EV

GET IN TOUCH

Michelle Ogdahl
Director of Admissions

The Evergreen campus is a balanced-calendar school that includes enrichment/flex weeks, multi-age instruction, and inquiry-based learning. Within a safe, Christ-centered environment, our early childhood program provides exceptional opportunities for academic, social, emotional, and spiritual growth and discovery. Every day is a new opportunity to share, learn, and grow — together.

THE EVERGREEN EXPERIENCE.

Evergreen is built on three pillars:

multi-age classrooms
inquiry-based learning
balanced calendar

These pillars begin in preschool and kindergarten and grow as children continue through 5th grade. Here students learn in community, take an active role in the learning process, and learn with less interruption.

Team Time

Team Time is a great example of our three pillars in action. Students from preschool through 5th grade are divided into Team Time groups. Each week students meet with their group and explore various aspects of our school theme. Each student has a Team Time partner in his or her group. Preschool and kindergarten students are paired with an older student. Activities include research projects, experiments, and much more.

As the relationship grows between partners and teams, both the older and the younger students develop new skills related to topics explored as well as critical understandings related to being part of a community working together.

Balanced Calendar

Preschool at Evergreen follows the balanced calendar schedule. It starts one day after Evergreen Teams begin and ends one week before Evergreen ends.

Enrichment Sessions

Students who are at least 4 years old can participate in the enrichment session activities on their regularly scheduled school days (M/W/TH). Preschool does not meet during this time. Preschoolers who participate in the enrichment sessions learn with the older students; an older student is paired with them to assist them through the day.

Prayer Circles

These same groups are also used in prayer circles where preschoolers join with the older students to sing,  pray for each other and study scripture.

2019-2020 Evergreen Campus Preschool and Kindergarten Options

Evergreen Preschool Options

Preschool (Ages 3-5)

Within a safe, Christ-centered environment, preschool students at Grand Rapids Christian Schools engage with caring teachers who purposefully provide experiences to achieve both developmental and academic goals and position children for future success while respecting the pace of childhood. Students are given the freedom to make choices within an intentional plan of activities that build social and academic skills.

Focusing on the whole child, our highly trained teachers document each child’s individual progress with a portfolio centered on faith formation, cognitive and physical growth and abilities, and their social-emotional well-being. Play is an important part of our preschool program. It inspires creativity, teaches empathy, encourages language development, fosters independent learning experiences, gives students space to solve problems, and prepares them to be lifelong learners.

Child must be at least 3 years old by the first day of school.
SCHEDULE:
Mornings or Afternoons
                                          Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Tuesday & Friday (mornings) 8:00am — 10:50am $1475 $135
Tuesday & Friday (afternoons) 12:10pm — 3:00pm $1475 $135
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday
(mornings)
8:00am — 10:50am $1975 $180

Monday/Wednesday/Thursday
(afternoons)

12:10pm — 3:00pm $1975 $180
Monday — Friday
(mornings)
8:00am — 10:50am $3275 $300
Monday — Friday
(afternoons)
12:10pm — 3:00pm $3275 $300

SCHEDULE:
Full Day

                                (Parents provide lunch) 

Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Tuesday & Friday 8:00am — 3:00pm $3075 $280
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 8:00am — 3:00pm $4375 $400
Monday — Friday 8:00am  — 3:00pm $6,475 $590

Evergreen Kindergarten Options

Kindergarten
(must be at least 5 years old by September 1, 2019)

Our program is designed to be a Christ-centered, hands-on, engaging curriculum based on the State of Michigan Benchmarks. Our classroom environment reflects God’s creation, inspiring children to know God’s world, learn from it, and care for it. Building on each child’s natural curiosity, our nurturing staff sets the stage for future success as students become excited about learning, exploring, experimenting, and expanding their friendships.

Child must be at least 5 years old by September 1, 2019.
SCHEDULE:
Progressive
                                          Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday
(1st semester) 
8:00am — 3:00pm TBD TBD
Monday — Friday
(2nd semester)
8:00am — 3:00am     

SCHEDULE:
5 Full Day
                                      Annual
Tuition
Approx.
Payment/Month
Monday — Friday 8:00am — 3:00am    

 


 

Iroquois Campus Preschool


GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
-IROQUOIS CAMPUS-

GRCES-IQ

GET IN TOUCH

Michelle Ogdahl
Director of Admissions

Within a safe, Christ-centered environment, our preschool provides exceptional opportunities for academic, social, emotional, and spiritual growth and discovery. Every day is a new opportunity to share, learn, and grow — together.

2019-2020 Iroquois Campus Preschool Options

Iroquois Preschool Options

Preschool (Ages 3—5)

Within a safe, Christ-centered environment, preschool students at Grand Rapids Christian Schools engage with caring teachers who purposefully provide experiences to achieve both developmental and academic goals and position children for future success while respecting the pace of childhood. Students are given the freedom to make choices within an intentional plan of activities that build social and academic skills.

