Wichita offers 90 unique learning centers for its 49,851 public school students including 23 public high schools and 24 magnet schools providing specific focuses in science, technology, international studies, back-to-the-basics, foreign language and health.
The Wichita Public School district’s Schools of Choice offers Alternative Schools and Magnet Schools where the learning environment is more flexible and the instructional choices are more unique. There are 15 magnet schools at the elementary level, two at the middle school level, and six at the high school level. Applications for magnet schools are made in the spring preceding the school year.
To apply, call the Magnet/Alternative Administrative Office at (316) 833-4464.
Wichita Public Schools are governed by a seven-member Board of Education with board meetings open to the public and held in the auditorium of the Central Vocational Building, 324 N. Emporia. The Board meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month and schedules meetings on other Monday evenings as needed.
Wichita students have access to a wide variety of educational options in one of the largest and most diversified school systems in the state. With a nationally-acclaimed public school system, many fine private institutions and several universities, Wichita provides exceptional opportunities for students – both children and adults – to receive quality education. Convenient class formatting and unique learning environments ensure virtually everyone finds the learning approach that’s best for them.
There are also 25 private and parochial schools for elementary students as well as two parochial high schools and one private high school.
Wichita also offers a rich variety of educational opportunies for adult students. Several universities and colleges are located in Wichita. The largest, Wichita State University, has an enrollment of over 15,000. Friends University with an enrollment of 2,700, and Kansas Newman College with 2,000 are also located in Wichita. Also located here is the University of Kansas Medical Center – Wichita Campus. The Wichita Area Technical College serves over 15,000 students each year with its secondary vocational and technical programs.
Other Educational Resources
- Wichita Public Library
- Christian Home Educators Confederation of Kansas
Support groups from across the State which serves as an information clearinghouse and an advocate for homeschooling in Kansas
- Platform For Distance Learning And Online Learning
Forest Trail Academy is committed to providing the Platform for distance learning and online learning for high school students any time, any place, online at their own pace.