Through its nine elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, the Barnes Early Childhood Center and the Community Campus, the Grosse Pointe Public School System promotes innovation, maximizes potential and embraces community.
This Wayne County district serves 7,800 students within the five Grosse Pointe communities Ñ Grosse Pointe City, Farms, Park, Shores and Woods Ñ and a portion of Harper Woods, and prepares students to learn and lead in a setting that encourages them to reach their full potential.
This is accomplished through a collaboration among the students, staff, parents and community.
"Our award-winning staff is supported by the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education Ñ and enviable parent participation," says Rebecca Fannon, the community relations specialist with the Grosse Pointe Public School System. "In many elementary schools, 100 percent of parents participate in parent-teacher conferences."
And since life can be busy for families Ñ particularly those with two parents working outside of the home Ñ the district offers help.
"We also understand and support today's families, offering child care options before and after school, summer camps and tuition-based preschool year-round," Fannon says.
Barnes Early Childhood Center houses both tuition-based preschool, and early childhood services. Programs range from play groups to targeted interventions. An individualized plan is developed for each child working with staff such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, teachers, speech pathologists, psychologists, social workers, and teacher consultants for kids on the autism spectrum.
The also district boasts numerous academic opportunities for its students.
"We offer five foreign languages, 25 Advanced Placement courses, expanding career and technical education options, secondary honors classes, elementary magnet classes, an elementary multi-age program, Young 5s and all-day kindergarten," Fannon says. "By connecting to students' passion areas and providing multiple levels of classes and support, we help develop well-rounded lifelong learners."
Outside of the classroom, students have the chance to join a number of organizations.
"Clubs and extracurricular offerings expand each year in response to student-led interest," Fannon says. "There are annually over 50 clubs at each high school, ranging from well-known standards like student government, National Honor Society and languages to more unique offerings such as archery, radio astronomy and WILLOW (women's leadership)."
At Grosse Pointe North High School, clubs and organizations include Drama club, Interact club for community service, an African-American history club, bowling club, National Art Honors Society, Gearheads (a North-South team for robotics), German club, and many more.
Students who attend Grosse Pointe South High School can participate in a variety of clubs as well, including offerings for archery, biology, coding, conversation, female fitness and more.
Both high schools within the district consistently rank in the top 5 percent in the nation, Fannon adds. Also, in the last two years, the district has received an A+ rating from Niche.com, and its teachers have been ranked as No. 1 in the State of Michigan.
For more information on the Grosse Pointe Public School System, visit the Grosse Pointe Public School System website.