Southwest Michigan Schools Guide: Private, Public, Charter, and Religious Schools for 2022-2023

Schools Guide

Sizing up School Options for Your Children

No question about it, as parents we want to provide our children with the academic foundation for success in life.

Luckily, greater Kalamazoo offers a thriving network of educational options to best serve your family and your family lifestyle.

Find your child’s learning home with the comprehensive Kalamazoo, Portage, and Surrounding Area Schools Guide.

Get started with a full list of Southwest Michigan school options for every family – private, secular, religious, public, charter, online, language immersion and more.

Kalamazoo Public Schools

Kalamazoo Public Schools

1220 Howard St, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) is a vibrant and progressive district. KPS continues to improve achievement for all students through collaboration between staff, students, families, and community partners.

KPS consists of 24 schools: 17 elementary (Pre-K-grade 5), four middle schools (grades 6-8), and three high schools.

Students at all levels have a variety of enrichment opportunities. KPS is the largest, most diverse district in the region. We appreciate and value our diversity and view it as part of our richness.

At Kalamazoo Public Schools, it is our mission to empower all students and to nurture their dreams, so they can contribute to making the world a better place.

The Kalamazoo Promise is a unique scholarship that provides up to 100 percent, post-secondary tuition and fee assistance for every Kalamazoo Public Schools graduate meeting attendance and residency requirements.

Our family is forever grateful to Kalamazoo Public Schools and the Kalamazoo Promise. Our daughter Megan is a proud, 2016 graduate of Loy Norrix High School. Her education and the staff from K-12 for her were exceptional. Kalamazoo Public Schools laid the foundation for Megan’s first of many post-education accomplishments.
-Ray L

Greater Kalamazoo Area Schools Guide

Find Private, Charter, Religious, Language Immersion and Other School Options

Southwest Michigan parents, you have options. A schooling experience for your child that is designed for your family’s needs.  You can find all of the pertinent information in one easy place: the KZOO Kids Schools Guide.

Today, Southwest Michigan parents have a vast number of options when it comes to making important choices about your child’s education. Whether you are looking for Kalamazoo, Portage, or outlying communities, we have them listed for you.

Want a language immersion school, a charter school, or a school to help a child with learning differences? There are tons of choices. Each public and private school across Southwest Michigan has something different to offer.

Start with this guide as you research your options and find your child’s learning home.

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SEE ALSO: Southwest Michigan Preschools Guide »

Charter Schools

Charter schools are publicly funded schools, which are held to the same standards as other public schools but are usually allowed flexibility in regard to some rules and regulations. You do not pay tuition at a charter school.

Charter schools in Michigan operate independently and often have curriculum and educational philosophies which may differ from other public schools. A high level of parent involvement is required at many charter schools, and some charter schools are theme focused.

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Charter School in Kalamazoo

Paramount Charter Academy

At Paramount Charter Academy, we never set limits on how much your child can achieve. We shape instruction to build on the strengths and abilities of each child and make Moral Focus lessons part of every school day. As a result, our students thrive.

Our school was founded in 1998 by members of the Kalamazoo community, and we work tirelessly to give parents a better choice for their kids’ education. We are a tuition-free, public charter school open to all students in Michigan and are one of 90 National Heritage Academies (NHA) sister schools currently serving more than 60,000 students in nine states.

As a network, all NHA schools share a common vision, while each individual school enjoys the flexibility of tailoring their program to meet the needs of their specific community. Our early childhood, elementary, and middle school programs are designed to put children on a solid path to success in high school, college, and beyond.

Charter School in Kalamazoo & Calhoun Counties

FBR Charter Academies

FBR Charter Academies are FREE, K-8 public school academies serving Kalamazoo, Portage and surrounding areas.

We offer small classes, individualized instruction, weekly report cards and a small, family like environment. Come see what makes us special! Now enrolling for Fall 2022!

Oakland Academy, Portage
Forest Academy, Comstock
Augusta Academy, Augusta
Arbor Academy, Battle Creek

Learn More >>

Open House Info
Oakland Academy Open Houses
March 10, April 14 and May 12, all 5:00 - 6:00 PM

More Charter Schools

FBR Public School Academies
Arbor Academy
55 Arbor St
Battle Creek, MI 49015
Battle Creek Academy480 Parkway Dr
Battle Creek, MI 49037
Battle Creek Montessori Academy399 20th St N
Springfield, MI 49037
Calhoun Community High School765 Upton Ave
Springfield, MI 49015
National Heritage Academies
Endeavor Charter Academy
380 Helmer Rd N
Battle Creek, MI 49037
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FBR Public School Academies
Augusta Academy
600 W Michigan Ave
Augusta, MI 49012
FBR Public School Academies
Forest Academy
5196 Comstock Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
FBR Public School Academies
Oakland Academy
6325 Oakland Dr
Portage, MI 49024
Kalamazoo Covenant Academy 400 W Crosstown Pkwy
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
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National Heritage Academies
Paramount Charter Academy
3624 S Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Private Religious Schools

Private schools are established, maintained, and supported by private individuals or a corporation. This structure allows these schools to operate independently, choose their own curriculum, and offer specialized programs or those geared toward particular religious beliefs if they desire.

