Wichita County schools provide an excellent education to the students of Wichita County, as evident by the accolades the schools receive. In 2010, USD 467 Wichita County received ten Standard of Excellence Awards granted by the Kansas Department of Education. Wichita County Elementary School, formerly R.B. Stewart Elementary, also received a Challenge Award for Academic Excellence in 2010.
To prepare our students for a technology-driven world, Wichita County schools feature advanced wireless computer technology for student use and web-based student information systems accessible to parents.
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Wichita County Elementary School:
Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade
Student:Teacher Ratio 16:1
At-Risk Preschool: Program is run within the elementary school and is available to both students who qualify and peer models.
Student of the Week: Recognition program based on behavior, not grades. Builds character and encourages students to come to school and be rewarded for effort and not performance.
Music Program: Strong music program offering vocal music at all grades and 5th grad band.
Title 1 Reading Program: Corrects reading difficulties before a problem forms. Ensures that students will become successful readers later on.
7th through 12th grades
In February of 2007, Wichita County High School was awarded the Governor’s Achievement Award. To earn the award, schools’ test scores must be among the top 5 percent in Kansas, and they must meet the following criteria:
Achieve the Standard of Excellence in both reading and math for the spring 2006 Kansas State Assessments. This award goes to high schools where at least 15 percent of students score at the “exemplary” level, the highest possible score, and where no more than 15 percent of students are on “academic warning”, the lowest score. At WCHS, 45.5 percent of students scored “exemplary” in reading and 27.5 percent in math.
Make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in reading and math for 2006. As part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, schools must make AYP by meeting incrementally increasing targets for the percentage of students who score “meets standard” or higher on the assessments. At WCHS, 93.8 percent of students reached at least “meets standard” in reading, and 72.2 percent in math.
Student:Teacher Ratio 10:1
Academic Performance: Our state Assessment scores and average yearly progress are above standard. Students exhibit solid reading performances and English language learning each year.
Continued Education: A high number of our high school students go on to college. A number of advanced courses offered at the high school are available for college credit through Garden City Community College.
Extracurricular: Our high school students show a high level of participation in sports and other extracurricular activities. Many students are active in more than one area. Activities offered include:
Forensics and Debate
Safety and Well-being: Ensuring safe schools is important to us. Our high standard of discipline results in low levels of disciplinary problems. Our newly established Wellness Policy for health awareness includes access to healthy food vending machines.