César E. Chávez Elementary celebrates diversity and provides assistance to English language learners to ensure academic success. César E. Chávez Elementary is a neighborhood school located in the heart of one of Grand Rapids’ Hispanic/Latino communities. The school was built in 2009 and features modern classrooms, media center, cafeteria, and gym, along with plenty of natural light.

Consider Chávez for your child if:

- You are seeking teachers who believe in your child’s potential to learn and achieve. Cesar E. Chavez Logo
- You want your child to learn in an environment of high expectations.
- Your family speaks Spanish.
You want your child to learn in a bilingual environment.
You value strong relationships with faculty and other parents.


The teachers at Chavez are committed to student success. They go above and beyond to ensure that students’ needs are met, that parents are involved in their child’s education, and that students have a positive experience. In a recent survey, 100% of parents said they feel comfortable talking with their child’s teachers.

More than 90% of students at Chavez come from homes where Spanish is the first language. Students are supported by a bilingual transition program that teaches students in their native language while they learn English. As a cultural center, Chavez holds programs and events to celebrate diversity and culture.

Chavez 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, 95% of parents feel welcome at Chavez.

A recent survey showed that 89% of students feel safe at Chavez. 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, while referrals to the office for behavior issues have steadily decreased.

Chavez 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, 82% of parents feel their child is challenged at school.

Aimee Garcia
Principal César E. Chávez
1205 Grandville Avenue, SW

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
p. (616) 819-2560 f. (616) 819-2556
Breakfast 8:10 A.M.
Start Time 8:30 A.M.
Dismissal 3:26 P.M.

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