Wichita Collegiate School

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Wichita Collegiate School
Wichita Collegiate School.png
9115 East 13th Street [1]


United States
Coordinates37°42′26″N 97°13′52″W / 37.707248°N 97.230978°W / 37.707248; -97.230978Coordinates: 37°42′26″N 97°13′52″W / 37.707248°N 97.230978°W / 37.707248; -97.230978
School typePrivate, College preparatory
MottoProba Te Dignum
(Prove Yourself Worthy)
CEEB code173210 [2]
HeadmasterTom Davis [3]
Athletic DirectorMitch Fiegel [3]
GradesPreK to 12
Average class size15
Campus size42 acres
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)     Royal Blue
SongDear Collegiate
AthleticsClass 4A,[4] District 11 [5]
Athletics conferenceAVCTL III & IV [3]
SportsBasketball, baseball, soccer, football for men
Team nameWichita Collegiate Spartans
NewspaperThe Spartan Voice
YearbookThe Collegian
Communities servedAll

Wichita Collegiate School, known locally as Collegiate, is a private, co-educational, non-denominational, and non-profit college preparatory day school founded in 1963 currently enrolling 966 students from preschool through 12th grade located in Wichita, Kansas, United States. The Headmaster is Tom Davis.[6] The school motto is: "Proba te Dignum" (Latin for "Prove Yourself Worthy")[7]


Wichita Collegiate School was originally conceived in the 1950s as an alternative to Wichita public education. Its name was originally Wichita Independent Day School.[8] The founder and first chairman of Wichita Collegiate, Robert Love, claimed in his book, How to Start Your Own School, that, "Traditional private and parochial schools either eagerly emulate public institutions or are coerced by the state into doing so through acceptance of government accreditation and certification regulations ... Collegiate was independent of both church and state from the beginning for practical reasons. All of us had already rejected state-run schools as being a restrictive, inefficient way to educate children. To be consistent, we decided against any association with the state in our new education venture. This meant no special legislative favors, no participation in government loan or grant programs, no state accreditation, and no requirement that we hire only certified teachers."[9] Robert Love was a member of the National Council of the Libertarian John Birch Society but he parted ways with that organization over its support for the Vietnam War.[10]


In 2008, Wichita Collegiate was selected by the Malone Family Foundation to receive a $2 million endowment to help make the educational opportunities and experiences accessible to academically talented students entering grades 7-12 whose families demonstrate significant financial need.


Wichita Collegiate School is one of 82 schools that are members of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and the only ISAS member in Kansas.[11] Duke University's Talent Identification Program has designated Wichita Collegiate School as a local partner for its gifted program.[12] The Kansas Board of Regents recognizes Wichita Collegiate School courses as meeting its Qualified Admissions requirements.[13][14][15] Wichita Collegiate School has regularly taken 1st, 2nd or 3rd place statewide in the Science Olympiad for Kansas Division C small schools over a period of many years.[16] The Wichita Collegiate School average enrollment is 60 students per graduating class with an average class size of 15 students; 100% of WCS seniors are accepted to college. The mean SAT test score in 2014 was 1828 compared to a national average in 2013 of 1498.


The faculty at Wichita Collegiate School have received many honors. Some recent examples include the selection by The College Board of Science Department Chair Janice Crowley as National AP Teacher of the Year in 2008, and Kansas State Board of Education's official recognition of Wichita Collegiate teacher Jenifer Sinsel, the 2006 National Finalist in science at its July 2007 meeting. Sinsel has since left Collegiate.[17] Sinsel is also the 2007 recipient of the National Science Teachers Association Sylvia Shugrue Award.[18] Sinsel was one of only 20 teachers from throughout the United States to be selected by NASA to be in the first class in the Airspace Systems Education Cohort.[19]

