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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Kalamazoo Public Schools is a public school district located in Kalamazoo, MI. It has 12,748 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 27% of students are at least proficient in math and 31% in reading.

Kalamazoo Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
31%
Percent Proficient - Math
27%
Average Graduation Rate
75%
Average SAT
1120
341 responses
Average ACT
24
173 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
12,748
Free or Reduced Lunch
68.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,578
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.2%

Finances

Total Expenses
$155,010,000
Expenses Per Student
$13,804/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    56%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$40,292
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$775
National
$949
Median Home Value
$103,700
National
$184,700

Kalamazoo Public Schools Reviews

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I love going to Kalamazoo Public Schools. The diversity is what makes it so special. I moved to KPS from Portage Public schools with little diversity. I moved to KPS because I wanted to learn, see, and interact in different cultures. I made so many amazing friends and teacher bonds. I learned so many things that I would have never learned at Portage Public Schools. Most importantly I learned about other cultures through experiences and understood perspectives that other people may view of the cultures. A couple things I would like to change in the district of Kalamazoo Public Schools is the violence, and fighting that happens throughout the school year. Many teachers have actually got hit or have had a very abusive experience among teacher there. I hope that through the years the violence changes and the weapons get left at home.
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What I loved about Kalamazoo Public Schools is that it is diverse and there is a wide array of people there, many races, identities, etc. You can find both the best people and the worst people there but it's worth it once you find that one good friend. Most teachers have wonderful personalities and can relate to students, they have all been in the school and understand the atmosphere well. There tends to be quite a bit of drama here though so every once and a while there are physical altercations and engagements, so I would want the rate of those to change. Maybe implementing a better response system to these would help deter them in a way.
Everyone I have met or seen within this School System, was accepting and friendly. It’s extremely diverse and receiving the Kalamazoo Promise had helped me tremendously in college!