Academic Rigor

The education of our students is our primary focus. Our students are successful because parents, staff, and the community share high expectations for quality instruction and successful student learning. We stress quality. Our students and staff are challenged to excel. Ninety-two percent of our students pursue post-secondary education. Waterford students annually represent high achievement in academics, athletics, robotics, Destination ImagiNation, career and technical education and performing arts.

Highly Qualified Teachers

 Over 70% of our teachers hold a master's degree or higher. Our teachers are dedicated and committed to ensuring your child's academic success!

More Reasons Why We're Awesome!

Internationally Accredited District
The Waterford School District is
internationally accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement

Accelerated Learning Opportunities
Articulation agreements exist with
Oakland Community College, Baker
College, Ferris State University,
University of Northwestern Ohio, and Davenport University

Nationally Accredited Preschool Programs
NAEYC accredited preschool programs at the Stepanski Early Childhood Center

Award Winning Performing & Visual Arts
The Waterford School District boasts State and national award-winning Performing & Visual Arts programs

Athletic Champions
Waterford athletic teams earned
divisional, regional, and state
championships with many students
named scholar-athletes

Exemplary Physical Education

The Waterford School District physical education program was awarded Michigan Governor's Council Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports Exemplary Physical Education Award

Student Success
Ninety-two percent of all graduating seniors pursue post-secondary education

Advanced Placement Opportunities
19 Advanced Placement Courses; Advanced Placement Scholars with Distinction, Scholars with Honor, and Scholars; Dual enrollment for college credit

College Scholarships Earned
2015 Graduating seniors earned 383  college scholarships worth over $10.5 million dollars 

Elementary Schools
Waterford has 9 elementary sites where students benefit from building-wide instruction and enrichment time set aside to meet their specific needs. Students may be part of a multi-age classroom or a Leader in Me School, where they learn at an early age how to apply the principles of Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In addition to the K-5 elementary schools, Waterford provides a nationally accredited early childhood program at the Stepanski Early Childhood Center. Each school offers expertise and experience in the areas of physical education, art, music, technology and All Day, Every Day Tuition-Free Kindergarten.

Middle Schools
The two middle schools in Waterford — Mason and Pierce — employ staff and teachers who are dedicated to making middle school a challenging and rewarding experience. A high priority is placed on ensuring students learn in a healthy and welcoming environment that promotes mutual trust, respect and collaboration. Students are provided excellent academic and co-curricular programs that challenge themn to achieve success. Staff encourages students to take responsiblity for their learning and are committed to providing students with the support necessary to meet these high standards. Advanced learners have opportunities to earn high school credits while still in middle school.

HIgh Schools
Waterford has three high schools — Kettering, Mott, and Durant. Our high schools offer a wide range of learning opportunities including advanced placement and honors courses, performing and visual arts, and career and technical education. The Academic Centers at Kettering and Mott allow students of all ability levels to come together on a daily basis in order to benefit from additional time, support, and assistance from teachers and classmates. High school students may also benefit from participation in such off-campus programs as dual enrollment, where they earn college credit, the International Academy, and Oakland Technical Campus.

The role of interscholastic athletics in the Waterford School District is to provide educational experiences in the framework of competitive athletics. By focusing on educational outcomes and student learning, athletics provides avenues for physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth. Our teams have received many district, regional, and state titles over the years.

Performing & Visual Arts
In the Waterford School District, we believe music, theatre and visual arts are vital components of a holistic education. Our Performing and Visual Arts students consistently excel. Each year our visual arts students garner many Gold Key and Portfolio awards at Scholastic Arts Exhibits at state and national levels. The performing arts students in band, choir, and orchestra regularly receive Division I ratings at Michigan School Vocal Music Association & Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association festivals.

Learn More!
Each and every one of our Waterford schools is a great place for your child to receive their education. The Waterford School District offers programs and services to meet the needs of all students. To learn more please contact the school in your neighborhood or Kurzman Administration Services at 248.682.7800.