Homeschool Students Need MEAP for Admission to Area’s Top Schools


While homeschooled students are not required by the state to take the MEAP, Grand Rapids Public Schools wants to make sure that homeschooled students know that an application for admission to some of the area's top schools, including City High Middle School, Blandford School, Zoo School, and the Center for Economicology, requires MEAP scores to be submitted. MEAP testing will take place October 9-17, 2012.

MEAP testing is offered to home-schooled students at no charge through their neighborhood school. Parents wishing to enroll their child to take the MEAP need to contact the GRPS MEAP Coordinator at (616) 819-2076 or email

City High Middle School, Blandford School, Zoo School, and the Center for Economicology, known as the City Family of Schools, have received many accolades in recent years for their strong academic programs and unique features.

Zoo School, located at John Ball Zoo, was named one of the "Top 25 Coolest Schools in America" by Scholastic "Parent and Child Magazine" in August. Blandford School, located at Blandford Nature Center, is in the process of building a brand new, state of the art school building. Both Zoo School and Blandford School have specially designed curriculum to use the schools' natural settings to provide unique hands-on experiences, which fulfill the requirements in each subject area.

City High Middle School and the Center for Economicology offer the coveted International Baccaleaureate (IB) Middle Years and Diploma Programme. IB is recognized throughout the world for its rigorous academic curriculum. City High Middle has been ranked among the top schools in America by U.S. News & World Report for four years in a row. City High Middle School is also ranked in the top 5% of schools in the state of Michigan.

For more information on these schools and admission criteria, visit

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