Welcome to César E. Chávez Elementary

As principal of César E. Chávez Elementary, it is my pleasure to welcome new and returning families to our school. I am thrilled to have scholars back in our classrooms. Our staff eagerly awaits their laughter, energy, and enthusiasm for learning. 

César E. Chávez Elementary is such a special place to learn and grow. We are proud of our beautiful school and have high expectations for each and every scholar. Our scholars are kind, compassionate, and resilient. Together with our dedicated staff, we strive to make connections with scholars to help them feel valued, accepted, and safe. Our overarching goal is to encourage active scholar engagement that fosters a lifetime love for learning. 

Aimee Garcia

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César E. Chávez Elementary

1205 César E. Chávez Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-819-2560
Aimee Garcia
Casey Wearing
Assistant Principal
Leysha Ortiz
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. 


We believe in inspiring scholars to own their roles as thinkers, lifelong learners, and change agents.

At César E. Chávez Elementary, we create and maintain a high quality, safe learning environment that enables every child to exceed expectations. We are a modern neighborhood school that celebrates diversity and provides assistance to English Learners to ensure academic success. Our outstanding scholars, committed staff, dedicated partnerships, and supportive parents all work together to help today’s learners develop the skills needed to succeed in tomorrow’s global market and community. We want our scholars to thrive in all aspects of their lives; therefore, we believe in fostering every child’s inner sense of purpose, independence, and ability to adapt.

The teachers at Chávez go above and beyond to ensure that scholars’ needs are met, that parents are involved in their child’s education, and that scholars have a positive experience. With our committed teachers, our learners are challenged and engaged to do their best every day.

Chávez is located in the heart of one of Grand Rapids’ Hispanic/Latinx communities in which Spanish is the first language in more than 90% of scholars’ homes.  Scholars are supported by a bilingual transition program that teaches scholars in their native language while they learn English.  As a cultural center, Chávez holds programs and events to celebrate diversity and culture.

We believe in empowering families and engaging the community to support academic achievement for all scholars. Chávez values parents as partners in their child’s education. Parents are actively involved as volunteers and regularly participate in many family events throughout the year.

Scholars continue to feel safe at Chávez. We rely on the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) program along with our trauma-informed practices to support the whole child’s development. The number of scholars being recognized for making good choices and showing positive behavior continues to increase while behavioral referrals continue to decline. This year’s PBIS assemblies and celebrations engaged K-5 scholars in our S.T.A.R. behavior through participation games, a focus on restorative practices, and a belief that all our scholars are “Rising Stars” at Chávez.

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.

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