Award Year: 2016

Griffin Elementary School

1700 South Griffin Street
Grand Haven, MI, 49417-2752

(616) 850-5500

Mrs. Debra Mann, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Grand Haven Area Public Schools

School Website


Ensuring equal access to an excellent education in a safe, positive, student-centered environment where students are challenged and empowered to reach their highest potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 86%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Two boys working on a project in our STEM class.

Two boys working on a project in our STEM class.

Griffin Elementary School is a neighborhood school within the city limits of Grand Haven, Michigan serving 326 pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students. Grand Haven is located on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan with a population of nearly 11,000 people. Griffin is a Title I school in the Grand Haven Area Public Schools district. Despite having a 44% to 50% free and reduced-price lunch rate each year, Griffin students are performing among the top schools in the state. Our outstanding faculty's dedication and commitment to continual improvement remain key to our success. Teachers do not work in isolation but are part of a team that is made up of grade level teachers, specialists, interventionists, and our principal, who work collaboratively to share the responsibility for every child's growth and success. These collaborative teams establish what is essential for students to learn, create common pacing guides and regularly monitor learning through formative assessments. A schoolwide system of interventions and enrichment is in place to ensure students receive additional time and support or enhanced learning opportunities. By promoting student thinking, scaffolding strategies, having high expectations, and celebrating growth, Griffin enables children to succeed in reaching personal learning goals. Another key to our success is the positive culture that emfolds our school. Intentional structures are in place to promote good behavior and social-emotional well-being through our Positive Behavior Intervention System, Capturing Kids Hearts, Kid's Hope mentors, a peer support program, and a curriculum that promotes self-regulation, safety, and skills in how to best handle situations.