Welcome to Kalamazoo Public Schools! Our mission is to nurture the dreams of all students and to empower all students to contribute to a better world.
Michigan law generally requires students enroll in the school district in which their parent or legal guardian resides. New students under the age of 18 must be enrolled by a parent or legal guardian.
During regular operating hours and conditions, student registration forms can be found at the KPS Administration Building, 1220 Howard St. or online at www.kalamazoopublicschools. Online forms can be downloaded, printed, filled out, and returned to school buildings during the school year. While schools are closed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents and guardians complete the forms, scan and email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families can check school assignments based on their home address through the online street address guide. Newly enrolled students will be placed in their neighborhood school as a priority. For more information, contact Student Services at (269) 337-0161.
Documents needed to enroll in Kalamazoo Public Schools:
- Registration form (English) (Spanish) (Arabic)
- Court papers allocating parental rights and responsibilities, or custody (if appropriate)
- Original certified birth certificate. All new enrollees, in any grade, are required to provide the district with a certified birth certificate within 30 days of enrolling. If the parent/legal guardian fails to provide a birth certificate within 30 days, the district is required by law to notify law enforcement. The original birth certificate should have a raised seal.
- Immunization record. A copy of the student's immunization records signed by a physician or health facility must be provided. Since 1978, state law requires each new entrant to the school district to present a certificate of current immunization at the time of registration or by no later than the first day of school.
- Two pieces of proof of residency. Students must reside with a parent or legal guardian who resides in the Kalamazoo Public School district (or they must be accepted by the district as a School of Choice 105/105c student). Proof of residency is mandatory and can consist of the following documents — as long as they list the parent or guardian’s name and street address and are dated within the last 30 days.
- Lease agreement
- Home purchase agreement
- Rent receipt
- Utility bill
Kindergarten students: In addition to the documents listed above, kindergarten students must provide proof of hearing and vision screening.
High school students: In addition to the documents listed above, families must provide a copy of the transcript from the student’s previous school showing credits/grades to date. If a student is enrolling after the beginning of the school year, a copy of the withdrawal sheet from the previous school including classes/grades to date is required.
Special Education students: In addition to the documents listed above, parents or guardians must provide a recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP), so a temporary placement form can be completed
Homeless students: Students who meet the federal definition of homelessness may contact the KPS Homeless Liaison Robin Greymountain at email@example.com for information regarding enrollment procedures.
Suspended or expelled students: A student who has been suspended, expelled, or otherwise removed for disciplinary purposes by another public school in Michigan or any another state may be temporarily denied admission to KPS schools during the period of suspension or expulsion — even if that student would otherwise be entitled to attend school in the district. Likewise, the student may be temporarily denied admission to the district until the expiration of the period of expulsion or removal which the student would have received in KPS had the student committed the offense while enrolled in the district. Prior to denying admission, however, the superintendent or his or her designee will review the circumstances of the suspension or expulsion in order to determine admission.
Frequently Asked Questions
I live outside the KPS boundaries. Can I still enroll in KPS?
Yes. Because KPS is a 105 and 105c School of Choice, students from other districts both inside and outside of Kalamazoo County may enroll. Because The Kalamazoo Promise requires residency within KPS boundaries, students who do not live in the boundary area are not eligible for The Kalamazoo Promise. Please complete the Out of District Request to Enroll form.
My child attended KPS last year. Do they need to re-enroll?
How old does a child need to be to enroll in kindergarten?
Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 to enroll in kindergarten. Parents may request a kindergarten enrollment waiver for children who will be 5 years old no later than Dec. 1.
What programs do you have for preschool?
Parents of children who will be 4 years old by Dec. 1 can apply for the KPS Pre-Kindergarten Early Education Program (PEEP). PEEP is a high-quality Kalamazoo County pre-kindergarten and State of Michigan Great Start Readiness Program. PEEP offers full-day, morning, or afternoon classes in most of the elementary schools across the district. For more information or to apply, visit the PEEP webpage.
For more information or answers to any other questions, please contact the Student Services department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (269) 337-1061. We look forward to helping you and your student!
Si usted necesita asistencia y no habla inglés, por favor póngase en contacto con el Coordinador de Educación Bilingüe, Inglés como Segundo Idioma (ESL) y Lenguas Mundiales al teléfono (269) 337-1579.