Grades are inflated to project the idea that students are doing well. If you get the chance to talk to Paw Paw graduates (most, not all), you will understand. Read the reviews submitted by students, paying particular attention to the writing skills. Enough said. Teachers are mostly locally educated, attending local high schools and WMU. It's a shame WMU can't erase the former. Cliquish and not welcoming of students whose parents weren't born in Paw Paw, there is far too little outside influence to change this failing district. Avoid this district if you are relocating to the Kalamazoo area. Mattawan and Portage are better choices for larger schools. Plainwell is a good choice for a medium sized district. Each of these seem to be better supported by parents and the community.
This school is great teacher involvement. The students really enjoy the enviroment that they are offered. Over 97% graduate, at that's wonderful. Exams are 20% of their final grade, and that makes those that are blowing off the exams work harder to achieve their life goals.
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