Great River School, an urban Montessori learning community, prepares students for their unique roles as responsible and engaged citizens in the world.

Founded on leadership, service, and peace formation; Great River fosters independence, critical thinking, respect, responsibility to self, to others, and to the earth.

Bus Routes: Finalized for 2014-15

Please complete the Busing Confirmation Form to confirm your student’s spot on the bus.

Working with families who have requested busing and our transportation provider, GRS has developed a route to meet the needs of the community.  We appreciate the feedback we received, and we added a stop to the route.  There are open spots on the bus.

If you want to request one of these spots or,
If you want to change the stop you previously confirmed, please complete the Busing Confirmation Form.

Welcome back to Great River School!

The entire faculty of Great River School is at work and looking forward to GRS students arriving next week!  The first day of school is Tuesday, September 2nd.

Fall Key Experiences Packing Lists

Academic material lists for 2014-2015:


Registration for 14-15

Thank you, Great River community, for your excitement and energy as we enter this school year. Registration is happening now! All families, new and returning, should have received an email from Great River with all the information needed to log in and register on our online system.
Please complete on-line registration by Wednesday August 13th, 2014
Our registration system allows us to take in all necessary student information, and should take no more than 20-25 minutes per student. Thanks also for your patience this week as we have worked with our partners, K12 online, to develop a registration experience that and meets all our needs for forms, key experiences, and a year-round portal for Great River activities.
You can use the link above or click here to REGISTER NOW.
If you have difficulty accessing the system, please contact us at info@greatriverschool.org

August Events

Family Teamwork Events

Students who want community engagement hours and families who want to pitch in and support a great start to the year, please join in our family work days!  Please RSVP so we can plan effectively.
Week of August 18th-22nd, from 9 am until noon each day
Up to 15 hours each week, opportunities will focus on the improvement of the campus, and will include storing and repairing gear for key experiences, repairing and upgrading classroom environments, and planting and landscaping projects.
Our major projects this summer include retrofitting the west campus into a finished gym space and blackbox theater, as well as improving the grounds through plantings and focused landscape projects.
Come for one day, or come for the whole week!

Real Time Updates for summer projects

To make sure you get real-time updates on our projects and opportunities to contribute to improving our school – join our text network. You’ll only receive essential info and updates!  text:  @GRSTeamwork  to the number: 235-59

Fall Orientation & Materials Lists

There is lots of summer left, but fall planning is happening at school all summer. We look forward to welcoming new and returning students and families.

Fall Orientation will take place at 6:30 pm as follows at GRS during the last week of August:

  • Elementary – Monday, August 25
  • High School (Adolescent 2 & 3) – Tuesday, August 26
  • Adolescent 1 (grades 7 & 8) – Thursday, August 28

Academic material lists for 2014-2015 for each level are listed below:

Fall Key Experiences Packing Lists

Big Canoe Kids Club

All new for 2014-2015  -  Big Canoe Kids Club

Great River School is excited to offer a fun, safe place to enjoy before and after school Monday through Friday.  The new Big Canoe Kids’ Club Program is taking applications for students ages 6 – 12.  Registration is available during the registration process coming in early August.  Students can enroll for the morning or afternoon or both.  All elementary students are welcome to participate.

For more information, please contact Karen Rajcic  – Program Director

(612) 562-9828 or BigCanoe@greatriverschool.org


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