Award Highlights

  • The Olathe School District is proud of its award-winning students and staff. Students are regularly recognized for their achievements in academics and athletics. Our highly qualified instructors have been honored by their peers locally and nationwide for a variety of accomplishments.

    • No. 4 Best Employer in Kansas by Forbes Magazine (2023)
    • No. 12 Best Mid-Size Employer in the U.S. as listed by Forbes Magazine, only K-12 school district in the top 60 (2023)
    • ACT and SAT scores above state and national averages; students with perfect ACT scores in 2022-23, 2021-22, 2020-21, 2019-20, 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2006-07, 2004, 2002-03, 2000 and 1999; perfect SAT scores in 2015-16, 2009-10, 2006-07 and 2005-06
    • Apple Distinguished School
      • Central Elementary - 2023
    • 18 National Blue Ribbon School Awards from the U.S. Department of Education
      • Mahaffie Elementary - 2021
      • Regency Place Elementary - 2006
      • Westview Elementary - 2006
      • Heatherstone Elementary - 2001
      • Frontier Trail Junior High - 2000
      • Black Bob Elementary - 1999
      • Olathe East High School - 1998
      • Central Elementary - 1997
      • Walnut Grove Elementary - 1997
      • Ridgeview Elementary - 1994
      • Countryside Elementary - 1992
      • Indian Creek Elementary - 1992
      • Olathe South High School - 1991
      • Tomahawk Elementary - 1986 and 1994
      • Santa Fe Trail Junior High - 1985
      • Oregon Trail Junior High - 1984 and 1993
    • Leader in Me Lighthouse School designation from Franklin Covey Co.
      • 2022 - Millbrooke Elementary
      • 2012 - Brougham Elementary
      • 2017 - Forest View Elementary
    • Kansas Teacher of the Year awards
      • 2024 - Taylor Bussinger
      • 2012 - Tiffany Richard
      • 2007 - Josh Anderson, national finalist
      • 2003 - Ruth Ann Gharst Wagoner
      • 2000 - Sue Rippe
      • 1997 - Nancy McRoberts
      • 1995 - Becky Goodwin
      • 1974 - Don Everhart
    • 20 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching since 1985 — more than any other district in the state
      • 2019 - Margaret Richard
      • 2016 - Nancy Smith
      • 2013 - Patrick Flynn
      • 2013 - Jeremi Wonch
      • 2011 - Dennis Burkett
      • 2007 - Steven Obenhaus
      • 2003 - JoAnn Hiatt
      • 2000 - Kathleen Wilhite
      • 1998 - Julia Miller
      • 1998 - Randall Warner
      • 1997 - Linda Bachura-Boxberger
      • 1997 - Rhonda Reist
      • 1996 - Craig Jaggard
      • 1995 - Carol Williamson
      • 1994 - Lisa Crooks
      • 1993 - Ruth Gleason
      • 1992 - Becky Goodwin
      • 1990 - Steven Case
      • 1989 - Richard Williamson
      • 1985 - Charlotte Keith
    • State championships in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming / diving, tennis, track and field, wrestling, forensics, mock trial, Science Olympiad and Scholar Bowl competitions