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We offer a variety of opportunities to experience Grand Rapids Christian Schools, including personal tours and student visit days.  VISIT US to learn more.

Throughout the process, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We welcome your inquiries and comments and will make ourselves available to help in any way we can.

ADMISSIONS & ENROLLMENT PROCESS

Preschool and Kindergarten

Please visit our Early Childhood page to learn more about the variety of preschool and kindergarten options we offer at Iroquois, Evergreen, and Rockford Christian.

Grand Rapids Christian Elementary Schools

Grades Preschool — 4

1050 Iroquois Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: 616.574.6500
Fax:  616.574.6510
Grades Preschool — 5

1630 Griggs St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: 616.574.5900
Fax:  616.574.5910

Michelle Ogdahl

Director of Admissions

VISIT

VISIT or ATTEND AN EVENT
Recommended.  
A tour is a great way to see our classes in action and take a look at our campus.  We recommend this to all new families.

INQUIRE

Required.  
Complete the online inquiry form.

APPLY

Required.  
Parents and/or guardians are required to complete, sign and submit the Application for Admission.  The application is available online after an initial inquiry.

ACADEMIC RECORDS

Required.  
Applicants are required to complete the Grand Rapids Christian Record Request Form and submit one copy to their current school and one copy to the Grand Rapids Christian School Director of Admissions.

  • Required items include the following:
    • Report cards, 3 years (if applicable)
    • Standardized test results, 3 years (if applicable)
    • IEP, 504 Plan, accommodations/support services list (if applicable)
    • Discipline records, 3 years (if applicable)
    • Attendance records, 3 years
    • Immunization record or waiver

FAMILY INTERVIEW

Required.  
The family interview is the final step in the application process, following completion of the application paperwork. Interviews are with the student, at least one parent or guardian, the Director of Admissions, and potentially a school administrator.

The interview offers the chance to sit down and meet each other.  A typical interview lasts about 30 minutes and is a time when the student and parent(s) may ask questions and share their perspectives. Interviews are scheduled during regular school hours (between 8:00am - 4:00pm) and on occasion in the evening.  The interview will be scheduled through the Director of Admissions once the application and academic records have been received.

*Applicants receiving educational or inclusive educational support services will also be required to meet with the program coordinator to determine support level and accommodations.

VARIABLE TUITION

Optional.  
Because Grand Rapids Christian Schools is committed to making a Christian education accessible to families from various economic backgrounds, we off a range of tuition rates called Variable Tuition. While every family is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition, Variable Tuition allows families to apply for a reduced tuition rate based on their family’s unique financial situation.

In order to apply for Variable Tuition, parents must submit an online application to FACTS Grant & Aid. There is a $35 fee to apply. More information, including a list of rates and a link to the application, is available at grcs.org/variabletuition.

Please note that while we work within our resources to make GRCS accessible to as many students and families as possible, funds to support Variable Tuition are limited and are distributed based on need as well as on a first come, first-served basis.

CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT CONTRACT

Required.  
Once the admissions process has been completed and the high school assessment fee has been paid, you will need to complete the Continuous Enrollment Contract. The Admissions Director will send you an email include the link to the online contract.

PARENT VUE ACCOUNT SET UP

Required.
Grand Rapids Christian School (GRCS) utilizes Synergy’s ParentVUE portal to provide parents/guardians with access to student and school information. This tool assists parents/guardians in staying informed and connected with day-to-day insight into their student’s academic experience. In addition, ParentVue is where parent and emergency contact information are stored. The Admissions Team will send you instructions for setting up your ParentVue account after we have received your continuous enrollment contract. 

Rockford Christian School

Grades Preschool — 8

6060 Belding Road
Rockford, MI 49341

Phone: 616.574.6400
Fax:  616.574.6410

Linda Vellenga

Director of Admissions

VISIT

VISIT or ATTEND AN EVENT
Recommended.  
A tour is a great way to see our classes in action and take a look at our campus.  We recommend this to all new families.

INQUIRE

Required.  
Complete the online inquiry form.

