Full time childcare is available between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Care is available for children three years and older including GHCS students, family members and the greater Grand Haven community. Surround Care provides a Christian atmosphere where your child can play, learn and grow for the day, before/after school, or whenever you need a safe, nurturing place for your child to stay during the day. Beginning in the fall of 2018, Surround Care will only be available before and after school.
For more information on Surround Care, including costs, see the Surround Care page.
Early Childhood Programs
Young Explorers Preschool at GHCS is designed to meet the unique needs of three and four year old children. It provides a secure and caring environment in which children can learn through discovery and develop thinking skills and creative expression. Young Explorers preschool emphasizes the worth of each child uniquely and as a child of God.
For the 2018-19 school year, we are offering the following preschool classes for 3-year-olds (3's)
- Tues/Thurs 7:55 am - 10:30 pm
- Tues/Thurs 12:10 pm - 2:45 pm (**Must have a minimum of 8 students enrolled)
For the 2018-19 school year, we are offering the following preschool classes for 4-year-olds (4's)
- Mon/Wed/Fri 7:55 - 10:30 am
- Mon/Wed/Fri 12:10 pm - 2:45 pm (**Must have a minimum of 12 students enrolled)
2018-19 Monthly Tuition Rates: $140 for 2 days/week, $180 for 3 days/week
Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, we will be offering ALL DAY preschool.
- Tues/Thurs 7:45 am - 2:30 pm ($2705/year)
- Mon/Wed/Fri 7:45 am - 2:30 pm ($4058/year)
- Mon-Fri 7:45 am - 2:30 pm ($6763/year)
**Before and after school care is included in the price of all day preschool.
Young 5's and Kindergarten
Young 5's is a program geared for those children who would be young in a kindergarten class, or need more time to develop academically and socially. It gives them an extra year to grow and master the skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. It also aids in the transition from preschool to a full day of school, by meeting every other day to build up to a Kindergarten schedule. Young 5's have the opportunity to visit the school library on a weekly basis, and participate in physical education and technology classes.
Kindergarten is the stepping stone into the elementary school experience at Grand Haven Christian School. We offer three different kindergarten classes to best meet the needs of each family and each child. We offer a 3 day class, which is ideal for children who are not ready to attend school 5 days a week. For children who are ready for 5 days, we also have an additional enrichment class that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays so your child would be in class 5 days. The Enrichment class takes the concepts that we are working on in the 3 day program and expands upon them through art, music, cooking, writing, and reading activities, just to name a few. We are also offering a Progressive Kindergarten class this year which will be the 3 day class at the beginning of the year, then adding a fourth day in November, and finally adding the 5th day in February so your child will end the year as a 5 day student. Whatever class you decide, we are dedicated to working with parents to help each child develop their individual gifts and talents. Our nurturing classroom environments include center based activities, hands on learning, and outlets for creativity that are all rooted in our principles of Christian faith. Kindergarteners also have the opportunity to visit the school library on a weekly basis, and participate in physical education and music classes.
Elementary (grades 1 - 5)
Getting the basics right sets children up for success. At GHCS, students participate in a variety of learning activities that meet their needs academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Our learning environment consists of small group lessons, large group gatherings, many hands-on activities, and traditional teacher to class instruction. As the children progress through these classes, they are encouraged and guided to grow in the gifts God has blessed them with. The spiritual seeds planted in our Early Childhood classes are now watered adn fed through Bible class, devotions, teachable moments, and more. As the students advance to the upper elementary classes, they are challenged more in seeing the ways God is part of all that we learn and He is present in everything in our world.
One of the special small group activities is family groups. Composed of 5th grade leaders and students from grades 1-5, these groups meet several times a year to form bonds that extend beyond their individual classrooms. Building multi-age student relationships and developing leadership skills are just two of the many benefits. Serving local children through Angel Tree, eating lunch with the principal, and going on a school-wide scavenger hunt are a few of the fun activities family groups enjoy together during the year.
Middle School (grades 6 - 8)
GHCS offers a Christ-centered middle school experience that not only has high academic standards but also is designed to address the unique needs of adolescent children. Our program flows from a Middle School philosophy intended to reach and teach the whole child in a safe and nurturing environment. Besides core subjects we offer Prime Time activities that allow the students to choose an extracurricular area to explore.
Each student is offered opportunities to flourish as an individual as well as to participate in a team of fellow students. "Challenge Teams" divide middle school students into groups of 4 or 5 that include students from grades six, seven, and eight. These teams are challenged to complete various tasks that range from solving word puzzles to completing obstacle courses. The students have many opportunities to encourage one another, learn perseverance, and celebrate successes. Students also work together to complete service projects, share in chapel experiences, and grow together as they discover the plans God has for their lives.
Benefiting from close cooperation and a seamless curriculum, GHCS students can continue their education at Western Michigan Christian High School (WMCHS). Located just nine miles north of GHCS in Norton Shores, WMCHS provides a full scope of academic and extra-curricular programs.
Educational Support Services (ESS)/Inclusion
GHCS is an inclusive education environment supporting the belief that every student is able to learn from and contribute to the community. ESS is a program designed to provide a wide variety of learners, including those with mild to moderate special needs, with a more personalized instructional design implemented in both general educational classrooms and pull-out settings.
Home School Collaboration
Grand Haven Christian School seeks to help all parents in their efforts to give their children a Christian education. If you homeschool your children but would like assistance with certain subject areas especially at the middle school level, please contact us to see how we may be able to help you and your student.
Teaching our students the joys and responsibilities of serving others is a big part of the mission of GHCS. Service projects outside of the school building and throughout the community are a part of every grade level. Recent projects have included participating in local food distribution to needy families, raking leaves for the elderly, and hosting a blood drive.
GHCS utilizes MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) to measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year in the areas of math, reading, and language usage. MAP testing offers several unique advantages over traditional testing methods. Taken on-line, the tests are adaptive during the testing period, adjusting the difficulty of the questions based on the student's most recent answers to more accurately gage their understanding of the subject.
Unlike traditional testing methods, student test results are available immediately, allowing staff to quickly adjust their lesson plans according to the specific needs of their students in order to implement personalized learning goals that can be achieved within the school year. The students work together to complete service projects, share chapel experiences, and grow together as they discover the plans God has for their lives.