Kentwood Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Kentwood is a place where a globally diverse community and public school district unite to provide opportunities to live and learn in an inclusive and supportive setting. Partnering with parents and the community to educate all students in a safe, secure environment, the mission of Kentwood Public Schools is to educate students within an environment committed to excellence, equity, and diversity. The goal is for each student to master and apply the essential skills needed to be a successful and globally competitive citizen. Our students and staff model three important Points of Pride in daily routines at Kentwood:

  1. Grit.  Our students have the inner strength and intellectual capability to meet and rise above life’s challenges.
  2. Positive relationships and high expectations: Positive relationships provide the support needed to overcome difficult life circumstances. Positive relationships provide the strength to meet high expectations and tackle what feels like the impossible.
  3. Global schools focused on excellence: We succeed on an international stage because Kentwood has a global perspective with a commitment to excellence in all that we do.

District Mission

To educate students within an environment committed to excellence, equity, and diversity

Career Learning

We offer career and technical coursework through the Kent Career Tech Center and East Kentwood High School. We help students consider and connect with possible careers, build the skills expected in the workplace and learn about options after graduation, including college, technical training or going directly into the workforce.  In addition, we are exposing elementary and middle school students to more careers while expanding the coursework and opportunities for students to experience different careers when they get to high school. Electronic resources are provided to allow students to explore careers and help them prepare for careers in high school.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all K-12 learning beginning with literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including Culinary Arts, Environmental Science, African American Literature and College Writing. Students are able to choose from 21 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and a multitude of dual enrollment options. Before and after-school opportunities including Jazz Band, competitive athletics and clubs such as National Art Honor Society and Robotics are available to students as well. K-12 English Learners also receive a comprehensive range of language support services by certified EL Teachers, certified Academic Interventionists or Paraprofessionals. Language acquisition instruction is designed to promote the academic performance of EL students and ensure they acquire the same knowledge and skills as their peers. Newcomer Centers are provided at both elementary and middle school levels to allow students to receive extended instruction time which accelerates their language proficiency and progress toward understanding academic content in the general education curriculum. EL teachers, general education teachers and building administrators receive high quality professional development regarding instructional strategies for supporting and sustaining EL programs. We also have after-school opportunities ranging from athletics and fine arts to ARCH programs.

Support for Students

We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we have behavior and academic interventionists to enhance skills for students who may need extra help. Our Kent Schools Services Network provides families with necessary access to health care, mental health counseling and family outreach centers.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children's lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they'll use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool programs help children prepare for school success. In addition, we offer tuition based pre-school programs and a wide range of tutoring.

How Kentwood is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • In August 2017, we expanded our Career Tech Education program by adding two full time teachers which helped us expand the program to meet the demand of the students. Our Residential Construction program continues to be a popular program on campus as enrollment continues to climb. The program was just approved to build an eight house development in Gaines Township. This would not have been possible without the enhancement millage dollars
  • In respect to the K-3 reading law we added three support staff to assure we have intentional lessons for all K-3 students in reading comprehension and fluency. In order to accomplish this, we also added three full time teachers to reduce teacher student ratio or class size.
  • We work collaboratively with Kent School Services Network (KSSN) to bring support services to our individual schools in Kentwood. KSSN brings health and human services into the school building to serve students and families. This idea is called a "community school." Placing services at school removes many barriers that families have, and helps keep students in class. When students are in class, they can keep learning and achieving. Because of the enhancement millage we were able to add two new schools this year and plan to add more in the future.
  • We added additional Technology staff to support our new Collaboration Centers.

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $1,911,846

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Mission:

Kentwood Public Schools, together with the parents and the community, will educate all students in a safe, secure environment. We are committed to excellence, equity, and diversity in education. Our goal is for each student to master and apply the essential skills to be successful, productive citizens.

About Our District

KEY POINTS OF PRIDE

Grit:  Our students have the inner strength and intellectual capability to meet and rise above life’s challenges.

Positive relationships and high expectations: Positive relationships provide the support needed to overcome difficult life circumstances.  Positive relationships provide the strength to meet high expectations and tackle what feels like the impossible.  

Global schools focused on excellence: We succeed on an international stage because Kentwood has a global perspective with a commitment to excellence in all that we do.

 

Superintendent, Michael Zoerhoff

Superintendent, Michael Zoerhoff