Wichita Collegiate School chemistry teacher Janice Crowley received the Milken Family Foundation Educator Pathfinder Award for leading her students in investigating a carcinogenic source of breast cancer in area fast food restaurants.[20] Crowley also was named in Reader's Digest's "America's 100 Best"[21] and has been designated Regional Outstanding Chemistry Teacher by the American Chemical Society.[22]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Wichita Collegiate School's teams, the Spartans, have numerous state titles. These include four boys' state baseball championships, five boys' state basketball championships, three boys' state football championships, twelve boys' state golf championships and seventeen boys' state tennis championships; as well as one girls' state basketball championship. The girls' tennis team has won seventeen of the state championships in the past eighteen years, missing only the year '99-'00. Collegiate was moved to 4A after winning almost every athletic state championship in 2009, except boys' baseball and girls' basketball, which placed third. They will be moving back down to 3A in the 2014-2015 season. Girls' Soccer was added to the athletic sports group in the 2013 season.

State championships[edit]

State Championships[23]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 3 1994, 2000, 2009
Volleyball 1 2009
Tennis, Girls 28 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Winter Basketball, Boys 5 1993, 1996, 2007, 2009, 2010
Basketball, Girls 1 2006, 2010
Spring Golf, Boys 17 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Baseball 4 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001
Tennis, Boys 23 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
Total 66

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ GNIS entry for Wichita Collegiate School; USGS; October 24, 2008.
  2. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  3. ^ a b c "School Search - Wichita-Collegiate HS". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  4. ^ KSHSAA School Classification List
  5. ^ KSHSAA School District List
  6. ^ Malone Foundation http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/stories/2008/06/23/daily30.html
  7. ^ Memories of Wichita Collegiate School http://www.alibris.com/search/detail.cfm?S=R&bid=9248539050&cm_mmc=shopcompare-_-base-_-nonisbn-_-na
  8. ^ Robert Love, ch. 3, "How to Start Your Own school" http://downloads.heartland.org/16690.pdf
  9. ^ excerpted from Robert Love, pp. 7, 19, "How to Start Your Own school" http://downloads.heartland.org/16690.pdf
  10. ^ Robert Love, p. 29, "How to Start Your Own School" http://downloads.heartland.org/16690.pdf
  11. ^ ISAS School Directory Kansas search http://www.isasw.org/member_school_directory/index.aspx?LinkID=85
  12. ^ Duke University News "New Enrichment Programs Coming to Local Gifted Youth through Duke TIP, Wichita Collegiate Partnership" http://www.tip.duke.edu/about/news/2007/wichita_collegiate_partnership.html
  13. ^ Kansas Board of Regents Approved Curriculum Directory http://registration.kan-ed.org/regents/index.asp
  14. ^ QUALIFIED ADMISSIONS APPROVED CURRICULUM REVIEW FORM http://registration.kan-ed.org/regents/profile.asp?userid=14707
  15. ^ Profile http://registration.kan-ed.org/regents/profile.asp?userid=14707&year=2005
  16. ^ 1996-2007 Kansas Science Olympiad results http://webs.wichita.edu/scienceolympiad/
  17. ^ Kansas State Board of Education, "Highlights of the July State Board of Education Meeting" http://www.ksbe.state.ks.us/Default.aspx?tabid=36&ctl=Details&mid=1030&ItemID=250
  18. ^ NSTA News Digest "NSTA Honors Educators With Its 2007 Awards" http://www.nsta.org/publications/news/story.aspx?id=53627
  19. ^ NASA News http://quest.nasa.gov/projects/asec/docs/TOP_TEACHERS_FINAL_.pdf
  20. ^ Milken Educator Awards http://www.mff.org/mea/mea.taf?page=netnews&_function=detail&MEAWebsite_uid1=1079&part=none
  21. ^ Reader's Digest "America's 100 Best" 2005 "Best Chemistry Inspiration" http://www.rd.com/content/best-connections-in-best-of-america/1/
  22. ^ Science Blog "Wichita high school chemistry teacher wins regional award" http://www.scienceblog.com/community/older/2002/D/2002408.html
  23. ^ "State Records & State Champions" (English). Retrieved 2010-02-05.

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