Kalamazoo Public Schools Welcomes the Class of 2034
Kindergarten is a big step forward. I remember my daughter’s first day vividly: she selected her outfit the night before, requested “piggy tails” in her hair that morning, and we packed her bag together.
She walked in full of smiles carrying a backpack nearly as large as her, and I made it back to the car before shedding a few tears. Driving home, I questioned whether she was really ready for all of these big changes.
Hours later, my questions were answered: I picked up my big kid with the same smile, this time accompanied by rosy cheeks from recess. She detailed every object in her classroom, how big the gymnasium was, and how kids can buy lunch AT school (this fascinated her).
All of these new things to see and learn and she was grinning from ear to ear. She was growing up right in front of me.
Kindergarten is a major foundational step in a child’s education and Kalamazoo Public Schools are ready to help families embark on the 2021-2022 school year. Through their kindergarten website and virtual orientation on March 10, 2021, KPS is starting the latest group of kindergarteners on their paths to The Kalamazoo Promise.
What is the Kalamazoo Promise?
The Kalamazoo Promise is an anonymously-funded scholarship program providing up to 100%, post-secondary tuition and fee assistance. Since it began in 2005, The Promise has awarded more than 6,000 KPS graduates with more than $130 million in scholarships. The Promise is just one reason why high school graduation rates continue to grow in Kalamazoo Public Schools.
Kalamazoo Public Schools’ Kindergarten Program
Full-day kindergarten is offered at all 17 elementary schools within KPS. To enroll, a child must be five years old by September 1. Waivers are available for kids that turn five between September 1 and December 1.
School assignment is initially based upon home address; families can use this locator to determine assigned schools.
Kindergarten encourages learning through play, and there is plenty to learn in a KPS classroom. Students enrolled in KPS kindergarten classrooms will learn the following:
Kindergarten Skills & Areas of Focus
- Sharing and reading books
- The alphabet/letter recognition
- Identifying sounds and words
- Drawing and writing
- Writing sentences
- Gross and fine motor skills
- Speech and language
- Social skills, including cooperating and working with peers
Parental Engagement & Support
Kalamazoo Public Schools knows that children excel when parents are engaged in their children’s education. When parents are involved, children benefit academically, behaviorally, and socially.
To build this community, KPS parents are encouraged to join the Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO’s role goes well beyond school fundraising; it provides a strong collaboration and connection between parents and staff.
KPS’s PEEP/Pre-K Program
For preschoolers, Kalamazoo Public Schools offers the Pre-kindergarten Early Education Program (PEEP). PEEP is available for children that turn four by December 1. This program currently serves almost 400 children across 11 elementary schools in KPS.
Using the HighScope Curriculum, PEEP provides a strong foundation for school readiness. It also offers a lot of flexibility for families’ schedules: full-day, morning, or afternoon classes are offered in most elementary schools across the district. Transportation and meals are provided.
For more information, consult their website or call the PEEP office: (269) 337-0095
Eligibility Age: An eligible child must be five years old by September 1. Waivers available for those that turn five between September 1 and December 1.
Transportation: Elementary students (K-5) are eligible for transportation if they reside more than one mile from the school, and they are attending their designated boundary school or a magnet school.
- Child’s birth certificate
- Immunization record
- Proof of hearing and vision screen (if available)
- Two proofs of address (utility bill, lease agreement, mortgage)
District Stats: Nearly 13,000 students in 24 schools (17 Elementary, 4 Middle, 3 High School)
District Administration: Superintendent Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri, Seven-Member Board of Education
1220 Howard Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
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