Overview of Okemos Public Schools

  • The suburban K-12 Okemos Public Schools is situated in the south-central portion of Michigan's lower peninsula near Lansing, the state capital, and shares a common border with Michigan State University. Approximately four thousand students attend four elementary schools (three traditional and one public Montessori), a 5-6 school and a 7-8 school (each with Montessori), and one high school. Okemos is well known for educational excellence with strong parent and community support. School/Match, the nation's largest school-select consulting firm, annually names fourteen percent of the nation's schools as meeting the educational needs of families. We take pride in the fact our schools are consistently selected as a member of that elite group.

    In addition to exemplary educational programs, the district has a very active community education program which delivers a multitude of enrichment, youth sports and senior citizen activities to community members. The child care staff members provide full-day preschool programs and before and after school programs for elementary and middle school students. The Okemos school district uses test results to monitor student progress, evaluate curriculum and modify instruction to meet student needs. No single measure can capture the full range of student learning and achievement. However, our students consistently score well above state and national averages. Some 94% of last year's high school graduates went on to colleges and universities.

    The school district's strategic plan provides the road map by which the district's programs are continually being reviewed and innovations implemented. Considerable research and thought by staff members has focused on improving the teaching and learning of students in various disciplines. Through the integration of Internet connections to the world, as well as voice mail, email, and video distribution, notable changes are occurring in the classrooms.

    We welcome you to further explore our Website to learn more about our school district, our individual schools, our support organizations and much more. Of special interest is our ever-improving Okemos Channel, which provides an inside view of many student and district activities through cable television as well as video streaming right from The Okemos Channel Website!