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C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Wichita Unified School District is a public school district located in Wichita, KS. It has 50,255 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 20% of students are at least proficient in math and 27% in reading.
Address
201 N Water
Wichita, KS 67202
Telephone
(316) 973-4000
Website

Wichita Unified School District Rankings

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  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
27%
Percent Proficient - Math
20%
Average Graduation Rate
73%
Average SAT
1170
113 responses
Average ACT
23
1,138 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
50,255
Free or Reduced Lunch
74.2%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$52,118
Teachers in First/Second Year
19.2%

Finances

Total Expenses
$617,744,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,307/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    56%
  • Support Services
    40%
  • Other
    4%

Wichita Unified School District Reviews

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I like it, but I wish there was more college prep push for highly selective colleges. Compared to the private schools around the area the push for college and career readiness is rather lacking. The extracurricular activities are great and athletics are alright. Overall, the best area for public schools especially USD 259 are the fine arts!
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Great Administration that shows interest in students and supports them making good choices. Great support for college preparation including ACT preparation, study skills, test taking strategies. Summer offerings include intensive ACT preparation classes and support. Very active AVID program. Lots of clubs to become a part of. Great music program with a lot of options for students to choose from including orchestra, chamber orchestra (audition only orchestra group), band, jazz band, choir, and several audition only vocal groups. Something for almost every student. There are a lot of activities for students to become involved in as well. They have a very active Young Life chapter for students.
The great part about USD 259 is the fact that it is diverse and there are so many resources to help students be successful. Although it is not a wealthy district, it is very much there to assist students in anyway that they can. One thing that is maybe not the greatest about the district is the facilities and the administration. The facilities are over 30 years old and quite possibly falling apart in some places. The administration is lackadaisical and subpar compared to certain parents’ standards. They do not provide a good environment for children to learn and grow from their mistakes but overall they are doing their best to help students be successful.