Points Of Pride

The Plainwell Community School District includes three elementary schools (grades K-5), a middle school (grades 6-8), one high school (grades 9-12) and one alternative education high school (grades 9-12). Starr Elementary, Plainwell Middle School and Plainwell High School are located on the district’s Starr Road Campus, and Cooper Elementary, Gilkey Elementary and Renaissance High School are located at other points within the district. Plainwell’s Early Childhood Center and Hicks Gymnasium complete the roster of district school buildings.

The PCS district serves approximately 2,700 students from a 75-square-mile area. Award-winning schools, curriculum and faculty substantiate the district’s reputation for excellence in education.

Cooper Elementary

  • School-wide reading program
  • School-wide recycling program: printer cartridges, cell phones & a Paper Gator
  • Yearly fundraiser for the American Heart Association
  • Parent Volunteers/Active Parent Group
  • Music program with winter/spring concerts
  • Two multi-age classrooms
  • District-developed common assessments for reading, writing and mathematics
  • Grade-level field trips
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters partnering young students with high school students to aid in personal development, study habits, etc.
  • Community outreach programs and events through Girls on the Run, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

Gilkey Elementary

  • School-wide reading program
  • Fully-equipped science lab and science aide to facilitate hands-on learning
  • 4th year Michigan Green School, Emerald status
  • Active Parent Group
  • Swim curriculum for grades 3-5
  • Gifted & Talented “Visions” program
  • District-developed common assessments for reading, writing and mathematics
  • Grade-level field trips
  • American Legion Flag Raising Ceremony each June
  • Community outreach programs and events through Girls on the Run, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

Starr Elementary

  • Pre-kindergarten program
  • School-wide Title 1 reading program
  • Five netbooks in every classroom for students, plus two central computer labs
  • Swim curriculum for grades 3-5
  • Active Parent Group
  • SAFE before and after school program
  • District-developed common assessments for reading, writing and mathematics
  • Grade-level field trips
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters partnering young students with high school students to aid in personal development, study habits, etc.
  • Community outreach programs and events through Girls on the Run, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

Plainwell Middle School

  • College prepartory courses
  • iPads, Chrome books or netbooks in every classroom for students
  • Swim curriculum
  • Active Parent Group
  • Spanish, French, and Chinese offered as World Languages
  • District-developed common assessments for reading, writing and mathematics
  • Grade-level field trips
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters partnering young students with high school students to aid in personal development, study habits, etc.
  • Community outreach programs and events through Girls on the Run, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

Plainwell High School

  • Recognized as The Daily Beast’s 2014 Top American High Schools, The Washington Post’s 2014 America’s Most Challenging High Schools and Newsweek Magazine’s 2013 America’s Best High Schools
  • 12 Advanced Placement courses
  • iPads for all incoming freshmen
  • Strong arts, music and vocational programs
  • Active Parent Group
  • Spanish and French offered as World Languages
  • District-developed common assessments for reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, history and science
  • The Trojan Torch is the only student-run newspaper in Allegan County
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters partnering young students with high school students to aid in personal development, study habits, etc.
  • Community outreach programs and events

Renaissance High School

  • Topical speakers and presenters for students biweekly
  • Job shadowing program which adds to student life skills curriculum or elective credit
  • Meets requirements for MMC Curriculum while also building skills that students will need in the world of work
  • Student mentorship program
  • Community outreach programs/events
  • Yearly field trips