A Cornerstone of Education

The Dowagiac Union School District reflects the diverse community it serves, as pride and self-reliance have shaped its rich heritage and continues to develop its future.

The philosophy of CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT is the guiding principle in its management. Professional development of staff and curriculum are the cornerstones of our educational program. A formal curricula process also ensures every aspect of learning is systemically reviewed.
Dowagiac Union Schools “At a Glance”

The school district consists of 170+ square miles      
Enrollment in 2009-10 includes 2,459 students PPI-Grade 12:     

  1. Union High School 636
  2. Dowagiac Middle School 598
  3. Kincheloe 299
  4. Justus Gage 291
  5. Patrick Hamilton 333
  6. Sister Lakes 235
  7. Alternative Education 67

More than 65% of the student body at Union High School participates in at least one extra-curricular activity
35 athletic teams and 8 clubs at Union High School
8 athletic teams and 10 clubs at Dowagiac Middle School

Teaching Staff

  • 148 full-time and two part-time teachers
  • 86 with a Masters Degree or Masters +20
  • Average years of teaching experience = 14.3 years

Administrative Staff

6 building Principals,two Assistant Principals, one Student Advocate, an Alternative/Adult Education Director, Athletic Director, Migrant/Bilingual Coordinator,Transportation and Maintenance Supervisor, two Assistant Superintendents and Superintendent totaling almost 300 years of combined experience as teachers and administrators.

Educational options for high school students, including Van Buren Vocational Technical Center, Andrews Academy and Southwestern Michigan College.

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