2015-16 Demographic Snapshot

†††† Enrollment - 51,133† † ††
† Caucasian 34%
† Hispanic 34%
† African-American 19%
† Multi-Racial 8%
† Asian 4%
† Native American

► Special Education
► Gifted and Talented

†† 859

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 2015-16 enrollment of 51,133 students, an increase of more than 110 students in the traditional PreK-12 enrollment, but a decrease in total enrollment due to two adult programs that were reduced or eliminated because of budget cuts.††WPSí traditional PreK-12 enrollment is at its highest level in more than ten years with 49,498 students.

Student Achievement - Reading and math proficiency increased from†2008-12, in Wichita and across Kansas. Students in Wichita saw an 6% increase in reading, 4.5% increase in math; both saw decreases in 2013 due to transition to Kansas College and Career Ready Standards.

Graduation rates increasing in Wichita - The Wichita Public Schools' graduation rate is 76.5% - up 21% - or 13.4 percentage points in four years.

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 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†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 $683.8 million, 72.4% of which is for salaries and benefits.

Other Interesting Facts -
  • Largest district between Mississippi River and Denver, Dallas and Canada
  • More than 300 businesses and organizations have registered as business and community partners
  • 3,000 registered mentors, tutors and volunteers provide more than 138,000 hours of direct support to students
  • More than 16,800 students travel to school by bus
  • More than 32,000 lunches and nearly 13,000 breakfasts are served every day during the school year
  • More than 7 million cartons of milk are purchased each year
  • There are nearly 37,000 computers in district classrooms.
  • 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.
Last Updated: 1/12/16
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