Introducing
CONGRESS ELEMENTARY

Congress is a walkable neighborhood school enriched through a strong neighborhood and community connection. Congress is located between the East Hills Neighborhood and Eastown Community Association. The school is a historic building while still offering 21st century classrooms.

Consider Congress for your child if:
- You are seeking teachers who believe in your child’s potential to learn and achieve. Congress Elementary Logo
- You want your child to learn in an environment of high expectations.
- You value the stability and consistency of a preschool through grade 5 community.
- You have a student who needs to learn English as a second language.
- You value strong and varied extracurricular options to enrich your child.

AVAILABLE AT CONGRESS
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Congress Elementaryis proud to offer:

- Parent Teacher Community Council.
- Congress students are connected with reading mentors from Schools of Hope, Kids Hope USA, and Turning Pages. 85 tutors provide support to 90 students.
- East Hills Council of Neighbors support.

STRONG ACADEMICS
Congress has shown a commitment to ensuring students experience an engaging curriculum and high achievement. Staff work with each student to identify their needs and help them take their learning to the next level. This has resulted in an increase in attendance, enrollment, and test scores.

AMAZING STAFF
Congress is proud to have an outstanding team of teachers and support staff. In fact, 96% of parents surveyed said they feel like the school’s staff cares about their child. Students enjoy a welcoming learning environment where staff work together to meet the needs of all children.

PARENTS AS PARTNERS
Congress values parents as partners in their child’s education. Parents are regularly involved as volunteers and participate in many family events throughout the year. According to a recent parent survey, 97% of parents feel welcome at their child’s school.

SAFE AND SECURE
A recent survey showed that 96% of students feel safe at Congress. Students participate in a program known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS). Students are recognized for making good choices and showing positive behavior. The number of students being recognized for good behavior at monthly PBIS celebrations has consistently increased.

SCHOOL PRIDE
As a part of a unique neighborhood-school partnership Congress, East Hills Council of Neighbors, Eastown Community Association, Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association, and Midtown Neighborhood Association are supporting a diverse student population, vibrant neighborhood, and successful neighborhood school.

REWARD STATUS
Congress received the Michigan Department of Education Reward status for increasing from 14th percentile to 70th percentile in statewide ranking. Congress is in the top 5% of schools statewide that outperformed predicted achievement or similar schools.

Erek Kooyman
940 Baldwin St, S.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
p. (616) 819-2201 f. (616) 819-2203
Breakfast  8:10 A.M.
Start Time 8:30 A.M.
Dismissal   3:26 P.M.