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Dear Friends of the Elk Rapids Schools,

If you are looking for a school where “Excellence is a Tradition!” and where students, their families and staff come together to form an unbeatable school family, then you have found the school district you are looking for! The Elk Rapids Schools is known for educational excellence and award winning students, staff and programs. Yet, it is something else we are known for that I would like to comment on before you finalize your decision as to whether or not you commit to the Elk Rapids Schools.

We believe in the old time values of honesty, respect, responsibility, caring, integrity and hard work. We are not shy to let our students know we think they are the greatest and that we love each and every one of them. It is essential that our students know that we care deeply about them by the fact that we know them and are committed to their success.

What allows such success to be achieved?  Great teachers, outstanding students, caring, committed families, a supportive community and a Board of Education that puts children first in all they do.  It is what the Elk Rapids Schools are all about.  We continue to provide the best in Early Childhood learning at both Lakeland and Mill Creek Elementary and also offer before and after school childcare for our families.  Our robust K-12 curriculum will continue to be offered and are proud to have foreign language opportunities at all buildings.  Both elementary buildings are International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools for the Primary Years Program.  We are very proud to be the only International Baccalaureate World School in Northern Michigan as Cherryland Middle School first earned that status in 2013.  Elk Rapids High School was ranked #1 in the region in terms of ACT achievement.  We have expanded our high school Honors Academy, Advanced Placement and online courses and we continue to offer many opportunities for students in extra-curricular activities.  Sunrise Academy offers another path to success for students with its diverse and alternative education program for students in grades 9-12.  Elk Rapids Schools will continue to succeed and “invest in our future”.

That’s it. That is what we are known for: Excellence, Innovation, Caring, and Old Fashioned Values that ennoble the mind and develop character. That is what makes Elk Rapids such a special place to educate and raise a child. I sincerely hope that you will become a part of our “Elk Family.” I promise you it will be a memorable and rewarding experience for both your child and yourself. Please feel free to call my office or any of our building offices. We will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.

With E.R. Pride,

Stephen R. Prissel, Superintendent