Richland Elementary is one of two elementary schools in the Gull Lake Community School district. Richland's school population consists of kindergarten through second grade with approximately 410 students. The teaching staff consists of 17 classroom teachers and five special area teachers; our average class size is 25 students. Richland Elementary offers services in reading support, special education, social work, speech therapy. Richland Elementary also offers the opportunity for students to qualify for an accelerated curricular program.
Richland Elementary accreditation is now reported through the new Michigan School Report Card, which also meets the requirements set forth by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Richland Elementary strives to provide a positive learning environment for all students, which will encourage and enable them to achieve their personal best. As we review our improvement plan each year we continue to make modifications and adjustments to improve student learning. Richland Elementary is fortunate to be part of a three year grant that is allowing us to participate in MiBLSi (Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative). Through MiBLSi, a core team of 6-8 staff received summer, as well as, monthly trainings in implementing research based reading interventions and school wide Positive Behavior Supports. Because a number of other schools from Kalamazoo County also participate in the trainings, we were able to share ideas with other schools and problem-solve specific issues within our building. MiBLSi pairs academic and behavior intervention because behavior support increase minutes in instruction, makes instructional minutes more effective, and creates a climate that is more calm and conducive to learning. This is our second year and we are using data collected from our Core Reading Program, DIBELS, and MEAP. This year we have continued staff training in the TRA, DIBELS and reading and math. As we continue to analyze our data and upgrade the instructional skills and practices of our staff; instruction improves to maintain high student performance.