About KCS

About Kanawha County Schools

Kanawha County Schools (KCS) is the largest school system in West Virginia. The district serves over 25,300 students, representing the region's diverse socioeconomic mix. KCS is comprised of 43 elementary schools, 13 middle schools and one alternative center, eight high schools and one alternative center, two career and technical education centers, one adult center, and two community education centers. The Kanawha County School System is dedicated to providing a world-class education that ensures success for every student in the 21st century. KCS serves students located across 913.38 square miles.

Mission Statement

Kanawha County Schools will provide a world-class education system that ensures all students are college and career ready for today and beyond.

We Believe

  • All students can achieve.

  • Quality teaching is the key to student success with consistent student and teacher engagement in the school and in classroom activities.

  • Effective leadership skills are essential for creating and maintaining effective schools for current and future learners.

  • Schools, parents, and communities must be partners in learning.

  • Schools must be safe and caring places.

  • All teachers must be teachers of literacy skills, including literacy in technology.

  • Students and teachers must be prepared for life-long learning in a global society.


Goal 1

Provide a Safe and Healthy Environment

Description: Kanawha County Schools will promote a safe and healthy environment for all students by incorporating effective support services to increase attendance rates by 3% for 2018-2019 school year.

Goal 2

Increase Academic Achievement

Description: Student Achievement will increase on formative assessments and state summative assessments by 3% annually. Growth in Student Academic Achievement will be measured by: 3% growth on the state summative assessments in ELA and Mathematics, 3% growth on SAT for 11th grade students, 85% of EL students will make sufficient gains to move from one proficiency level to the next proficiency level on the ELPA-21 (English Language Proficiency Assessment). 90% Proficiency on the End of Year DIBELS Benchmark Assessment.

Goal 3

Increase the Four-Year Graduation Rate

Description: Kanawha County Schools will raise the graduate rate by 2% per year until it exceeds the state average.

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Academic Achievement

  • 5  years increased graduation rate
  • Decreased drop out rate over the last 5 years

Our Students

  • 26,230 students in 67 schools
  • 18% minority students
  • 51% economic disadvantage
  • 18% served by Special Education
  • 520 gifted

Our Dedicated Team

  • 3,657 total employees
  • 44% teachers hold a master's degree or higher
  • 100 employed with National Board Certification

Preparing Students For Success

  • Class of 2018
    • 388 Promise Scholarship recipients
    • 2018 SAT test - Juniors exceeded state scores in reading/writing/math
    • 11 National Merit finalists
    • 63% of KCS seniors completed the FAFSA
    • 1 United States Presidential Scholars from WV
    • 56% of students taking AP tests for College Credit

Ready for the Workforce

  • 68 Dual Credit courses offered countywide, allowing for college credit to be earned
  • 410 CTE program completers in 2018

Technology Leaders

  • Full time Learning 20/20 Tech Integration Coaches
  • 1 to 1 iPads in grades 5-12 countywide
  • Technology & Learning Survey - Of more than 2500 districts in the nation using this survey, our technology for teaching & learning use results were better than the national average in every category

Safe Schools

  • 100% of staff with ALICE intruder training
  • 100% of schools with new carbon monoxide detectors
  • 100% of schools with an emergency radio

Addressing Challenges

  • Energy Efficiency  - 14% electricity, 43% gas, 25% water
  • 17 Million in cost savings
  • 90,000 energy saving lights
  • 75 energy efficient boilers
  • 2007-2017 - 45 million in energy related improvements, innovations and conservations with 12 million going to HVAC
  • 100% of students will receive "Too Good for Drugs" Curriculum
  • 100% of school administrators trained in "Trauma Informed Care"

Transportation and Food Services

  • Our bus drivers operate 194 buses and they transport 24,7000 students and travel 18,000 miles daily.
  • 30,700 meals served daily
  • Districtwide service medals for Healthier US School Challenge

Community Connections

  • Partnerships - Support Our Schools across Every Community - Thank you!

Economic Efficiencies

  • Good steward of taxpayer dollars
  • Balanced budget despite decreased enrollment and state funding decrease
  • No audit findings
  • Cost savings

School Board

  • Ryan White
  • Ric Cavender
  • Jim Crawford
  • Becky Jones Jordon
  • Tracy White

We are KCS

  • Board Office - 200 Elizabeth St., Charleston, WV  25301
  • Phone - 304-348-7770



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