Williamston Community Schools offer a truly unique place where your child can thrive as a person and a scholar, and also develop a passion for life-long learning.  We pride ourselves on embracing the whole student - providing each child with exceptional academic opportunities and ways to advance his or her personal development through participation in clubs, sports, the arts, and other extracurricular activities.

At Williamston Community Schools, we focus on helping your child succeed in every possible way. Our overriding goal is to help our students become well-rounded people as they move toward adulthood. We do that by fueling enthusiasm for academic achievement; supporting personal growth and providing opportunities to excel at every level.

Each of our schools has a different role in a child's life. From preschool - where taking turns and reading readiness are key to high school - where a rigorous academic schedule is the norm, each school has a distinct focus and guiding philosophy that our educators put into practice every day.

Williamston Community Schools are here to help each student set high expectations for academic achievement with the goal of one day becoming an active and productive member of our society. Our mission is to provide an optimum learning environment for all students, and the opportunity for them to develop academically, emotionally, socially and physically.

We invite you to learn more about Williamston, our schools and our outstanding history of academic success. If you have any questions, or would like more information about Williamston Community Schools, please contact Narda Murphy superintendent of the school district directly at murphyn@gowcs.net.

Our Schools

Discovery Elementary


379 students  

Explorer Elementary


361 students

Middle School


418 students

High School


636 students


Total number of Employees - 

305  (230 WCS;  75 PCMI)


Classroom teachers -




Percent with Masters or higher




Average number of years of experience

16.43 years




0 – 5 years’ experience

5 teachers




6 – 15 years’ experience

42 teachers




16-25 years’ experience  

41 teachers




Over 25 years’ experience

13 teachers

The School Day

We offer a full-day kindergarten program that includes a developmental kindergarten option.  Elementary students attend school from 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.  Middle school students attend from 8:10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  High School students attend from 8:05 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A preschool program is housed on the elementary campus and serves 131 students.  Also available on the elementary campus is a before school and afterschool child care program.

Options beyond the core disciplines that support learning:

  Integrated Arts Partnership with Wharton Center and the Kennedy Center

  Blended Learning Partnership with Michigan Virtual University

  Capital Area Career Center

  Advanced Placement Courses across all core disciplines

  Math/Science Academy

  Diverse and rich co-curricular program options


Measures used to determine student achievement success

K -12

Common Core Discipline Assessments


FastBridge – Literacy and Math

8 – 10


11 - 12

MME (SAT + WorkKeys + MI assessments)


AP Exams


Graduation Rate: 


Percentage of Students attending college/ post-secondary education:


Percentage of Students Participating in Co-Curricular Activities:


Average Number of Students per Teacher:


Michigan High School Athletic Association :

Class B