Front of Building

Welcome to Explorer Elementary

Excellence and Equity in Education

Thank you for taking the time to visit Explorer Elementary School’s website. Our nurturing K-5 elementary school community serves the needs of more than 525 beautiful children. Throughout the course of a typical school day, Explorer students will be reading, writing, listening, moving, questioning, engaging in discourse and debate, and collaborating with each other in a safe, supportive, caring and fun environment that is guided by our district’s mission and values. 

We celebrate our diversity, value education, and promote social growth through enriching academic experiences. We take pride in preparing the next generation of leaders. While we understand the value of a rigorous academic program that creates a culture of excellence while meeting the individual needs of all learners, we also recognize the significance in developing a students' sense of belonging to their school community. We do this through developing the necessary social and emotional skills required for young children to understand the importance of respect, kindness, and compassion for others. 

In addition to a fantastic faculty and staff, we have a dedicated and vested PTC. Collectively, we deeply value building a strong home-school connection. Please find the time to engage with our PTC, while also collaborating with the staff at Explorer. We are certain you will see that Explorer Elementary School is a very special place - but don’t take our word for it….. We urge you to visit our school. You will then see firsthand that passionate educators and active learners fill our hallways and classrooms each and every day! 

With Explorer POWER, 

Mr. Jason Bannister, Principal



P- Positive

O- On-Target

W- Willing

E- Engaged

R- Respectful

  1. In educating the whole child.
  2. Each student can learn and is entitled to a comprehensive quality education.
  3. Every student should be given opportunities to reach their fullest potential.
  4. The learning environment should be supportive and productive.
  5. In providing a safe and secure environment for all students.
  6. In providing a variety of instructional methods and environments to promote learning.
  7. In celebrating the diversity of our students, parents and community.
  8. Students' needs, backgrounds, and interests are reflected in our learning program.
  9. Learning connects strongly with communities and practice beyond the classroom.
  10. That a child's education must involve families and the entire community.

Explorer News

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Explorer Elementary

2307 68th ST Caledonia, MI 49316
P: 616-554-0302 F: 616-554-0970


Jason Bannister

Assistant Principal

Joseph Marsiglia

Drop off Start Time

8:45 am - Parents may begin dropping off their students.
8:45 am - There will be supervision at the grade level playgrounds.

School Hours

Reg School Day  9:00 am - 3:59 pm
Half Day - 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Office Hours

Explorer's school office is open during the school year from
8:00 am - 4:30 pm