Building Information 

Overview (top)

At Ridgeview Elementary our goal is your childs' success. In the pursuit of success we work to educate the whole child with a well rounded academic experience in technology, music, art, and media skills in addition to our core curricular program.

Instructional services are provided by 28 classroom teachers. Support services are provided by a school psychologist, school social workers, speech therapists, occupational therapist, physical therapists, and special education classroom teachers. One teacher and two teacher assistants comprise the seasonal migrant staff. We also have an English Language Learner - ELL - teacher assistant all year.

The District and Building Technology Committee continues to work to identify needs and develop programs that result in better use of technology for children and staff. Each class room has 1-2 computers and students have access to 2 computer labs. Work continues on matching and coordinating software to specific standards and grade level content expectations (GLCE's). Computer Class instruction is offered to all classes; 25 minutes at Kindergarten and 50 minutes at 1st and 2nd grade.

Custodians, secretaries, teacher assistants, lunch room personnel, Foster Grandparents, and a large number of community volunteers assist the teachers in providing a quality program of instruction for the students.

  • Accelerated Reader (AR) is used by our kindergarten thru second grade students after reaching a Guided Level Reading Level of 16.
  • Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training and certification was provided to a CPI group of teacher assistants and the administrator.
  • Michigan Literacy Progress Profile (MLPP) training was provided to a portion of our teaching staff, teacher assistants and migrant staff. The staff has given the assessment program to measure each student’s literacy skills and attitude for the last several years.

Mission Statement

   Ridgeview Elementary is committed to a child centered learning environment


  • lifelong learning is valued by students, staff, families and community
  • readiness and academic skills are explored and developed in a safe and healthy environment
  • critical thinking and problem-solving abilities are acquired


     an atmosphere of high expectations, creativity, cooperation, and respect.

Core Curriculum (top)

Ridgeview Elementary School is a learning environment for young children WHERE...
  • Report cards align with the Michigan’s GLCE’s in all core curriculum areas. Report cards and ongoing communication inform parents about student progress in mastering the academic standards in the areas of math, language arts, science and social studies. Biweekly classroom news letters are sent home to keep parents informed.
  • The Kindergarten and selected first grade staff received training in Zoo Phonics. Zoo Phonics is a kinesthetic method for teaching phonics, reading and spelling, using literature.
  • The staff receives ongoing training on Balanced Literacy Strategies. Classroom teachers utilized “leveled” books and run guided reading sessions in the classroom. This ensures that all students are reading at their instructional level 90% and all students have the opportunity to gain on years growth regardless of their level – high or low.
  • Ridgeview Elementary coordinated with the Kent County Gerontology Network to begin a Foster Grandparent Program. Each foster grandparent serves twenty hours, per week, with an assigned classroom group of students. They provide companionship, support, and loving attention to our students. Their role was to work cooperatively with staff and volunteers to accomplish the districts core standards and provide one to one or small group assistance to students.
  • Reading intervention services are offered to at-risk readers.
  • Special Education Programs are delivered in both a pullout and push-in model, depending on student need. The majority of the identified students are provided service in an inclusive setting, with both the special education teacher and regular teacher providing instruction.
  • Young 5’s is offered to our youngest five-year-olds. This defined curriculum program offers a developmental approach for students before entering kindergarten.
  • Paraprofessionals are used extensively to assist students in mastering and assessing academic standards throughout the school year and assisting in the teacher’s instructional delivery and the gathering of assessment data. The assistants receive ongoing training to work with our teachers to assist in delivering the assessments to our students in a formatted, uniform, and objective method.
  • The Child Study Team. Members of the staff/team meet on a monthly basis to develop strategies for students who were experiencing difficulties in behavior and/or learning. Specific data was collected on the strategies that the team implemented for individual students.
  • The Social Worker exchanges information with the music, physical education, and art staff on student behavior plans. Many students are assisted through the review of this team. During the year, the team updated the Child Study process and paperwork.
  • All Certified Staff members have been trained in Capturing Kids' Hearts
  • Sparta Education Foundation (SEF) provides funds for special projects.
In addition, all students receive weekly instruction in technology, media, physical education, art, and music. Enrichment and School-to-Career activities include assemblies and field trips which have been sponsored by the PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization)/SEF and coordinate with the students’ academic standards. Further academic standards have been developed for language arts, writing, math, science, and social studies, which incorporate all the requirements of the State's adoption of the Common Core.
Student Assessment (top)

Each academic standard of the curriculum has a performance-based assessment attached to it. Students are provided re-teach time and extensions as appropriate. Student progress and achievement are assessed in a variety of ways as indicted below:

  • MLPP documentation of writing and reading achievement.
  • Report card summary of student mastery of academic standards are completed three times per year at trimester end.
  • Universal screening of Literacy & Math Dev.  Three times a year on all K - 2.
  • Friday Envelopes are sent home on a weekly basis with student work.
  • Literacy Interventionists and teacher assistants give specific feedback to the teacher in the re-teaching and enrichment areas.
  • Reading levels and Holistic Writing scores are gathered each trimester and data is analyzed. Kindergarten letter and sound rankings are gathered at each trimester and data is analyzed.
  • Formative and Summative assessments are gathered.

Parent Involvement (top)

Research indicates that children whose parents take an active role in their education achieve at a higher rate than children whose parents are not involved. Ridgeview continually encourages parent participation and provides many opportunities for that to happen. Parents are encouraged to volunteer at least one day a year with some volunteering on a weekly basis. Others supervise field trips, work on P.T.O. projects, attend parent classes, publish children’s writing, attend programs and special informational meetings. 

The PSA Committee (People Supporting the Arts) is actively involved in promoting our students’ art work in the community, the Fine Arts Program, and coordinating the arts fund raiser.

Parents of approximately 110 prospective kindergarten students attended Kindergarten Roundup 2010. Fine Arts Festivals (1 per grade level each year) provide an exciting opportunity for parents to support their young children's love of music and art.  Parent teacher conferences are held in the fall and spring. A 100% parent participation is expected.

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