Focusing on the whole child, our highly trained teachers document each child’s individual progress with a portfolio centered on faith formation, cognitive and physical growth and abilities, and their social-emotional well-being.

Play is an important part of our preschool program. It inspires creativity, teaches empathy, encourages language development, fosters independent learning experiences, gives students space to solve problems, and prepares them to be lifelong learners.

Child must be at least 3 years old by the first day of school.
SCHEDULE:
Mornings
                                          Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Tuesday & Thursday 8:20am — 11:00am $1475 $135
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:20am — 11:00am $1975 $180
SCHEDULE:
Full Day

(Parents provide lunch)

Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Tuesday & Thursday 8:20am — 2:45pm $3075 $290
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:20am — 2:45pm $4375 $400
Monday — Friday 8:20am — 2:45pm $6475 $590

 

 

Iroquois Young Fives Options

Young Fives (Ages 4 — 5)

This program is designed to meet the needs of children who could use additional time to strengthen readiness skills, build independence and self-confidence as a learner, and grow emotionally and socially before entering kindergarten.

Curriculum is taught using themes that prepare students with a solid foundation in math and pre-literacy skills as well as creatively expose them to science, art, and music in a positive, structured environment.

Through connected lesson and activity design, our highly qualified teachers support the growth of each student as a whole child—academically, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Reader’s Theater, Biblical concepts through whole group engagement, and field trips are just a few of the experiences offered in Young Fives to help prepare students for a successful transition to kindergarten.

SCHEDULE:
Full Day
(parents provide lunch) Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:20am - 2:45pm $4375 $400

Spanish Immersion Options

Spanish Immersion
(must be 4 by September 1, 2019)

In the Spanish Immersion program, students are taught a parallel curriculum and are held to the same standards as their peers in the non-immersion program.

Students receive instruction in Spanish and will learn to read, write, and speak in Spanish. The total immersion program begins in preschool and kindergarten and continues through the 8th grade.  Continued Spanish programming is offered at the high school, including exciting opportunities for travel, internships, and worship.

Enrolling students in Spanish Immersion requires parents to be committed to the Spanish Immersion program at Grand Rapids Christian Schools.

Child must be at least 4 years old by September 1, 2019. 

SCHEDULE:
(parents provide lunch) Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Monday — Friday (mornings) 8:20am —11:00am $3275 $300
M — F (mornings)
+M/W/F (afternoons)
8:20am — 11:00am
8:20am — 2:45pm
$5375 $490
Monday — Friday
(all day)
8:20am — 2:45pm $6475 $590

 

Iroquois Campus Kindergarten


GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
-IROQUOIS CAMPUS-

GRCS Iroquois Kindergarten

GET IN TOUCH

Michelle Ogdahl
Director of Admissions

Within a safe, Christ-centered environment, our kindergarten provides exceptional opportunities for academic, social, emotional, and spiritual growth and discovery. Every day is a new opportunity to share, learn, and grow — together.

2019-2020 Iroquois Campus Kindergarten Options

Iroquois Full Day Kindergarten Options

Kindergarten (must be 5 by September 1, 2019)

Our program is designed to be a Christ-centered, hands-on, engaging curriculum based on the State of Michigan Benchmarks. Our classroom environment reflects God’s creation, inspiring children to know God’s world, learn from it, and care for it. Building on each child’s natural curiosity, our nurturing staff sets the stage for future success as students become excited about learning, exploring, experimenting, and expanding their friendships.

Child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2019

SCHEDULE:
Full Day

                                    
Annual Tuition

Approx. Payment/Month
5 Full Day
Monday — Friday
8:10am - 3:10pm TBD TBD

 

 

Iroquois Progressive Kindergarten Option

Progressive Kindergarten

Because not every child is immediately ready for 5 full days of kindergarten, our Progressive Kindergarten begins the year with a 3-full-day schedule and then transitions to 5 days in January.  This allows children to gradually adjust to the full-time schedule while providing additional time for teachers to review concepts, enrich the curriculum, and help students further develop their reading readiness and other skills.

Child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2019
SCHEDULE:
Full Day
                                          Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
(1st semester)
Monday — Friday 
(2nd semester)
8:10am - 3:10pm TBD TBD

Spanish Immersion Option

Spanish Immersion

In the Spanish Immersion program, students are taught a parallel curriculum and are held to the same standards as their peers in the non-immersion program.

Students receive instruction in Spanish and will learn to read, write, and speak in Spanish. The total immersion program begins in preschool and kindergarten and continues through the 8th grade.  Continued Spanish programming is offered at the high school, including exciting opportunities for travel, internships, and worship.

Enrolling students in Spanish Immersion requires parents to be committed to the Spanish Immersion program at Grand Rapids Christian Schools.

