Kenosha Unified School District

About Kenosha Unified School District

The Kenosha Unified School District was created in 1967. The District includes the City of Kenosha, Village of Pleasant Prairie, and Town and Village of Somers.

Mission: Provide excellent, challenging learning opportunities and experiences that prepare each student for success.

Vision: To be Wisconsin’s top performing urban school district that is highly regarded for continuously exceeding all expectations.

Core Values
Safety – providing a safe learning and working environment

Teamwork – collaborating respectfully to meet goals

Unity – being united among staff, students, families and all other stakeholders

Diversity – being inclusive of all individuals

Equity – treating all in a fair and just manner

Nurturing – providing a caring and encouraging environment

Trust – building confidence through transparency

Stability – building organizational capacity to adapt to change successfully

Strategic Directions
Increase academic achievement for all students by prioritizing, planning and implementing recommendations from the curriculum audit.

Implement transparent fiscal management practices that prioritize and align resources with strategic goals.

Retain and recruit highly qualified staff who work to ensure the success of every student.

Enhance the leadership and expertise of all staff through professional learning and collaboration.

Foster and strengthen community partnerships to increase student learning and family engagement.

District Information
Board of Education, 7 elected members
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Bethany Ormseth

Enrollment and Schools
Third Largest district in Wisconsin that serves over 19,000 students annually. Following is the breakdown from the 2020-21 school year.

4K - 5th: 8,661
6th - 8th: 4,454
9th - 12th: 6,129
TOTAL: 19,244 students


22 elementary schools
5 middle schools
3 high schools
5 charter schools
5 choice schools
1 specialty school

Student Composition *
White 9,201
Hispanic of any Race 5,704
Black or African American 2,593
Two or More Races 1,358
Asian 338
American Indian or Alaska Native 33
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 16
Students with Disabilities 2,528
Economically Disadvantaged 10,963
*Based on 2020-21 WISE dash data

Total Employees = 3,669 (2020-21)
Graduation Rate (4-Year Cohort): 91.2% (2020)
Operating Fund Expenditures = $279 million
*FY 2020-21 budgeted Fund 10 and 27 (excluding related interfund transfers)


Swim instructor

June 2018 - August 2018 Kenosha, WI
“I liked being able to work with kids to teach them how to swim. I have never previously worked with kids, but being able to make up fun games with them and make them not afraid of the water was fun. ”
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