KEN-O-SHA PARK ELEMENTARY (PK-5)

1353 Van Auken St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone: 616-819-2696 | Fax: 616-819-3461

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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Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary is a neighborhood school focused on nature proudly offering strong academics and caring staff in a safe and secure learning environment. Our students participate in hands-on learning in the school and surrounding Ken-O-Sha Park. The park serves as a natural classroom where students learn about native prairie plants and spend time learning outdoors.

Consider Ken-O-Sha Park 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 tailored to his or her special needs.
  • You value the benefits of early identification and intervention.
  • You value strong relationships with faculty and other parents.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary has seen double-digit growth in reading and math test scores over the last three years. Staff are trained to identify individual student needs and customize their teaching to the student to help them succeed. 93% of parents feel Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary promotes academic success.

COMMITTED TEACHERS

The teachers at Ken-O-Sha Park 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 the school provides their child with additional support when needed.

INVOLVED PARENTS

Parents are their child’s first teacher and Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary recognizes how important it is for parents to be an active part of their child’s education. Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary is proud to have high parent participation rates. On average, 100% of parents participate in parent-teacher conferences. Families also participate in Literacy Nights, Fall and Spring Open Houses, and monthly Pastries with Parents. Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary is also proud to offer Parent-Teacher Community Council. 90% of parents said they have regular opportunities to be involved at Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary. 

SAFE AND SECURE

A recent survey showed that 87% of parents feel their student is safe at Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary. 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.

UNIQUE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS

Students have the opportunity to learn in unique educational environments, including the surrounding park, trail system, rain garden, creek, and prairie.


KEN-O-SHA PARK

The City of Grand Rapids will unveil improvements at Ken-O-Sha Park that began in 2020. Improvements include a new natural playscape using recycled fallen trees, new green infrastructure and daylighted stormwater, a nature amplifier along Plaster Creek, a screened portable restroom at the Plaster Creek Trail trailhead, new accessible pathways, and educational and wayfinding signs.

Funding for the project is provided by the parks millage passed in 2013, a Great Urban Parks grant from the National Parks and Recreation Association, and a Connecting Communities to Outdoor Play grant from the National Parks and Recreation Association and the Target Corporation.