road to student success

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.

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OUR GOALS

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SCHOOL CLIMATE

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

EARLY LEARNING

EARLY LEARNING

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

INSTRUCTION

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

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

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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

*2021-22 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.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

*2021-22 PRIORITY:

Maintain effective resource allocation, operational planning, and solid fiscal controls.

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.

*2021-22 PRIORITY:

Expansion of robust remote and in-person learning models.

CAREER, COLLEGE & COMMUNITY READY

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

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