Welcome to Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary (PK-5)

Welcome and thank you for choosing Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary, I am Abbie Marr. I have had the honor to have served in the Grand Rapids Public School District since 2004! The past 4 years, I have had the privilege of being the principal here at Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary. 

Some of the things I love about our school is the community and culture! We have over 80 combined years of educational experience and our diverse scholar population make Ken-O-Sha a great place to learn and grow. 

I look forward meeting you in person very soon!

Abbie Marr

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Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary

1353 Van Auken St.SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone: 616-819-2696
Abbie Marr
Liana Conrade
Head Secretary
Bridget Cheney
Executive Director PK-12 Instructional Leadership (Southeast)

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. 


Ken-O-Sha: where nature and the neighborhood meet!

Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary is located in the southeast side of Grand Rapids adjacent to the Ken-O-Sha Park and nature trail. Our scholars, families, and neighbors have fond memories of our annual Duck Walk and the wildlife that can be found around our school. 

In our school and the surrounding Ken-O-Sha Park, our culturally diverse scholars have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning. The park serves as a natural classroom where scholars learn about native prairie plants, the Plaster Creek Watershed, and animals that inhabit the area. This learning continues inside of the classroom, where scholars experience an academic curriculum that provides the foundation they need to be successful at the next level. At Ken-O-Sha our scholars continue to show growth on math and reading assessments.

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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