Welcome to Burton Elementary

Hello, hola, muraho, habari, haye!

Welcome to our Burton Elementary website! We are excited to share the amazing things that are happening within our Burton community. As the principal of Burton Elementary, I am proud of how our scholars, families, staff, and community work together to support our young Redhawks in soaring to new heights academically, behaviorally, socially, and emotionally. Our diverse community works together to guide our scholars to push through to be the best they can be each and every day. 

We offer preschool through 5th grade scholars the opportunity to learn and grow in the classroom and beyond. Our passionate staff work hard to support all of our scholars’ individual and unique needs. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Burton Elementary family, please reach out to us today! We look forward to soaring with you!

Amarena Nelson

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Burton Elementary

2133 Buchanan Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Phone: 616-819-2262
Amarena Nelson
Tracey Mann
Assistant Principal
Christine Hoque
Head Secretary
Dr. Mayda Bahamonde-Gunnell
Executive Director PK-12 Instructional Leadership (Southwest)

School Hours

Breakfast 8:10 a.m.
Start Time 8:30 a.m.
Dismissal 3:26 p.m.
Half Day Dismissal 11:40 a.m. 


Burton Elementary promotes a diverse, respectful community of academic achievement by involving scholars, parents, and community in the learning process.

As one of the district’s cultural centers, we provide bilingual support to English learners. We have dedicated bilingual staff to support our scholars and families.

The staff at Burton Elementary are committed to student success. They go above and beyond to ensure that each scholar's needs are met, that families are involved in their child’s education, and that scholars have a positive experience.

Education is expanded beyond the four walls of our classrooms, and our staff facilitate this exploration with excitement and enthusiasm. Our scholars matter, and not only do we believe in them, but we teach them to believe in themselves.

Burton Elementary was awarded with the Apple Distinguished Schools for Technology in 2019. We believe that an Apple a day is the Burton way.

We have incorporated distance learning for years and are poised to be a leader in the district as a blended model of new technologies and old practices, giving our students the best of both worlds. Our 1-to-1 student technology device approach ensures that every student has the opportunity to learn inside and outside the classroom.

Burton Elementary Photo Tour

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New tennis courts at Ottawa Hills & Union

The tennis courts at Ottawa Hills High School and Union High School are being restored this summer thanks to a partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and West Michigan Community Tennis.

GRPS celebrates Officer of the Year

GRPS Public Safety and School Security announced officer awards for the 2023-24 school year.

JROTC leaders retire, leaving lasting legacies

Two esteemed leaders of the Union High School Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) are retiring, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire scholars for generations.