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Mission and Vision

Bay City Public Schools is a place where students will be provided with an academic foundation, tools for growth, and opportunities to excel and own their future. Bay City Public Schools… Exceptional opportunities for all!

Publicity Contacts

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Phone: 989-671-8165

"At Bay City Public Schools we provide students with every
opportunity to grow, learn and achieve, becoming their personal best."

- Dr. Stephen Bigelow, Superintentent

Student Assessment Data

Elementary or middle school assessment results on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP), high school assessment results on Michigan Merit Exam (MME), and assessment results for students with disabilities on Michigan’s Alternative Assessment Program (MI-Access or MEAP-Access):

  • Presents achievement data for all five tested subjects (mathematics, reading, science, social studies and writing) compared to targets for all students as well as subgroups of students.
  • Helps parents understand achievement progress within schools and compare these to district and State achievement.

Accountability Scorecard – Detail Data and Status

Information is provided for the district and each school related to achievement targets in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies answering questions like:

  • Did the district (and schools) meet achievement targets for all students and subgroups of students?
  • Did the district (and schools) meet achievement growth targets for all students and subgroups of students?

Teacher Qualification Data

  • Identifies teacher qualifications at district and school levels
  • Reports percentage of core academic classes taught by teachers not considered highly qualified to teach such classes.

NAEP Data (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • Provides State results of the national assessment in mathematics and reading every other year in grades 4 and 8.

Review the reports below:

District AER 20-21
Auburn AER 20-21
Central High School AER 20-21
Eastern High School AER 20-21
Hampton AER 20-21
Handy Middle School AER 20-21
Kolb AER 20-21
Linsday AER 20-21
MacGregor AER 20-21
Mackensen AER 20-21
McAlear AER 20-21
Washington AER 20-21
Western High School AER 20-21
Western Middle School AER 20-21

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Performing Arts

We strive to provide students with opportunities in the arts which allow them to reach their full potential as performers and individuals. We encourage commitment, self-reliance, practice, friendship, and of course fun. Our students have received many awards and honors, and we're proud to be able to claim professional actors, musicians, dancers, and other performers among our many graduates. We encourage the performing arts by supporting high-quality theatre, band, choir, and dance programs.
BCPS Theater Program


The BCPS has a long-standing history of excellent athletic opportunities for students. We have in-school and extracurricular events beginning in elementary school. 

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When students reach middle school, they are able to participate on competitive teams such as basketball, football, and volleyball; we have teams for both boys and girls in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Student-athletes can really find a place to excel when they reach high school. The BCPS has boys and girls teams at the freshman, JV, and varsity levels in numerous sports such as football, basketball, tennis, swim, bowling, track, volleyball, and lacrosse.

We also have an excellent relationship with the Special Olympics and have nationally recognized chapters of Unified Champions. Our athletes participate in several competitive events all over the State.


STEAM Explore Classes in our district are interdisciplinary, incorporating real-world lessons focusing on the world of global diversity. Rigorous, core curriculum is applied through STEAM-focused projects/activities. The “Engineering is Elementary” Curriculum is the primary resource, but many engineering challenges are presented to students in a hands-on, maker approach.

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STEM education refers to the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEAM education incorporates the “A” for the arts – recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts.

Advanced Placement (AP)

We offer more Advanced Placement, Honors, and Gifted & Talented classes than any other district in Bay County; these classes are for students who learned at an accelerated rate, or who desire an academic challenge. Beginning in elementary school, students are able to test into the GT Program. We have a Magnet GT Program at Kolb and GT classes in five other elementary buildings. In middle school, we offer GT classes for 6th and 7th graders and Honors classes in all cores for 8th graders. When students reach high school, they’re able to take Honors English, science, and social studies classes. We also offer AP classes in English, science, social studies, math, and technology.

Our school district is located in Bay City, Michigan and services students and families within parts of Bay, Saginaw, and Midland Counties. Our facilities recently renovated for state-of-the-art learning, include eight elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, and one alternative education school serving 8,150 students.

The preparation and success of our students in our global society depend not only on how well they do in school but also on their exposure to a wide range of academic programs and extra-curricular activities. We are pleased to provide a wide array of these opportunities. We continuously review our instruction, practices, and services in order to respond to the needs of our students and parents - from our preschool program right up through high school.

In addition to preschool, Bay City Schools offer programs such as Gifted and Talented, dual enrollment with Delta College, Early College, arts and music, special education, co-op education, foreign language, alternative education, vocational education programs, Indian Education programs, and many after-school programs and student clubs and organizations as well as athletic programs beginning in elementary all the way up to our two Class A high schools.

Our Mission: Bay City Public Schools is a place where students will be provided with an academic foundation, tools for growth, and opportunities to excel and own their future. Bay City Public Schools… Exceptional opportunities for all!

We are very fortunate to be part of a community with quality post-secondary educational opportunities and we enjoy strong partnerships with Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University. Our alliance with the Bay Area Community Foundation includes the Bay Commitment scholarship for “first in the family” college students and a College Access Network that helps students and parents with college exploration and decision making. We also have one of the largest school volunteer programs in public education with over 3,000 dedicated and caring parents and community members.

We have talented and dedicated employees who make every effort to provide ALL students with high-quality education in a safe learning environment.

We invite you to explore the information provided on our district and school web pages about the educational opportunities, programs, and services our schools offer. We also invite you to contact us if you have questions, comments or would like additional information.

Dr. Stephen (Steve) Bigelow was named Superintendent of Bay City Schools in July 2017, and moved with his two children and wife from the Detroit area to Bay City in August. He holds Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Education Specialist (EdS) degrees from Oakland University, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Dr. Bigelow’s prior positions include Superintendent of Capac Community Schools, Principal of Cousino High School in Warren, Principal of Carleton Middle School in Sterling Heights, Assistant Principal of Beer Middle School in Warren, and as a teacher in South Lyon Community Schools and Warren Consolidated Schools.



Information regarding the current Board of Education, including members, policies and meetings.

Board / District Governance Plan

Administrative Guidelines
Board Agendas
BOE Meeting Minutes
Board Policies & Bylaws
Board Members
Board Meetings

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