Welcome to KPS!
Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) is a vibrant, progressive district and home to The Kalamazoo Promise. 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. Begun in 2005, thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors, The Kalamazoo Promise has awarded more than 6,000 KPS graduates over $130 million in scholarships. The Promise is good at all public universities and colleges in Michigan, as well as at the private schools associated with the Michigan Colleges Alliance. Sixty-two institutions participate in the program.
KPS staff and students, with the support of parents and community organizations continue to improve student achievement in a profound way, including climbing graduating rates.
KPS consists of 24 schools; 17 elementary (PreK-grade 5), four middle schools (grades 6-8), and three high schools. High school students may also choose the Kalamazoo Innovative Learning Program (KILP). Elementary students enjoy art and music, while middle and high school students can participate in an array of sports and extracurricular activities. 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. Our students are approximately:
- 38% African American
- 36% white
- 13% Hispanic
- 11% Multi-ethnic
- 10% Students with Special Needs
- 8% English language learners
- Less than 2% Asian
- Less than 1% Native American
At KPS it is our mission to nurture the dreams of all students and empower all students to contribute to a better world.