GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Public Schools has been selected as one of 50 finalists for a grant that could land the district $10 million.
The XQ Super School Project will award five districts across the United States $10 million dollars. GRPS says its museum school is why it has been selected as a finalist.
The district was originally one of about 800 applicants vying for the five winning spots to split $50 million.
Currently, GRPS is embarking on a $15 million private fundraising campaign, $12.5 million for Museum School, $10 million renovation of 54 Jefferson, where grades 9-12 will be, and $2.5 million for 4th floor renovations at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, where grades 6-8 will be.
The money would come from XQ, the super school project which says on its website is in the endeavor to remake America’s high schools for today. The website also says they want to create a new model of learning because, as they say, “We’ve gone from the Model T to the Tesla and from the switchboard to the smartphone. Yet high school has remained frozen in time.”