Introducing
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Blandford School Alumni say it is the "coolest school" in Grand Rapids because of the unique hands-on educational experience and natural, historic learning environment. Located at Blandford Nature Center, the classroom is as much in the ponds, streams, woods, and fields as it is in the school building. The place-based curriculum is designed to incorporate the school's natural setting to provide hands-on experiences that fulfill requirements in each subject area. Blandford offers special units of instruction on biology, cartography, computer literacy, rocks and minerals, forestry, Native American culture, Michigan History, pioneer experiences, and so much more. Students also learn how to run their own business by tending to chickens and then marketing and selling eggs.

Consider Blandford School for your child if:
- You are seeking teachers who believe in your child’s potential to learn and achieve.
- You want your child to learn in a nationally recognized educational environment.

- You value a hands-on, practice-driven learning experience.
- You have a child who is ready for an exciting new challenge.
- You want a curriculum designed to provide a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience.

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COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Blandford School is proud to offer:

Volunteer opportunities for student community engagement available through Blandford Nature Center include Trail Guiding, the Fall Harvest Festival, and Sugar Bush.

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Academic Excellence:
Blandford is not only in the top 5% in all of Michigan on combined measures of student achievement and growth, but is also recognized in the top 25 “Coolest Schools in America” by Parent and Child Magazine. Blandford is a program for gifted and talented students, led by teachers who understand their needs and abilities.

Consider Blandford for your child if:

- You are seeking teachers who believe in your child’s potential to learn and achieve.

- You want your child to learn in an environment of high expectations.

- You value a hands-on, practice-driven academic experience.

- You have a child who is ready for an exciting new challenge.

- You want a curriculum designed to provide a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience.


Expanded Curriculum:
In addition to the required sixth grade curriculum, Blandford offers special units of instruction on dendrology, snow and Lake Michigan ecology, cartography, geology, ornithology, economics, environmental threats, wild flowers, Michigan history, and more.


Experiential Learning:
The classroom at Blandford is as much in the ponds, streams, woods, and fields as it is in the school building. Each fall and spring, students take camping trips to learn outdoor skills and participate in team building. Students also learn important business skills by raising chickens and selling the eggs they collect.


Rules, Safety, Discipline:
All GRPS schools provide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS). PBIS is a proactive, team-based framework for creating and sustaining safe and effective schools. Educators emphasize prevention of problem behavior, development of pro-social skills, and the use of data-based problem solving for addressing existing behavior concerns. The result is a fair, firm and consistent approach to rules, safety, and discipline.


BLANDFORD NATURE

CENTER


The Blandford 1-3 Program provides a unique, hands-on, environmental learning experience for every 1st and 3rd grade student in GRPS. Approximately 2,500 students visit Blandford Nature Center every year between September and May. Teachers choose from a menu of programs that are aligned with state standards and the district curriculum. First grade programs include Seeds and Plants, Growing Up Healthy, Winter Explorers, Sugarbush, and Birds of a Feather. Third grade programs include Anishinabek Lifeways, The Farm-A Food Factory, Producers-Consumers-Decomposers, Wildlife with a Backbone, and Sugarbush Then and Now. The visits are about an hour and a half. However, based on teacher feedback, we are expanding the 3rd grade visits to 2 hours to ensure a higher quality learning experience consistent with the programming provided by Blandford. The field trips expose students to life, earth, and space sciences with each of the programs aligned to state science curriculum standards at the first or third grade level. These trips are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation.

For more information about Blandford Nature Center, visit www.blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Greg Ramey

Principal Blandford School

3143 Milo St. N.W.

Grand Rapids, MI 49544

p. 616.819.2555 f.616.819.5243
Maximun Enrollment: 60
Grades Served: 6th Grade Only

Breakfast 7:50 A.M.
Start Time 8:10 A.M. 
Dismissal 3:14 P.M.

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