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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. 

INQUIRE

 

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We are showcasing all that Grand Rapids Christian Schools has to offer,  See how our Christ-centered, student-focused approach to learning has made us one of West Michigan's top-performing school systems and such a good fit for so many students. 

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Evergreen Campus Preschool & Kindergarten

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GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
-EVERGREEN CAMPUS-

1630 Griggs St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: 616-574-5900
Fax:  616-574-5910

The Evergreen campus is a balanced-calendar school that includes enrichment 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.

God created children as natural learners and they come to preschool already equipped with knowledge to build upon. Teachers are partners in the child’s growth and learning. Questioning, hands on exploration, and play are ways that inquiry learning is achieved. Our topics or “themes” to be discussed throughout the year are inspired by the students' interests and wonderings.

In the classroom you will find 3-year olds, 4-year olds, and young 5-year olds learning together to form Evergreen’s preschool. We find that this multi-age class results in heightened learning with students learning; students learn from each other, not just from the teacher.

THE EVERGREEN EXPERIENCE.

Evergreen is built on three pillars:

multi-age classrooms, inquiry-based learning, and a 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

Outside of the classroom, preschool students participate with other K-5 Evergreen students in Team Time groups.  Peer relationships naturally form and a community of learners emerges.

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.

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.

2018-2019 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 September 1, 2018.

Schedule - Half Day
                                          Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Tuesday & Friday (mornings) 8:00am - 10:50am $1,375 $125
Tuesday & Friday
(afternoons)
12:10pm - 3:00pm $1,375 $125
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday
(mornings)
8:00am - 10:50am $1875 $170

Monday/Wednesday/Thursday
(afternoons)

12:10pm - 3:00pm $1875 $170
Monday - Friday
(mornings)
8:00am - 10:50am $3,175 $290
Monday - Friday
(afternoons)
12:10pm - 3:00pm $3,175 $290


Schedule - Full Day

                                (Parents provide lunch) 

Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Tuesday & Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm $2,975 $270
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 8:00am - 3:00pm $4,275 $390
Monday - Friday 8:00am  - 3:00pm $6,375 $580

Evergreen Kindergarten Options

Kindergarten
(must be 5 by September 1, 2018)

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, 2018.

Schedule - Full Day
                                          Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm $5,790 $526
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 3:00am  $7,990 $726

 

Iroquois Campus Preschool

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GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
-IROQUOIS CAMPUS-

1050 Iroquois Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: 616-574-6500
Fax:  616-574-6510

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.

2018-2019 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 September 1, 2018.

Schedule - Mornings
                                          Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Tuesday & Thursday 8:25am - 11:00am $1,375 $125
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:25am - 11:00am $1875 $170

Schedule - Full Day

                                           

Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Tuesday & Thursday 8:25am - 2:50pm $2,975 $270
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:25am - 2:50pm $4,275 $390
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 8:25am - 2:50pm $4275 $390
Monday - Friday 8:25am - 2:50pm $6,375 $580

 

 

Iroquois Young Fives Options

Young Fives

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 qualifieded 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
                                          Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:25am - 2:50pm $4,275 $390
Monday - Friday 8:25am - 2:50pm $6,375 $580

Spanish Immersion Options

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 continues through 6th grade with language maintenance offered in 7th grade through high school.

Enrolling students in Spanish Immersion requires parents to be committed to the Spanish Immersion program at Grand Rapids Christian Schools through the 6th grade. 

Child must be at least 4 years old by September 1, 2018. 

Schedule
                                          Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Monday - Friday (mornings) 8:25am - 11:00am $3,175 $290
M-F mornings plus
M/W/F afternoons
8:25am - 11:00am /
8:25am -
2:50pm
$5,275 $480
Monday - Friday
(all day)
8:25am -
2:50pm
$6,375 $580

 

Iroquois Campus Kindergarten

GRCS Iroquois Kindergarten


GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
-IROQUOIS CAMPUS-

1050 Iroquois Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: 616-574-6500
Fax:  616-574-6510

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.

2018-2019 Iroquois Campus Kindergarten Options

Iroquois Full Day Kindergarten Options

Kindergarten (must be 5 by September 1, 2018)

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, 2018

Schedule - Full Day
                                          Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
3 Full Day
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
8:25am - 3:10pm $5,790 $526
5 Full Day
Monday- Friday
8:25am - 3:10pm $7,990 $726

 

 

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 full 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, 2018

Schedule
                                          Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Monday/Wednesday/Friday (1st semester)
Monday - Friday 
(2nd semester)
8:10am - 3:10pm $6,890 $626

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 continues through 6th grade with language maintenance offered through high school.

Enrolling students in Spanish Immersion requires parents to be committed to the Spanish Immersion program at Grand Rapids Christian Schools through the 6th grade. 

Child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2018
Schedule                                  Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Monday- Friday 8:10am - 3:10pm $7,990 $726

 

Rockford Campus Preschool & Kindergarten

RCS Kindergarten


GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN
-ROCKFORD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL-

6060 Belding Road
Rockford, MI 49341

Phone: 616-574-6400
Fax:  616-574-9932

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.

2018-2019 Rockford Campus Preschool and Kindergarten Options

Rockford Preschool and Young Fives 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.

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 eld 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, 2018, or 4 years old by December, 1 2018.
Schedule - Preschool
and Young Fives
                                          Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
3s Preschool
Tuesday/Thursday

8:45am - 11:15am

$1,375

$125

4s Preschool
Monday/Wednesday/Friday


8:45am - 11:15am

$1875

$170
Young Fives
Monday - Friday

12:45pm - 3:15pm

$3,175

$290
 

Rockford Kindergarten Options

Kindergarten
(must be 5 by September 1, 2018)

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, 2018.

Schedule
                                             Annual Tuition Approx. Payment/Month
Half Day
Monday - Friday

8:30am - 12:15pm  

$5,290

$481
3 Full Days + 2 Half Days
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Tuesday & Thursday

8:30am - 3:15pm
8:30am - 12:15pm 

$6,890

$626
5 Full Days
Monday - Friday

8:30am - 3:15pm  

$7,990

$726

 

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*.
      • *Registration is now closed.  Please contact a member of the admissions team to discuss availability in our preschool and kindergarten programs. 
    • 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 agreement which will be available at the end of March 2018.
    • 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 (July 2018-May 2019).

REGISTRATION FEES:

  • There is an $80 non-refundable registration fee for all preschool and Young Fives programs.
  • A $50 fee will apply for any preschool registration changes made after June 1, 2018.
  • There is an $80 non-refundable registration fee for all kindergarten programs which will be applied to tuition at the time of enrollment.

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 is now closed.  Please contact a member of the admissions team to discuss availability in our preschool and kindergarten programs.