Grandville Public Schools

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Grandville Public Schools is a school district in Grandville, Michigan. The current superintendent is Ron Caniff.[1]

The district serves the City of Grandville and portions of other cities and townships, including Wyoming and the City of Walker.[2]


Grandville Public Schools has seven elementary schools: Central, Century Park Learning Center, Cummings, East, Grand View, South, and West.

Grandville Middle School currently serves grades 7 and 8.

Grandville High School enrolls about 1800 students annually in grades 9-12.;[3] its competitive robotics team is housed in its own building, the GHS South Campus Robotics & Engineering Center.[4]


Grandville High School offers a wide variety of academic and extracurricular offerings, including 17 Advanced Placement courses,[5] forensics, a competitive engineering and robotics team, jazz band, an award-winning marching band, choir, chamber and concert orchestras, symphony strings, philharmonic orchestra, theater, emergency medical technician certification, and after-school clubs such as photography club and chess club. Its AP Calculus program often receives national attention, with GHS staff training educators at the national level.[6]

Grandville High School was presented with the prestigious Blue Ribbon School Award in 2005–2006, and has had several recipients of AP Scholar and National Merit Recognition Awards.[7] In 2012, the College Board recognized the school with its Advanced Placement District of the Year Awards—Annual Honor Roll.[8]

In 2014, U.S. News & World Report named Grandville High School to the top 3% of schools in Michigan and the top 5% in the nation in its Best High Schools rankings.[9]

The high school uses automatic response clickers in the classrooms.[10] This technology provides instant feedback to teachers to help them find out if the students understand a concept or need further instruction. The responses are anonymous yet provide the necessary feedback.

Every fourth through 12th grader has a Chromebook as part of the one-to-one initiative. Every K-3 student will have access to an iPad in 2014.

Science, Engineering and Robotics Program[edit]

Grandville High School is home to the RoboDawgs, a robotics team which since 1998 has been known for its focus on creating student-designed, student-built robots for national and international competitions. In 2013, the team was featured in the evening news because it created parts that were used in a NASA rocket launch.[11] The team captured a regional win in Troy, MI, in 2012 and the Engineering Inspiration Award in 2013.[12]

The team qualified for the world championships in 2014. Out of 9,000 VEX robotic teams in the world, the RoboDawgs ranked in the top 30 in the world rankings in March 2014.[13]

Grandville Public Schools has been a leader in educational robotics for more than 10 years. Beginning with one high school robotics team in 1998, the district's program has now grown to include more than 30 teams. More than 800 students, from fourth through twelfth grades, participate on Grandville robotics teams, designing, building, and programming robotics for competitions around the world. Grandville has one of largest Lego League programs in the country, with the District fielding 18 teams in 2012. These students go on to compete in the District's VEX Robotics program at the middle school level, as well as the FIRST Robotics competition and the Great American River Race at the high school level. The Grandville Academic Team Boosters provide financial, technical, and coaching support for the Grandville robotics teams and other academic teams in West Michigan.

In addition to robotics, the team has several other science club opportunities, including Science Olympiad and Odyssey of the Mind. The Science Olympiad team placed in the top 20 at the national competition in 2007, and Odyssey of the Mind was the state runner-up in 2009.


2013-14 School Year

Grandville Public Schools has a long tradition of athletic excellence in Division I, featuring 29 varsity teams, ranging from rugby and ice hockey to gymnastics and co-ed bowling.[14] In fall 2013, the girls cross-country, boys cross-country and boys varsity tennis teams all went to state finals. Tennis coach Tim Buck was named state Coach of the Year in 2013 for Division I Boys Tennis.[15] Soccer coach Dave Saylor was named West Michigan Coach of the Year in November 2013. In winter 2014, the wrestling team was crowned regional champion and Coach Gritter was named State Head Coach of the Year. The competitive cheerleading team was 2014 state runner-up. The boys bowling team earned the regional champ title in winter 2014, and Josh Kukla was crowned Division I Bowling State Champion; Kukla bowled a 300 at the state finals. The hockey team was regional champ in March 2014 and made it to state quarterfinals. A new hockey scholarship, the Ryan Fischer Memorial Scholarship, was announced in March 2014 to honor the legacy of Grandville co-captain Ryan Fischer. A senior at GHS, Ryan had a 4.0 GPA and was accepted to West Point for fall 2014; he died unexpectedly in his sleep the day of the Final Four hockey game due to an enlarged heart.

In spring 2014, the baseball team was the OK Red champions, and Coach Ricky Clark earned the title of District Coach of the Year. Senior Oliver Jaskie was named one of the best baseball players in the state and played for the All Stars team at Comerica Park.[16] The girls soccer team won districts.

Anti-Bullying Program[edit]

Grandville Public Schools embraces the "be nice" program, a positive anti-bullying approach that goes beyond telling kids not to bully. "Be nice" was developed by the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, where Grandville Public Schools Board of Education secretary Christy Buck serves as executive director.[17] "Be nice" has been adopted by many other districts throughout West Michigan.

Early Childhood Education[edit]

The district's preschool teachers use the highly endorsed Creative Curriculum.[18] There are a variety of preschool options, as well as Treehouse, the district's daycare program for children from 2.5 to 12 years old.

IMAGE Program for Gifted Learners[edit]

The IMAGE (Identified Member of Academically Gifted Education) program is a pull-out program for academically talented students in grades 3-6. Qualification for IMAGE is based on test scores from a nationally normed standardized ability and achievement test. A second grade student must score in the 95 national percentile by age range on the InView ability test or must score with an average math/reading MAP score in the 95 national percentile age range. Once a student has achieved one of those two scores, an identification matrix is used to determine eligibility.[19]

Leadership Initiative[edit]

New in 2013, Grandville High School has a leadership program designed to shape the next generation of leaders.[20] Students attend presentations by area leaders to better understand the components of good leadership.

Special Education[edit]

A full continuum of programs and services is provided to students who require special education intervention.[21] Grandville has a full complement of diagnostic staff personnel in order to conduct individual student evaluation and provide support service to students, teachers, and parents. Parents can get involved with PASE, the Parent Advisory to Special Education group which provides advisory input to support special education services in the county.

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