Basic District Facts

Total KSD Population: 30,689 Students and Staff
 
There are 28 elementary schools in the Kent School District.
Grades K-3 have a target classroom size of 25 students, and cannot exceed 29. Grades 4-6 have a target classroom size of 29 students, and cannot exceed 32. Extra assistance is available to teachers when enrollment exceeds target class sizes.

There are 6 middle schools in the Kent School District.
Grades 7-8 have a daily target load of 145 students per teacher. When class load limits are surpassed, additional assistance is provided through guest-teacher support. One of our KSD middle schools features a tech academy dedicated to transforming education through technology.

There are 4 high schools in the Kent School District.
Grades 9-12 have a daily target load of 155 students per teacher. When class load limits are surpassed, additional assistance is provided through guest-teacher support. One of our KSD high schools features a tech academy dedicated to transforming education through technology.

There are 3 academy schools in the Kent School District.
These unique schools are a blend of multiple grade levels in one learning environment. Some academies have grades 3-12, some only secondary students. Academy schools assist students with general education and credit retrieval. Our newest academy gives students who have dropped out a second chance to earn a high school diploma or GED.
  
 
Basic District Statistics
 
Percent of ESEA Highly Qualified Teachers 97.7% 
Average Years of Teacher Experience
11.8 
Percent of Teachers with a Master’s Degree
71.2%
Total Number of Classroom Teachers in the District
1,450
Languages Spoken by KSD Families
138
Percent of Students Enrolled in Free or Reduced Lunch
53.4%
Percent of Students Learning the English Language
14.1%
Percent of Students with Special Needs
12.3%
 
 
Student Enrollment and Demographics
 
The Kent School District encompasses approximately 71 square miles. This includes a large area of Kent, a significant portion of unincorporated King County, all of Covington, and portions of Auburn, Black Diamond, Maple Valley, Renton, and SeaTac. Because the Kent School District expands to include so many different communities, the population of students and staff reflect that diversity.
 
Ten Years of Change
Over the past ten years, the Kent School District has seen increased enrollment as well as a shift in student population demographics.
 
2001-2002


2011-2012

Student Enrollment:
26,670
           
Student Enrollment
26,975
Male:
51.6%

Male:
52.2%
Female:
48.3%

Female:
47.8%
Caucasian:
68.7%

Caucasian:
41.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander:
13.6%

Asian/Pacific Islander:
19.1%
African American:
9.5%

African American:
12.1%
Hispanic
6.8%

Hispanic:
18.6%
American Indian:
1.2%

American Indian:
0.7%
 
To view the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Washington State Report Card, please click here.
 

District Technology

Laptop:Student Ratio
Each fall, Kent School District’s secondary schools work in conjunction with the IT department to deploy laptops to each student in the One-to-One Laptop Initiative. In the fall of 2012, over 9000 laptops were distributed over the course of just a few weeks. Kent voter-approved technology levies have funded 100% of the laptop purchases, as well as many other important initiatives. The Kent School District views the use of electronic resources as central to the delivery of its educational program and expects that all students will use electronic resources as an essential part of their learning experiences.

Grades 7-10 have a 1:1 ratio.
Grades 11-12 have a 1.8:1 ratio.

District Awards & Accolades
 
NSBA
Nationally Ranked in the Digital District Survey
The National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network has partnered with the Center for Digital Education to honor school districts who are using technology to enhance how they operate. This year’s ranking continues to highlight how technology implementations help districts better communicate with parents and the public; streamline operational practices, and positively impact teaching and learning through the support of professional development.
Common Sense Signature District: Digital Citizenship Certified
Kent School District is first in the nation to be named a Common Sense Signature District by Common Sense Media for demonstrating its district-wide commitment to preparing students to use the power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.
Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award
Kent School District was recognized as a 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award recipient by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley in Washington, DC.
Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award
With a district wide 3:1 student to computer ratio, and a 1:1 program on track for all secondary students over the next two years, providing access to digital resources for teachers and students is key for Kent School District. In addition to platforms for providing student access to digital learning materials, the district has established a comprehensive Curriculum Center for teachers with interactive simulations, video clips, and technology skill development tutorials.
Best of Web
Kent School District is the recipient of the Best of the Web 2011 award and an 2012 Honorable Mention award from The Center for Digital Education in the category K-12 District Education Website. The district web site was judged in several categories including uniqueness, innovation, accessibility, functionality and security. The Best of the Web Awards recognize and honor outstanding K-12 and higher education websites.
Project RED Signature District
The Kent School District was chosen to become one of 20 "signature" districts to participate in Project RED’s One-to-One technology implementation program whose mission is to revolutionize student learning environments both academically and financially. Through extensive research, Project RED seeks to define technology models that lead to improved student achievement while identifying cost savings, cost avoidance, and revenue enhancements.
Board of Distinction
Kent School District was selected as a 2011 and 2012 Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association. This award is presented to exceptional school boards that demonstrate an understanding of their leadership role and follows through on their responsibilities while showing concern for the educational excellence and equity for all students.
Washington Achivement Award
2012 Washington Achievement Award recipients included Carriage Crest Elementary, Cedar Heights Middle School, Covington Elementary, Glenridge Elementary, Jenkins Creek Elementary, Kent Elementary, Kent Mountain View Academy, Kentwood High School, and Martin Sortun Elementary. The Washington Achievement Award celebrates schools for overall excellence, as well as special recognitions. The Washington Achievement Award celebrates schools for overall excellence, as well as special recognitions.
Innovative School Award
Innovative School Award recipients from 2010 and 2011 included Kent Phoenix Academy and Kent Mountain View Academy. This award recognizes the implementation of inventive and exciting school models that make it possible for students to earn their high school diplomas.
School of Distinction Award
2012 School of Distinction Award recipients included Jenkins Creek Elementary and Martin Sortun Elementary. This award recognizes schools that are performing at least at the state average in each grade level measured in their school on reading and math assessments. The top five percent of schools are designated as Schools of Distinction.
One-to-One Showcase Site
The Kent School District has been designated as Showcase Site by the One-to-One Institute. Showcase Sites boast effective, vision-into-action teams (principals, teachers, technology coordinators), and demonstrate student-centered technology integration. Learners in these sites are self-directed, motivated, and enthusiastic. Many sites have evidence of increased student achievement as measured by standardized and other formative assessment tools.
International Technology Best Practices Visitation Site
The Kent School District has been designated as an International Technology Best Practices Visitation Site by Microsoft, National School Boards Association, and the One-to-One Institute. As a result, educators from various states in the US, China, India, Netherlands, Singapore, and United Kingdom have visited our schools to learn how technology is used as a teaching and learning tool.
Microsoft Innovative Schools World Tour
The Kent School District was identified in 2013 as an innovative school district to be included in the "Microsoft Innovative Schools World Tour." The tour highlights ground-breaking education practices taking place in the new era of digital learning on nearly every continent. The Kent School District was chosen for its open classrooms and collaborative teaching, anywhere/anytime learning, 1:1 technology access, inventive assessment practices, and individualized, student-centered learning.