Welcome to Caledonia Community Schools!

Enrolling your child is an exciting time and our staff strives to make the process positive and simple for families.  Please click the boxes below to find more information and/or enroll your student.

Is your home in the district?

Determine if your home address is within the District


Not sure if your address is in the Caledonia School District?  
Use the following links to know for sure:
Caledonia Schools District Code: 41050
Allegan County
Barry County
Kent County
District Boundary Map 

Young Fives/Kindergarten Fall 2020 Enrollment

KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT IS OPEN:

Click the link below and select your preferred program placement for your child: Kindergarten, Young Fives, or uncertain.
Enrollment Form

APRIL 1, 2020 - ENROLLMENT DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are due by April 1 to be in the first round of placements.
1.  Birth certificate with a raised seal
2.  Copy of Immunization Records - Immunization Requirements
3.  Proof of residency (i.e. utility bill, tax statement, house buy/sell agreement, lease agreement)
4.  Photo ID of parent or guardian registering the student
5.  Health Appraisal (completed by parent and doctor, see linked documents below)
6.  Picture of Student (will not be returned)

Birth Certificate Information:

Parents must provide a certified birth certificate with a raised seal.  Copies will not be accepted. If you need to order a new birth certificate, see the resources below.

For more details and information please view the printable documents below.

Welcome Letter
Young Fives & Kindergarten Enrollment Guidelines & Process
Young Fives vs. Kindergarten
Health Appraisal

Enrollment For All Other New Students

Enrollment is available for the current school year.
Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on February 3, 2020.

​Step 1 - Complete Online Registration

Online Enrollment Form

Step 2 - Make an appointment

After you complete the online registration process, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.  At the time of the appointment you must bring:

1.  Original birth certificate with a raised seal
2.  Copy of Immunization Records - Immunization Requirements
3.  Proof of residency (i.e. utility bill, tax statement, house buy/sell agreement, lease agreement)
4.  Photo ID of parent or guardian registering the student
5.  Copy of current IEP if special services placement is required
6.  High School Students - a copy of the latest transcript

Birth Certificate Information:

Parents must provide a certified birth certificate with a raised seal.  Copies will not be accepted. If you need to order a new birth certificate, see the resources below.

Bring the required documentation to the District Administration Office at:
9753 Duncan Lake Ave. 
Caledonia, MI 49316

If you are unable to complete the enrollment process online we will be happy to assist you at the Administration Office.

District Boundaries

Information Regarding Changes to Elementary School Zones

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the district will begin the transition from its current school placement and transportation model for elementary students to a system based on geographic boundaries for each elementary school. Each home address in the district will be assigned to an attendance zone with a designated elementary building serving those residences.

  • There will be no change to Caledonia’s transportation system in the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Students enrolled on or before January 1, 2020, may to choose to remain at their current elementary school or apply for an in-district transfer to their boundary zone school.
  • In preparation for the transition, all new residents and incoming Kindergarten students will be placed at the school in their respective 2021-2022 geographic boundary or attendance zone (see maps below).
  • Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, parents who opt to keep their children in a school building outside of their attendance zone will be responsible for transportation to either an approved bus stop or to the school.
  • Parents who are seeking to transfer to their boundary zone school or a transfer for any other reason may request an internal transfer. Please see the "In-district Student Transfer" section on the main Enrollment page.

Elementary School Zones

All new in-district elementary students will be placed according to the geographical location of their home address.  The map below displays the zones for each elementary school building. Click the map for a larger view with more details.

Map of Caledonia School District with Elementary Zones with a link to the map as a PDF

Elementary School Zone Maps

The following links will display a detailed map of each elementary school zone boundary.

PDF DocumentCaledonia Elementary School Zone Map
PDF DocumentDutton Elementary School Zone Map
PDF DocumentEmmons Lake Elementary School Zone Map
PDF DocumentKettle Lake Elementary School Zone Map
PDF DocumentParis Ridge Elementary School Zone Map

Elementary School Zone FAQs

In-district Elementary School Zone FAQs:

(Scroll down for School of Choice FAQs.)
1.  My child attends a daycare that is zoned for the school they attend, will busing be provided to that zoned school from the daycare?  
Answer: Yes, Example - If your child attends a daycare in the Kettle Lake boundary and they attend Kettle Lake Elementary, this will be recognized for bussing; however, they would not be eligible for bussing to a school that they attend outside of the Kettle Lake boundary.

2.  My child currently attends Young Fives, will he/she be given priority when being placed in a building for kindergarten since they are already a CCS student?
Answer: Yes, all currently enrolled Young Fives students and new enrollees will be automatically placed in the school for which they are zoned. If you would like to attend a school outside of your school boundary, you will have to apply through the In-District Student Transfer process.  

3.  I have a current Young Fives student I want placed with my other children, at an elementary school I am not zoned for. I plan on providing transportation.  What is the process for that?  
Answer: You will need to apply for a transfer for only your Young Fives student using the In-District Student Transfer process which begins on March 15, 2020. In this transfer process, your child will be given Priority 1 status for open seats so that siblings can be united in the same school.

4.  My students attend a school outside of our ‘zone’.  I want to keep them there and I will provide transportation. What do I do?
Answer: Nothing, your student(s) can stay at their school but transportation to the school or an approved bus stop would become the responsibility of the family starting in August 2021.

5. What school is my child’s daycare zoned for?
A list of a few common childcare locations is below:

  • Milestones Childcare Center is zoned for Kettle Lake Elementary
  • Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool is zoned for Emmons Lake Elementary
  • Adventures Learning Center is zoned for Emmons Lake Elementary

For more information on local licensed childcare facilities go to:  
https://childcaresearch.apps.lara.state.mi.us/

6. My child has special transportation and attends a special program, do I need to change schools based on the new school boundaries?
Answer: No, if your child attends a specialized program and/or receives specialized transportation based on their IEP, your child will continue to receive programs and services as determined annually by the IEP team.


