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Welcome to Kent Hills Elementary

As the principal of Kent Hills Elementary School, I am pleased to lead a team that is committed to the success of each and every scholar. Our staff is dedicated to providing a nurturing environment that challenges each scholar to achieve at the highest levels. Scholars will grow into independent learners while being provided with opportunities to grow socially and emotionally through cooperative learning. 

Kent Hills Elementary is a small neighborhood school that welcomes you to join our family. If you are interested in learning more about what we have to offer, please stop by for a visit. We would be delighted to introduce your family to our Kent Hills family. 

Chad Nielsen

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Kent Hills Elementary

1445 Emerald Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: 616-819-2727
Chad Nielsen
Sara Rainbolt
Head Secretary
Joy Falbe

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 Kent Hills, all scholars belong.

Kent Hills Elementary School provides a safe, nurturing environment that enables all scholars to achieve their maximum potential. Above all, our veteran staff is committed to scholar learning, challenging each child to excel in the classroom and beyond.

Scholars learn and play on our updated playgrounds and throughout our expansive green space, allowing peer-to-peer relationships to thrive. We have a diverse scholar body that is recognized and celebrated for the unique identities and cultural heritages each scholar brings to the school.

We take pride in ensuring our scholars and their families feel challenged, supported, and safe at Kent Hills. In a recent survey, we found that:

  • 98% of families feel welcomed at Kent Hills
  • 97% of caregivers feel their child is challenged at Kent Hills
  • 92% of caregivers believe the school provides their child with additional support when needed
  • 96% of families feel the school rules are consistently enforced

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.

Kent Hills Elementary is situated within a beautiful park setting surrounded by mature trees rising above the property in an established neighborhood. The expansive green spaces provide scholars and teachers with opportunities to take their learning outside and expand on academic concepts. The playground equipment has been recently updated with engaging play structures that support active play. Scholars also have dedicated specials rooms that support more comprehensive art, music and physical education programs. There is also an expansive library where scholars access various levels and types of books.

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