Award Year: 2015

Wealthy Elementary School

1961 Lake Drive, SE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49506-3045

(616) 235-7550

Mr. Anthony Wallace Morey, Principal at time of Nomination

East Grand Rapids Public Schools

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To provide an exceptional education for every student so that they may pursue their dreams, maximize their potential, and positively contribute to the world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 89%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Wealthy Elementary School’s historic East facade features carved granite details.

Wealthy Elementary School’s historic East facade features carved granite details.

Wealthy Elementary School, a traditional public school in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, serves students in grades K-5. Wealthy Elementary School’s present building was constructed in 1926 and served as the district’s high school until 1963 when it transitioned into an elementary school. The East Grand Rapids community admires our current building for its oversized classrooms, its beautifully accented three-story facade, large campus adorned with century old trees, and its unique features like a 900 seat auditorium and four lane swimming pool. As a walking community with no bussing, students walk or ride bikes to school. The district’s motto of a “Tradition of Excellence” isn’t simply an empty slogan but a reflection of the countless programs that create opportunities for our youth. Excellence is the standard by which all outcomes are targeted for and measured against. For example, Wealthy Elementary School is proud of its 23-year history of Spanish language instruction for all students and its 41-year history of hosting a spring choral music concert called Melodies in March. Wealthy Elementary School recognizes and values the arts as an integral and important part of each student’s school experience as demonstrated by our annual School Musical involving almost half of our students and numerous extra-curricular clubs such as Odyssey of the Mind, Junior Great Books, and Poetry Club, to name a few. The view of childhood as an opportunity to nurture the whole child underpins our values and is reflected in everything we strive to accomplish in partnership with the community.