The Office of Instructional Service oversees all aspects of instruction, including curriculum, school improvement, assessments, and state and federal grants.

Elson Liu
Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
[email protected]

Robin Peterson
Administrative Assistant
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411 N. Highlander Way, Suite A
Howell, MI 48843


Here’s a snapshot of the Howell Public School district.

  • We are the largest school district of the five in Livingston County, with 7,136 students and 403 teachers in 10 schools.  

  • All teachers meet state standards as Highly Qualified Teachers, and more than 330 teachers have master’s degrees or higher.

  • We’re a technology leader in Livingston County, thanks to voter approval of Technology Bond in 2015. We have a 2:1 student/computer ratio, with more than 1,300 computers, 730 wireless access points, and 450 teacher podiums.

  • 70% of our graduates go on to college, trade or advanced schooling.

  • We are fiscally stable, with an annual budget of nearly $67 million and assets of more than $233 million in buildings and equipment.

  • Every school has an improvement committee comprised of teachers and parents.

Core Beliefs

We believe:

  • All students can learn

  • All students have dignity, value, and voice

  • Students learn best in a safe, secure, engaging environment

  • Responsibility for student success is shared among parents, students, staff, and the community

  • Innovative teaching empowers students to be successful

  • Stronger relationships between staff and students promote quality learning

  • Financial stewardship and transparency fosters community trust.

Innovative Teaching

  • STEM programs emphasize science, technology, engineering and math.
  • High school and middle school culinary arts students work together to run the Highlander Restaurant.
  • Our Air Force Junior ROTC wins major competitions.
  • The Firefighter Academy prepares students for the state certification exam.
  • The Kilt Shack sells Highlander gear and teaches business and marketing skills.
  • Three Fires' "Wolf Pack" awards and "Bucketfilling" affirm student self-worth.
  • Northwest has "Grandma" volunteers.
  • At Hutchings, grades 3–5 have a before-school choir.
  • Southwest is the magnet school for students whose first language is not English.
  • Voices of Voyager are in demand for concerts and sporting events throughout the year, including the Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball team. In 2016, they were chosen to sing the National Anthem for the Detroit Tigers.
  • The district is a leader in serving students with disabilities and has a designated K–5 classroom for emotionally impaired students.
  • Parker's SNAPTIES program pairs students with others on the autism spectrum.
  • Fifth grade students broadcast daily TV programs and each school has its own Facebook page.
  • We address serious issues like discipline inside and outside the classroom, depression and suicide prevention, drug awareness, and bullying.
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