APPLY

Required.  
Parents and/or guardians are required to complete, sign and submit the Application for Admission.  The application is available online after an initial inquiry.

ACADEMIC RECORDS

Required.  
Applicants are required to complete the Grand Rapids Christian Record Request Form and submit one copy to their current school and one copy to the Grand Rapids Christian School Director of Admissions.

  • Required items include the following:
    • Report cards, 3 years (if applicable)
    • Standardized test results, 3 years (if applicable)
    • IEP, 504 Plan, accommodations/support services list (if applicable)
    • Discipline records, 3 years (if applicable)
    • Attendance records, 3 years
    • Immunization record or waiver

FAMILY INTERVIEW

Required.  
The family interview is the final step in the application process, following completion of the application paperwork. Interviews are with the student, at least one parent or guardian, the Director of Admissions, and potentially a school administrator.

The interview offers the chance to sit down and meet each other.  A typical interview lasts about 30 minutes and is a time when the student and parent(s) may ask questions and share their perspectives. Interviews are scheduled during regular school hours (between 8:00am - 4:00pm) and on occasion in the evening.  The interview will be scheduled through the Director of Admissions once the application and academic records have been received.

*Applicants receiving educational or inclusive educational support services will also be required to meet with the program coordinator to determine support level and accommodations.

VARIABLE TUITION

Optional.  
Because Grand Rapids Christian Schools is committed to making a Christian education accessible to families from various economic backgrounds, we off a range of tuition rates called Variable Tuition. While every family is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition, Variable Tuition allows families to apply for a reduced tuition rate based on their family’s unique financial situation.

In order to apply for Variable Tuition, parents must submit an online application to FACTS Grant & Aid. There is a $35 fee to apply. More information, including a list of rates and a link to the application, is available at grcs.org/variabletuition.

Please note that while we work within our resources to make GRCS accessible to as many students and families as possible, funds to support Variable Tuition are limited and are distributed based on need as well as on a first come, first-served basis.

CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT CONTRACT

Required.  
Once the admissions process has been completed and the high school assessment fee has been paid, you will need to complete the Continuous Enrollment Contract. The Admissions Director will send you an email include the link to the online contract.

PARENT VUE ACCOUNT SET UP

Required.
Grand Rapids Christian School (GRCS) utilizes Synergy’s ParentVUE portal to provide parents/guardians with access to student and school information. This tool assists parents/guardians in staying informed and connected with day-to-day insight into their student’s academic experience. In addition, ParentVue is where parent and emergency contact information are stored. The Admissions Team will send you instructions for setting up your ParentVue account after we have received your continuous enrollment contract. 

SMART TUITION ACCOUNT SET UP

Required.
The final step in the enrollment process is to set up your payment plan by creating your Smart Tuition account. You will receive an email from CustomerService@smarttuition.com as well as an email from a member of the GRCS business office with instructions for setting up your account.  The applicant will not be considered officially enrolled until this step has been completed.

Grand Rapids Christian Middle School

Grades 5 — 8

2036 Chesaning Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: 616.574.6300
Fax:  616.574.6301

Linda Vellenga

Director of Admissions

VISIT

VISIT or ATTEND AN EVENT
Recommended.  
A tour is a great way to see our classes in action and take a look at our campus.  We recommend this to all new families.

INQUIRE

Required.  
Complete the online inquiry form.

APPLY

Required.  
Parents and/or guardians are required to complete, sign and submit the Application for Admission.  The application is available online after an initial inquiry.

ACADEMIC RECORDS

Required.  
Applicants are required to complete the Grand Rapids Christian Record Request Form and submit one copy to their current school and one copy to the Grand Rapids Christian School Director of Admissions.

  • Required items include the following:
    • Report cards, 3 years (if applicable)
    • Standardized test results, 3 years (if applicable)
    • IEP, 504 Plan, accommodations/support services list (if applicable)
    • Discipline records, 3 years (if applicable)
    • Attendance records, 3 years
    • Immunization record or waiver

FAMILY INTERVIEW

Required.  
The family interview is the final step in the application process, following completion of the application paperwork. Interviews are with the student, at least one parent or guardian, the GRCMS Director of Admissions, and the school principal.

