Public Schools

The six public school districts in Topeka/Shawnee County offer curricula that reflect current educational trends and technology for preschool through high school graduation. Computer labs, up-to-date science labs, interdisciplinary team teaching, award winning debate and library programs and championship athletic programs.The Greater Topeka area is served by six public school districts.

Topeka Public Schools (USD #501)
624 W 24th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66611
General Area: Topeka


  • 18 elementary (K – 5)
  • 6 middle schools (6 – 8)
  • 3 high schools. (9 – 12)
  • 5 other schools reaching students outside mainstream K-12

Auburn-Washburn Schools (USD #437)
5928 SW 53rd Street
Topeka, Kansas 66610
General Area: southwest of Topeka


  • 7 elementary (K – 6)
  • 1 middle school (7 – 8 grades)
  • 1 high school (9-12)
  • 1 alternative high school

Seaman Schools (USD #345)
901 NW Lyman Road
Topeka, Kansas 66608
General Area: north of Topeka


  • 5 elementary (K – 6)
  • 1 middle school (7 – 8)
  • 1 high school (9 – 12)
  • 1 alternative school (7-12)

Shawnee Heights Schools (USD #450)
4401 SE Shawnee Heights Road
Tecumseh, Kansas 66542
General Area: southeast of Topeka


  • 4 elementary (Pre-K – 6)
  • 1 middle school (7 – 8)
  • 1 high school (9-12)

Silver Lake Schools (USD #372)
200 Rice Road
PO Box 39
Silver Lake, Kansas 66539
General Area: northeast of Topeka


  • 1 elementary (K – 6)
  • 1 junior-senior high school (7 – 12)

Kaw Valley Schools (USD #321)
411 W Lasley
St. Marys, Kansas 66536
General Area: northwest of Topeka, includes schools in Rossville (Shawnee County), and St. Marys, Delia, and Emmett (other counties).


  • 3 elementary
  • 2 junior/senior high schools

Catholic Education

Catholic  Schools

The Catholic School System in Topeka is part of the Kansas City, Kansas Archdiocesan system.

5 Elementary Schools (K-8):
Most Pure Heart of Mary Elementary
Mater Dei
Holy Family
Christ the King
St. Matthews

Hayden High School (Catholic, 9-12)
401 SW Gage
Topeka, Kansas 66606


Private Schools

Cair Paravel-Latin School, K-12 (Christian)
635 SW Clay
Topeka, Kansas 66606

Heritage Christian School, Pre-K-12
2000 NW Clay
Topeka, KS 66608

Kennedy Academy, Pre-K-6
206 SE Lakewood Court
Topeka, Kansas 66609

Topeka Adventists School, K-8
2431 Wanamaker
Topeka, Kansas 66614

Topeka Collegiate, Pre-K-8
2200 SW Eveningside Drive
Topeka, Kansas 66614

Topeka Lutheran School, K-8
701 SW Roosevelt
Topeka, Kansas 66606

Center For Young Children (Lutheran), Infant Toddlers, Pre-K
1732 SW Gage
Topeka, Kansas 66604



Home Schooling

Cornerstone Family Schools
An independent educational organization dedicated to assisting Christian families who have chosen to train their children in a responsible manner primarily at home.
P.O. Box 4968, Topeka, KS 66604

High School Diploma Programs
New Directions Learning Academy (West)
5331 SW 22nd Place, Suite 10
Topeka, Kansas 66614

New Directions Learning Academy (East)
Oakland Community Center
801 NE Popular
Topeka, Kansas 66616
New Directions offers a high school diploma program for students 18+ years old. Classes are computer-based with assistance provided by certified instructors.

Freedom Education Center
1430 SW Topeka Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Topeka, Kansas 66612
High school diploma program for individuals on probation or parole.


Technical and Vocational Schools

Numerous technical schools are located within a 50-mile radius of Topeka. Washburn Institute of Technology is located in Topeka and is closely aligned with Washburn University. Specialties include: business, human resources, health, computer, electronic, graphic and mechanical technology. The WIT program also has a Business and Industry Training Program which provides customized training programs for companies and organizations.

Bryan University
1527 SW Fairlawn Road
Topeka, KS 66604

Marinello Schools of Beauty
109 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66611

Topeka Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training
1620 NW Gage
Topeka, KS 66675

MidWest Barber College
901 SW 37th Street
Topeka, KS 66611

Washburn Institute of Technology
5724 SW Huntoon
Topeka, KS 66604

Plumbing and Pipefitters Apprenticeship School
2132 S Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66611

3712 SW Burlingame Road
Topeka, KS 66609



Colleges and Universities

Washburn University
1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66621

Total Enrollment: 6,973 

Washburn University offers more than 200 programs leading to certification, associate, bachelor, master, doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Applied Studies, Business, Law and Nursing.

