KCAD Design Academy

Learn how you can use your creativity to shape the world around you for the better.


The KCAD Design Academy provides Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) students with vital opportunities to explore the world of design through active learning experiences.

Utilizing the Southwest Middle/High School classrooms, Design Academy offers after-school enrichment classes for middle-school students as well as dual-enrollment classes for high school students that can be taken for college credit. Each class features hands-on projects, field trips, and expert instruction from KCAD faculty members. 

All Design Academy classes are free to GRPS Students thanks to the generosity of Steelcase and the Grand Rapids Public School Foundation. 

Stay tuned for Fall 2022 course listings and registration information coming later this summer.

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Middle School Classes (Grades 7 and 8)

High School Classes (Grades 9-12)

Questions? Contact Community Education Coordinator Isabel Blanco at [email protected].

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


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Contact KCAD Design Academy

Isabel Blanco
Community Education Coordinator

Email: [email protected]