The Diocese of Grand Rapids has announced that a new independent Catholic elementary school will open in Ada in the fall of 2018.

(UPDATE: May 7, 2018) - The school is changing the grade levels it will open with due to high demand for the early entry school levels. The school will open with 2-, 3-, 4-year-old preschool and kindergarten.

It will be the first Catholic school to open in the Diocese of Grand Rapids in more than 50 years where one did not exist previously.

The new elementary school, St. Robert Catholic School, will be located at St. Robert of Newminster Parish at 6477 Ada Drive in Ada. It will open with child care, preschool, kindergarten, first and second grades, with one grade per year added through the eighth grade.

The school will have a focus in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

The independent Catholic school will be operated by an entity legally distinct from the diocese while meeting the requirements for recognition and approval as an independent Catholic school within the diocese.

Plans are underway for the recruitment of a board of directors and the hiring of a school principal.

Enrollment at the school will begin in the spring.

Diocese of Grand Rapids