New Branches Public School Academy moves to a new larger building in Grand Rapids


New Branches Public School Academy first graders sing during music class in their new building at 3662 Poinsettia Avenue SE. The school has moved to a new larger location as the number of students increases.

GRAND RAPIDS – New Branches Public School Academy leaders say their new location – the charter school reopened in the former Millbrook Christian School this month – is already paying off with increased enrollment .

K-7 school has 283 students, up from 242 last year. And as New Branchs adds grade levels, the number of students is expected to continue to grow to 350 students, said Pam Duffy, a 25-year-old school administrator, which is chartered through Central Michigan University. .

The new 64,000 square foot building at 3662 Poinsettia Ave. SE, is three times the size of the old school on Alger Street SE, allowing space for a multimedia center, library, Spanish room, music room and cafeteria.

“We all have huge smiles on our faces – we can’t stop smiling,” Duffy said.

The staff also appreciate having a real break room, as their old break room also housed a copier, mailboxes and was a place for counselors to meet with students, she said.

The old school building, 256 Alger St. SE, remains on the market, Duffy said.

New Branches sold bonds to buy the Millbrook building for $ 1.9 million, Duffy said. Millbrook was closed by Grand Rapids Christian Schools when it consolidated three elementary schools in a new location.

Students appreciate the change, she said. The new building has two levels, which help separate the lower and upper classes.

Students also have two play areas. Before, the students were cramped and couldn’t play without being hit by a ball, Duffy said.

“They love all the extra space,” she said.

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