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 Fall 2019 Hilander Highlights
Fall 2019 Hilander Highlights
Kelso School District
Friday, October 18, 2019

Another school year is well underway and a few things have changed here at Kelso School District. Just like you can never step in the same river twice, you can never attend the same school district twice. Here’s a fresh look at who we are as a body of students and staff, and what’s happening in our six areas of focus.

Here’s a printer-friendly pdf of this issue.

Our Students

  • 87.3% – 2018 grad rate vs 80.9% state average
  • 49% – of Kelso graduates enrolled in 4- or 2-year university or technical college or military program
  • 5,146 – total students
  • 57%  – free and reduced lunch
  • 24 – different languages spoken by students
  • 206 – students attending Kelso schools on a boundary exception from neighboring districts


Our Teachers

  • 12.4 – average years of teaching experience
  • 68% – have a Master’s degree
  • 25% – attended Kelso schools themselves
  • 38% went to WSU (Cougars)
  • 4% went to UW (Huskies)



Priority Goals


  • 100% of elementary classrooms start their day with social-emotional learning (SEL)
  • 100% of elementary schools have a Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS)
  • 79% reduction in behavior-based special education referrals

Early Learning

  • 200+ – people attended Kinderpalooza to support kinder readiness
  • 31% – of eligible pre-K kids are enrolled in Head Start/ECEAP
  • 100% – of K-1 classrooms receive a strong research-based literacy foundation

Quality Instruction

  • 100% of district purchased instructional materials rank highest in EdReports
  • Priority goals include English language arts (ELA) and mathematics
  • 2018-19 adoptions included world language, high school ELA and music
  • 2019-20 adoption pilot includes K-8 mathematics

Career, College & Community Ready

  • 1 of 4 districts in the state on the Advanced Placement Honor Roll
  • 15 – AP/Honors/College in the High School classes offered
  • 53 – Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses offered
  • 57.6% – of HS students completed at least one dual credit course

Fiscal / Bond

  • $139.8M – total 2019-20 budget ($60M allocated for school construction)
  • 2018 voter-approved bond is tracking on time and on budget (visit for up-to-date info)
  • Upcoming February 11, 2020 levy