Since they are independently run, private schools are not required to accept all applicants and may be selective in their acceptance procedures.

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Private Religious School in Portage

St Michael Lutheran School

As the only Christian school in Portage, St Michael Lutheran School has been exceeding academic standards for nearly 20 years!

We build compassionate relationships in the classroom and the greater community, where all are welcome, regardless of faith affiliation. With Christ as the center of our education, we are committed to providing private quality education at an affordable price.

Our high academic standards provide individualized attention from outstanding teachers. Our specially formulated curriculum offers the greatest diversity of programming among area private schools.

• Laptop provided for each middle school student
• Sports, Music and Visual Arts Programs encourage students to discover their passions
• Tuition Assistance Programs for qualifying families
• Year-round Mission Projects further cultivate compassionate leaders of the future
• Certified Michigan Green School
• Portage School’s bus pickup and drop-off point for childcare

Accreditations: National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA), Michigan Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association (MNSAA), National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations (NFNSSAA)

My son has been attending St Michael for two years; both its academic and value systems are to be commended. My son has made great progress academically through the individual attention each teacher provides.

Private Religious School in Kalamazoo

Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo

The Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo is a system of three schools making up a strong faith-based community. We are committed to the formation of the entire person--mind, body, and soul--through the cultivation of faith, knowledge, and service.

We create a well-rounded child, with a dual emphasis on academics and spiritual development. Students are encouraged to think outside themselves, to better the world around them, and to think critically and creatively.

St. Augustine (grades PreK - 8)
600 W Michigan Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49007

St. Monica (grades PreK - 8)
530 W Kilgore Rd Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Hackett Catholic Prep (grades 9 - 12)
1000 W Kilgore Rd Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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Our daughter’s Catholic school truly creates a family environment that provides her the best possible educational experience with a consistent theme of faith and service.
– Matt & Sarah M.

Open House Info
Tours can be scheduled by appointment.

Private Religious School in SWMI

Gift of Grace Montessori

Gift of Grace is a Montessori-inspired school for Pre-K, Young5s + Kindergarten.

Our students receive a unique and personalized small group learning experience with emphases in:
- Building cooperative social skills
- Developing self-control
- Learning to take initiative
- Developing critical thinking skills
- Learning core subjects plus botany, geography & art

We understand each child is uniquely designed by God and has distinct gifts, talents, and abilities. As we engage with each student and their family, we are able to meet needs, encourage and bring out the most in every child.

We provide a strong academic program 5 days/week in a caring, Christian environment.

If you're looking for a safe, fun, enriching, and challenging environment for your kids, this is it. The love and individualized care and attention Mrs. Eley provides is unmatched.

More Private Religious Schools

St. Margaret School736 S Farmer St
Otsego, MI 49078
Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools
St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School
47 N 23rd St
Battle Creek, MI 49015
Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools
St. Joseph Catholic Middle School
44 N 25th St
Battle Creek, MI 49015
Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools
St. Phillip Catholic Central HS
20 Cherry St
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Battle Creek Christian School1035 Wagner Dr
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Calhoun Christian School20 Woodrow Ave S
Battle Creek, MI 49015
Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo
Hackett Catholic Prep
1000 W Kilgore Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo
St. Augustine Cathedral School
600 W Michigan
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo
St. Monica Catholic School
530 W Kilgore Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Gift of Grace Montessori
Gift of Grace Montessori
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Heritage Christian Academy 6312 Quail Run Dr
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Kalamazoo Christian Schools 2121 Stadium Dr
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Kalamazoo Junior Academy1601 Nichols Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Light of Christ Academy12648 E D Ave
Augusta, MI 49012
Prairie Baptist School11210 PQ Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088
Reformed Heritage Christian School700 N Fletcher Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
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St. Michael Lutheran School
7211 Oakland Dr
Portage, MI 49024
Immaculate Conception School 601 S Douglas Ave
Three Rivers, MI 49093
Gobles Junior Academy 32110 6th Ave
Gobles, MI 49055
St. Mary’s Catholic School500 E Paw Paw St
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Trinity Lutheran School 725 Pine St
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Secular Private Schools

Secular Private Schools are established, maintained, and supported by private individuals or a corporation, but do not have a religious affiliation. Families pay tuition, but schools may offer scholarships and/or other financial assistance.

