Elm River School building
Elm River Township School

It was a delight to be in the
"Best, biggest, small school" in Michigan.
Judy Bonne
NAEP Representative

Elm River Township School

The Elm River Township School prides itself as a K-8 school in a caring community with small town values and character. Our vision is to create a school that is highly regarded for its academic excellence, and for its contribution in actively serving and improving the community in which it operates.

School Philosophy

This district provides an atmosphere for a genuinely unique learning experience for younger elementary students. Our viewpoint is that through cooperative learning, students maximize each other’s learning. All individuals who enter these open doors of this small rural school will be encouraged with what they see. The components of a multi-graded classroom learning style with small group interaction and one on one instruction result in positive student achievement. We believe this experience works.

Mission Statement

As a community related school district, we are striving to challenge each student, school employee and citizen to rise to the fullest of their potential. In recognizing that our students are, indeed, our future, we are providing a stimulating environment which includes, but is not limited to academic, emotional and social growth in order to develop responsible, caring citizens.

At Elm River our Students SOAR

The Elm River Township School, home of the White Hawks, has been in continuous operation since it first opened for students in September of 1906. Located in beautiful Winona, Michigan, we educate students from kindergarten through eighth grade. We currently have four students drawn from Elm River Township and the surrounding area. We enjoy our small rural school, one of only a handful left in the country. We offer our students special opportunities to interact with children of different ages and a better staff to student ratio than is found anywhere else. Nobody is just a number at Elm River School.


Detroit Free Press Elm River School Article


Students enjoying the Fall colors.
Our five students enjoying the Fall colors in Winona. Fall 2020.


Continuity of Learning Plan

Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan
Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan (2)
Elm River Township Preparedness and Response Plan