From Your Superintendent
Welcome to Kent School District (KSD) where our mission is successfully preparing all students for their futures. Thank you for visiting the district’s website; I hope you find the information helpful and informative.
The Kent School District has a rich history. What started as a school district in a largely agricultural community is now the fourth largest district in Washington State with nearly 28,000 students. One of the nation’s largest industrial centers is in our service area, and KSD is the second-largest employer in the community with approximately 4,500 staff members. Kent School District is also one of the most diverse districts in the state. More than 130 languages are spoken by our students and families – from Spanish to African dialects, which gives our kids a tremendous opportunity to be educated in tomorrow’s world today!
KSD is one of the most technologically advanced districts in the nation. We have been recognized nationally and internationally for our efforts to bring technology into the classroom and into the hands of students and staff. For example, Microsoft has designated the Kent School District as an International Technology Demonstration Site. As a result of this designation, over the last few years distinguished visitors including the Prime Minister of India and his cabinet members visited Kent-Meridian High School to learn about the cutting-edge technology used in our classrooms. Also, 23 superintendents and chief technology officers from the Netherlands visited to learn about our One to One laptop program. KSD also provides decommissioned computers to families in the community that cannot afford a computer due to limited finances. Before the families receive the computers, KSD students refurbish the machines, provide training, and also organize their distribution.
The greatest strength in the Kent School District is our people who come to work every day committed to helping each and every student achieve success - our top priority. We want our children prepared to live and work in this community, or anywhere in the world making positive contributions. Teachers, principals, and schools are under increasing pressure to do more with less time and resources. To help maximize effectiveness, the district’s administration staff reorganized in 2010 to provide more direct support to schools. KSD has also implemented new teaching programs to help students focus on academic areas where they struggle, and has programs to help high school students who need to retrieve credits in order to graduate. These efforts are starting to bear fruit. We are noting improvements across the district as the number of students graduating has increased to 88.4 percent, up approximately 15 points in the last six years. Eight of our schools received 2014 Washington State Achievement Awards for making improvements in helping students succeed, and two elementary schools were named Schools of Distinction - one of the most prestigious awards in Washington State.
Kent School District is also fortunate to have a strong base of support from the community and parents. Many individuals, businesses, faith-based groups, and civic organizations devote time, talent, and other resources to help Kent School District students receive an excellent education. We also partner with higher education institutions including Heritage University, University of Washington, Green River Community College, and Renton Technical College to provide educational opportunities for staff and students. Without this support, delivering a quality education to our students and successfully preparing them for the future would be much more difficult.