School Achievements

  • Truesdell Middle School was honored with the distinction of Middle School of the Year.  


    Jardine Stem and Career Explorations Academy and Mayberry Cultural Fine Arts Magnet were named as finalists for Middle School of the Year.


    East High School was named one of the Best Places to Work by the Wichita Business Journal for the third year in a row.


    Northeast High School was named the #7 Best High School in Kansas by US News and World Report.


    Northwest High School was named the #15 Best High School in Kansas by US News and World Report.

    South High School was named one of the top Jobs for America's Graduates programs in Kansas.

    Jardine received the 2016 Innovation Award from the Wichita Business Journal.

    Mayberry Cultural and Fine Arts Singing Panthers performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

    Christa McAuliffe Academy Academy's technology class won Best in State and Best in Region in the Verizon's Innovative App Challenge for their Homework in ANY Language app concept.

    All middle school technology and Project Lead the Way classes received 3D printers, thanks to a gift from Cargill Cares.

    Benton Elementary School received the Red Carpet Award for outstanding customer service for the 2015-16 school year.


    Curtis Middle School was named a National Title I Distinguished School by the National Title I Association for closing the academic achievement gap.


    Bostic Traditional Magnet was recognized as part of the Governor’s Achievement Awards, which honors top performing schools in the state.


    Bucker, L’Ouverture, Spaght, Brooks and Jardine received a Magnet Assistance Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support and enhance the schools’ magnet themes with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).


    Hadley Middle School, Curtis Middle School and Christa McAuliffe Academy have received Project Lead the Way National Certification, the only three middle schools in Kansas to receive the honor.


    Hadley Middle School and Airbus are involved in the Airbus Flying Challenge, a partnership that pairs students with Airbus engineers to help students learn about aviation, science, math and engineering. 


    Gordon Parks Academy is authorized as International Baccalaureate World School Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes, the only school in Kansas with both distinctions.North High School, Coleman Middle School and Pleasant Valley Middle School are AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration Schools, the only schools in Kansas and three of the few across the country.

    Black, Bostic, Earhart, Enders, Jefferson, Lawrence, McLean, Mayberry, OK and Riverside received the Let’s Move! Active School Recognition Award, a nation-wide initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama to combat childhood obesity.


    Beech, Caldwell, College Hill, Dodge, Enterprise, Franklin, Jefferson, McLean, OK, Pleasant Valley, Riverside, Stanley and Woodland received national certification with the HealthierUS School Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Pleasant Valley Middle School's Leadership Cadets earned top honors in the National Middle School Drill Meet.


    East High School’s Debate and Forensics program is one of the top 100 schools in the country according to the National Forensics League.


    Truesdell Middle School was named 2015 Middle School of the Year finalist and Coleman Middle School was named an Exemplary Middle School by the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators.

    Metro-Boulevard and Truesdell Middle School literary magazines received national honors from the National Council of Teachers of English.


    Wichita Public Schools’ Law, Public Safety and Security cluster was named an Exemplary Kansas Career and Technical Education program by the Kansas State Department of Education.


    Ten schools, Caldwell, Cessna, Gardiner, Linwood, Stanley, Curtis, Mead, Jardine and Gordon Parks Academy, participate in the ARTS (Arts, Recreation, Tutoring for Success) after-school program that provides tutoring and homework help, along with enrichment in visual arts, music, dance and drama.

    The Wichita Public Schools partnered with Exploration Place to have educators from Exploration Place provide hands-on science activities for elementary students.

    Northwest students are taking a different approach to learning history by being encouraged to think like historians by studying several sources, instead of just learning facts from one textbook.


    Marshall Middle School is part of a national pilot to taste test new items developed by the National Dairy Council.


    McLean’s No Tardy Taters initiative to cut down on student tardies is featured as an example in Randy Sprick’s Safe and Civil Schools Positive School Climate national curriculum.


    The Wichita Public Schools athletic department assisted Wichita State University in a smart phone app pilot program to help tell when it's safe to play after an athlete suffers a concussion.