2019-2020 District Snapshot
Enrollment - 49,851 students
Richly diverse student body
- Hispanic - 35.3%
- Caucasian - 31.8%
- African-American - 19.8%
- Multi-Racial - 7.5%
- Asian - 4.5%
- Native American - .9%
- Pacific Islander - .3%
Students of many abilities
- Receiving special education services - 7,637
- Receiving gifted education services - 571
- Students from homes of poverty - 76.5%
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' 2019 graduation rate is 75.3%, up more than 19% since 2010. Increasing the high school graduation rate is one of the goals of WPS' Every Student Future Ready Strategic Plan. WPS graduates earned more than $43.8 million in total scholarships in 2019.
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 97 countries and more than 105 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 5,500 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 5 special program locations. Of these school sites, 24 house magnet programs. District facilities encompass more than 9.5 million interior square feet, with more than 1 million square feet added through 2008 bond issue improvements. The community supported the district with $654 million in bond improvements since 2000, including adding safe rooms.
Finances - 87% of the district's $690 million operating budget directly benefits students, their classrooms and our schools. The total budget for 2019-20, which includes funding from all sources, is $761 million.
Other Interesting Facts -
- Nearly 4,300 volunteers serve in our schools.
- Students have given back more than 19,000 hours of community service.
- More than 16,000 students travel to school by bus. Our buses traveled 7.9 million miles during the 2017-18 school year - that's nearly 320 trips around the world!
- More than 31,000 meals are served every day during the school year. Our district feeds 209 students per minute during lunchtime.
- District crews maintain 1,800 acres.
- There are more than 28,200 interior and exterior door keys district-wide.
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 Kansas fall membership data because that report does not fully count pre-school and kindergarten students.