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3143 Milo Street Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49534

(616) 819-2555
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July 12, 2012
I recently left Blandford School and was amazed. The teachers pressing you to do your best by giving you assignments and projects that are not learned in some schools until much later years. Somehow, almost magically you learn all the material in your grade level too. But students must be prepared for hard work because with the advanced material, with extra learning about nature thrown in boot, there is no time for procrastinating. The teachers are always happy to help students that are lagging behind. If one student is having trouble they will help them while going on with the rest of the class. They also sometimes split them into to groups. At Blandford you make friends for life. If you or your child is going to this school be prepared for the best year emotionally, physically, and mentally you have ever had.

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July 12, 2012
as a former Blandford school student, my experience was amazing. the only way to fully understand the greatness of this program is to experience it. the teachers push you to your limits and beyond. blandford is the place that I met my 5 best friends, and we are still as close as ever. the way they slip nature into the daily learning is simply amazing. I love when we went into the woods and learned about everything around us. sometimes we would even go out there to have a conversation about math! the teachers create a friendly environment for the kids, while making it easy for us to respect them. I loved every minute of it, even when I was struggling a bit. I hope that this post may convince you to let your child go on to what I thought of as the best experience of my life.

- submitted by a community member

October 24, 2010
I went to this school last year and it was absolutely awesome. We were outside everyday, rain or snow. The teachers were great and we really got to know all the other kids at the school. We learned a lot and it was the most fun I had ever had in my life. I definitely recommend it to anyone that loves nature and being outside.

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April 14, 2010
It is a beautiful public city school which integrates the environment with every aspect of their schooling. There is a beautiful nature center attached to the school. http://blanfordnaturecenter.org

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2010
I am a present teacher at Blandford and will give you an assessment based on my experience of teaching. Having taught a several high quality schools in my career, this school enters a different level of review. It is a one year school, 6th grade only. 60 students, two teachers. Students are motivated, meaning they have excelled among their peers in previous grades. The curriculum uses the outdoors as their textbook, meaning the students are outside alot. They are partners with the Blandford Nature Center and will help conduct tours, trail guiding one on one with visiting young students. We dive deeply into subject areas. Ornithology is celebrated with everyone, students and parents, coming to school an hour early. With binoculars in hand, we conduct a spring bird count. The amphibian unit has a similar mode, except we meet at 8:30 pm in the frog pond. Blandford is gift.

- submitted by a teacher
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July 19, 2009
This is by far the best school that I have ever seen and I have taught for 20 years! My daughter just finished here and cried buckets when the school year was over. She said, 'Mom, I just don't want this school year to be over. I wish this school would go through 12th grade.' This is my daughter who has not liked school for various reasons throughout the years! The teachers are the best! They are creative and incorporate innovative hands-on activities daily in their teaching. The teachers go far above and beyond by incorporating many out-of-school activities to showcase student skills. They are deeply dedicated and it shows. The many unique experiences that a child will receive in this school are far too many to list. Students will never get the experiences anywhere else. I would give this school the best rating possible! Submitted by a very impressed parent

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November 01, 2008
I went to this school and it was fantastic. I learned so many things that i would have never been taught in any other school. It was the best experience and by far the most exciting school year. Man do I miss that school.

- submitted by a student

February 15, 2008
Teachers make little or no attempt to meet students' learning needs. Principal is not based at school and is not responsive to parental concerns. School 'routine' is chaotic. Poor communication from teachers to parents regarding assignments, requirements.

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April 21, 2006
My son loves the hands on projects and all the time spent outdoors learning about birds, trees, wildflowers, and ecosystems. I highly recommend this school for parents who want their child to learn, grow, and be challenged like never before. Parents, know that just about every child has nights they are completely frustrated by the homework and that in the fall there is an adjustment period to the homework load. The school provides planners and helps teach students how to be organized. Limit extra-curricular activities such as sports or music so students aren't completely overwhelmed. Don't be afraid to meet with the teachers if your child is stuck or needs help. Contact the staff if you have any questions.

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Blandford Nature Center
3143 Milo Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI  49534
(616) 819-2555
Last modified Blandford Nature Center is a Public school that serves grade 6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Blandford Nature Center Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews. Top