The interview offers the chance to sit down and meet each other, as an alternative to having an admissions team only evaluate a student’s application. A typical interview lasts approximately 30 minutes, and is a time when the student and parent(s) may ask any questions and share their perspectives. The Director of Admissions works directly from the student’s application and supporting materials to discuss academics at GRCMS, involvement in co-curricular activities, and the unique spiritual opportunities we offer each student as a Christian school.

Interviews are scheduled during regular school day hours (between 8am – 4pm) and on occasion in the evening. The Director of Admissions will initiate the interview appointment and contact you after the completion of all application and testing materials.

*Applicants receiving educational or inclusive educational support services will also be required to meet with the program coordinator to determine support level and accommodations.

DEADLINES AND DECISION

Once all materials have been submitted and the Family Interview has taken place, the Grand Rapids Christian Middle School Admissions Review Committee will review your child’s application, and an admissions decision will be made. Admissions notices will be sent out via email communication.

COURSE REGISTRATION

Required.
Course registration will take place at a later date once the applicant has been accepted as a new student at Grand Rapids Christian Middle School. Staff will be in contact with the applicant’s family after acceptance to schedule courses.

VARIABLE TUITION

Optional.  
Because Grand Rapids Christian Schools is committed to making a Christian education accessible to families from various economic backgrounds, we off a range of tuition rates called Variable Tuition. While every family is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition, Variable Tuition allows families to apply for a reduced tuition rate based on their family’s unique financial situation.

In order to apply for Variable Tuition, parents must submit an online application to FACTS Grant & Aid. There is a $35 fee to apply. More information, including a list of rates and a link to the application, is available at grcs.org/variabletuition.

Please note that while we work within our resources to make GRCS accessible to as many students and families as possible, funds to support Variable Tuition are limited and are distributed based on need as well as on a first come, first-served basis.

CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT CONTRACT

Required.  
Once the admissions process has been completed and the high school assessment fee has been paid, you will need to complete the Continuous Enrollment Contract. The Admissions Director will send you an email include the link to the online contract.

PARENT VUE ACCOUNT SET UP

Required.
Grand Rapids Christian School (GRCS) utilizes Synergy’s ParentVUE portal to provide parents/guardians with access to student and school information. This tool assists parents/guardians in staying informed and connected with day-to-day insight into their student’s academic experience. In addition, ParentVue is where parent and emergency contact information are stored. The Admissions Team will send you instructions for setting up your ParentVue account after we have received your continuous enrollment contract. 

SMART TUITION ACCOUNT SET UP

Required.
The final step in the enrollment process is to set up your payment plan by creating your Smart Tuition account. You will receive an email from CustomerService@smarttuition.com as well as an email from a member of the GRCS business office with instructions for setting up your account.  The applicant will not be considered officially enrolled until this step has been completed.

FALL OPEN HOUSE

Over the summer you will receive a packet in the mail with important school information. Inside there will also be details about the Fall Open House which will take place prior to the start of the school year.

Grand Rapids Christian High School

Vickie Fischer

Director of Admissions

PLEASE NOTE: Students from Grand Rapids Christian Middle, Rockford Christian, Ada Christian & West Side Christian Schools do not need to complete the Application for Admission or subsequent application materials .  Students from these schools are automatically accepted as students to Grand Rapids Christian High School.  Students should plan on attending their school specific course scheduling night with counselors beginning in January for the following school year.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

ADMISSIONS NOTE
Grand Rapids Christian High School focuses on attracting students prepared to thrive in a rigorous academic program and interested in becoming a citizen of our school community through their development in academics, arts, athletics, leadership, and spiritual life. Grand Rapids Christian High School’s model applicant challenges himself/herself to grow in all these areas.

