Award Year: 2015

Bursley Elementary School

1195 Port Sheldon Street
Jenison, MI, 49428-9341

(616) 457-2200

Mr. Wayne Brown, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Choice School

Jenison Public Schools

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Provide a caring, positive environment to educate students to be discerning, effective, lifelong learners who will embrace challenge, understanding that it leads to growth.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 79%
  • Hispanic: 10%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
First grade hands-on math time.

First grade hands-on math time.

Bursley’s school culture is built on the belief that each student has the right to access that for which he or she is ready to learn. We have a quality spectrum of programming to meet the needs of students, from our most struggling to our most capable learners. This includes a variety of Response to Intervention (RtI) services before, after, and throughout the day, research-based and standard-aligned core curricula, and opportunities for students to be accelerated.

While the heart of our school culture is driven by the Bursley staff’s devotion to its students, the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports model (PBIS) has provided us with a framework for consistently bringing our passions to fruition. Through focused professional development in PBIS, engagement and classroom management strategies, and social skills instruction, our staff has built a wide repertoire of skills and strategies to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of our diverse population.

Bursley is a school committed to celebrating and empowering leaders. Leadership opportunities are identified and practiced with the youngest members of the Bursley team, then refined as students grow. While Bursley teachers certainly look to the principal for vision setting, professional feedback, and leadership of building-wide operations, the job of leading Bursley Elementary goes far beyond the office or job description of one individual. Educators working together with student success as their top priority, seeking out and celebrating the expertise of one another, and collaborating openly and honestly is the force that drives “Team Bursley”.