Nichols Elementary-Middle School

3000 Burns Street, Detroit MI, 48214-1874

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

Principal: Regina Haywood

A school that has a 100-year, family tradition

About Us ESD Recommended Schools Logo

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.


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