CRITERIA
Admission to Grand Rapids Christian High School is based on many criteria including application, family meeting, student interview, the academic transcript, test scores, participation in extracurricular activities, and a visit to Grand Rapids Christian High School. While each piece of the application plays an important role in assisting the admission committee in making a decision, no one piece — neither student interviews nor test scores, for example — will be the deciding factor.

We understand that every student who applies is unique, and has strengths and weaknesses in many areas that are different from one student to the next. We examine the following areas when making our decision:

  • ACADEMICS
    • The applicant having successfully completed the appropriate levels of core subjects including but not limited to English & math.
    • The applicant’s academic performance including grades and standardized testing scores.
    • The applicant’s ability to meet the academic rigor of Grand Rapids Christian High School.
    • The applicant’s academic goals.
  • INTEGRITY AND CHARACTER
    • The applicant’s previous conduct with regards to his or her previous school(s), authority figures, and/or peers.
    • The applicant’s emotional stability, and behavior record.
    • The applicant’s demonstrated character qualities of integrity, self-discipline and motivation, consistent effort, obedient spirit, positive attitude and respectful behavior.
    • The applicant’s stated ability to adhere to the Grand Rapids Christian High School Parent-Student Handbook & Code of Conduct.
  • INVOLVEMENT AND COMMUNITY
    • The applicant’s eagerness to fully participate in school, home, and church activities.
  • STATEMENT OF FAITH
    • The applicant and his or her parents stated understanding and willingness to adhere to the Grand Rapids Christian Schools’ Statement of Faith and mission to provide students with a faith based education and that all subjects are taught through the lens of a Christian world view.
  • OTHER
    • The applicant’s previous school attendance – the applicant should have minimal tardies and/or absences on his or her record.

VISIT

VISIT or ATTEND AN EVENT
Recommended.  
A tour is a great way to see our classes in action and take a look at our campus.  We recommend this to all new families.

INQUIRE

Required.  
Complete the online inquiry form.

APPLY

Required.  
Parents and/or guardians are required to complete, sign and submit the Application for Admission.  The application is available online after an initial inquiry.

ACADEMIC RECORDS

Required.  
Applicants are required to complete the Grand Rapids Christian Record Request Form and submit one copy to their current school and one copy to the Grand Rapids Christian School Director of Admissions.

  • ALL STUDENTS    
    • Current course list
    • Standardized test results, 3 years (NWEA-MAP, PSAT/SAT, ACT)
    • IEP, 504 Plan, accommodations/support services list (if applicable)
    • Discipline records, 3 years (if applicable)
    • Attendance records, 3 years
    • Immunization record or waiver
  • CURRENT MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
    • 6th-8th grade report cards
    • Most recent grade/progress report
  • CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL (TRANSFER) STUDENTS    
    • High school transcript (unofficial
    • Most recent grade/progress report
    • 9th graders: 7th & 8th grade report cards 

EDUCATOR'S RECOMMENDATION

Required.  
Applicants will be asked for the contact information for a current teacher or administrator to complete the Educator’s Recommendation Form.  

STUDENT ADMISSIONS QUESTIONNAIRE

Required.  
Applicants will be asked for the contact information for a current teacher or administrator to complete the Educator’s Recommendation Form.  

NWEA-MAP STANDARDIZED TESTING

Required.
All new incoming 9th graders are required to have current (most recent school year) NWEA-MAP testing scores.  (*New incoming 10th-12th may use PSAT, SAT or ACT testing results instead.)  

If the applicant’s current school does not administer the NWEA test, he/she will be required to take the test through Grand Rapids Christian High School and assessed a $15 testing fee.  Tests will be offered in March, April, May and July.  

FAMILY INTERVIEW

Required.
The family interview is the final step in the application process, following completion of the application paperwork. Interviews are with the student, at least one parent or guardian, the GRCHS Director of Admissions, and an administrator.

The interview offers the chance to sit down and meet each other, as an alternative to having an admissions team only evaluate a student’s application. A typical interview lasts approximately 30 minutes, and is a time when the student and parent(s) may ask any questions and share their perspectives. The Director of Admissions works directly from the student’s application and supporting materials to discuss academics at GRCHS, involvement in co-curricular activities, and the unique spiritual opportunities we offer each student as a Christian school.

