2012-13 Demographic Snapshot
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. The district's 2012-13 enrollment of 50,639 students. Enrollment has grown by more than 1,574 students over the last ten school years.
Student Achievement - Students in the Wichita Public Schools continue to see growth on Kansas state assessment scores. Over the past five years, the district has seen a 4.3 percentage point increase in reading and 3.1 percentage points increase in math. From 2011 to 2012, math scores increased 1.6 percentage points, and reading scores had a slight decline of 0.5 percentage points. In comparison, student proficiency on state assessments across Kansas declined from 2011 to 2012 (-1.9 in reading, -1.0 in math), but increased over a five year period, though not at the rate of Wichita growth (+1.6 in reading, +2.7 in math). More than 24,000 Wichita students take more than 70,000 assessments in the spring.
Forty-one schools received 141 Standard of Excellence Awards in reading, math and/or science by the Kansas State Department of Education for 2012.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. More than 88 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 subject in such areas as fine arts, athletics, JROTC/leadership, forensics and debate and technical education.
Employment - Nearly 4,000 teachers, 2,300 classified and support staff, 169 school administrators and 52 central office administrators are dedicated to the education of Wichita's children. The Wichita school district is the third-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, 10 high schools and 15 other special program locations. Of these school sites, 24 house magnet programs. District facilities encompass more than 8.5 million square feet, with more than 1 million square feet to be added through 2008 bond issue improvements.
Finances - The district's total budget (all funds) is $628 million, 72% of which is for salaries and benefits.
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|Last Updated: 10/1/12|