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Welcome To Elk Rapids Schools

Small Schools In a Caring Community, Delivering a World of Opportunities

  • Early childhood programs

  • High school foreign language program

  • Community Service Projects at CMS

  • Honors Academy at ERHS

  • Online courses & Alternative learning

  • Over 30 athletic teams

  • Award-winning instrumental, vocal and visual arts programs

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  • Modern building facilities in a spacious rural setting
  • Outdoor natural area and competition athletic fields
  • Research-based academic and social-emotional curriculum
  • Weekly specials include art, music, library and physical education
  • Onsite social worker
  • Strong PTO and community involvement
  • 1:1 iPads for every student
  • Transitional kindergarten offerings
  • Onsite before/after school and summer childcare
  • Tuition based preschool program
  • Researched based language arts, mathematics and science curriculum
  • Social emotional learning and anti-bullying programs at all grade levels
  • A trauma informed school culture utilizing the Collaborative Problem Solving process
  • Multiple after school enrichment programs in athletics, music and robotics
  • Early Childhood Special Education Program
  • On site Food Forest and High Tunnel Hoop House
  • Incredible community involvement and volunteers
  • 1-1 iPads for every student
  • A supportive PTO and community wide support from local business owners and citizens
  • Response To Intervention (RTI) system for math and reading
  • Highly successful art, music, library and physical education programs for all students
  • Updated and recent improvements to school safety precautions
  • Active student council in grade 2-5
  • Regional leader on state assessments


Cherryland Middle School became the first school in Northern Michigan to partner with the Positivity Project. As part of our whole-child approach to education, our students engage in daily learning about their character strengths and the importance of building relationships. Learn more at



  • Added a new AP Course - AP Statistics 
  • Percentage of 11th grade students meeting math benchmark on the PSAT/NMSQT increased from 45% to 49%
  • Stock Market class students won the Stock Market Game State Championship for most earnings from a class and most earnings from a student team
  • 36 out of 40 AP World students took the AP exam for 2020
  • Awarded $3000 grant from the MiSTEM network to purchase two 3D printers and virtual reality headsets
  • All seniors in English 12B and AP Lit. & Comp. B received credit/passed
  • Members of the ERHS Marching Band were featured as the Band-of-the-Week on TV 7&4 News
  • Great efforts to highlight community guest speakers
  • Successful presentation of Signs of Suicide Prevention Program to all high school students
  • Over 90% of 2020 senior class pursued post-secondary education
  • Tuition Incentive Program allowed 100% of Sunrise Academy students the opportunity to earn an Associates Degree for little to no cost
  • Caring Elks Account was created to deposit donations specifically geared to help needy high school families
  • Clothing Pantry was established next to the At-Risk Counseling office for donations to be collected and housed where students can find clothing, snacks, school supplies and hygiene products
  • Boys Soccer District/Conference/Regional Champions
  • Boys Ski Conference Champions
  • Bowling Conference Champions
  • Three State Qualifiers for Powerlifting
  • US News & World Report: America's Best High Schools
  • Top 2% of high schools in Michigan
  • Top 5% of high schools in the nation
  • Parent Dashboard - MDE School Accountability Scorecard #1 ranked school building in TBAISD at 99.18%
  • ERHS made the Newsweek's Top STEM high school list and ranked 4,019 out of over 30,000 public and private schools in the USA and 104 out of over 950 high schools in Michigan

District Quick Facts

90% Student participation in extracurricular activities
#1 Rank in the region for percentage of graduates enrolled in a two or four-year college or university
1:1 Device iPads or Chromebooks for all students, K-12
99% Graduation Rate
#22 ERHS Rank in the State out of 1147 Michigan High Schools