Overview

  • Enrollment

    Enrollment Sept. 20, 2019 – 30,299

    Second largest district in Kansas

    Class Size Average

    • Elementary 20.5
    • Middle School 22.0
    • High School 25.5

    Learning Results

    • ACT composite average: 23.3
    • 11 National Merit Finalists in 2019
    • 2017 US Presidential Scholar Recipient

    Accreditation

    All schools accredited by the state of Kansas

    Graduation Rate

    91.2 percent

    Attendance Rate

    98.4 percent

    College Level Courses

    • 15 21st Century Academies
    • 18 Advanced Placement courses
    • 40 College Now courses
    • 5 College Board College Level Equivalency Program
    • (CLEP) Assessments offered

    Activities and Athletics

    • 80 percent of students in grades 5-12 are involved in one or more activity or athletic opportunity
    • Olathe’s rich activities and athletics programs create a well-rounded student population

    Grants and Scholarships

    $46.4 million in scholarships offered to 2019 graduates

    Recognitions

    • 17 Blue Ribbon School Awards
    • “What Parents Want” Award by SchoolMatch
    • Kansas Award for Excellence, Level III
    • Among 100 Best Communities for Music Education
    • Standard & Poor’s – “Narrowing the Achievement Gap”
    • Standard & Poor’s – “Effective Use of Resources”

    Number of Staff: 4,637

    • 2,594 — Certified staff
    • 2,043 — Classified support staff
    • 15 years — Average experience of classroom teachers
    • 7 — Kansas Teachers of the Year
    • 16 — Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

    Number of Schools

    • 36 Elementary schools (Grades K-5)
    • 10 Middle schools (Grades 6-8)
    • 5 High schools (Grades 9-12)
    • Claire Learning Center
    • Harmony and Heartland Early Childhood Centers for children with special needs
    • Head Start program for preschool age children
    • Mill Creek Campus
    • Olathe Advanced Technical Center
    • Prairie Learning Center for children with special needs
    • West Dennis Learning Center

    Programs

    • Elementary weekly computer technology instruction
    • Tiered math instruction at the middle level, including advanced classes
    • Reading seminar at the middle level differentiated for all staff
    • AVID for increasing college readiness — select middle schools and high schools
    • 21st Century High School Academies in Aerospace & Engineering, Biotechnology, Culinary Arts, eCommunications, and more
    • College level classes — Advanced Placement and College Now courses
    • eAcademy online education
    • Physical Fitness offerings at all levels
    • Fine arts offerings at all levels — visual arts, general music, choral, orchestra, band, theatre

    Strengths of the Olathe Public Schools

    • Outstanding students and staff
    • Community support
    • Parental involvement
    • The Olathe Public Schools Foundation
    • Civic group support

    2019-20 Ethnic/Racial Breakdown

    • Caucasian — 66.04 percent
    • Hispanic — 17.1 percent
    • African American — 7.3 percent
    • Multi-racial — 4.7 percent
    • Asian — 4.3 percent
    • Native American — .3 percent
    • Pacific Island — .2 percent

     

District Enrollment

School Year Enrollment
1965 3,687
1966 3,964
1967 4,192
1968 4,433
1969 4,619
1970 4,664
1971 5,020
1972 5,289
1973 5,477
1974 5,583
1975 5,814
1976 6,428
1977 7,006
1978 7,495
1979 8,098
1980 8,497
1981 8,973
1982 9,360
1983 9,950
1984 10,593
1985 11,230
1986 12,050
1987 12,727
1988 13,296
1989 13,974
1990 14,870
1991 15,357
1992 15,908
1993 16,580
1994 17,129
1995 17,776
1996 18,483
1997 18,845
1998 19,606
1999 20,335
2000 20,872
2001 21,530
2002 22,197
2003 23,000
2004 23,699
2005 24,760
2006 25,540
2007 26,351
2008 26,894
2009 27,202
2010 27,943
2011 28,228
2012 28,872
2013 29,171
2014 29,414
2015 29,567
2016 29,622
2017 30,055
2018 30,145
2019 30,299

Total Student Enrollment

    • 1965-66 through 2018-19: The Olathe Public Schools had an enrollment of 30,299 as of Sept. 20, 2019, the state’s official count date. NOTE: Due to state request, in the 2010-11 school year the district started including Head Start students in its official enrollment totals.
    • 55 Consecutive Years of Growth
    • Current Enrollment: 30,299

    For more information, call the Communications Division at 913-780-8245.

    The Olathe School District is an equal opportunity educator and employer. (Read the non-discrimination statement).

    Direct inquiries regarding compliance to the Assistant Superintendent/General Administration, 913-780-7000.