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Private Secular School in Portage

Kalamazoo Country Day School

At Kalamazoo Country Day School, we are reimagining what is possible. Our teachers practice a learner-centered, inclusive approach that supports and challenges students according to their individual needs.

Students are allowed to pursue their passions through a wide variety of innovative learning methods. Because we recognize that identity, development, and personal growth thrive in the context of community, KCDS fosters relationships of trust, caring, and mutual respect among students, parents, and staff. Our small classes and unique approach give students a comfort level they may not feel in a larger setting, allowing them to build confidence in themselves as learners.

A nonprofit, independent school, Kalamazoo Country Day provides a supportive, challenging, and creative academic environment for talented and motivated students to prepare them for lifelong achievement.
Kalamazoo Country Day School seeks a wide range of talented students: those with diverse learning aptitudes, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds.

"Instead of trying to make the student fit the mold, they have the freedom to be creative to engage the children; I'm grateful for the student and parent support."

More Secular Private Schools

Gagie School615 Fairview Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Kalamazoo Country Day School
Kalamazoo Country Day School
4221 E Milham Ave
Portage, MI 49002
Kazoo School1401 Cherry St
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
The Montessori School710 Howard St
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Public Schools

Southwest Michigan is fortunate to have exceptional public schools. Public schools are often close to home and have the advantage of being tuition-free.

Graduates of the Kalamazoo Public School (KPS) district are eligible to receive scholarships for post-secondary education through The Kalamazoo Promise, a program launched in 2005 and funded by anonymous donors.

Public School in Kalamazoo

Comstock Public Schools

Comstock Public Schools strives to serve our community by empowering, inspiring, and challenging every person within the school district to reach their full potential, and to ensure all students learn and thrive in a safe and healthy environment.

We offer innovative Pre-K and STEM programs, and provide a variety of learning opportunities through high school and beyond! It's a great day to be a Colt!

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Allegan Public Schools550 5th St
Allegan, MI 49010
Otsego Public Schools400 Sherwood St
Otsego, MI 49078
Plainwell Community Schools600 School Dr
Plainwell, MI 49080
Battle Creek Public Schools3 Van Buren West
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Harper Creek Community Schools7454 B Dr North
Battle Creek, MI 49014
Lakeview School District15 Arbor St
Battle Creek, MI 49015
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Comstock Public Schools
3010 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Galesburg- Augusta Community Schools1076 N 37th St
Galesburg, MI 49053
Gull Lake Community Schools10100 E D Ave
Richland, MI 49083
Kalamazoo Public Schools
Kalamazoo Public Schools
1220 Howard St
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Parchment School District520 N Orient St
Parchment, MI 49004
Portage Public Schools8107 Mustang Dr
Portage, MI 49002
Schoolcraft Community Schools551 E Lyon St
Schoolcraft, MI 49087
Vicksburg Community Schools
301 S Kalamazoo St
Vicksburg, MI 49097
Three Rivers Community Schools851 Sixth Ave
Three Rivers, MI 49093
Gobles Public Schools409 N State St
Gobles, MI 49055
Mattawan Consolidated Schools56720 Murray St
Mattawan, MI 49071
Paw Paw Public Schools119 Johnson Rd
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Bilingual Education Schools

A few schools around Kalamazoo provide opportunities to learn a second language in the classroom. Chinese and Spanish are introduced to students through differing techniques: language immersion, bilingualism or preschool instruction are all options locally.

Language immersion programs foster learning through teaching the majority of classwork in a second language. Bilingualism encourages learning by splitting teaching equally between the two languages. For younger students, our area also includes teaching Chinese or Spanish to preschoolers.

Admission to these programs may require residency in public school districts. Check with the schools you’re interested in for more details.

More Bilingual Education Schools

Battle Creek Public Schools – Fremont International Academy115 E Emmett St
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Adventures Learning Center (Preschool)4295 Bishop Ave
Portage, MI 49002
Kalamazoo Christian Schools2121 Stadium Dr
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Kalamazoo Public Schools – El Sol Elementary School604 W Vine St
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Comstock Early Learning Academy (Preschool)6171 East MN Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Kalamazoo Chinese AcademyWestern Michigan University
4th Floor Sangren Hall
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Tutoring and Enrichment Programs

All of our kids have different strengths and different challenges. Academic support programs and tutoring options can give a child extra tools to master their skills.

