Welcome to Western School District!

  • We hope you enjoy your visit to our website.   While you’re browsing,  let me tell you a little bit about our district.

    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 immediately 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.

    Best wishes,
    Michael Smajda, Superintendent


  • Trunk or Treat  Trunk or Treat

    Western is hosting a Trunk or Treat event on Tuesday, October 31st from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Western High School parking lot. If you would like to participate by providing a "Trunk" and handing out treats, please register at Trunk or Treat. Even if you don't host a Trunk, you can help with this event by donating candy or other pre-packaged treats.  Donations can be dropped off at any of the schools or district Administration Office. If you have any questions, please email them to wsdcares@wsdpanthers.org or call 841-8171.

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  • Board of Education Meeting Nights Moving to Mondays

    Beginning in October 2017, Board of Education meetings will be scheduled on Monday nights.  The second Monday of each month will be work sessions beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the fourth Monday of each month will be regular board meeting nights beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Both meetings are held in the Conference Room of the Administration Office Building and are open to the public.  There may be deviations to this schedule due to breaks or holiday periods so watch our Calendar of Upcoming Events for the most up-to-date information.  

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  • Western Academic Boosters - Craft Show
    On Saturday, November 11th, the Western Academic Boosters will be hosting their Annual Western Craft Show at Western High School.  The craft show is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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