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At Jenison, we’re raising up the next generation of leaders, and our students graduate ready to make a difference and shape the world they live in.

Relationships are at the heart of everything we do at Jenison, from our student body to our dedicated teaching team, to close partnerships with parents and the community—we recognize that when we collectively seek the best for each student we equip them with a roadmap to lifelong learning and opportunity.  

It all starts in the classroom, where our world-class teachers, para-professionals, coaches, counselors, and administrators personally guide learning opportunities and personal growth for Jenison students. Ranked the highest-performing large district in the Grand Rapids metro area by The Fordham Institute and US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Jenison Public Schools set the standard for academic and fine arts excellence. But it doesn’t end there. We are a tight-knit community of students and educators who believe that when students are supported intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically they can discover the joy of lifelong learning.


Unlocking a character-driven culture is core to our vision for students, staff, and the Jenison school community. Whether in preschool or 12th grade, our students must know how to treat each other with kindness and respect. Hear from some of our leadership team as we chat about about how we use the Wildcat Way to mentor students, model a character-driven culture, and tackle student discipline at Jenison Public Schools.


  • Fordham Institute highest-performing large district in Grand Rapids Metro area 
  • Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase School
  • Bursley Blue Ribbon School (2015)
  • Pinewood Blue Ribbon School (2017)
  • James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching
  • Recognized by Washington Post - Most Challenging High Schools
  • US News and World Reports Best High Schools in America
  • Newsweek Best High Schools in America
  • Grammy Foundation Signature School
  • 100 Best Communities in the Nation for Music Education
  • Michigan Exemplary Program Award MHSAA Athletic Program Award (2019)
  • Michigan Science Teacher of the Year
  • Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA), State Award of Merit
  • Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA) Region Principal of the Year
  • Essential Piece Award - Autism Family Network Awards
  • Excellence in Education Award from Michigan Lottery
  • Director of the Year - Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association
  • District 10 Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Teachers of the Year (2013)



Band Booster Meeting

Tue Jun 18 2024

Board of Education Meeting

Mon Jul 15 2024

Marching Band Pre-Camp

Mon Jul 29 2024
to Thu Aug 1 2024

Marching Band Camp

Mon Aug 5 2024
to Fri Aug 9 2024

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