About North Park

DSC_6320Choosing the right learning environment will get your child off to a good start. North Park houses students in 3 different educational settings:

  • Montessori
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Program
  • Early Childhood Special Education


GR Montessori at North Park is part of the Montessori program offered by the Grand Rapids Public Schools. On 4 campuses, this theme school program serves more than 1,000 students from Pre-K age 3 to grade 12. The North Park campuses include the North Park building at 3375 Cheney Ave NE (home to children in grades 1 through 8) and the North Park Early Childhood Center at 800 Wellerwood Ave NE (home to children ages 3 through kindergarten).

The Montessori environment contains specially designed, hands-on materials that invite children to engage in learning activities of their own choosing. Under the guidance of a specially trained teacher, children in a Montessori classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline and a love of learning. With the unique Montessori model and the results it delivers, North Park has experienced considerable growth in recent years. Students from all over the city interact and learn within a great cross-section of our area’s population.

Please contact the North Park Montessori office for more information on this program or schedule a tour, or download the  Grand Rapids Public Schools Montessori brochure for more information.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Program

North Park has 2 self-contained Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classrooms grades K to 5.

Each individual with autism is unique. Many of those on the autism spectrum have exceptional abilities in visual skills, music and academic skills. About 40 percent have average to above average intellectual abilities. Indeed, many persons on the spectrum take deserved pride in their distinctive abilities and “atypical” ways of viewing the world. Others with autism have significant disability and are unable to live independently.

Please contact the Special Education Office at 819-2185 for more information about GRPS Autism Services.

Early Childhood Special Education

The North Park Early Childhood Center at Wellerwood has 4 classrooms to meet the needs of students ages 2 1/2 to 4 who have developmental or speech delays. The ECSE program ensures the provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all eligible children at no cost to their families, and in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

Please contact the Special Education Office at 819-2185 for more information about the Early Childhood Special Education services available in GRPS.