About Our School
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About Our School
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our founding mission & vision

What is our “Why”?

Mission Statement

Gerald Dawkins Academy ensures a dynamic and equitable learning community where students, families and teachers will learn, lead, aspire, and achieve optimal intellectual growth.

Vision Statement
Students and their families will grow and thrive as productive citizens in our global world. Gerald Dawkins Academy will instill in future generations the power of learning and the importance of giving back to their communities.

Gerald Dawkins Academy is named after the late Dr. Gerald Dawkins. Dr. Dawkins focused his life’s work on ensuring students received a strong education, regardless of where they lived. This admirable commitment to students is exemplified throughout the school and Dr. Dawkins’ legacy will continue to live throughout Gerald Dawkins Academy and beyond.



Gerald Dawkins Academy aspires to carry Dr. Dawkins’ legacy forward by providing each student with the individualized instruction needed to achieve academic success. In order to provide differentiated instruction to all students, Dawkins Academy provides the following innovative approaches to learning:

  • Intensive Literacy Instruction
  • Individualized Supports for All Students
  • Hands-on Curriculum
  • Small Class Sizes – 20 Students or Less per Class
  • Neighborhood School with Strong Parental Involvement and Community Partners
  • Engaging, Real-World Learning Experiences
  • SMART Classrooms with 1:1 Technology
  • Safe, Nurturing School Environment


Perspectives from our
Parents, Students & Staff



Parent: “Hearing how well my son is doing from his teacher made my whole week, month, and even year. I cannot thank the staff enough for everything they have done for him! He has made tremendous progress, and I am blown away. He is at the place he NEEDS to be, and he is going to do amazing things!”

-3rd Grade Parent of an
Intensive Literacy Student

Student: “I used to hate reading and didn’t ever want to do it, but since I have started coming to my reading group, I feel smart and like I can do hard things. I sometimes even help other kids read now.”

-2nd Grade
Intensive Literacy Student

Staff: “I love working with this group! I have learned more in the last two years of teaching than I ever did in the first five because of the knowledge the leadership team brings and the team collaboration around me. I feel supported, and am constantly learning and growing here.”

-Classroom Teacher

Get In Touch

Location: 1050 Fisk Road SE Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Telephone: 616-219-0027
Email: [email protected]

School Hours:
Monday – Friday

8:25 am – 8:45 am
School Hours:
8:45 am – 3:45 pm
Office Hours
(Starting August 1st):

8:15 am – 4:15 pm