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.
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.
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 them to achieve success. Staff encourages students to take responsibility 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.
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, theater 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.
More Reasons Why You Should Choose WSD
Internationally Accredited District
The Waterford School District is internationally accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement
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!
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.
Waterford athletic teams earned divisional, regional, and state championships with many students named scholar-athletes
Exemplary Physical Education Program
The Waterford School District physical education program was awarded Michigan Governor's Council Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports Exemplary Physical Education Award.
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
2018 Graduating seniors earned college scholarships worth over $10 million dollars
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.
If you are interested in supporting the Waterford School District with a tax-deductible gift, please click on gifts for ideas and opportunities.
Private support involves gifts given to the Waterford Foundation for Public Education by people -- alumni and friends -- who are committed to supporting Waterford students. Motivations for giving are often varied. Many individuals view their support as a means of accomplishing personal goals, supporting values, and beliefs. Some give simply because they view their support as a good investment. Others value the knowledge and experiences they have received and desire to ensure the same for future generations of students. Perhaps your motivation is to...
- Remember someone you love or respect.
- Maintain an interest in your school district.
- Demonstrate your leadership and your support for education.
- Support your financial or estate planning through philanthropic tax advantages.
Gold Card Program
The Waterford School District would like to extend its appreciation to you for your continued support of our educational organization. Because you are a valued resident, age 62 or older, we are pleased to offer you our Gold Card that admits you and a guest to all home athletic games (excluding district playoffs), concerts and plays. Present your Gold Card* at the entrance of our school district events and you and a guest will be given complimentary admission.
Please note: Gold Card members must obtain Performing Arts Center event tickets at the box office the day of the event. Advanced tickets are not available.
Please contact us at 248.682.7800.