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  • Viking Pride!

    Viking Pride! It is more than what we do on the athletic field or court. It epitomizes how we feel about being part of the Niles community. Niles is a great place to live. It is also a great place to learn, to play and to be. Viking Pride embodies how we feel about ourselves and our community. Niles Community Schools, in partnership with the community, is dedicated to inspiring and preparing all learners through diverse opportunities to challenge the present and enrich the future. Viking Pride is Alive!

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  • Captured by the Superintendent

    Pictures taken by Dr. Applegate as he attends events and visits schools throughout the district.

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  • YMCA Offering After School Programs

    The Niles-Buchanan YMCA is offering safe, top quality, enriching after school programs for your child! (More)

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  • Bond Construction Updates

    * Updated February 2018! See the construction as it unfolds. (More)

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  • Indoor Walking Schedule

    Indoor walking set for winter months. (More)

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  • Bond 2015

    We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to all the community members who came out to vote on the bond proposals. (More)

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  • Inclement Weather and School Closings

    When it comes to severe weather and the potential for a school closure, I know that the sooner the decision is made the better for staff, students, and parents. Typically, we make a decision to close for inclement weather collectively with Brandywine and Buchanan. Our goal is to make this decision before 6:00am. (More)

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  • District Lays Out Strategic Plan

    After months of gathering information from community stakeholders through surveys, workshops, forums and other means, leaders of the Niles Community Schools district have developed a new strategic plan that will help guide the district in reaching future goals. On February 1, 2016, the Niles school board ratified the plan by approving the district’s new mission statement, vision statement, beliefs and goal statements — all of which are components of the strategic plan. “To use a Viking analogy, we wanted everybody to have their oars in the water at the same time and all pulling together,” said Greg O’Toole, school board president. “I think this was critical to getting to that point.”

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    Niles Community Schools
    Non-Traditional Education

     "Because every student has/her own unique interests, skills, and ways of learning, at Niles Community Schools we not only recognize that individuality, we encourage and celebrate it."

    Cedar Lane Alternative High School
    Cedar Lane Alternative High School has provided a high quality, innovative educational program for over two decades.  What sets our program apart from other alternative education programs is our focus on personalized attention given to each student from our teaching staff.  While we utilize the latest technological advances to augment our curriculum, we still offer teacher directed classroom instruction.  We also continue to provide a warm, friendly environment with a teacher/student ratio that allows for individual assistance and flexibility.  For those students who need to make up credits and would like to graduate with their class, we offer credit recovery options as well.

    W-A-Y Niles Program
    One size does not fit all.  Every student has their own unique interests, skills, and ways of learning.  The W-A-Y Niles Program provides a personalized learning experience for students who struggle with traditional high school.
    W-A-Y Niles is an alternative approach that encourages self-esteem, independence, and 21st century skills that will facilitate a college education and career path.
    Students in the W-A-Y Program become Researchers and develop customized standards-based learning plans with a Mentor around topics that truly appeal to them.
    Each researcher is equipped with an iMac workstation and Internet connectivity within his or her home.  They communicate with their Mentors daily and collaborate with other Michigan and International W-A-Y researchers.
    Highly-qualified W-A-Y teachers assess and align all projects according to state content standards, ensuring that each student completes the program with a high school diploma.

    Home Schooling
    We believe homeschooling is a viable option for some students in our community and we hope our flexible schedule and nonintrusive enrollment requirements will meet your needs.
    We respect your choice to be the primary educator for your children.  Our offer is part of Niles Community Schools' vision to support the learning of every student residing in our district.  Extending our educational support beyond the school walls and into our community is a small part of a larger plan to develop and grow Niles into a vibrant and viable community.

    Niles Adult Education
    Niles Adult Education provides education options for students from the age of 16 through adulthood.  Programs that are offered include High School Diploma, GED Preparation, and Adult Basic Education.  Students over the age of 20 may qualify for Life Experience Credit.  By combining classroom instruction, open lab hours, and individualized attention, many of our students find that they are much closer to completing their education than they originally thought!

    Our Non-Traditional Education Program has partnerships in place with area community colleges and Michigan Works! to help students transition to college or work after completion of their high school credential.  Please contact Rich Klemm, Assistant Superintendent, at (269)683-0732, ext. 10005, or John Fonash, Principal, (269)684-9554 for more information.