GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — After years of waiting, Grand Rapids Public Schools is finally celebrating the opening of its expanded Museum School.
Community members, students, families and staff members were on hand Wednesday to cut the ribbon to the Grand Rapids Public Museum High School.
“We have waited three years for this, and when I was here a month ago, I didn’t think we’d make the deadline. So to see it today is amazing. And for us to reimagine high school, it makes it even better,” said GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum High School is one of 10 “Super Schools” in the country. It is located in the former home of the Grand Rapids Public Museum, at 54 Jefferson Avenue SE in downtown Grand Rapids.
The school’s innovative curriculum taps into design-thinking techniques, immersive environments and real-life experiences.
“All of our learning experiences are designed around multiple content areas with the purpose of applying what students learn out in the community, making changes and improving the world around them,” said one staff member.
The Museum School expansion was made possible by a $10 million grant from XQ, an initiative announced by the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. GRPS was one of 10 winners chosen from the 700 groups that applied for The Super School Project.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum High School will start with about 90 students in 9th grade, then add another grade every year until it houses grades 9-12.