Seven Best School Districts in West Michigan For Your Child

2023 September 18

The Most Important Factor for Your Family’s Move

Making a move with children in tow is no small feat — their wellbeing is at the forefront of every decision! When relocating to West Michigan, one of the most critical considerations should be the quality of local school districts. 

You want to find a neighborhood that provides stability, enriches your children’s learning, and gives them room to thrive. An excellent school district fosters success in and out of the classroom.

As you look for where to put down roots in West Michigan, keep top-rated school districts high on your list of priorities. To aid you in your search, we’ve assembled this list of seven of the highest-ranked public school districts in the West Michigan area. 

These districts offer robust academic programs, top-notch facilities, engaged communities, and more. If education is important to your family, be sure to explore housing options within the boundaries of these outstanding districts.

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West Michigan School Districts

#1: East Grand Rapids Public Schools

East Grand Rapids school district serves approximately 3,000 students across three elementary schools, one middle school, and a high school. 

With a long history of accolades and awards, East Grand Rapids prides itself on providing rigorous academics, robust arts and activities, and an excellent educational experience tailored to each child’s needs. Their motto “A Tradition of Excellence” reflects their commitment to continual growth and being a model for public education success.

East Grand Rapids schools offer a close-knit neighborhood environment right in the heart of West Michigan. For families seeking a top-rated district, East Grand Rapids has a proven record of achievement.

#2: Forest Hills Public School

Forest Hills Public Schools serves over 9,000 students across 18 schools in the Grand Rapids area. With three high-performing high schools, strong academics, and a wide array of programs, Forest Hills offers an excellent educational experience. 

Small class sizes, committed teachers, and engaged families cultivate a supportive community. From arts and athletics to STEM and world languages, Forest Hills provides opportunities for students to pursue their passions. 

Located in a large, 68-square mile district, Forest Hills has a neighborhood feel while maintaining high standards. For families seeking top-rated schools in West Michigan, Forest Hills is an outstanding choice.
(It’s even close to one of our favorite neighborhoods!)

#3: Spring Lake Public Schools 

Spring Lake Public Schools serves over 2,300 students across an elementary school, intermediate school, middle school, and high school. 

With a mission of educating and inspiring each student, Spring Lake sets high academic expectations while ensuring an inclusive, supportive environment. From preschool readiness programs to tutoring and parent education, Spring Lake provides the resources students need to meet their potential. 

Known for exceptional teacher quality and a resourceful staff, Spring Lake forms strong partnerships between families, the district, and the larger community. For those seeking a top-rated district focused on the whole child, Spring Lake offers an outstanding education close to home.

#4: West Ottawa Public School District 

Spanning 73 square miles in the Holland area, West Ottawa Public School District serves over 6,500 students across 13 schools. 

Ranked the #1 public school district in Ottawa County, West Ottawa offers robust academics, arts, athletics, and activities to prepare students to be college, career, and life ready. From Spanish immersion to STEM programs, West Ottawa provides diverse opportunities to meet each child’s needs. 

Highly qualified teachers, strong community partnerships, and a commitment to the whole child contribute to West Ottawa’s excellence. For a top-notch education close to the shores of Lake Michigan, West Ottawa delivers.

#5: Black River Public School 

Located in downtown Holland, Michigan, Black River Public School serves over 900 K-12 students across a Montessori-based elementary school, a college preparatory middle and high school, and a charter high school. 

With a focus on experiential learning in smaller classes, Black River accommodates students’ individual needs and learning styles. The historic campus, accredited curriculum, and emphasis on community service provide a unique educational experience. 

While open to all, Black River maintains a tight-knit atmosphere fostering personal growth. For families seeking a non-traditional public education in West Michigan, Black River offers an engaging option tailored to each child.

#6: Grandville Public School  

Serving over 5,600 students, Grandville Public Schools provides a robust K-12 education in the greater Grandville, MI area. Ranked in the top 5% of Michigan districts, Grandville offers strong academics, activities, and athletics across nine elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and special programs. 

With a long history dating back to the 1800s, Grandville maintains traditions like its Bulldog mascot while innovating through initiatives like award-winning robotics teams. Supportive teachers, diverse course offerings, and a welcoming community combine to create an enriching experience in Grandville schools. 

