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The District strives for excellence through continual evaluation, feedback, and revision of programs and processes. One of our guiding principles is that we will develop all students to become educated, self-confident, responsible citizens in a changing world. We want all children to develop to their full and wonderful potential.
 
Cedar Springs Public Schools are located approximately 20 miles north of Grand Rapids, Michigan and 1 mile east of the US 131 Expressway in Northeastern Kent County. The district is approximately 110 square miles and is comprised of the City of Cedar Springs and portions of seven townships: Algoma, Courtland, Ensley, Nelson, Oakfield, Solon and Spencer. The school facilities are all within the city limits and a majority are located on a campus setting with the exception of the Middle School which is located 1 mile south of the main campus. The setting is secure, picturesque, and allows easy access for families participating in activities for more than one child.
 
Over 3,500 students are enrolled in the preschool through high school classes of Cedar Springs Public Schools. We offer a comprehensive educational program that strives to meet the needs of all students. The District upholds a core curriculum that meets or exceeds state and national standards and offers a full complement of extracurricular, athletics and fine arts programs.

Mission

To provide a high quality, world class education that ensures success for every child through exemplary teaching and learning.

Vision

Our children will become self-confident citizens capable of facing the challenges of a changing world. All students will meet or exceed grade level standards. All students will be provided differentiated instruction and extended learning opportunities to ensure their success.

Core Values

  • Cedar Springs Public Schools is committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure every child regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or disability is challenged and learns at high levels.
  • Every student is a unique learner and Cedar Springs Public Schools will tailor instruction to meet the needs of each student.
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools is committed to a culture of respect that involves integrity, fair treatment, honesty and openness.
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools believes that the development of the whole child is an essential role of the school district and as such we will work to build high efficacy, critical thinking and team work skills in all students. (Habits of Mind)
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools believes that the success of each child is dependent on strong partnerships between teachers, students, parents and the community.
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools believes that a culture that supports collaboration, innovation and excellence will allow us to better meet the needs of each child.
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools recognizes that high levels of engagement, creating urgency and relevance are critical to ensuring each Cedar Springs student becomes the "best for the world." We will work to design our culture and instruction to support those ends.

Learning Principles

  • All learners are capable of quality work, given the right conditions for learning are established.
  • Successful learning requires meta-cognition:  Reflection –› Self Assessment –› Feedback Loops for self adjustment. These meta-cognitive processes might be taught explicitly (Thinking apprenticeship for example).
  • The goal of learning is fluent and flexible transfer - powerful use of knowledge across a variety of contents.
  • The complex nature of learning requires teacher to draw upon a variety of teaching and assessing strategies aligned to the particular learning goal.
  • High learning levels require a delicate balance of challenge (rigor) and comfort. Learners must know success is attainable and that persistent effort will bring reward.
  • Effective learning recognizes that feedback must be specific and frequent. Learners should have multiple opportunities to practice skills in a risk-free environment (gradual release), with timely opportunities to use feedback to improve.
  • Learning is creating meaning; therefore, learning goals must make sense to both the teacher and the learner. Learners need opportunities to see value in what they learn and create relational connections to past and future learning.
  • Because learning is the basic purpose of schools; we must create a model where continuous learning is valued and honored. Learning is vital to our continuing growth and should include all members of our school community.
  • All learning related work is enhanced when the learning is personalized. The learner's interest strengthens and prior knowledge should be honored.