When enrolling a student in any Michigan public
school district, the State School Aid Act, related Michigan Compiled Laws, and
other state and federal requirements apply. Each district is responsible for
verifying three things:
1) parentage; 2) a qualifying residence; 3) residency in that qualifying residence.
Here is a quick guide to assist you in preparing to
enroll your student(s) into East Grand Rapids Public Schools (EGRPS).
Resident Enrollment in the East Grand Rapids Public
The person(s) legally in control, care, and custody of a minor child.
The Missing Child Act (MCL 380.1135) requires verifying the identity and age of
a minor child enrolling in a public school.
To establish parentage, the
issued photo identification of the person(s) enrolling the student.
birth certificate of the student(s) to be enrolled. If a certified birth
certificate cannot be supplied at the time of enrollment, a notarized affidavit
of parentage shall be supplied and a certified birth certificate must be
provided to the district within 30 days.
4. Additional documentation, such as a divorce
decree or other official documents that specify custodial rights may be
2. A QUALIFYING RESIDENCY: Is defined as a residential dwelling that is
either a single family principle residence as recorded with the Kent County
Assessor’s Office or a legal single family residence that meets Michigan
Treasury and local community requirements as a rental.
To establish A Qualifying
Residency, the district requires:
1. Proof of home ownership: If you currently own or have recently
purchased a home in the district, the deed to the property, in the name of the
person seeking to enroll the students. (If you have not yet purchased your
home, but have a completed purchase agreement and closing date, the District
Registrar can assist you; please call 616-235-3535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding the particulars
of this type of situation).
2. A current property tax statement in the name of
the person seeking to enroll the students. (To qualify as a home owner, the
property must be declared as a principal residence in accordance with state law
Rental of property in the East
Grand Rapids Public School District must
be for the purpose of a primary residence. Leasing a residence within the
boundaries does not, solely, constitute living within the boundaries.
1. A signed lease in the name of the person seeking
to enroll the student(s). (In the case of a month-to-month lease, monthly
verification of the rental will
be required in the form of a utility bill emailed monthly to email@example.com or delivered monthly to the District Office.)
3. To establish RESIDENCY IN THE
QUALIFYING RESIDENCE, the district requires:
auto insurance statement in the name of the person seeking to enroll the
student at the EGRPS district address. (If you have a company supplied vehicle
and/or do not have auto insurance issued at the EGRPS district address, the
District Registrar can assist you with alternatives; please call 616-235-3535)
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. A Utility Bill and any one of the items listed below with the name and EGRPS district
address of the person enrolling the student.
Non-Resident Enrollment in the East Grand Rapids
Public School District
Choice: The district participates in the Kent Intermediate School District
and State of MI 105C Schools of Choice Programs. Complete information can be found at our
website www.egrps.org or here.
The district has a Tuition Enrollment Program for eligible Kent County 9th
grade students. Complete information can
be found at our website www.egrps.org or here.
Employees: Students of East Grand Rapids Public Schools
employees may be eligible to attend the district. Please contact the District Registrar for
Other Important Information to Know When Enrolling
into East Grand Rapids Public Schools
All families enrolling into EGRPS should be
aware of the Proof of Residency Guidelines posted on our website regarding
enrollment, residency violations, and residency fraud (MCL 388.1606).
All residency documentation for homeowners in
the EGRPS district must be processed at the District Office by the District
*Placement in an elementary building will be
made based on class size and availability, not necessarily on attendance area.
Proof of Residency Guidelines
In order to complete the enrollment process, the
person seeking to enroll the student must reside in a dwelling that is located
within the geographical
boundaries of the East Grand Rapids Public School District. The following documentation will be required:
homeowners, deed to the property and a current property tax statement in the
name of the person seeking to enroll the student that indicates the property is
their principal residence, together with a current utility bill and one other
current bill at the East Grand Rapids residential address in the name of the
person enrolling the student, current auto insurance certificate or auto
insurance binder at the East Grand Rapids residential address, in the name of
the person enrolling the student.
renters, a signed lease or rental agreement, in the name of the person seeking
to enroll the student, the rental must comply with local licensing where applicable.
A completed and signed Statement of Landlord Form,
a current utility bill and one other current bill at the East Grand Rapids
residential address in the name of the person enrolling the student, current
auto insurance certificate or auto insurance binder at the East Grand Rapids
residential address, in the name of the person enrolling the student.
Leases are subject to
review at the time of their expiration in accordance with this policy. Long-term leases may be reviewed at the
discretion of EGRPS. Month-to-month
lease extensions will be required to provide updated bills as verification of
continued occupancy of the rental property upon request of EGRPS.
False Information with Respect to Residence
Should it be determined that a person has knowingly
provided false information to the East Grand Rapids Public Schools District in
order to permit a child to enroll as a resident student, the following shall
child will be immediately disenrolled from the East Grand Rapids Public Schools
parent(s)/legal guardian(s) shall be responsible for any and all costs incurred
by East Grand Rapids Public Schools in its investigation of the particular
residency issue, including attorney fees.
Grand Rapids Public Schools will refer for prosecution any violation of its residency
requirements and/or any false statements made with respect to residency for
purpose of enrollment.
the student subsequently seek to enroll in the East Grand Rapids Public Schools
District, after establishing a bona fide residence, the student will be denied
the opportunity to participate in athletic extra-curricular activities (high
school) for a period of one (1) school year.
If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Terri Kenney at email@example.com.