An affiliate of the university is Washburn Institute of Technology, which provides high school and adult students significant opportunities to develop skills and knowledge relevant to contemporary career fields, such as health occupations, computer repair and networking and a variety of technology and industrial programs.

Classes: 40 percent of undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students.

Undergraduate student/faculty ratio: 15:1

Faculty: 87 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or the highest degree in their discipline.

Graduates: Approximately 1,300 degrees and certificates are awarded annually.

Financial aid: More than $65 million in financial aid is available to students annually. Scholarships awarded from university resources are $6 million.

Endowment funding: Washburn University Foundation assets of approximately $132 million rank Washburn second in the state on a per-student basis among the public institutions.

National recognition: Washburn is annually ranked as one of the best colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report.

Internships: Each year, approximately 1,000 students participate in internship opportunities at more than 125 sites in Topeka.

Athletics: Ten athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Conference. WU sports are baseball, basketball (men and women), football, golf, soccer (women), softball, tennis (men and women), and volleyball.

Alumni: The University boasts more than 40,000 alumni. WU alumni are found in every county in Kansas and in every state in the U.S.

Sesquicentennial in 2015!
How does Washburn plan a celebration that recognizes 150 productive, innovative and pioneering years that were packed with historical milestones and achievements? Washburn will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary every year until 2015. Activities began in 2011 and will conclude with a Grand Homecoming celebration in the fall of 2015. For details, go to

Is Washburn private — or public?
Washburn is a publicly funded, independently governed, state coordinated university. The school was established in 1865 as Lincoln College by a charter issued by the State of Kansas and the General Association of Congregational Ministers and Churches of Kansas. In 1941, the citizens of Topeka endorsed Washburn by voting to establish a municipal university, supported in part by the city and governed by a local board of regents. In 1999, the university’s primary funding was moved from city property tax to county sales tax sources, with the school retaining status as a municipal subdivision of the state. In addition to local financial support, Washburn has received state funds since 1961, which have been coordinated by the Kansas Board of Regents since 1991. Washburn is governed by its own nine-member Board of Regents.

University funding sources: The University is funded by local sales tax, a state operating grant and student tuition.

Mascot: The Ichabod. Washburn’s mascot honors the school’s early benefactor, Ichabod Washburn, a 19th century Massachusetts industrialist. The original design of the studious-looking, tuxedo-clad figure was created in 1938 by Bradbury Thompson (ba ’34), who became an internationally recognized graphic artist.

On campus:

  • Enhancements to campus in the past decade include the renovation of Stoffer Science Hall and Whiting Field House, and the construction of a Student Recreation & Wellness Center, an art building and Washburn Village, a 192-bed apartment-style housing complex.
  • The Mulvane Art Museum is the oldest accredited art museum west of the Mississippi River. The museum’s permanent collection, though international in scope, emphasizes the work of artists of Kansas and the Midwest.
  • Washburn is home to KTWU, the first public television station in Kansas.

Washburn’s influence in the community extends beyond the traditional classroom. Hundreds of youngsters are welcomed to campus each summer as participants in sports camps, while others explore their creativity at the ArtLab and through programs offered by the Mulvane Art Museum. Washburn hosts the Quest Academic Competition that brings high school students from across the state to vie for the opportunity to participate in championship matches produced and televised by KTWU. The campus is a center for cultural, sporting and educational activities. Annual events include Sunflower Music Festival, the Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Festival, the Silent Film Festival and events at the Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre.
For more information visit Washburn University or call 785.670.1010.


Other Area Higher Education Institutions

Other Area Higher Education Institutions

School Educational Emphasis
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
20 Miles east of Topeka
Business, Liberal Arts, Medicine, Law
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS
50 Miles west of Topeka
Architecture, Engineering, Agriculture, Veterinary Science
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS
50 Miles south of Topeka

Baker University
Baldwin, KS
40 Miles south of Topeka

School of Professional & Graduate Studies: Business, Human Resources
Friends University
Topeka, KS
Main campus in Wichita, KS
Non-traditional adult education program: Business, computers
Allen Community College
Burlingame Campus
32 Miles south of Topeka
Associate Degree Program
Highland Community College
18 miles east of Topeka
Associate Degree Program
Rasmussen College
Topeka, KS
Adult education online & classroom: Business, health, nursing, technology, justice, education