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2017 School Smarts Guide

Public? Private? Charter? Virtual? Information to help you understand your school choices
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From left, Comstock STEM Academy students Macy Cannon, Amaya Gonzalez, and Shelby Alexander and teacher Karyn Medendorp work on a mechanical project in the school’s science lab.

Public schools? Your neighborhood school or one near your work? Private school? Charter school? Virtual school? Home school?

There have never been more options for Kalamazoo-area families looking for the right educational options for their children.

Understanding a little more about those options is the goal of FYI’s 2017 School Smarts Guide. The guide provides a list of the schools and school districts in the Greater Kalamazoo area serving kindergarten through 12th grade. Each listing includes the school’s or district’s enrollment and a brief description of what it offers.

In addition, we include a short primer with some of the terms — such as virtual school, charter school, Schools of Choice — families often hear when they look into school options.

And, no, there won’t be a quiz at the end.

What is KRESA, Schools of Choice, Virtual School?

If you've wondered what terms like KRESA, Schools of Choice and Virtual School mean, we explain these terms:

School choices in the Greater Kalamazoo Area:

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