WELCOME from Dr. Jeff Hauswald
Superintendent of Kokomo School Corporation

On behalf of the Kokomo School Corporation, allow me to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year. The first school day for students is Monday, August 6th.

If you are enrolled currently in one of our many academic programs at Kokomo Schools, thank you for your continued support. If you are enrolling your children for the first time in Kokomo Schools, thank you for joining what we consider to be one of the finest urban school districts in Indiana … for that matter, in the United States. One key reason: our outstanding teachers and staff.  Your Kokomo School Corporation leaders – including Board members, administrators, and teachers – have spent many hours during my tenure studying some of the top programs and schools in the world. We believe the time is well spent because we recognize the need to provide a range of programs and options, as well as outstanding facilities for our students, parents, and patrons.

Kokomo School Corporation now has 1-to-1 technology for our kindergarten through grade 12 students. Maple Crest STEM Middle School recently earned the distinction of being STEM-certified by the Indiana Department of Education.

In recent years, the seeds planted through International Baccalaureate (IB), Integrated Arts, STEM, Technology Academies, early childhood expansion, and 8th-grade career schools are bearing academic fruit, while our facility projects, including new learning spaces and five new and/or renovated cafeterias, give both our alumni and current students great pride. The KHS Class of 2018 included Kokomo School Corporation’s third group of International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidates, as well our second group of IB Career Related Diploma Program candidates. Those graduates make Kokomo Schools the only district in the state of Indiana to offer IB for students, kindergarten through grade 12, as well as an IB Career-related program.

Briefly, I will use our most recent Kokomo High School graduating class to illustrate why I believe Kokomo School Corporation is among the finest urban school districts. The KHS Class of 2018 earned more than $4 million in scholarships since this senior class includes a National Merit Scholar going to Harvard and a student-athlete who will play football at West Point. Featured in the KHS Class of 2018 are 9 graduates who earned Super GPA honors (12.0 or above on a 12-point scale after 7 semesters). These GPA’s are possible because KHS offers approximately 75 “weighted” classes, including 25 Advanced Placement courses and more than 40 IB and DP college-level courses, through its Advanced College Preparatory Program. Forty-seven KHS students earned AP Scholar honors in 2017. Each school year, approximately 30 of our 60 International students from around the globe choose to accept a KHS diploma, while representing countries such as China, Vietnam, Albania, Thailand, Spain, Brazil, Tajikistan and Italy.

I continue to feel blessed to serve as Superintendent of the Kokomo School Corporation, and I consider myself very fortunate to be able to live and work in this amazing community of Kokomo!

Whether you are a parent, a teacher, or a community member, I encourage you to become involved in Kokomo Schools. If you are a student, I encourage you to take a rigorous course load with a focus on career preparation based upon your interests. I also encourage students to remain active in extra-curricular activities, clubs, and school events. If you are a member of the greater Kokomo community, I encourage you to volunteer and to be involved in the education of our community’s children. Everyone should consider donating to worthwhile educational causes, including the Kokomo Public Schools Education Foundation, which raises money each school year to provide student scholarships, teacher enhancement grants, and teacher enrichment grants for special classroom materials that enhance learning for our students, and much more!

I wish everyone a fantastic school year and look forward to seeing you at our schools. Go Kats!


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