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The focus of this guide is on topics related to education and learning in the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

A K-12 public school curriculum is provided by Grand Rapids Public Schools, as well as some charter schools that include City High-Middle School, a magnet school that is usually rated among the top high schools in the country. Catholic Central High School, the oldest co-educational Catholic high school in the country, is in Grand Rapids, along with other Catholic, Christian, or private K-12 options. National Heritage Academies, which operates charter schools in nine states, is headquartered in Grand Rapids.

As the second-largest city in Michigan, there are several colleges and universities in Grand Rapids, including some that are based in the city, while others have campuses there.

Grand Rapids Community College has its main campus in the city, as well as several other campuses throughout West Michigan. The main campus of Grand Valley State University is in Allendale, but it has a campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Ferris State University's main campus is in Big Rapids, with nineteen off-campus locations, including Grand Rapids. Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, in Grand Rapids, was founded in 1928 as a private art academy and became part of Ferris State University in 2000. Grand Rapids is one of several regional sites of Western Michigan University, and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has a Grand Rapids campus at Michigan Street and Division Avenue, part of the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

Several Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries are in Grand Rapids. Aquinas College is a Roman Catholic college in the city in 1888. Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church, Calvin University was founded as Calvin College in 1876. Closely associated with Calvin University, Calvin Theological Seminary was founded at the same time, with the mission of preparing ministers for the Christian Reformed Church. Cornerstone University is a private, non-denominational Christian institution with two seminaries, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Asia Baptist Theological Seminary, the latter based in Thailand. Affiliated with Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary began as an evening Bible institute at Wealthy Street Baptist Church in 1941 and became a degree-granting institution in 1963. Grace Christian University is affiliated with Grace Gospel Fellowship, and awards associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees. Founded as Reformed Bible Institute in 1939, Kuyper College trains Christian leaders for ministry and service at its campus in Grand Rapids, although it also offers a range of degree programs in business, communication, education, social work, and others within a Reformed worldview. Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is a conservative Reformed seminary in Grand Rapids that began in 1995 as an outgrowth of the Heritage Reformed Congregations.

These, and other schools, institutes, colleges, and universities in Grand Rapids, at whatever level, are appropriate for this category, along with early childhood education programs, childcare services, preschools, pre-kindergartens, and Montessori schools.

Other training programs, such as vocational schools, driver training programs, gun safety programs, first-aid and CPR courses, and other types of educational and instructional programs or facilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan, are appropriate for this category.



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