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Taking place the week following Spring Break, iXplore Week is an innovative, interim week of experiential and exploratory learning that promotes a sense of discovery, creativity, curiosity, connection, reflection, and responsibility.

Through a variety of experiences and opportunities to learn beyond the core curriculum, iXplore Week strives to deepen students' awareness of their own spiritual, intellectual and emotional growth as they develop and pursue new interests and passions.

Middle school students, grades 5-8, have an opportunity to choose classes or experiences. In addition, grade level students will engage in large group activities and simulations, infusing service learning and problem solving into the curriculum and preparing students to be informed, responsible, and involved servants and leaders. 

Classes and experiences range from no cost to over $200 per student.  We want every child to be able to participate!  Financial aid is available to help with fees related to experiences during the week; simply contact Mr. Burgess for more information.

iXplore Registration Schedule:

  • October iXplore Week Registration Form goes home.  This form provides an opportunity for your child to select their top 5 choices for experiences/classes happening the following April.
  • Middle school students are expected to get parent permission and parent agreement before selecting classes! Forms require a parent signature.  Please make sure to review the Registration Form and make sure you sign off on the experiences/classes your child chooses.
  • Each student’s #1 choice of an experience/class is not guaranteed.  Students will receive one of their five choices.
  • Classes and experiences are generally designed for 7th & 8th graders OR 5th & 6th graders.  There are also many classes that are for 5th through 8th graders.
  • Signed iXplore Registration Forms are due later in October.  After forms are due, 1we will assign your student to an iXplore experience/class. 

iXplore FAQS

What is iXplore week?

iXplore takes place in April each year. iXplore Week is an interim week of exploratory and hands-on learning that promotes a sense of discovery, creativity, curiosity, connection, reflection, and responsibility for 5th through 8th grade students.  

Who are the iXplore instructors?

GRCMS teachers and staff are the instructors for all iXplore classes. The specific instructors and leaders of each class will email parents in January to provide a general overview of the class and provide additional details for your child’s planned experience. 

Prior to iXplore week, instructors and leaders of each class will meet the students in their classes for a time of devotions (during the time that is our normal, weekly chapel). Instructors and leaders will then spend time getting to know their iXplore students, setting expectations and providing an overview of what they will experience and learn. 

How are students enrolled for iXplore classes?

Generally speaking, classes and experiences are designed for 7th & 8th graders OR 5th & 6th graders.  Students in 5th through 8th grade are given the opportunity to select their top five choices of classes/experiences for iXplore Week. In rare cases, students receive their third or fourth choice class.

Students are to get parent permission and parent agreement before selecting classes. 

How do parents know which iXplore class or experience my child will have?

Class assignments are posted in November. Parents will also receive notice of your child’s confirmed class or experience via email from the instructors/leaders.

What does the school day/week look like for students who aren’t traveling?

Students who ARE NOT traveling overnight with their classes or groups will come for a regular school week, Monday through Friday from 7:45 AM to 2:50 PM daily.

Will hot lunch be served during iXplore week?

Yes. There will be no disruption to hot lunch service during iXplore Week. 

Will there be GRCS & GRPS transportation during iXplore week?

Yes. There will be no disruption to bus transportation during iXplore Week. 

Will parents need to complete or sign any permission slips or forms for my child to participate in iXplore Week?

Parents may need to sign a permission slip/form if your child is being transported by volunteers OR if they are a part of one of the groups that is traveling and staying somewhere overnight. The instructors and leaders of classes will communicate this directly to parents. 

What are the costs for the classes and/or experiences?

Generally speaking, most classes are at no to low cost. If there is a cost associated with the class or experience your child will have, you will be notified by the instructor

Will my child’s medical needs be attended to?

Yes. If your child is traveling at all, you will need to complete a Medical Information & Consent Form.  Without this Form, the student will NOT be able to participate. As instructors and class leaders are informed of every child’s medical needs, they will attend to them appropriately. Medical information on our students is held and kept confidential by GRCMS staff. 

How can parents get involved or support the week?

Parents will receive email communication from the instructors and leaders, you will let you more about opportunities to volunteer as a chaperone, support person, or driver. 



JoAnn Tousley, iXplore Coordinator

Eric Burgess, Principal

Linda Vellenga, Director of Admissions


2036 Chesaning Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: 616.574.6300
Fax:  616.574.6310