Welcome to Forest Hills Public Schools. As a parent/guardian of a new or transfer student, we hope your transition is a smooth and positive experience. With your help we plan to maintain a safe and healthy environment for your child to learn and grow.
Our strong community is our strength–and our strong relationships with our district residents, businesses and organizations add to the excellence of our District. We welcome you to be a part of the Forest Hills community!
Click here for information regarding the state’s revisions on kindergarten entry dates.
Click here for the brochure regarding our comprehensive guidance and counseling program.
In order to enroll your child(ren), we will need the following:
1. Proof of residency in Forest Hills Public Schools (e.g., closing document, rental agreement, utility bill)
2. Original birth certificate
3. If divorced, copy of custody agreement
5. Copy of most recent report card and/or high school transcript, if applicable
Click here for information on Forest Hills Public Schools Traditional Preschool
Click here for information on Forest Hills Public Schools Spanish Immersion Preschool
Application Information for 2013-2014 Immersion Kindergartens
Spanish Immersion Kindergarten, Fall 2013 at Ada Vista
Chinese Immersion Kindergarten, Fall 2013 at Meadow Brook
The Spanish Immersion Kindergarten program at Ada Vista Elementary School and the Chinese Immersion Kindergarten at Meadow Brook Elementary School are open to children who will be five years old by November 1, 2013. Spanish Immersion Kindergarten will be offered on an all-day/every day format at Ada Vista, and Chinese Immersion Kindergarten will be offered as an all day/every day program at Meadow Brook. For more information about either program, please check the district website at www.fhps.net or call Jesús Santillán, principal of Ada Vista (493-8970), or Tim Shaw, principal of Meadow Brook (493-8740).
Families of current Spanish Immersion or Chinese Immersion students will receive a letter inviting them to pre-register siblings who will be entering kindergarten. (This sibling preference policy fosters the benefits of siblings having the same second language and using it in conversation at home.) Applications will be available at Ada Vista (7192 Bradfield SE, Ada) and Meadow Brook (1450 Forest Hill SE, Grand Rapids) beginning Monday, December 3, 2012. Completed pre-registration materials must be returned to Ada Vista for Spanish Immersion siblings or Meadow Brook for Chinese Immersion siblings no later than Friday, December 21, 2012.
Applications for Forest Hills resident families who are new to the immersion programs and have children who will be entering kindergarten next fall will be available at Ada Vista and Meadow Brook beginning Monday, January 7, 2013. Completed applications must be returned by Friday, January 18, 2013. Ada Vista’s office opens at 7:30 a.m. and Meadow Brook’s opens at 8:00 a.m. Both schools are open until 4:00 p.m. Parents must show proof of residency along with the original birth certificate with raised seal (from the county clerk where the child was born) of their incoming kindergarten child when they turn in their completed application.
A lottery drawing for the kindergarten spaces available in the Spanish Immersion and Chinese Immersion Programs will be held by January 28, 2013. Students not selected will be placed on a waiting list in the order they are drawn from the lottery. A letter will be sent to families on or about January 31, 2013, to inform them if their child’s name was drawn for admission and if not, his/her position on the waiting list. Parents interested in the specifics of the lottery drawing process may contact the Instruction Office at 493-8806, for a detailed explanation.
FHPS Feeder Schools Overview
Forest Hills Public School students attend the middle and high schools that are located in their elementary school’s geographic area.
The following elementary schools feed into Central Middle then Central High School:
• Ada Elementary
• Pine Ridge Elementary
• Thornapple Elementary
• Central Woodlands 5/6
The following elementary schools feed into Eastern Middle then Eastern High School:
• Knapp Forest Elementary
• Orchard View
The following elementary schools feed into Northern Middle then Northern High School:
• Collins Elementary
• Meadow Brook Elementary
• Northern Trails 5/6
Ada Vista (Spanish Immersion for grades K-4) and Goodwillie Environmental School (Grades 5/6) are invited to make applications to these schools for incoming kindergartners. Students are selected through a random lottery process.
Alternative Pathways High School is for students who have returned to high school to get either their diploma or GED. The Transition Center is for students requiring a transition.
Student and/or Parent/Guardian Application Process for In-District Transfer (IDT)
Please click here for information regarding student insurance through Forest Hills Public Schools.
Parent/Guardian Communications: Please Call In Absences
Please click here for information regarding our absence policy.
If you have questions about the enrollment process at Forest Hills Public Schools, please contact us at (616) 493-8800.