Topeka Public Schools

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Topeka Public Schools
Unified School District 501
Topeka USD 501 Logo.png
Leading Learners
Type and location
Type Public
Grades Pre-K thru 12
Location 624 SW 24th St.
Topeka, KS 66611
Coordinates 39°01′36″N 95°41′11″W / 39.0266°N 95.6864°W / 39.0266; -95.6864 (District office)Coordinates: 39°01′36″N 95°41′11″W / 39.0266°N 95.6864°W / 39.0266; -95.6864 (District office)
District information
Superintendent Julie Ford
Asst. Superintendent(s) Tammy Austin
(Teaching, Learning & Administration)
Accreditation(s) KSHSAA
Schools 36
NCES District ID 2012260[1]
Students and staff
Students 14,084 [2]
Teachers 1,101
Student-teacher ratio 12.85
Athletic conference Centennial League
Other information
Deputy Superintendent of Operations Larry Robbins
Website Topeka Public Schools

Topeka Public Schools (Topeka USD 501) is an inner city school district serving the City of Topeka. It is one of four school districts that serve the city of Topeka, the capital city of Kansas. Serving 13,505 students in the 2006-2007 school year, the district comprises 4 high schools, 7 middle schools, 21 elementary schools, and 4 other schools for students outside mainstream K-12 levels. It has the highest enrollment of all school districts in Shawnee County.

Topeka Public Schools is widely known for its role in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case.

Administration[edit]

Topeka Public Schools USD 501 is currently under the administration of Superintendent Dr. Julie Ford, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning & Administration, Tammy Austin, and Deputy Superintendent of Operations, Larry Robbins.[3]

Board of Education[edit]

The Topeka Public Schools Board of Education is currently under the leadership of President Janel Johnson and Vice President Peg McCarthy. Other board members include Nancy Kirk, Scott Mickelson, Dr. Michael R. Morrison, John R. Williams, and C. Patrick Woods.[4] The board meets the first and third Thursdays of each month, starting at 5:30pm, at the Burnett Administrative Center (District Office).[5]

Current schools[edit]

High schools[6][edit]

Traditional high schools:

Non-traditional high schools
  • Capital City High School
  • Hope Street Academy

Middle schools[6][edit]

  • Chase Middle School
  • Eisenhower Middle School
  • French Middle School
  • Jardine Middle School
  • Landon Middle School
  • Robinson Middle School
Non-traditional Middle Schools
  • Hope Street Middle School

Elementary schools[6][edit]

  • Avondale West Elementary School
  • Bishop Elementary School
  • Highland Park Central Elementary School
  • Lowman Hill Elementary School
  • McCarter Elementary School
  • McClure Elementary School
  • McEachron Elementary School
  • Meadows Elementary School
  • Quincy Elementary School
  • Randolph Elementary School
  • Ross Elementary School
  • Scott Dual Language Magnet School
  • Shaner Elementary School
  • State Street Elementary School
  • Stout Elementary School
  • Whitson Elementary School
  • Williams Science & Fine Arts Magnet School

Early Childhood Education Programs[6][edit]

  • Kansas Preschool Program @ Quinton Heights Education Center
  • Parents As Teachers @ Quinton Heights Education Center
  • Early Childhood Special Education @ Lundgren Education Center
  • Sheldon Child Development Center - Head Start

Closed Schools[edit]

  • Avondale East Elementary School - closed after 2011-12 school year
  • Linn Elementary School - closed, due to budget cuts
  • Lundgren Elementary School - Now the Social Work building
  • Quinton Heights Elementary School - now Quinton Heights Preschool Program

Other schools[6][edit]

  • Adult Education Center at Washburn Tech
  • Sheldon Head Start
  • Hope Street Charter School
  • Capital City School

Current facilities[6][edit]

Several buildings and facilities are operated by Topeka Public Schools in support of learning, including:

  • McKinley L. Burnett Administrative Center
  • Chandler Field, adjacent to former school building, used as a practice field
  • Erickson Suite, a suite of 5 buildings on the former Kansas State Hospital grounds, hosting the USD 501 Campus Police, Hummer Sports Park management, and several program offices
  • Hummer Sports Park, a six-sport facility available for outside use as well as by TPS athletic programs
  • TPS Service Center

See also[edit]

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