Welcome to Western School District! We hope you enjoy your visit to our website.
Western School District consists of three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one career prep high school. Our three elementary schools are located in separate corners of our school district to best serve our communities. Our middle school and high school are located on our main campus centrally located within the district. Our career prep high school, which provides services to both career and college-bound students, is located on the eastern edge of our school district sharing a border with the community of Jackson.
While considered a rural, blue-collar school district, Interstate I-94, and business route M-60 run east and west through the middle of our district, located 5 miles west of Jackson in the heart of southern lower Michigan, which also provides quick and easy access to Interstate 127 running north and south. Panther Country is located only a short distance from the State’s capital of Lansing to the north, Ann Arbor to the east, Toledo to the south, and Kalamazoo to the west.
Western schools consistently maintains a student population of nearly 3,000 students, 153 certified teachers and numerous support staff providing services to the students from our local communities of Parma and Spring Arbor, home to Spring Arbor University and, in recent years, awarded the best small town to raise children in Michigan, as well as being a popular “School of Choice” both within Jackson County and contiguous out-county school districts.
Western has an award-winning arts program, a highly competitive athletic program, and an exemplary academic program which generates National Merit Scholarship finalists and/or semi-finalists almost annually.
Western schools boasts opportunities to meet every student’s needs, where all students can learn and be successful. When you think of schools, you immediately think of students, but we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge our staff, parents and community members that consistently support us to provide the best educational opportunities available for our children.
We appreciate you taking a look at all Western has to offer. Please feel free to peruse our website, visit our building pages, check out our offerings and contact us with any questions you may have.
Michael Smajda, Superintendent
Second Semester Schools of Choice 2017-2018
Western Schools will be accepting applications for Schools of Choice at specific grade levels for the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year. The SOC application must be completed and returned to the Western School District Administration Office between Friday, December 1 and Friday, December 15, 2017.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The center section of the application must be completed and signed by an official of the school that the child is currently attending in order to be considered for Schools of Choice.
GRADE LEVEL OPENINGS: Western has limited openings in grades kindergarten, two, four, five, seven, eight, nine, ten and eleven. Currently there are no openings in grades one, three, six and twelve.
Families will be notified of their student's application status no later than Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Accepted students will be expected to be in attendance in the appropriate Western school beginning the first day of the second semester on January 8, 2018.
Board of Education Meeting Nights Changed to Mondays
The Board of Education recently changed their meeting dates to Monday nights. The second Monday of each month will be for work sessions of the Board beginning at 5:30 p.m. The fourth Monday of each month will be the regular monthly board meeting night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings are held in the Conference Room of the Administration Office Building. There may be deviations to this schedule from time-to-time so watch our Calendar of Upcoming Events for the most up-to-date information.
6:30 PM Board of Education Meeting
5:30 PM Board Work Session
6:30 PM Board of Education Meeting