Great Start Readiness Program

What is GSRP?

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors that may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start.


Funding for this program depends solely on allocation from the state government and is not guaranteed every year.  To be eligible families MUST meet state income guidelines.  Additionally, students considered for the program must be four years old by September 1st of the school year they will be enrolled in, provide up-to-date immunizations/health appraisal, and completion of an Orchard Academy GSRP Program application. Please bring the following documents to your enrollment appointment:

  • Documentation of income
  • Proof of immunization/shot records
  • Health appraisal (completed and signed by doctor)
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Parent Identification


Mission and Vision Statement

Our mission is to provide each child with a strong foundation for life-long learning and inspiration to excel through a challenging curriculum focused on academics as well as social-emotional development in a safe, nurturing environment.

 Our vision is to develop well-rounded, confident, and responsible individuals who aspire to achieve their full potential. We will do this by providing a welcoming, happy, safe, and supportive learning environment in which everyone is equal and all achievements are celebrated.



Orchard Academy will utilize the HighScope approach. This model is used worldwide and encompasses the Early Childhood Standards of Quality and the Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs). HighScope uses a daily routine that consists of large and small group activities, work time (Plan-Do-Review), outside play, snack or meals, clean up, transitions to other activities, and a rest period. The goal of our early childhood program is to develop competent, sensitive, enthusiastic learners who have the ability to adapt to a changing world.  

Curriculum areas include Approaches to Learning; Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development and Health; Language, Literacy, and Communication; Mathematics; Creative Arts; Science and Technology; Social Studies; and English Language Learners.

In the HighScope Curriculum, adults and children are partners in play. More information about the HighScope curriculum can be found at