For families seeking opportunity and community, Grandville delivers.

#7: Byron Center Public Schools 

Serving over 4,400 students, Byron Center Public Schools provides stellar academics from preschool through 12th grade. Ranked one of West Michigan’s top districts, Byron Center offers strong test scores, college prep, activities, and athletics across six schools. 

Led by an exceptional administration and staff, Byron Center employs a whole-child approach focused on each student’s needs. From STEM to AP courses, fine arts to alternative education programs, Byron Center helps students explore their passions. 

With a welcoming environment for ALL learners, Byron Center prepares young people for bright futures. Byron Center schools inspire students to grow, learn, and achieve.

Eagle Creek Homes has two premier neighborhoods located within the highly-rated Byron Center Public Schools district:

  • Railview Ridge offers custom-built executive homes with access to biking trails, Bicentennial Park, and a golf club membership. Families enjoy sidewalks, city utilities, and proximity to downtown Byron Center and the Tanger Outlets.
  • The Condos at Railview feature spacious condominiums also located near the Railside Golf Club and trails. Options like sunrooms, multi-car garages, and finished basements allow for customization. Exterior maintenance is included.

Both neighborhoods are close to award-winning Byron Center schools. Homebuyers can work with Eagle Creek Homes to build their dream home in these communities near top-rated academics and small-town charm.

Honorable Mentions 

There are so many great schools in West Michigan, we couldn’t stick to just seven! Plus, these districts are home to some great neighborhoods, communities, and amenities.

Rockford Public Schools: 

Serving over 7,700 students, Rockford Public Schools provides stellar K-12 academics and activities northeast of Grand Rapids, MI. 

Fully accredited with multiple Blue Ribbon schools, Rockford offers a rigorous curriculum, college credit opportunities, award-winning arts and athletics, world languages including Mandarin Chinese and Spanish immersion, and more. 

Led by collaborative strategic planning, Rockford teachers deliver a world-class education tailored to each child. 

With strong community ties, Rockford prepares students to reach their potential. For families seeking a top-rated district focused on the whole child, Rockford is a standout choice.

If you’re looking for natural luxury near Rockford Verbena neighborhood offers exclusive custom homes on spacious private lots surrounded by county parks, trails, and forest preserves. Homeowners enjoy privacy and natural beauty while still being minutes from Grand Rapids amenities.

Built to your custom specifications, these luxury homes provide proximity to top-rated Rockford and Forest Hills Eastern school districts. The neighborhood’s premier location is close to shopping, dining, and entertainment at Knapp’s Corner.

Kentwood Public School

Serving over 9,300 students in Grand Rapids, MI, Kentwood Public Schools boasts a diverse K-12 education system. With 16 schools covering elementary to high school, Kentwood offers a rich blend of academics and extracurriculars. 

Recognized as Michigan’s most diverse district, it welcomes all students. Programs range from Spanish immersion to AP courses, preparing graduates for college, careers, and life. Driven by community input, the district uses innovative strategies like summer labs to enliven subjects. 

Kentwood promotes excellence and real-world learning, making it an ideal choice for families seeking diverse, high-quality education.

Eagle Creek Homes offers two exclusive new home communities within the Kentwood school district:

  • Pfeiffer Pines provides attractive, affordable new construction homes minutes from Woodland Mall, Gerald R. Ford Airport, and local amenities. Families enjoy neighborhood living with quick highway access.
  • Hoffman Meadows combines suburban charm with modern convenience near Patterson and 68th Street. Residents are close to Kentwood schools, parks, shopping, and dining. City water and sewer simplify homeownership.

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Eagle Creek Homes of West Michigan

Locations Tailored for Your Family’s Bright Future

You deserve more than just a house; you deserve a community that uplifts your family’s life, complete with quality education and a vibrant local spirit. Wouldn’t it be great to have all of this in your own backyard? Feel free to explore our West Michigan neighborhoods and visualize the new heights your family can reach.

Ready When You Are: Homes That Match Your Timeline

The clock is ticking down to the new school year, and you’ve got the chance to make it a groundbreaking one for your children. Ready-to-move homes are here to match your pace, beautifully crafted and waiting for you to fill them with life and laughter.

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