2020-2021 District Snapshot
Enrollment - 47,236 students
Richly diverse student body
- Hispanic - 36.1%
- Caucasian - 30.8%
- African-American - 20%
- Multi-Racial - 7.6%
- Asian - 4.5%
- Native American - .8%
- Pacific Islander - .2%
- 104 languages spoken in the homes of WPS families; 100 countries of birth
Students of many abilities
- Receiving special education services - 7,311
- Receiving gifted education services - 491
- Receiving ESOL services - 7,499
- Students from homes of poverty - 76.5% (2019-20)
Enrollment - Wichita Public Schools is the largest school district in Kansas, educating approximately 11 percent of all public school students in the state of Kansas, and more than half of all school-aged children in Sedgwick County.
Graduation rates increasing in Wichita - The Wichita Public Schools' 2020 graduation rate is 80.5%, nearly a 9% increase since 2018. Increasing the high school graduation rate is one of the goals of WPS' Every Student Future Ready Strategic Plan. WPS graduates were offered more than $35.5 million in total scholarships in 2021.
Future Ready - High school students have more than 100 opportunities to earn college credit while in high school. There are 25 Career and Technical Education Pathways in 7 career areas offered.
Diversity - "The World Walks Our Hallways!" Wichita Public Schools is a dynamic, welcoming school community that supports the needs of all learners, from the most highly skilled to those needing intensive assistance. Our students come from 100 countries and more than 104 languages are spoken in the homes of district students.
Student Activities - Wichita students are active in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to enhance their educational experience. Success is noted throughout the state and across the district in such areas as fine arts, athletics, JROTC/leadership, forensics and debate and technical education.
Employment - The Wichita school district is the fourth-largest employer in the 4-county metropolitan statistical area, with more than 5,600 full-time employees.
School and Support Buildings - The district has 54 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, 3 K-8 schools, 9 high schools and 9 special schools and 6 special program locations. Of these school sites, 24 house magnet programs.
Finances - 87% of the district's $690 million operating budget directly benefits students, their classrooms and our schools. The total budget for 2020-21, which includes funding from all sources, is $809 million.
Other Interesting Facts -
- More than 16,000 students travel to school by bus. Our buses travel 8.6 million miles on average during the school year - that's nearly 344 trips around the world!
- More than 47,000 meals are served every day during the school year. That equates to 263 meals per minute during meal times.
- District crews maintain 1,800 acres.
- There are more than 37,000 interior and exterior door keys district-wide.
- Instrumental Repair maintains approximately 6,000 musical instruments that are loaned to students.
Please note: The demographic information presented above is a snapshot of our student demographic data taken annually in September, and represents the total number of students served by the Wichita Public Schools. This snapshot includes all students (full- and part-time, pre-school, special programs, etc.). Our demographics may differ from the audited Kansas fall membership data.