Welcome to Dickinson Academy (PK-8)

I take pride in serving as the Principal of Dickinson Academy. It is great to be part of a diverse school community where scholars, teachers, and parents care for each other and strive to build meaningful relationships that support academic and social-emotional growth. Our scholars are supported and empowered to achieve academic success. 

We are committed to ensuring all of our Dickinson Academy "Cubs" stay safe, problem solve, become independent learners, and make good choices. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Dickinson Academy community, we welcome new families to visit our school and take a tour!

Principal
Arnaldo Melendez

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Dickinson Academy

448 Dickinson St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Phone: 616-819-2505
Fax: 616-819-2502
Arnaldo Melendez
Principal
Cindy Rivera Madera
Assistant Principal
Maria Mateo
Head Secretary
Sonia Riley
KSSN Coordinator

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. 

At Dickinson, we support each other in becoming confident, resourceful, and responsible citizens of the school, our neighborhood, and the world. 

Dickinson Academy aims to create a caring, harmonious, and scholar-centered community by engaging scholars in meaningful interactions in and out of the classroom. Through purposeful, relevant teaching and learning, we are committed to providing opportunities for all scholars to achieve their personal best academically and socially.

We believe in strong partnerships between our school, caregivers, and the community. Therefore, we proudly offer the Parent Teacher Community Council and work closely with Kent Schools Services Network. As a Cultural Center, we also provide English as a Second Language (ESL) services via our highly skilled, bilingual staff. 

Dickinson Academy Points of Pride:

  • STEM Green House programming
  • Field trips and experiential learning opportunities
  • Cultural recognitions and celebrations
  • Scholar leadership groups, including scholar council
  • Spirit and Inclusion Weeks
  • Family and Academic Nights
  • After school tutoring
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Coffee with the principal events

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.

Dickinson Academy was built in 2008 and is designed for academic excellence. Special features include hallway design that encourages group learning to acoustic engineering that makes it easier to hear teachers in the classroom. It is located in Southeast Grand Rapids.

Dickinson Academy Photo Tour


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Coit Honors Choir to Perform in 1 p.m. show on December 3 with West Michigan Youth Ballet

Scholars in grades 3-5 at Coit will be part of the West Michigan Youth Ballet’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, including a 15-minute mini-concert prior to the 1 pm performance on December 3.

Supporting GRPS at a Grassroot Level

Local organizer recruits friends, family and many others to support donation drives for GRPS schools.

Senior Summit for Class of 2023 Gives Scholars All They Need to Plan for the Future

Most of the district’s expected 2023 graduates were at GRPS University to gather advice and information for what’s next after high school.

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