Welcome to Southwest Elementary School - Academia Bilingüe 

Welcome to Southwest Elementary School! Southwest Elementary is a great place to learn because we not only offer a rigorous, dual language immersion curriculum, but because we are family. 

Southwest Elementary is a special place to learn and grow. We are proud of our school and have high expectations for each and every scholar. Our scholars are kind, compassionate, and resilient. Together with our dedicated staff, we strive to make connections with scholars to help them feel valued, accepted, and safe. Our overarching goal is to encourage active scholar engagement that fosters a lifetime love for learning. 

Kelly Aponte

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Southwest Elementary School - Academia Bilingüe

801 Oakland Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-819-2947
Kelly Aponte
Joseph Metts
Assistant Principal
Juan Parraguez Gomez
Dean of Students
Yesica Robinson
Head Secretary
Leonarda Mendez Diaz
Second Secy
Dr. Mayda Bahamonde-Gunnell
Executive Director PK-12 Instructional Leadership (Southwest)

School Hours

Breakfast 8:50 a.m.
Start Time 9:10 a.m.
Dismissal 4:06 p.m.
Half Day Dismissal 12:20 p.m. 


Southwest Elementary School offers a proven dual immersion experience in English and Spanish to help scholars become bilingual and bicultural.

Research shows that people who are bilingual and bicultural are positioned well for a successful future with more opportunities at the college level and in the workplace, better performance on standardized tests, and are more competitive in an increasingly global economy. Our scholars’ accomplishments are a testimony of the dual immersion model’s effectiveness. The academic rigor and expectations in an urban setting should also be tied to the conviction that all scholars have the potential to develop, learn and succeed, regardless of ethnicity and cultural background.

Our scholars’ success is supported by a caring staff with a deep knowledge of immersion pedagogy and a passion for teaching. Our administration and staff are committed to preserving a positive school environment with a foundation of respect, compassion, and caring for each other. Our staff participate in on-going culturally responsive teaching and inclusiveness trainings to better serve our diverse school community.

Families are actively involved in free-of-charge programs offered by our community partners. We provide an opportunity for parents to socialize with other parents and to benefit from activities of their interest.

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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