2133 Buchanan Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Phone: 616-819-2262 | Fax: 616-819-2284

Breakfast 8:10 a.m.
Start Time 8:30 a.m.
Dismissal 3:26 p.m.

Half Day Dismissal 11:40 a.m.



2133 Buchanan Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Phone: 616-819-2269 | Fax: 616-819-2282

Breakfast 7:15 a.m.
Start Time 7:40 a.m.
Dismissal 2:21 p.m.

Half Day Dismissal 10:25 a.m.

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Burton Elementary and Middle Schools promotes a diverse, respectful community of academic achievement by involving students, parents, and community in the learning process.

We want to thank you for your continued patience and support during this time. We will need each other to be supportive, flexible, understanding, and healthy to overcome the circumstances to give our students the best experience for their future. Please walk along with us to ensure a healthy, safe, and productive school year for our students.


Burton has dedicated bilingual staff to support students and families. The school serves as one of the district’s cultural centers and provides bilingual support to English language learners. Burton offers a language lab and Spanish-supported classes. These classes are assisted by teachers’ aides to enhance the educational experience.


The teachers at Burton are committed to student success. They go above and beyond to ensure that student’s needs are met, that parents are involved in their child’s education, and that students have a positive experience. In a recent survey, 88% of parents said they feel comfortable talking with their child’s teachers.


Burton 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. As a result, 83% of parents feel their child is challenged at school.


Parents are their child’s first teacher and Burton recognizes how important it is for parents to be an active part of their child’s education. 86% of parents said they have regular opportunities to be involved at Burton. Parents are welcomed as volunteers, at family nights, and in their child’s classroom.


Staff at Burton take a fair, firm, and consistent approach to discipline. In fact, 85% of parents said they see that the school’s rules are consistently enforced for all students. This approach is paired with a program known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS), which recognizes students for making good choices and showing positive behavior. The result is a safe and secure learning environment.


Amarena Nelson
Elementary Principal 
Email: nelsona@grps.org

Tracey Mann
Elementary Assistant Principal
Email: mannt@grps.org
Christine Hoque
Head Secretary
Email: hoquec@grps.org

Mayda Bahamonde Gunnell
Executive Director of Transitional Bilingual/Dual Language Programs, EL, Migrant, Equity and Inclusion and Shared Time
Email: bahamondem@grps.org 

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Michael Perez
Middle School Principal

Email: perezm@grps.org

Jennifer Rodas
Assistant Principal
Email: rodasj@grps.org

Jahan Webb
Dean of Students
Email: webbj@grps.org

Marissa Ruehl
Head Secretary
Email: ruehlm@grps.org

Karl Nelson
Executive Director of Middle and K8 Instructional Support
Email: nelsonk@grps.org