Kalamazoo Public Schools boasts one of the lowest pupil-teacher ratio among urban schools. With over 10,000 students enrolled in the district, there are currently 16 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools and eight alternative/ adult education schools. At present, the student to teacher ratio is 15:1. KPS graduates about 85% of its students.
There are also private, public and charter schools in the surrounding area. Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (K-RESA) provides quality educational support services and programs to public and private school districts as well as non-public charter schools throughout Kalamazoo County.
Many organizations support the Kalamazoo Public Schools such as the Kalamazoo Communities in Schools (KCIS), which brings together major service providers, school officials, community volunteers, business leaders and other concerned citizens to focus on the needs of K-12 schools and students. Through its network of community partners, KCIS strives to help children and youth successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life. KCIS also teams up with the largest national "stay-in-school" organization, which has been selected by "Worth Magazine" as one of the Nation's best charities for return on investment two years in a row.
The Kalamazoo Promise is a program designed to guarantee educational opportunities for students in Kalamazoo Public School. All students who graduate from KPS, have continuous residency and enrollment in the district and have been KPS students four years or more are eligible for the program. Anonymous donors fund up to 100% tuition for eligible KPS graduates. Tuition is only guaranteed at public colleges and universities in Michigan. The Kalamazoo Promise was featured on a February 2007 broadcast of the CBS news. Read the transcript.
Statewide, over 80% of the students taking the third and fourth grade MEAP mathematics assessment and third, fourth, and fifth grade reading assessment met or exceeded expectations. Over 70% met or exceeded expectations in the fifth grade mathematics test; the fifth and eighth grade science tests; the sixth grade social studies tests; and the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade reading tests. Likewise, over 79% of the students taking the third through eighth grade mathematics and English language arts MI-Access assessments reached the Attained or Surpassed levels.
In 2006, all students in grades three through eight were assessed in Mathematics and English Language Arts, in compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which doubled the number of Michigan students tested to nearly one million.
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