Founded in 1870, the Paw Paw Public School District has a long history of academic excellence and extracurricular achievement in a caring environment.
Paw Paw's 2,300 students come from the Village of Paw Paw (population 3,100) and the surrounding area. Located in Van Buren County (population 80,000) in the Southwest corner of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, Paw Paw serves as the county seat and is conveniently located to both Kalamazoo (east 20 miles) and the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan (west 25 miles). The picturesque countryside is filled with vineyards, orchards, and many small lakes and rivers.
Every student attending PPPS does so in a building that is fully accredited by the North Central Association (NCA)/Advanced Ed - an accrediting agency well known around the world. The district is comprised of the Early Elementary (grades K-2), the Later Elementary (grades 3-5), Paw Paw Middle School (grades 6-8), Paw Paw High School (grades 9-12), an alternative education school (Michigan Avenue Academy), and a pre-school facility (Cedar Street Community and Family Center). All of the district's facilities are either new or totally renovated since 1998. Paw Paw High School contains a 950-seat Performing Arts Center which supports the district's award-winning music and theatre programs.
Paw Paw's academic programs are enhanced by offerings at the Van Buren Technology Center located in nearby Lawrence, Michigan and dual enrollment programs offered in cooperation with Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Paw Paw athletes compete in the Wolverine Conference - consisting of twelve Class B schools.