2017-2018 District Snapshot
Enrollment - 50,641 students
Richly diverse student body
- Hispanic - 35%
- Caucasian - 33%
- African-American - 19%
- Multi-Racial - 7%
- Asian - 5%
- Native American - 1%
Students of many abilities
- Receiving special education services - 7,209
- Receiving gifted education services - 677
- Students from homes of poverty - 73.3%
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' 2017 graduation rate is 73.9%, up more than 15% in seven years. WPS graduates earned more than $34.5 Million in total scholarships in 2017.
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 96 countries and more than 119 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 - More than 4,100 teachers, 2,360 classified and support staff, 178 school administrators and 51 central office administrators are dedicated to the education of Wichita's children. The Wichita school district is the fourth largest employer in the 4-county metropolitan statistical area.
School and Support Buildings - The district has 54 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, 3 K-8 schools, 9 high schools and 8 special schools and 4 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 in every school.
Finances - The district's total budget (all funds) is $682.6 million, 88% of which directly supports students.
Other Interesting Facts -
- More than 600 businesses and community partners support our students with more than 138,000 volunteer hours.
- Students have given back more than 19,000 hours of community service.
- More than 16,000 students travel to school by bus.
- More than 31,000 meals are served every day during the school year.
- District crews maintain 1,800 acres.
- More than 28,200 interior and exterior door keys
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.