Whether your kid may need some extra math guidance or reading support, these greater Kalamazoo academic enrichment programs can help.

One of the first places parents can start when considering a tutor is asking at your child’s school. Also, online searches and local college websites may be avenues to find tutoring assistance. You’ll need to invest the time to find the right match – contact, interview, and thoroughly review the background of the tutor to ensure the right fit. Sometimes the best tutor may be a qualified neighbor or family friend.

Questions you might want to ask a prospective tutor:

  • What kind of teaching experience do you have, and what are your credentials?
  • How do you evaluate each student’s needs?
  • Where does the tutoring take place (library, in-home) and how often?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How do you measure results? What if my child doesn’t improve?

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Tutoring and Enrichment Program in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

For 97 years, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has provided the community with world-class exhibitions and programming.

The KIA is an educational partner for parents and families outside of schools, providing recurring and innovative free programs for adults, children, and youth.

More Tutoring + Enrichment Programs

Harvey’s Nest Learning Center131 Columbia Ave E Ste 103
Battle Creek, MI 49015
Kumon Math and Reading Center90 S 20th St Unit 91
Battle Creek, MI 49015
SLD Read50 Jackson St W
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Sylvan Learning Center4625 Beckley Rd
Battle Creek, MI 49015
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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 S Park St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Math from the Mitten3500 Stolk Dr
Kalamazoo, MI 49004
Nazareth Reading Center – Portage126 E Kilgore Rd
Portage, MI 49002
Nazareth Reading Center – Richland8653 N 32nd
Richland, MI 49083
SLD Read5250 Lovers Ln Ste LL100
Kalamazoo, MI 49002
Sylvan Learning Center1350 W Centre Ave
Portage, MI 49024
Thompson Tutoring251 N Rose St Ste 200
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

School Support

If your child needs a little extra support to succeed in school, Kalamazoo has several options.

From ADHD screenings to autism support, there are services available to supplement instruction and learn in a positive environment.

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School Support in Kalamazoo

KYD Network

The Kalamazoo Youth Development Network (KYD Network) serves as the intermediary for 60 youth-serving programs in Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties.

We help to ensure programs are high quality and accessible to the community. If you are looking for an after-school program now or a summer program, please visit our website to locate a high-quality program for your children.

I can’t help my son and I was afraid he was going to fall even further behind. Thank you for doing this because now he will be able to get the help he needs.
- Parent from the Community Learning Hub

More School Support

Allegan Area Educational Service Agency (AAESA)310 Thomas St
Allegan, MI 49010
Calhoun County ISD17111 G-Dr N
Marshall, MI 49068
Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment & Research9616 Portage Rd
Portage, MI 49002
Kalamazoo Autism Center4200 S Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency (KRESA)1819 E Milham Ave
Portage, MI 49002
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Kalamazoo Youth Development (KYD) Network
709 S Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Lawrence Autism Center1800 S 35th St
Galesburg, MI 49053
Lighthouse Autism Center2314 Helen Ave Ste 200
Portage, MI 49002
St. Joseph County ISD62445 Shimmel Rd
Centreville, MI 49032
Van Buren ISD490 South Paw Paw St
Lawrence, MI 49064

STEM Programs

STEM is rapidly gaining ground in today’s schools, and after-school programs. Educators are working to prepare children with concepts on understanding and using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

For tweens and teens who want to be on a traveling robotics league or preschoolers who want to learn about the layers of the ocean, Kalamazoo is full of opportunities for building those science and math skills.

More STEM Programs

Air Zoo (Sky Kids Club)STEM classes for ages 6-12
FIRST RoboticsRobotics leagues for grades 9-12
Kalamazoo Public LibraryLittle Scientists Class for Preschoolers
Kalamazoo RoboticsRobotics leagues for grades K-12
Kazoo SchoolChess, cooking, LEGO Club classes
Portage District LibrarySTEM classes, Lego club
Sylvan Learning Center in PortageRobotics, science, coding, and engineering classes


Homeschool is a growing community in Kalamazoo and surrounding areas. With the resources available to families today, parents are choosing to educate their kids at home and enjoy a strong community atmosphere with other homeschool families.

An extensive list of resources is available in the Kalamazoo Homeschool Resource Guide.

Virtual Online Schools

Virtual schools offer education and instruction primarily through online methods.

They can be publicly or privately funded and therefore, depending on the school, can be categorized as public, private, or charter schools. This means that some virtual schools are free, and others require tuition.

More Virtual Online Schools

Comstock K-12 Virtual AcademyGrades: K-12
Michigan Virtual Charter AcademyGrades: K-12
Virtual Learning Academy ConsortiumGrades: K-12