Enrollment Information - All Grades

The mission of Niles Community Schools is to inspire and prepare all learners through diverse opportunities to challenge the present and enrich the future. We are excited for you to join us for your educational journey. Click here to learn more about our Mission, Vision, Beliefs and Goals.

We LOVE to show families why it is wonderful to be a Niles Viking! If you are interested in learning more about our schools, please contact a principal or director to schedule a personal appointment. We will give you a tour of the building, answer questions and provide you with additional information.

For the 2020-21 school year, families will have two (2) learning options to choose from for their student(s).  Click here to view those options.

We provide year-round enrollment opportunity. During the school year, please visit your school to enroll. Click the link below for detailed enrollment information.

Enrollment during the summer:

  • Kindergarten registration is available to families via online or a registration packet may be picked up at Niles Administration Center located at 1 Tyler Street, Niles, MI between mid-June and mid-August.
  • Preschool (GSRP) enrollment and questions may be directed to Michelle Skalla at   mskalla@ymcagm.org between June and August.
  • Eastside Connections School - enrollment into this building is approved by Joe Racht, Principal.
  • Elementary Students should visit either Ballard Elementary at 1601 Chicago Road or Howard-Ellis Elementary at 2788 Manix Street to enroll.
  • Middle school students should visit Ring Lardner Middle School at 801 N. 17th Street to enroll.
  • High school students should visit Niles High School at 1441 Eagle Street to enroll.
  • Students interested in alternative education programs should contact Jeanie Bradley at 269-684-9554.

Enrollment questions may be directed to Angie Pingel, Central Registry Coordinator at 269-683-0736 extension 10017.

Berrien County Health Dept - FREE hearing and vision testing for Preschool and Kindergarten is available. Click here for 2020 schedule.

The YMCA of Southwest Michigan also offers after school programs for Ballard Elementary, Eastside Connections School, Howard-Ellis Elementary and Northside Child Development Center. For information, click here.

GSRP Enrollment for 2020-21 school year.  The enrollment packet for GSRP is not available as an online option.  Please read the letter that is included in the enrollment packet for options on dropping off completed forms at Northside.  If you miss the dates for drop off you can mail the enrollment packet to: Michelle Skalla at Northside Child Development, 2020 N. 5th Street, Niles, MI 49120 or scan and email the packet to mskalla@ymca.org  PLEASE NOTE: submitting an enrollment packet does not guarantee that your child is accepted in to the GSRP program as there are certain requirements/criteria that have to be met for program eligibility.

Kindergarten Registration:
Niles Community Schools is focused on addressing the needs of all learners by offering kindergarten and kinder-connections to allow children to start their school career with the most positive experiences.  To enroll your child and learn more about our kindergarten programs at Eastside Connections School, Howard-Ellis Elementary School, and Ballard Elementary School click here 

To be eligible for KINDERGARTEN, children must:

  • Be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2020
  • Have an official birth certificate
  • Have vision and hearing screening
  • Have proof of residency
  • Have updated immunizations

Enrollment Packet (all grades) - non fillable and will not be submitted electronically.  All forms must be completed and either mailed to or dropped off at the building you are enrolling at.

Any medication administered at school must be accompanied by the appropriate form and signed by a physician:

There may be an instance when your child may require non-prescribed medications or topical solutions. If this occurs the following form must be completed and submitted either electronically or  to your child's school building office.

Ballard Elementary (K-5)
1601 Chicago Road
Principal Jeron Blood
Asst Principal Stacey Recker

Eastside Connections School (K-8)
315 N 14th Street
Principal Joe Racht

Howard-Ellis Elementary (K-5)
2788 Mannix Street
Principal Michelle Asmus
Asst Principal Melissa Rough

Northside Child Development Center (PreK-K)
2020 N 5th Street
Principal Jennifer Shabazz

Ring Lardner Middle School (6-8)
801 N 17th Street
Principal Adam Burtsfield
Asst Principal Evan Winkler

Niles High School (9-12)
1441 Eagle Street
Principal Molly Brawley
Asst Principal Chris Porter

Niles New Tech (9-12)
1441 Eagle Street
Director Jerry Holtgren
Asst Director Mike Vota

Niles Cedar Lane  (9-12)
1 Tyler Street
Principal John Fonash

W-A-Y Program (6-12)
1 Tyler Street
Director Chriss Foster

Niles Virtual School  (K-12)
1 Tyler Street
Director Gail Bliss

Adult Education (9-12)
Niles District Library-Lwr Lvl
620 E. Main Street
Director John Fonash

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