Welcome to Ballard Elementary School!

Address: 1601 Chicago Road
               Niles, MI  49120

Phone Number: (269) 683-5900

                   Fax:  (269) 684-9527


Current Enrollment: 650 students

Grade Levels:K-5th grades
School Hours: 8:35 am - 3:42 pm
Principal: Mr. David Eichenberg

Assistant Principal: Mr. Adam Burtsfield

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Ballard Elementary School is located on the city's west side just a half mile east of US 12 or a short distance west from the downtown area.


Our school's vision is to develop a culture where lifelong learning is valued and all students are positive contributors to society. The introduction of the Ballard B's behavior matrix (Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be Safe. Be Scholarly.) helps promote positive social, emotional and physical growth in a safe, orderly environment. The behavior and actions of the Ballard School Community are guided by these principles.


Teachers and principals continuously review data from DIBELS, NWEA and MEAP tests, as well as from formal and informal classroom assessments, to adjust curriculum and instruction to meet student's needs. Our staff is well prepared to teach students of varying abilities and learning styles. We take pride in the fact that our school's MEAP scores have been consistently above the state average in English and Language Arts, Math and Science. Our school's “A” rating by Education, Yes! since 2004 is another testimony to our dedication to educational excellence.


We hope you will visit us and become an active member of our school community. Our Parent Teacher Organization works to provide students with materials, equipment, and programs that enrich learning including supplies, reading programs, extra assemblies, and our end-of-year picnic/party. They organize several fund raising opportunities for our school and evening events that help bring parents and staff together to promote a friendly environment at our school.

We look forward to a great year at Ballard!
  • Niles Community Schools to Begin Strategic Planning Process

    The Niles Community Schools Board of Education and Administration are launching a new initiative to guide the District through a 3-5 Year Strategic Planning Process.  The purpose of this initiative is to help the District develop new goals and strategies in continuing to offer an excellent education for the students, while using scarce public education resources in the most effective and efficient way.  Stakeholder feedback is an important part of the planning process. The Board is interested in your input to this process and intends to use data and stakeholder input to make decisions and to set priorities for the District. Please take a moment to complete the online survey at:


    The survey will be available for your completion through December 1, 2015.  We are excited about this process and are confident it will ultimately help the District to be more successful in its mission of educating students.




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