Dr. Matt Dass has been named the Northeast Division’s High School Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). “We are extremely proud of Matt’s achievement and all that it means for our GRHS students,” said ISD 318 Superintendent Matt Grose. “This is the second time a GRHS principal has been recognized for their work and it is indicative of the high caliber of leadership in our district. I continue to be impressed by the hard work of all our administrators who strive to ensure that our students have access to the best education possible.”
After enduring five different learning model transitions, principals and teachers at Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) recognized the need to address growing learning gaps in their students’ high school experience. “I am so proud of the implementation of evidence-based practices by our high school teachers and principals,” said Sue Akre, Director of Teaching and Learning. “They have tried to minimize the impact of the pandemic on our students and have also created a model that can be replicated in the future to help all students achieve our state's rigorous standards.”
Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) is a school of over 1,200 students with more than 200 courses that offer our students excellent educational opportunities. Few institutions of learning rival the academic, athletic, and fine arts opportunities available to the students of GRHS, and all while maintaining an unmatched sense of community and personal attention.
In addition to high school course work, students can also earn college credits while at GRHS through UMD College in the Schools (CITS), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Post-Secondary as ICC (PSEO). GRHS is proud to be the only rural district in Minnesota to offer the IB program.
Other options available to prepare our students for post-secondary opportunities include the Career Pathways program. The Career Pathways classes are designed to train students for careers in healthcare and manufacturing fields. Students receive college credit from Itasca Community College, make connections in their fields, and have real-world experience opportunities with internships.
We believe that all students can learn and we are prepared to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, parents, and the community to achieve this shared educational purpose.