Welcome to Congress Elementary 
(PK-5)

Thank you for your interest in Congress Elementary. I am proud to lead such an amazing group of scholars, families, and staff members. We pride ourselves on having a growth mindset. We focus on rigorous academics, social emotional learning, and maintaining positive relationships. We believe all scholars have the potential to reach their academic goals. Partnering with our families and our community reflects our enriching educational experience. 

If you would like more information about Congress Elementary, please call our main office at 616-819-2201. 

Principal
Jennifer Williams

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Congress Elementary

940 Baldwin St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: 616-819-2201
Fax: 616-819-2203
Bridget Cheney
Executive Director of Preschool, Elementary & K-8 Instructional Support & Philanthropic Foundations Liaison
Jennifer Williams
Principal

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. 

Relationships are at the heart of all we do at Congress Elementary.

Congress is a unique neighborhood school nestled in the East Hills community. Local businesses are within walking distance and have been integral partners and supporters of scholars, staff, and families.   

Housed in a historic building, Congress Elementary is celebrated for its inviting school culture and scholar diversity. Congress Elementary is also identified as a Cultural Center.  Teachers have been trained and hold English Language (EL) credentials to support best practice teaching. We are a smaller population but provide an enriching educational experience. We offer Art, Music (general music skill building with free violin lessons), P.E., and Spanish. 

We place substantial emphasis on teamwork, and we pride ourselves on communicating clearly with families to support our scholars. Working collaboratively with caregivers, we ensure our strategies and lessons address scholars’ scholastic and social-emotional needs simultaneously. At Congress, our scholars are challenged daily because we promote and believe in the power of a growth mindset.  

Congress is grateful to have strong caregiver involvement through the Parent Teacher Community Council (PTCC) and collaboration with community organizations throughout our city and state. 

As a Congress cub, your child can benefit from the following partnerships and programs:

  • Kids Hope USA (academic and social mentoring)
  • Trinity Outreach (evening tutoring and science night)
  • GROW after-school program, The Salvation Army
  • TeachingWorks program, University of Michigan
  • High Impact Leadership program, Western Michigan University
  • Artists in Residence (AIR) School, Grand Rapids Symphony
  • Girls on the Run (GOTR)
  • The Language Artist program, Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • Jump Jam, Spectrum Health
  • GRPS Athletics (including cross county, track & field, basketball, and soccer)  

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.

Our newly modernized building is a hidden gem on the west side of Grand Rapids featuring updated entrances, classrooms, air conditioning, and an athletic wing, surrounded by sprawling green space for outdoor education and athletics.

  • 9 Aug
    • Congress Elementary Registration Support
      Date: Aug 9
      Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
      Location: Congress Elementary School, 940 Baldwin St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, USA
      Calendar: Congress Calendar
      This event has a video call. Join: https://meet.google.com/nqk-mjrg-yms
  • 10 Aug
    • Congress Elementary Registration Support
      Date: Aug 10
      Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
      Location: Congress Elementary School, 940 Baldwin St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, USA
      Calendar: Congress Calendar
      This event has a video call. Join: https://meet.google.com/gsq-apkh-vge
  • 18 Aug
    • Congress Elementary Open House
      Date: Aug 18
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: Congress Elementary School, 940 Baldwin St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, USA
      Calendar: Congress Calendar
      This event has a video call. Join: https://meet.google.com/mdf-ghck-iqu
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First Day of School Tuesday August 23Get Ready for the 2022-2023 School Year!

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