Nichols Elementary-Middle School

3000 Burns Street, Detroit MI, 48214-1874

Phone: (313) 852-0800 • Fax: (313) 852-0811

Principal: Regina Haywood

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A school that has a 100-year, family tradition

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Nichols Elementary-Middle, which has been in existence for 100 years, is a family institution. Many parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents have attended the school. Nichols offers a rigorous academic curriculum exceptional for our students where Kindergarten students perform one to two grade levels above average.

Our highly qualified staff offers a wealth of knowledge that supports social growth and academic achievement. Our support staff includes a Literacy Coach, two Resource teachers, an Instructional Specialist, a full time nurse on staff, a social worker, school psychologist, occupational therapist, and a speech and language pathologist. We also have three full time Special Education classrooms and a Resource Room that supports our students with special needs.

History of Excellence

Nichols is proud that we have made Adequate Yearly Progress since its implementation.  The school, which has been in existence for 100 years, is truly a family institution. Many parents, grandparents, and great-parents have attended our school. Nichols School has an outstanding reputation, and for this reason, our students come from various neighborhoods throughout the City of Detroit.

School of the Week: Nichols Elementary-Middle School

Posted on January 20, 2015

A 2014 Excellent Schools Detroit “Top K-8 School”

Monday mornings are typically said to be one of the most “unlooked-forward-to” days of the week for many individuals. It is routinely the morning to hit the snooze button a few times or drag your heels as you prepare for a school or work day, but the students and staff at Nichols Elementary-Middle School beg to differ.

Each and every Monday morning, Principal Regina Haywood leads her school with a clever concept she likes to refer to as “Monday Morning Matters.” Monday Morning Matters is a weekly assembly Principal Haywood utilizes as a tool to kick off the school week with encouraging words, acknowledge positive student behavior, highlight extraordinary teachers and simply sync each and every Nichols school member in order to ensure a successful teaching and learning environment.

“I want my staff and students to be recognized for what they do. It is important to come together to make sure everyone is on one accord because ultimately it is not just my business, but their business too,” Haywood says.

Nichols, which has been in existence for more than 100 years, is described as a family-centered community, with many parents, grandparents and great-grandparents having history of attending the school. Staff member are laser-focused on attendance and retention and stress the concept of being On time, All day, Every Day, which is the district’s attendance slogan. The school currently boasts at least a 90% daily attendance rate.

With Nichols students understanding the importance of their attendance and attention to their academics, many of the school’s young scholars perform many grade levels above their actual grade.

Ridgeley Hudson, a seventh-grade student at Nichols, currently reads at an 11th grade reading level and credits the school and his teachers to his accomplishments thus far. Hudson plans to become a politician, president and already is a self-exclaimed genius!

“If Nichols was a high school and a college, I still would attend Nichols,” says Hudson, “but since it’s not, I would like to go to Cass and then Harvard to study law and political science. Ever since I was a little boy I’ve wanted to be a politician and, to be more specific, the president.”

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Tutoring/Extended Day Program, Accelerated Reading/Math, Cheerleading, Basketball, Football, Academic Games, Career Day, Volunteer Reading Program, Church/civic group programs, Chess, Financial Literacy, Dance, Choir, Lego Competition, Science Fair, Robotics, Foreign Language, Art, Honors’ Class, Drama, Student Government, School Garden, Educational Field Trips, Partnerships with DMC Health, Generations With Promise, Big Brother Big Sister, Future City, active LSCO, Safe Routes to School Program.

Nichols Garden Collaborative

On April 27, 2013, the Nichols Garden Collaborative broke ground at its new school garden at 3000 Burns Street, in Detroit. Students at Nichols School along with their parents and members from the surrounding community filled six 4 x 8 foot raised beds with soil and compost, in order to plant vegetables that will be used in the cafeteria for school lunches. The vegetables include: squash, cucumbers, beans, radishes and a variety of greens such as collards, spinach, kale and mustard. The innovative program is part of the Detroit School Garden Collaborative and the A Farm 2 School Initiative inspiring access to Healthy Foods.

Our Mission

The mission of the John F. Nichols School family, located in historic Indian Village, is to guarantee that all of our students receive the highest quality education by involving parents, employing state-of-the-art technology, and inspiring a passion for learning that will prepare them to be successful high school students who will ultimately become contributing members of society.

Uniform Requirements

Elementary/Grades K-5 — Red Polo Shirts, Navy Bottoms (White shirts/Blouses can be substituted).

Middle School/Grades 6-8 — Red Polo Shirts and Kakhi Bottoms (White Shirts/Blouses can be substituted)

Bell Schedule

  Morning Afternoon Half Day
Mon–Thur 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 11:45 AM
Friday 8:30 AM 2:50 PM