KMS students and graduates have a reputation for being self-reliant, responsible members of the community. Balanced, happy and socially adept, they have a thorough grounding in academic skills, and have highly developed critical thinking skills and problem-solving capabilities.

Our graduates go on to attend a wide range of Bay Area schools; we love it when they stay in touch and even return to work with the next generation of KMS youngsters.

Alumni Focus:  KMS Elementary Students Interview Alumni

Each issue will focus on a particular KMS alum in conversation with KMS students and teachers.

Featured Alumnae

Jesse Marshall, Class of ’97

jesseJesse is currently working on a project called Margination.  He is an organizer and educator with experience in public and assisted housing, local government, and college campuses. In Chester, Jesse  coordinated local and federal resources to support cooperative projects around digital media, health education, and urban farming in public housing. He’s worked in housing and development policy, sustainable agriculture, and waste management. He likes independent films and riding his bike.  To read the student interview Click here.

Our Recent 5th Grade Graduates:

  • The class of 2014 are attending the following middle schools:  San Francisco School, New Village School, Brightworks, and Oakland Unified.
  • Our 5th grade graduates have gone on to attend a wide range of Bay Area schools. 75% have gone on to public middle schools including Aptos Middle School and Creative Arts Charter School. The 25% going on to private schools have attended various schools including Hamlin, Presidio Hill, Synergy, Live Oak and Wornick Jewish Day School.
  • KMS graduates have been accepted to a variety of public and private high schools including:  Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, Lowell, Lincoln, Balboa, Lick-Wilmerding, Convent of the Sacred Heart and Urban High School.

Recent High School & College Graduates:

  • Aidan graduated from the SF School of the Arts Creative Writing Program and will be attending Eugene Lang College in New York City.
  • Emilia graduated from International High School and is attending Oberlin College in Ohio.
  • Patrick will be attending Fordham University.
  • Jesse graduated from Lick-Wilmerding High and received a BA in Political Science at Swathmore College in Philadelphia.
  • Laura graduated from Sonoma State in Psychology and is now working for Americorp as an Early Intervention Specialist.

More Alumni News:

  • KMS Alumni, Alden Fletcher’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Team Fury, won the silver medal in the 2012 World’s Ultimate Championships in Sakai, Japan and the 2014 World’s Ultimate Championships in Lecco, Italy.
  • Sol McKinney (KMS class of 1990), who now works for the Insect Discovery Lab, came to KMS to present his big bugs to the kids of KMS. The Lab’s mission is to teach about insects and ecosystem survival by letting kids observe amazing insects up close.

Calling All Alumni:

We’d love to hear from you and include what you are now doing on our alumni page. Please contact us at or visit our KMS Alumni Facebook page!

Alumni Group Shot

KMS and Kathy Michiels School alumni, teachers and parents at our 2012 Alumni Barbecue

Alumni Quotes:

“Since I first walked into KMS when I was a little lad it became my second home. The staff was (and still is) excellent, and only now do I realize that it’s rare for teachers to show so much care for their students. KMS has a wonderful environment, and it not only prepared me for ongoing higher education, but for looking at the world with creative and open eyes. Having now graduated from college, I find myself back at KMS as a part-time teacher and all-around helper, and I love it more than ever. I understand that KMS may not be for everyone, but I honestly can’t imagine a better place for a child to grow up.”

– Max

“Just yesterday as I was leaving my very last college class before graduation I thought back on KMS, one of my first education experiences. It seems crazy that a school I attended from Kindergarden until second grade has had such a longstanding and positive influence on my life. Even when I left KMS, I have kept a relationship with the school and it’s staff. I would hope that every child’s first school experience was as great as mine was.”

– Claire

“KMS helped form the person I am today. I went to KMS when I was little. This was many many years ago, yet the vibe and even much of the staff is the same as it was when I was a kid. When I attended KMS I was treated with respect. KMS strives to support the differences in children and helps them develop creativity, independence and confidence. I am still in close contact with the founder of the school and the directors. I have also enjoyed working at the school in the past years, seeing children enjoy the same freedoms I did as a child. I think it is a great indication of the relationships they form with the children that many alumni have returned to work at the school. I currently work with kids in another progressive school and I know that my love for interacting with children grew from my experiences with teachers at KMS. It is amazing that my time there, at such a young age, still forms the decisions and the outlook I have on life (more so than any other school I have attended.)”

– Alden

“KMS is not just a school it is a philosophy, you can find endless stories about past alumni of KMS and the road they traveled to fine academic and business successes and how even just going the first 2 years of school prepared them for the challenges ahead. We, his parents, feel he is fortunate to be able to go to the 6th grade and know he will have a decisive edge in public school and beyond because of the philosophy of the “JOY OF LEARNING”.”

– Steve And Adriana

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