Child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2019
SCHEDULE:
Full Day
                                
Annual Tuition

Approx. Payment/Month
Monday — Friday 8:10am - 3:10pm TBD TBD

 

Rockford Campus Preschool & Kindergarten


GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN
-ROCKFORD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL-

RCS Kindergarten

GET IN TOUCH

Linda Vellenga
Director of Admissions

Within a safe, Christ-centered environment, our early childhood program provides exceptional opportunities for academic, social, emotional, and spiritual growth and discovery. Every day is a new opportunity to share, learn, and grow—together.

2019-2020 Rockford Campus Preschool and Kindergarten Options

Rockford Preschool and Young Fives Options

Preschool (Ages 3-4)

Within a safe, Christ-centered environment, preschool students at Grand Rapids Christian Schools engage with caring teachers who purposefully provide experiences to achieve both developmental and academic goals and position children for future success while respecting the pace of childhood. Students are given the freedom to make choices within an intentional plan of activities that build social and academic skills. 

Focusing on the whole child, our highly trained teachers document each child’s individual progress with a portfolio centered on faith formation, cognitive and physical growth and abilities, and their social-emotional well-being.

Play is an important part of our preschool program. It inspires creativity, teaches empathy, encourages language development, fosters independent learning experiences, gives students space to solve problems, and prepares them to be lifelong learners.

Young Fives (Ages 4-5)

This program is designed to meet the needs of children who could use additional time to strengthen readiness skills, build independence and self-confidence as a learner, and grow emotionally and socially before entering kindergarten.

Curriculum is taught using themes that prepare students with a solid foundation in math and pre-literacy skills as well as creatively expose them to science, art, and music in a positive, structured environment.

Through connected lesson and activity design, our highly qualified teachers support the growth of each student as a whole child—academically, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Thematic explorations, Biblical concepts through whole group engagement, and field trips are just a few of the experiences offered in Young Fives to help prepare students for a successful transition to kindergarten.

Child must be at least 3 years old by September 1, 2019, or 4 years old by December, 1 2019.
SCHEDULE:
Preschool & Young Fives
                                          Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
3s Preschool
Tuesday & Thursday

8:45am — 11:15am

$1475

$135

4s Preschool
Monday/Wednesday/Friday


8:45am — 11:15am

$1975

$180
Young Fives
Monday — Friday

12:45pm — 3:15pm

$3275

$300
 

Rockford Kindergarten Options

Kindergarten
(must be 5 by September 1, 2019)

Our program is designed to be a Christ-centered, hands-on, engaging curriculum based on the State of Michigan Benchmarks. Our classroom environment reflects God’s creation, inspiring children to know God’s world, learn from it, and care for it. Building on each child’s natural curiosity, our nurturing staff sets the stage for future success as students become excited about learning, exploring, experimenting, and expanding their friendships.

Child must be at least 5 years old by September 1, 2019.
SCHEDULE:
Progressive
                                             Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month

3 Full Days + 2 Half Days
(1st semester)

Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Tuesday & Thursday

5 Full Days
(2nd semester)



8:30am — 3:15pm
8:30am — 12:20pm 


8:30am — 3:15 am


TBD

TBD

SCHEDULE:
Full Days
                             Annual
Tuition
Approx.
Payment/Month
5 Full Days
Monday — Friday

8:30am — 3:15pm  

TBD

TBD

 


 

Kids Care

Kids Care is our supervised, licensed childcare program.  We offer before and after school for students enrolled at Grand Rapids Christian Schools.  Kids Care includes snack time, craft time, playground or gym time, and homework time.

Visit our Kids Care page for rates and registration information.

Registration and Enrollment

NEXT STEPS:

  • REGISTRATION
    • The first step in securing a seat for your child is to complete the registration form.
    • As part of the kindergarten registration process, each child must also complete kindergarten screening to confirm readiness.
    • Parents will be contacted to schedule an appointment time.
  • ENROLLMENT
    • The second step is completing the enrollment contract.
    • This step must be completed in order to finalize your child’s enrollment and set up your tuition payments.
    • Payment plan options include payment in full, payment by semester, and 11 monthly payments.

REGISTRATION FEES:

  • There is an $80 non-refundable registration fee for all preschool, Young Fives, and kindergarten programs.

Registration for the current 2018-2019 school year is now closed.  Please contact a member of the admissions team to discuss current school year availability in our preschool and kindergarten programs. 

Download & Print the GRCS Preschool & Kindergarten Option Sheets


 

JOIN THE CLUB

Did you know, enrolling in preschool at Grand Rapids Christian Schools qualifies you for a $1,000 Eagles Kids Club Grant giving you $500 off both your kindergarten and first grade tuition?  Find out more on our Eagles Kids Club page.

REGISTER NOW

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open!  The first step in securing a seat for your child is to complete the registration form.

Please contact a member of the admissions team to discuss current school year availability in our preschool and kindergarten programs. 


 

GET IN TOUCH

Iroquois & Evergreen Campuses

Michelle Ogdahl

Rockford Christian

Linda Vellenga