Kristin Clausing

Variable Tuition

Variable Tuition

Has the cost of Christian education kept you from exploring it for your child? At Grand Haven Christian School we are committed to making this legacy a possibility for every family.

That’s right, every family.

One of the foundational missions of GHC is to provide private Christian education that is accessible to families with varying income levels.

Families just like yours!

How? We offer “variable-rate tuition.” That means, tuition rates are not fixed or one-size-fits-all. We determine the tuition your family pays based on your income and unique situation while, at the same time, asking you to keep in mind that Christian education is an investment and a gift.

Our goal is to make it one that you can afford.

It’s true!

In fact, we’ve been doing it for over 140 years! Very few of our families pay the full cost of education and many receive tuition assistance.

How can we afford to pass on this gift to families? GHC is part of a 5-school PK-12 collaborative called West Michigan Christian Schools. Together we have been able to sustain Christian education for years due to the grace of God who has brought us generous generational supporters.

From these gifts our school’s endowment has grown, helping to offset tuition. Additional funding comes from private donations, school fundraising such as the auction and Walk by Faith, and our retail fundraising stores, Once & Again and DIBS! On Resale.

Simply put, God provides!

Want to learn more? We invite you to reach out today! Go to or call 616-842-5420 to set up a tour or to speak with our admissions coordinator.

With variable-rate tuition, making the investment of enrolling your child at GHC has never been more accessible!

Parenting During Quarantine

Parenting During Quarantine

Dear GHC Parents,

I want to send encouragement to each of you as you simultaneously parent and teach your child(ren) during this quarantine- keep up the good work! I came across some Covid parenting strategies that may be helpful for you as you finish out the school year and move into summer.  

The acronym for the strategies is K.I.S.S. which stands for Keep it Simple Silly.  

KINDNESS: Intentional acts of kindness lift our spirits. Start your day by doing something really kind for your child(ren) and challenge them to pay the kindness forward to someone else in your family. Ideas: ice cream for breakfast, clean their room, etc.

INVITE: Invite your child(ren) to join you in doing everyday tasks that they don’t usually have the opportunity to do. This is a great time for kids to learn life skills on how to upkeep a home, make meals, and learn a new hobby. Use encouraging words as you see them try new things.

SHARE: Share stories with your children about your childhood. This extra together time is an opportunity to get to know each other in new ways. Ask your child(ren) to share some of their favorite childhood memories. Listen to what has been meaningful to them, you may be surprised.

SUPPORT: Create time and space for your children to share how they are feeling. Listening, without fixing, is a great way to show support. Thank them for sharing their feelings with you.


KEEP: Keep the bar where your children can reach success. Celebrate small moments. Give recognition for what could be happening (worse) that is not happening.

INITIATE: Initiate times of connection, togetherness, and laughter. This is especially important following screen time to limit irritability.

STRUCTURE: Children crave structure. Give boundaries and form for their day. A schedule can create predictability in a time of unknown. Model flexibility for unexpected changes.

SLEEP: Be sure to keep consistent bedtimes and sleep schedules. Inconsistent schedules combined with poor sleep creates fertile ground for behavior problems and moody kids.


If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me at


Annise Koops, LLMSW

(Strategies by Lisa Dykstra, LMSW)