Public schools in Cowley County offer small classroom settings where student-teacher relationships thrive. At the same time, our schools keep pace with technology and fast-moving trends in public education inside modern, updated facilities that demonstrate community pride and support.
Students historically exceed national averages on ACT scores and graduation rates. Most are offered free tuition to Cowley County Community College upon successful completion of work ethics programs at their high schools. A renewed emphasis on career education is taking hold across the county, and athletic success reflects the high standard and hard work our teachers and coaches demand.
The public schools provide many opportunities to pursue music, art, drama and other cultural and civic interests for a well-rounded experiences to prepares students not just for college or career, but for life. Schools in Cowley County produce citizens who move on to successful, sometimes extraordinary careers — such as Bob Eaton, former Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Corp. Residents who stick close to home or come back to continue our proud legacy of community building and entrepreneurship, such as Sandy Foust, owner of S&Y Industries, Brian Petty, owner of RobotZone, or Bob Tyler, owner of Winfield Consumer Products (Husky Liners).
Arkansas City — USD 470
620-441-2000 – usd470.com
- Ranked in the Top 10 in Kansas High Schools by U.S. News and World Report
- Every student 5th grade and higher receives a laptop or tablet for learning
- Consistently near the top on statewide assessments
- High School band received No. 1 rating at state competition
- Every school in district rebuilt or upgraded after 2008 a voter-approved bond issue
Having lived and attended schools throughout the nation I am happy to say that I am grateful for the education system in Arkansas City! We have choices to meet the individual temperament of our children; ones that also help parents to contribute to the community while at the same time guiding the growth of their child.
— Kerry Schnackenberg
Winfield — USD 465
620-221-5100 – www.usd465.com
- Math and reading assessments consistently beat state averages
- Implementing Stem Center for Collaboration and Innovation with ‘State of the Art’ 3D printer
- 2014 Finalist for Teacher of the Year, elementary teacher Lisa Holt
- Freshman 101 program helps transition between middle and high school
- Numerous “Standard of Excellence” Awards for academic achievement
Through PTO and site-council meetings, I feel I am always aware of curriculum changes and new state and local policies that will impact student learning. Best of all, my kids are engaged with their school and feel like they are a valued part of a learning community the second they walk in the door.
— Amy McWhirt
Central of Burden — USD 462
620-438-2217 – www.usd462.org
- ACT scores exceeded state average in 2013; math and reading scores consistently well above state averages
- Only elementary school in county honored as “Rewards School” by Kansas Department of Education
- Junior/Senior High School implementing project-based learning for more hands on education
As a graduate of the Central School District, I feel fortunate that my kids now get to experience the same opportunities that a small school has to offer. With the smaller class size comes more individual attention tailored to the needs of each of the students. We are fortunate to have such dedicated and caring people, from the administration, to the faculty, to the staff, taking care of our kids.
— Lisa Braun
Dexter — USD 461
620-867-5415 – www.usd471.org
- ACT scores exceeded state average in 2013
- Teacher stability — More than 50 percent with at least five years at district
- Distinguished industrial arts classes that have designed and built projects sold locally, statewide, and nationally
Dexter Community School is a hidden gem in Kansas! The small class size is as huge benefit to the children. The teachers truly want to see each child succeed not just in academics, but in life! Both the teachers and administration are very approachable and quick to address any concerns parents or students have!
— Holly Zimmerman
Udall — USD 463
620-782-3355 – www.usd463.org
- Math and reading assessments exceeded state average in 2013: ACT scores matched state
- 12-1 student-to-teacher ratio provides personalized experience
- Teacher stability — about one-third have taught in Udall 15 years or longer
I have five children in the district. The teachers, faculty, administration — you really do know everybody on a personal level. If you have an issue you can call them at home. The one-on-one attention your kids get is awesome. Your kid just isn’t a number. They generally care about kids and making sure they get a good education.
— Amber Barnett