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School Address Assignment PlanUnless there are programmatic student needs such as Special Education or ESOL services, the Wichita Public Schools assigns students to schools based on residential address. If a particular address is located within a boundary of a school, the student will be assigned to that school.The WPS Schoolfinder is a WebQuery service that generates school information for individual addresses. Access the WPS Schoolfinder by clicking this link: WPS School FinderFor a visual look at our boundary maps please open the school attendance area map(s) by clicking on the link of the appropriate attendance level.Another helpful reference item is the WPS School Feeder Patterns document: WPS Feeder PatternsThe Student Records and Enrollment Services staff may be contacted for assistance in determining school assignments (316) 973-4498.
Students that wish to attend a neighborhood school other than their address assigned must complete and be approved for a special assignment. The special assignment process should always begin with the address assigned neighborhood school and then be forwarded to the requested school. Special assignment request forms should be available at all neighborhood schools. Be aware of the fact that approval for special assignments is not guaranteed. The approval is dependent on the recommendation of both the address assigned (sending - base school) and the requested schools' administrators. In order to recommend approval or denial for a special assignment, school administrators will look at a variety of factors that, among others, include school/grade level capacity, ESOL availability, and Special Education services.
Special Assignments are considered a privilege and certain conditions must be met in order for the assignment to not only be approved, but also continue throughout the school year. Transfers are contingent on the following:
- Students approved for special assignments must provide their own transportation.
- The student must have good attendance, behavior, and academic performance (grades).
- Classroom space availability.
- All personal information must be kept accurate and up to date with the school office.
- Parents must be responsive and supportive of their student’s teachers and school.
- Administrative Decision.
Grades 7th through 12th Only: Athletic/activity may be forfeited with a special assignment request. Please direct all questions to the Sending Principal and/or Athletic Director prior to finalizing the request.
Students that wish to enroll in our schools, but reside outside of USD 259 boundaries may request a special assignment to enroll as a non-resident student. The special assignment request forms for these students only need to be approved by the USD 259 school requested. Please note that special assignments are not used to gain acceptance into our magnet schools.
To request a special assignment go to our enrollment page, click on useful information, special transfer form.
Magnet SchoolsAny student (Kg – 12) who prefers the thematic approach to instruction offered by the magnet school programs is eligible to apply regardless of academic ability. The decision to apply for a magnet school program should be driven by the student’s interest in pursuing essential skills through a specific theme or teaching style for learning. Magnet school programs require an application and subsequent random selection process that assures accessibility to all student populations. Please click on the following link for information on the magnet school acceptance process and additional alternative school options: WPS Magnet Schools