Award Year: 2016

Kingsley Area Elementary School

402 Fenton Street
Kingsley, MI, 49649-9397

(231) 263-5261

Mr. Karl Hartman, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Kristin Goethals, Current Principal

Title I School

Kingsley Area Schools

School Website


We are a TEAM... learning for life! Together Everyone Accomplishes More

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 96%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Mrs. Olsen prepares for reading groups by previewing the text.

Mrs. Olsen prepares for reading groups by previewing the text.

Kingsley Elementary School has earned a positive reputation as the heart of the Kingsley Community. The staff and community collaborate to provide a safe and nurturing environment for students to learn and be successful. The staff perceptions and self-analysis activities consistently conclude that our most effective and most significant strategy for high achievement is our intensive strategic learning intervention program. Our staff has developed and revised an extremely effective response to intervention (RtI) approach: we quickly and systematically identify students who are not meeting the norms or benchmarks and we promptly match them with appropriate, relevant interventions. Students' interventions are monitored on a weekly basis using assessment data for student growth and adjustments are made based on individual students' needs. In order for our research-based interventions to be effective, we have implemented a schoolwide assessment plan that provides the supports for routine and frequent benchmarking of all students to determine their most important areas of need. The data is reviewed by our grade level teams and students are placed in the appropriate intervention. Our assessment plan is supported by the school board, the community, and is instrumental in our success. The positive relationship between school and home is enforced through frequent communications that identify students needs', not just in academics but also behaviors. The educational team at our school believes that in order for students to meet their goals they must display appropriate behavior, allowing all students the same safe environment in which to be successful.