Wichita parents have many high-quality options in deciding the appropriate educational environment for their children. Numerous excellent college and university options exist in the immediate local area and within easy commuting range. Many institutions have convenient satellite sites. Due to the area's high concentration of manufacturing, Wichita has correspondingly strong technical training resources.
Wichita Public Schools
“Leaders and Laggards,” a February 2007 U.S. Chamber of Commerce study, ranked the Kansas K-12 education system 7th best in the nation for academic achievement. Over 51,000 students are enroled in Wichita Public Schools' 104 unique learning centers. In addition to traditional neighborhood schools, USD 259 offers 28 schools of choice (magnet schools, etc.) which provide specific educational focus in subjects including science and technology, international studies, back-to-basics, foreign language and communications, performing and fine arts, and environmental studies. Parents work with staff to shape the direction of each school through site-based management. Wichita e-School provides on-line curriculum and professional support to Wichita home-schooled students.
On November 4, 2008, voters approved a $370 million bond issue to add 275 new classrooms, 6 new schools, and 60 storm shelters. In addition, the money will pay for upgrades to technical education programs and renovations to athletic and fine arts facilities.
Wichita Public Schools (USD 259) Average Scores
ACT Average Scores 2010-11
Percent of graduating seniors taking ACT 60%
ACT scale is 1 to 36 for all scores
SAT Average Scores 2012-13
Percent of graduation seniors taking SAT - 7%
SAT scale is 200 to 800 for all scores
Suburban Public Schools
Quality public education is available throughout Sedgwick County. Five larger districts immediately surrounding Wichita – Andover, Derby, Goddard, Haysville and Maize – are rapidly expanding to keep up with growing population bases. Cheney, Clearwater, Mulvane, Renwick and Valley Center districts – along the edges of Sedgwick County, provide quality education in smaller school environments. Nearly all of these districts have either recently passed bond issues in support of new school construction, or are preparing to bring such issues before their voters.
Private and Parochial Schools
Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Wichita are among the finest in the nation, earning national awards from the National Catholic Educational Association in 1998, 2000 and 2001. They serve about 10,600 students across Southeastern Kansas. There are 21 Catholic schools in Sedgwick County. The Catholic Schools of Wichita were the first, and remain the only, Catholic school system in the U.S. to actively use a stewardship system in which no tuition is charged to active parish families. Anchoring this highly regarded system are two superb high schools – Bishop Carroll on the west and Kapaun Mount Carmel on the east. Both high schools have undergone major renovations in recent years.
Fully 32 Wichita area Catholic, Christian, Lutheran, Independent and Seventh-Day Adventist schools have been accepted as full members of the Kansas Association of Independent and Religious Schools (KAIRS) based on quality of academic programs, faculty and fiscal stability.
Wichita Collegiate School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum taught in small classes. Collegiate has built a statewide reputation for academic excellence. The faculty is characterized by advanced degrees and broad teaching experience. Preschool through 12th grade enrollment is greater than 1,000.
The Independent School emphasizes traditional liberal arts education usually found only in gifted programs. The school guarantees small class sizes and individual attention to student needs. Preschool through 12th grade enrollment is 770.
Colleges, Universities and Technical Training
Persons recruited or transferred to Kansas for a full-time job qualify for resident tuition immediately at state universities, as do their spouses and dependents residing with them (no 12-month residency requirement.) Contact the WSU Registrar regarding required employer documentation.
Wright Career College
Kansas Institute for Technical Excellence (KITE)
Made possible through a partnership among four area community and technical colleges, KITE operates by a centers of excellence philosophy. This encourages individual institutions to focus on a specific technical career area, while the other institutions collaborate in student outreach, testing and, at times, curriculum delivery.
National Center for Aviation Training
In order to assure a steady pipeline of qualified workers for the regional aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries, Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority (SCTETA) developed the $54 million (230,000 square foot) National Center for Aviation Training. NCAT is a world-class aviation and advanced general manufacturing training center on the grounds of Jabara Airport in northeast Wichita. NCAT has the capacity to provide technical training for at least 1,500 students. Wichita Area Technical College serves as managing partner and coordinate course offerings. NCAT training is employer-driven to flexibly adapt to industry needs. NCAT facilities allow for realistic hands-on training on the latest equipment in aviation and advanced manufacturing, including a composites materials lab and an autoclave for heat-curing aviation plastics.
For persons who need special assistance in choosing a career, assessing their skills and exploring their training options, Workforce Alliance's Workforce Center in downtown Wichita may have the answer. Financial assistance for training, child care and related expenses may also be available.
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