Award Year: 2018

Lake Hills Elementary School

18181 Dogwood Drive
Spring Lake, MI, 49456-9119

(616) 850-5600

Mr. Jason Lawson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Choice School

Grand Haven Area Public Schools

School Website

Bell Award Winner


We are committed to offering experiences and creating opportunities that ensure all students will learn. We empower students to become responsible, respectful, and safe citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 9%
  • White: 79%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 58%
Enjoying the dunes at Lake Hills!

Enjoying the dunes at Lake Hills!

Lake Hills Elementary School is one of seven elementary schools that serve students of the Grand Haven Area Public Schools District. Our school was built in 1972 with a unique design and intentional open concept in mind that remains part of our success story today. Large classrooms can be divided into smaller spaces, with a "centrium" connecting the rooms in each of the upper and lower "pods". A large open community area connects the pods and provides more interactive learning space. The open concept encouraged team teaching from the beginning and not a lot has changed in that respect since 1972. Today, we pride ourselves on a strong culture of staff collaboration and commitment to growth and improvement as professionals to ensure the success of all students.

Everyone on staff, from playground supervisors and support staff, to teachers and administrators, rally around our motto: Whatever It Takes! We truly believe that education is life or death for some of our students. We are aware of the obstacles and traumatic circumstances many of our students face and look for ways to support their families. But we can only control the extent to which we hold ourselves and our students accountable to high expectations and do everything possible to ensure they are hitting year-end targets. At Lake Hills, we could make the challenges our excuse OR make it our story. We have chosen to stand on the challenges and make it our story!