"Kazoo School is best known for its use of progressive education."
Students enrolled 115
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM
School leader Brendan Sheerin
Transportation options None
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1401 Cherry St
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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(269) 345-3239
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4 stars
Based on 15 ratings

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October 08, 2014
My son is very dyslexic and was struggling at Public school. He has completely changed his attitude towards school. I used to have to drag him to school, but once he started at kazoo he has loved it ever since! The new Math and science teachers are amazing! They are using and encouraging kids and finally making these so important subjects fun and exciting to all the kids! Its wonderful. Project based learning is a model for success for life long learners. I also love seeing all the kids at kazoo and their individuality. Its such a warm and welcoming place that lets the kids be who they are not who society thinks they should be. Its wonderful. My daughter is in 1st grade this year and is thriving! As a mom I really enjoy the personal touches that Kazoo does, and the real sense of "community" that is ever present. I highly recommend this wonderful gem of a school!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2014
Extremely disappointing. The school sells itself on building a child's self-confidence and ability to tailor its teaching to each student's unique needs. Several of the teachers are able to do this. However, several cannot. The math and science teach was incapable of meeting this goal. I am still not clear if it was due to ability, or staffing. However, we approached the teacher and administration several times when my child expressed concern that she was not understanding the math material. After 6 weeks, and several meetings with the teacher and administration, we ended up having to pull her from the school as her self-confidence was being eroded. She went to a different school. She was just assessed in public school and found to be a year ahead in math, so I feel confident that my child can learn and it was the school's inability to teach that was the challenge. I would be cautious in going to this school. With that being said, I just learned that the teacher and principal have left. This means that the school may improve, but given my experience, I cannot recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
Kazoo has been nothing short of exceptional. My daughter entered Kazoo shy and reserved and is now outing and confident. There has never been a more supportive and child-focused school. She excels in learning as her education is fluid and catered to her interests and passions. In additional they have an amazing teachers and a community that supports all of the Kazoo families.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2013
Kazoo School is an extraordinary school. The approach to learning and academics is designed to create a life long love of learning and to inspire creativity. The class sizes are small and there are ample opportunities to dig deep into a subject or activity. Most of all, Kazoo School is a community where children are cared for and parents work together to make the school experience great. Also, the students participate in an excellent PE program every day! Art and music classes are twice per week and Spanish everyday.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2013
Kazoo School has been a wonderful experience for my son. The teachers are nurturing and caring, the class sizes small, and the community of parents is strong. The students have access to the Kleinstock Preserve adjacent to the school which offers a unique opportunity to spend time outside. Students have a voice at Kazoo School and play an active role in their experience there.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
My daughter has been at Kazoo School for three years now. The small classroom sizes have allowed the students to experience so many hands on projects, build meaningful relationships with their classmates and older and younger students. They go on numerous field trips, have engaging discussions, are able to get the one on one time with their teacher when needed, and are able to excel in reading and math at their own level. They have P.E. EVERY DAY! So important for these kids! I am amazed with all of the teachers, and am thrilled they have Spanish, Drama and Music class twice a week as well. This is a wonderfully well rounded school!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
If your child has learning differences, this is not the school for you. Despite the significant percentage of students requiring medical intervention for sensory issues, behavior issues and/or learning disabillities, the teachers and the administration lack the basic skills and committment necessary to understand and support these students.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2011
Kazoo School teachers are creative and innovative by incorporating curriculum objective into the children's interest and life events vs. teaching to what is on the State's standardized tests. The parents, students, teachers, administration and board members make up a unique community committed to the success of the school and the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
A wonderful alternative learning environment that has successfully been educating students in an enriching setting for over 30 years. As the mother of two alumni and former Board President, I can't imagine sending children anyplace else.

- submitted by a community member
January 22, 2010
Kazoo School has a great philosophy of helping students learn based on who they are, not who the system thinks they should be. And while many people have asked if its bad to be at a smaller school all I can say is that it is the best way to learn! My son's teacher really does know him -- how to motivate him, talk to him and work with him -- he's advanced in some areas, behind in others and she adapts and adjusts. The school's leader and board have gone out of their way to make the school diverse in socio-economic ways. Many of the families receive scholarships so it's not just priveleged children that attend school here. There are three words to describe this school: small, intimate and exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2008
All four of my children attended Kazoo School from Kindergarten until 8th grade. All four of them have spectacularly different learning styles, all of which were catered to in one way or another. The teachers are very hands on (but not violent), and understand many needs. Field trips are regular occurrences, and very relevant to the current topic. The end.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 05, 2008
I attended Kazoo School from Kindergarten until 8th grade. Throughout my experience at said school, I was very challenged, and was able to exercise my full academic abilities. I now attend both KAMSC and Loy Norrix. Though the size of Kazoo School didn't necessarily prepare me for the size of high school, the course material is a breeze because of what I learned at Kazoo. As one can see, my vocabulary skills far surpass that of an average 15-year old girl (or boy). I have Kazoo School to thank for that skill, and my immense modesty. And I read Shakespeare, which was quite awesome, for loss of better words. Goodbye, Ava

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 06, 2007
Kazoo School is the best school in the Kalamazoo area. Students are respected as individuals, and learn to respect one another. Every child is challenged at his/her level of academic and emotional readiness. Every child is encouraged to succeed. Daily physical education is invaluable. It encourages fit, healthy children and helps develop exercise habits that can last a lifetime. My daughter has flourished at Kazoo School. She loves the hands-on learning projects, exploring nature in Kleinstuck Preserve, reading to younger class buddies, science projects, book projects, dance classes, Spanish class, and of course, all school recess. I love that she feels safe, happy, and has been very well supported in her learning needs. This is the most caring, community driven school I have ever experienced.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2007
My son has been at Kazoo School since 4th grade and is now a 7th grader. This school has been wonderful! The teacher/student ratio is fantastic and therefore allows for personal attention and for accelerated teaching based on your childs skills. It is a progressive school with children who qualify for advanced learning in the ATYP program, math and science competitions, extracurricular activities such as basketball and volleyball, not to mention the physical well being of our children by having gym class and recess EVERYDAY! I would not hesitate to recommend this school to anyone. The most important aspect about having your child get an excellent start in life in a very nurturing and caring school with excellent academic offerings can be found at Kazoo school!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
Kazoo is an excellent school with great academic programs. The school has a policy of inclusiveness which teaches kids to play with everyone and not to bully anyone. The kids there are very happy and have one numerous academic awards.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2005
This is a small Pre-K to 8 school. My son has been attending for the last 3 years and has really grown. He is constantly challenged. Academic programs blend with extracurricular to include a schoolwide overnight camp trip to a school wide science fair. Every child participates at the level that is appropriate for them. Parents are involved in everything, from the back to school community potluck picnic to helping in the class, driving for field trips, and volunteering in the many school activities/projects. Classes are multi-level with older classes partnering with younger for reading aloud and art projects. There is P.E. everyday, lots of fun games and dance. A nature preserve backs onto the school grounds and classes make use of it in biological and ecological observation and study. I constantly hear parents say 'I wish I had gone to a school like this'. I agree.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
The Principal leadership and friendliness was the worst part of my experience. I loved the teachers and the parental involvement. I new most of the parents and chidrens names in my daughters class the 7 years she was there.

- submitted by a former student
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Kazoo School
1401 Cherry St, Kalamazoo, MI  49008
(269) 345-3239
Last modified Kazoo School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Kazoo School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top