MISSION

The mission of Kelso Public Schools is to prepare every student for living, learning and achieving success as a citizen of our changing world.

VISION

Our students begin school ready to learn, transition confidently between grades and schools, and emerge from our district as engaged citizens, both career and college-ready.

PRINCIPLES

District communication that is open, effective, and collaborative. Financial stewardship that assures the responsive and productive management of district resources.

STRATEGIC PLAN

OUR GOALS

SCHOOL CLIMATE ICON

SCHOOL CLIMATE
A school climate that emphasizes student safety, a healthy lifestyle, and respect for other students and faculty.

EARLY LEARNING ICON

EARLY LEARNING
Every Kelso student will meet or exceed standard by the end of third grade in English/language arts and mathematics.

QUALITY INSTRUCTION ICON

QUALITY INSTRUCTION
Every Kelso student will experience high-quality standards-based instruction that fosters critical thinking and high levels of academic achievement.

CAREER, COLLEGE & COMMUNITY READY ICON

CAREER, COLLEGE & COMMUNITY READY
Every Kelso student will transition successfully between grades and schools and will graduate with the knowledge, skills and attitude to excel in post-high school opportunities. To that end, we will actively engage and partner with parents, families, and our community.

HOW WE GET TO 100% GRADUATION RATE

SCHOOL CLIMATE

Improvements will be achieved to the learning environment in two specific areas: 

  1. safety and security of our students and staff 

  2. student behavior

*2020-21 PRIORITY:

Climate and culture of student and staff health and safety.

EARLY LEARNING

The percentage of all third grade students meeting or exceeding the grade level English language arts benchmark will increase annually, regardless of student subgroup.

QUALITY INSTRUCTION

Student achievement in mathematics and English language arts will increase annually and the achievement gap between English learners, students with learning disabilities and students in poverty—in comparison with other students—will decrease annually.

*2020-21 PRIORITY:

  • Implementation of remote/hybrid learning

CAREER, COLLEGE & COMMUNITY READY

Increase the four-year high school graduation rate by at least one percent per year for the next five years.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

If the district demonstrates a strong and collaborative budget process, effective resource allocation and operational planning, and solid fiscal controls, then management of district resources will be responsive and productive.

*2020-21 PRIORITY:

  • Maintain effective resource

    allocation, operational planning,

    and solid fiscal controls.

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