School of Choice Elementary Zone FAQs:

​1.  I am a nonresident family, and want to transfer to a school that my daycare is zoned for, can I do that?  
Answer: Yes you can.  You will want to follow the In-District Transfer Process.
What priority will I be given?
Answer: CCS recognizes three priorities:
              Priority 1: Siblings who are attending separate buildings and wish to be reunited.
              Priority 2: Families who are attending a school outside of their home boundary and
                              are seeking a transfer into their home boundary school zone.
              Priority 3: Families seeking an internal transfer for any other reason.

2.  I am a current nonresident family and I want to keep my students in their current elementary. Can I bring them to an approved bus stop in that elementary’s zone to get busing?
Answer: Yes, if your child is already attending a school in our district and you would like to remain at that school, you are welcome to stay. You will be responsible for taking your child directly to and from the school or an approved bus stop starting in August 2021.  Arrangements will need to be made through our transportation office.

3.  I am a parent of a nonresident student. If my child’s daycare is in his/her elementary school’s zone will he/she get busing from the daycare to the elementary?
Answer: If the child’s daycare is an approved bus stop within that school boundary the child can utilize the transportation system.  Under our current system, transportation from an approved bus stop will be provided. Arrangements will need to be made through our transportation office.
Is there a chance that transportation could be taken away from non-residents?
Answer: Transportation will be provided for all CCS students based on school boundaries and available bussing. In the event that a particular bus route is full, you will need to work with the transportation department to identify a bus stop that has capacity for your child. CCS will make all reasonable efforts to transport any enrolled student who qualifies for transportation and desire to use our bus system.

5. What elementary school is my child’s daycare zoned for?
A list of a few common childcare locations is below:

  • Milestones Childcare Center is zoned for Kettle Lake Elementary
  • Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool is zoned for Emmons Lake Elementary
  • Adventures Learning Center is zoned for Emmons Lake Elementary

For more information on local licensed childcare facilities go to:  
https://childcaresearch.apps.lara.state.mi.us/

6. My child has special transportation and attends a special program, do I need to change elementary schools based on the new school boundaries?
Answer: No, if your child attends a specialized program and/or receives specialized transportation based on their IEP, your child will continue to receive programs and services as determined annually by the IEP team.

In-District Student Transfer

In-District Student Transfer

Parents of elementary students who are seeking to transfer to their boundary zone school or a transfer for any other reason may request an internal transfer for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration for the internal transfer process begins March 15, 2020, and ends on April 30, 2020. 

Completed forms must be submitted and received by April 30, 2020, using one of the methods below.

Please note: Due to the emergency closure of all school buildings, in-district transfer request forms must be completed online, emailed, faxed or mailed.  We are unable to accept forms in person.  Thank you for your cooperation at this time.

To access and submit the form online:

  1. Log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal (For help with logging in please click here.)
  2. Click the tab for the student you wish to request an in-district transfer
  3. Click Forms in the panel on the left
  4. Click the In-District Transfer Request Form
  5. Complete the form and click Submit

A printable version of the In-District Transfer Form is available by clicking here.
Printable forms may be submitted using any of the methods below:

  • Email - ruplem@calschools.org
  • Fax - 616.891.9253
  • By mail (must be received no later than April 30, 2020)- 
    Caledonia Schools Administration
    9753 Duncan Lake Ave SE
    Caledonia, MI 49316

 

Placement will occur on a first-come, first-served basis, dependent on seat availability, in the priority order listed below:

  • Priority 1: Siblings who are attending separate buildings and wish to be reunited.
  • Priority 2: Families who are attending a school outside of their home boundary and are seeking a transfer into their home boundary school zone.
  • Priority 3: Families seeking an internal transfer for any other reason.
  • Internal transfers will be completed by May 20, 2020, and families will be notified by email of their request status. Students who were not successfully placed during the internal transfer period will be put on a waitlist over the summer months and parents will be notified if open spots in their requested building become available.
  • Parents who opt to keep their children in a non-boundary zone school will have another chance to seek an in-district transfer for their children in the spring of 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year

School of Choice

Nonresident Information

School of Choice - For students residing in Kent ISD

In 2020-2021 Caledonia Community Schools will participate in the Kent Intermediate School District’s School of Choice plan. All students residing within the Kent Intermediate School District may apply for School of Choice with Caledonia during the application period. The Kent ISD School of Choice Program is a lottery-oriented system, and not first-come, first-served. Applications are accepted throughout the application period and will be chosen by lottery if more applications than available openings are received.

Timeline:

The Kent ISD School of Choice application may be submitted beginning April 13, 2020 for school districts accepting online applications. However, due to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), which directs all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations until 11:59 p.m. on April 13, paper and in-person applications will not be accepted until the closure order is lifted.  We recognize that this presents a challenge for those without internet access and school districts which only accept paper applications. As a result, the application closing window, originally scheduled for May 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., will be extended accordingly. A closing date for applications has not been determined until more information becomes known about the status of reopening school operations. Please know that the application process is not on a first come, first served basis, so there is no advantage for those who are able to submit applications online when the window opens on April 13. Please check back to this website regarding the closing date for submitting applications.

 

School of Choice - Non-Kent ISD

Students who reside in a district that is within a different ISD are not able to apply for Schools of Choice for the 2020-2021 school year.

For questions or additional information please contact:
Carrie Durkee
(616) 891-8185
durkeec@calschools.org