410 Barnett St. NE 
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Phone: 616-819-2525
Fax: 616-819-2528

Breakfast 8:10 a.m.
Start Time 8:30 a.m. 

Dismissal 3:26 p.m.
Half Day Dismissal 11:40 a.m.

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Get to know our school!

Our school has so much to offer - and we’re proud to share the details! Check it out below with Principal, Tammi Jenkins.

East Leonard pairs a caring social and educational environment with high expectations to help students be successful. East Leonard Elementary School is a neighborhood school on the northeast side of Grand Rapids. It is located on top of a hill overlooking the city of Grand Rapids. The school’s students reflect the diversity of our great city.

Consider East Leonard Elementary for your child if:

  • You are seeking teachers who believe in your child’s potential to learn and achieve.
  • You want your child to learn in an environment of high expectations.
  • You value a diverse learning environment.
  • You value strong relationships with faculty and other parents.


East Leonard Elementary is proud to offer:

  • Parent-Teacher Community Council.
  • Kids HOPE USA volunteers mentor specific students one- to- one for one hour per week.


The teachers at East Leonard 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, 97% of parents said they feel comfortable talking with their child’s teachers.


92% of parents feel their child is challenged at East Leonard. Staff are trained to identify individual student needs and customize their teaching to the student to help them succeed. East Leonard has seen a 7% increase in the number of students at or above grade level in reading in the last 3 years.


East Leonard emphasizes the 3 R’s: respect, responsibility, and right to learn. Students are rewarded for demonstrating these characteristics through weekly assemblies and monthly rewards. They are honored and recognized for making good choices and students demonstrate kindness and compassion towards others.


A recent survey showed that 95% of students feel safe at East Leonard. 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.


Parents are their child’s first teacher and East Leonard recognizes how important it is for parents to be an active part of their child’s education. 93% of parents said they have regular opportunities to be involved at East Leonard. Parents are welcomed as volunteers, at family nights, and in their child’s classroom.


Tammi Jenkins 2

Tammi Jenkins
Email: jenkinst@grps.org

Kellie Bunce
Head Secretary
Email: buncek@grps.org

Matthew Beresford
Executive Director of PK, Elementary and K8 Instructional Support and Child Discovery Liaison
Email: beresfordm@grps.org