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Fall 2020 Return to Learn Plan

To review the Elk Rapids Schools Return to Learn Plan, visit the link here!

Welcome To Elk Rapids Schools

Elk Rapids Schools 2020-21 Return to Learn Plan

  • Path A: Instruction provided by Elk Rapids Schools certified teaching staff (*Recommended Path for All Students) Face-to-Face in Phases 5-6, Remote at home learning in Phases 1-4.

  • Path B: Instruction provided by a Remote Virtual Platform (*By request for families that have COVID-19 related concerns). Semester Commitment, ER staff mentor provided. Open enrollment August 24 - 31. Available in all Phases.

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Gold Award Certificate

Cherryland Middle School wins State Gold

Congratulations to Cherryland Middle School. It is a shining example of what it takes to build healthy school environments! The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Action for Healthy Kids wishes to congratulate you, your team and your students on your MICHIGAN SCHOOL WELLNESS GOLD AWARD!

Elementary Points of Pride!

  • Before and after school child care
  • Transitional kindergarten offerings
  • Birth to age 5 childcare and preschool offerings
  • Early Childhood Special Education Program
  • Updated language arts, mathematics and social-emotional curriculums
  • Robotics offerings 2nd-5th grade

US News & World Report 2020 Best High School Rankings

We are very pleased to announce that Elk Rapids High School continues to thrive, improve and elevate student excellence in education. One measure of our success is evidenced in the annual US News & World Report high school rankings published each spring.

In the 2020 state rankings, ERHS is ranked #22 out of 1147 Michigan high schools. This equates to the Top 2% of high schools in Michigan. Previously our highest state ranking was #48. ERHS is the highest ranked high school in northern lower Michigan and only 1 of 3 from our area to make the Top 50 (TC Central #38 & Roscommon #50). 

In the 2020 national rankings, ERHS is ranked #844 out of 17,245 high schools in the USA. This equates to the Top 5% of high schools in the nation. Previously our highest national ranking was #1286.

In these trying times, it continues to be very important to share news of successes and positivity. Our district should be very proud of the efforts of our students, staff, parents and community as we continue to raise the bar of educational excellence in northern Michigan.

Positivity Project @ CMS


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 PosProject.org

District Return to Learning Plan Approved
School Board Unanimously Approves Task Force Plan

School Board approves Return to Learn Task Force plan to return to learning in Elk Rapids Schools

June 2, 2020
Garrison Signs with Wisconsin!

Elk Rapids Schools’ graduating Senior and Class of 2020 Valedictorian, Garrison Waugh, has signed his letter of commitment to join the Men’s Rowing Team for the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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