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Department of Community Relations (Please click here for additional information about the Kettering City Schools)

Kari Basson
Community Relations

Community Relations

The Kettering City School District is committed to open, honest, thorough communication between the district and the community.

We believe that this type of communication leads to a better understanding of how the district operates and about the many programs and services it offers. At the same time, it helps to foster a sense of pride in what we believe is a true community asset: A strong, comprehensive, progressive school district committed to meeting the educational needs of every child who comes through our doors.

Coordinating this communication is the main responsibility of the Kettering City School District's Community Relations Office. Whether it's producing the district community newsletter, "The Blue Ribbon Report"; planning for community events at the different school buildings; coordinating cable television programs; working with the local news media; kepping in touch via social media; or simply answering questions; the Community Relations Office strives to keep our publics as informed as possible about the Kettering Schools.

We hope you find this web page to be helpful. If, at any time, you would like additional information about the Kettering Schools, or you can't find an answer to your question through the web site, please feel free to call the Community Relations Office at (937) 499-1458, or e-mail our coordinator, Kari Basson, at:

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We are extremely proud of the academic, co-curricular and extracurricular programs that we offer to the students who attend our eight elementary schools, our two middle schools and our high school.

The Kettering City School District prides itself on offering a strong academic program to our students. The young people at our middle and high schools have an opportunity to choose from more than 200 course offerings, including gifted, honors and Advanced Placement classes. Fairmont High School is also an International Baccalaureate World School, offering students the IB Diploma Programme, as well as individual IB courses. 

Likewise, our elementary school program offers students a challenging and enriching curriculum that includes -- in addition to the traditional academic offerings -- strong music, art, physical education and computer education programs.

For the seventh year in a row, Kettering has been named a "Best Communities for Music Education" by the NAMM Foundation, recognizing the strong support our school music programs consistently receive from our community. In addition to the strong athletic, music and other extracurricular opportunities offered by the Kettering City School District, we are fortunate to be part of a community with a strong Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.

The Kettering Recreation Complex has won many local and national awards based on its well-rounded programming; and the Fraze Pavilion, located in the heart of Kettering, boasts a line-up of nationally known artists and performers, community events and festivals.

In addition, the James S. Trent Arena, located on the Kettering Fairmont High School Campus, offers Kettering residents access to a year-round indoor walking/jogging track, and the Kettering Fitness & Wellness Center -- located adjacent to the Trent Arena -- is a full-service center that provides members access to state-of-the-art fitness equipment and certified fitness and wellness professionals.

After you have had a chance to look at the information on our web site, please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions  regarding the Kettering City School District.

Welcome to Kettering. I am certain you will agree, once you have had a chance to look us over, that we live up to our motto: “Great Schools -- Great Community!”


Kari Basson
Community Relations and Auxiliary Services





To enroll students new to our district for the 2019-20 school year, please click HERE to begin the registration process for students in kindergarten through grade 12.**

Once you submit your online registration, you will be given further instructions to complete your student's registration.  

If you have questions, please call the Central Enrollment Office at 937-499-1700. 

Thank you!

** If you are registering a child for preschool, please contact Sara Wisecup at (937) 499-1456 to make an appointment to get your child registered for school.