Interviews are scheduled during regular school day hours (between 8am – 4pm) and on occasion in the evening. The Director of Admissions will initiate the interview appointment, and contact you after the completion of all application and testing materials.

*Applicants receiving educational or inclusive educational support services will also be required to meet with the program coordinator to determine support level and accommodations.

DEADLINES AND DECISION

All materials (application, records, test scores, questionnaire, etc.) should be submitted by one of four application deadlines.  Once all items have been received, the Grand Rapids Christian High School Admissions Review Committee will review your child’s application and an admissions decision will be made.  Admissions notices will be sent out via email communication.

  • APPLICATION DEADLINES:
    • December 13, 2019
    • February 7, 2020
    • March 6, 2020
    • April 24, 2020
    • May 15, 2020
    • July 24, 2020 (final application deadline for 2020-2021 school year)

HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT FEE

Required.
Once the admissions process has been completed and the applicant has been accepted as a new student, you will receive an email with a link to pay the $250 High School Assessment Fee.  This annual fee for all high school students covers the costs associated with: textbooks, laptop insurance, parking, student admission to regular season home athletic events, and admission to student theater productions at the Center for Arts and Worship.

Paying this non-refundable fee will hold your child’s spot and allow him/her to register for classes.  In subsequent years, the fee will automatically be charged to your Smart Tuition account. 

COURSE REGISTRATION

Required.
Course registration will take place once the applicant has been accepted as a new student to Grand Rapids Christian High School.  Registering for classes early ensures that your child will have first pick of the classes they desire. It does not cost anything to register for classes, and it does NOT serve as a commitment to send your child to Grand Rapids Christian.

VARIABLE TUITION

Optional.  
Because Grand Rapids Christian Schools is committed to making a Christian education accessible to families from various economic backgrounds, we off a range of tuition rates called Variable Tuition. While every family is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition, Variable Tuition allows families to apply for a reduced tuition rate based on their family’s unique financial situation.

In order to apply for Variable Tuition, parents must submit an online application to FACTS Grant & Aid. There is a $35 fee to apply. More information, including a list of rates and a link to the application, is available at grcs.org/variabletuition.

Please note that while we work within our resources to make GRCS accessible to as many students and families as possible, funds to support Variable Tuition are limited and are distributed based on need as well as on a first come, first-served basis.

CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT CONTRACT

Required.  
Once the admissions process has been completed and the high school assessment fee has been paid, you will need to complete the Continuous Enrollment Contract. The Admissions Director will send you an email include the link to the online contract.

PARENTVUE ACCOUNT SET UP

Required.
Grand Rapids Christian School (GRCS) utilizes Synergy’s ParentVUE portal to provide parents/guardians with access to student and school information. This tool assists parents/guardians in staying informed and connected with day-to-day insight into their student’s academic experience. In addition, ParentVue is where parent and emergency contact information are stored. The Admissions Team will send you instructions for setting up your ParentVue account after we have received your continuous enrollment contract. 

SMART TUITION ACCOUNT SET UP

Required.
The final step in the enrollment process is to set up your payment plan by creating your Smart Tuition account. You will receive an email from CustomerService@smarttuition.com as well as an email from a member of the GRCS business office with instructions for setting up your account.  The applicant will not be considered officially enrolled until this step has been completed.

FALL ORIENTATION

Over the summer accepted students will receive information about fall orientation dates along with other important school information. 


 

GET IN TOUCH WITH OUR ADMISSIONS TEAM

HIGH SCHOOL

Victoria Fischer

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Linda Vellenga

ROCKFORD

Linda Vellenga

IROQUOIS

Preschool and Kindergarten

Michelle Ogdahl

1st — 4th Grades

Jessie Renz

EVERGREEN

Preschool and Kindergarten

Michelle Ogdahl

1st — 5th Grades

Jessie Renz