Why Kingsley?

Your child only gets one shot at an education.

We are a small-town school district offering unparalleled opportunities here in Northern Michigan.

We give our students the skills and opportunities to pursue their dreams. 

A young boy stands in front of artwork in the hallway.
A teacher smiles at the camera from her desk with a pencil in her hand

Our Mission

As a class B school system with 1,500 students, we’re big enough to offer a variety of programs, yet small enough to give every child the individual attention they deserve.


We offer 20+ activities, including our award-winning music program and championship-winning athletics.


Inside the classroom, our teachers and schools are consistently recognized for their achievements: Bridge Magazine ranked us 3rd overall for Academic All-State honors.


We’re underdogs with a track record of success. The Michigan Department of Education calls us a “Beating the Odds School” for maximizing student success and producing impressive test-results across the board.


Behind our achievements and success is staff that genuinely cares. Our teachers are humble, hard-working, and personally invested in our kids.


We can tell you all about what makes us great, but the Kingsley difference is one you need to experience for yourself. Give us a call, drop an email, or stop by any time for a tour or a chat. We’d love to welcome you into the Kingsley family.


Superintendent's Corner

On Wednesday, September 21, longtime Northern Michigan educator Jason Stowe started work as the interim superintendent of Kingsley Schools following the resignation of Dr. Keith Smith.

The Northport native joins the district with extensive experience working in northwestern Michigan schools, including nine years as superintendent of Leland Schools, and most recently, as interim superintendent at Glen Lake Schools in 2021. He will serve Kingsley Schools until Christmas break. 

Superintendent Search

The Kingsley Area Schools Board of Education has invited four candidates for an initial interview for its new superintendent. Eight people applied for the position.


The interviews are open to the public and will be held Monday, December 5, 2022.  All interviews will be held at the High School Media Center, 7475 Kingsley Rd., Kingsley, MI, 49649.


The tentative interview schedule is as follows:


Monday, December 5, 2022 at 4:00 pm:

Julie Brown, Superintendent Elk Rapids Schools


Monday, December 5, 2022 at 5:15 pm:

Jack Ledford, Superintendent, Waldron Area Schools


Monday, December 5, 2022 at 6:30 pm:

Brad Reyburn, High School Principal, Newaygo Public Schools


Monday, December 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm:

Susanne Carpenter, Superintendent, Stephenson Area Public Schools


Second-round interviews are tentatively scheduled for December 14, 2022.


Kingsley Area Schools have been assisted in the search by John Scholten, Michigan Leadership Institute. 

District Highlights

  • 1,500 Students

  • 20+ Student Activities

  • Award-Winning Music Programs

  • Championship Athletics

  • Teachers Who Care

Meet our Administrators

Principal Kristin Goethals

Kristin Goethals

Elementary Principal




Heather Miller

Middle School Principal 




Chris Rapes

High School Principal 



Mitch Miggenburg

Athletic Director



Band director Lance Dubay stands for a photo in front of his middle school students

Lance Dubay

Band Director



Choir director Andy Evans poses in front of the guitars in his classroom

Andy Evans

Choir Director




Jason Stowe

Interim Superintendent




Beth Lajko

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