Welcome to Southwood Elementary 

We, the staff of Southwood Elementary School, in partnership with the community, will provide an environment to enhance growth academically, socially, physically, and emotionally, according to the individual needs of all students. We will measure observable growth in those areas to develop future responsible citizens and to promote the desire for life long learning.

We Believe:

  • A child's education must utilize and involve families and the entire community.
  • Each student can learn and is entitled to a comprehensive, quality education that reflects the expectations and needs of society.
  • Every student should be given opportunities to reach his/her fullest potential in the mastery of skills and content.
  • In fostering an appreciation of diversity and providing a curriculum that affirms diversity.
  • In providing a safe and secure environment for each student and staff member.
  • In providing an equitable curriculum which includes a variety of environments and instructional methods.
  • In evaluating the mastery of essential skills and content through a variety of assessments.
  • A positive attitude of the school community toward learning is a result of pride, respect and responsibility for self, others, and the environment.
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A message from the superintendent
Dear parents and community members:

It is with great enthusiasm and appreciation that we announce the passing of the Kentwood Public Schools Bond request. Our community has considered this opportunity with a great deal of care and interest, and has responded in support of our students, families and the broader community as partners in supporting excellence in education.

Kentwood has always been a district built on fiscal responsibility, demonstrating prudent management of public funds. We are committed to continue to exercise this same responsibility with the funds generated by this proposal. This community decision will allow us to address our district’s needs in safety, technology and operational efficiency for years to come. Kentwood Public Schools values the partnership that’s been built with the community and respects their financial support. Together, we will continue to do great things.

The Kentwood Public Schools remains committed to providing an education of excellence to every child that we serve. Each teacher and staff member at KPS seeks to partner with our families to ensure that positive relationships are developing within the school environment and that high expectations are reflected in the arts, athletics, and within each of our academic programs.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our schools and community.

Michael Zoerhoff
Superintendent Kentwood Public Schools