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

School Apps

Kent Hills Elementary

1445 Emerald Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: 616-819-2727
Chad Nielsen
Sara Rainbolt
Head Secretary
Matthew Beresford
Executive Director PK-12 Instructional Leadership (Northeast)

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

Kent Hills Elementary is receiving air conditioning for the first time as part of a major investment in the northeast side elementary school. The project upgrades the old heating-only system to a heating, cooling and ventilation system. The work also includes new electrical and controls infrastructure to the new units.

Publish Date: January 11, 2024

The project is substantially complete. The cooling chiller is installed and will be started and commissioned in the spring of 2024. 

Publish Date: November 17, 2023

The project is substantially complete. The cooling chiller is installed and will be started and commissioned in spring 2024.

Kent Hills chiller

Publish Date: November 3, 2023

The new heating system is functional, being commissioned this week, and next week. The new chiller system will be installed on November 7 and commissioned in the spring. The substantial completion date for the project is November 30.


Publish Date: October 13, 2023

The anticipated ship date for the chiller unit is now Oct. 20. The unit will be installed as soon as it is delivered to the school. The project is still projected to be complete by mid-November.

Publish Date: September 29, 2023

The heating system scope is complete and the units are fully functional. Unfortunately, the delivery of the cooling unit was delayed until the end of October due to supply chain issues. The project is anticipated to be completed by mid-November.

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.

Kent Hills Elementary Photo Tour

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