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.

    • ACT and SAT scores above state and national averages; students with perfect ACT scores in 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
    • National Gold Medal (top) ranking from Expansion Management Magazine based on quality indices
    • 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
    • Only district in the state to achieve a Level III (highest honor) Kansas Award for Excellence, the state level Malcolm Baldrige program
    • Named to the 2006 and 2003 "Best 100 Communities for Music Education" lists by the National Association for Music Education
    • Kansas Teacher of the Year awards in 2012, 2007, 2003, 2000, 1997, 1995 and 1974
    • 19 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching since 1990 — more than any other district in the state
    • 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
    • 2007 NEA-Saturn/UAW Partnership Award for New Teacher Induction Programs — one of six in the nation
    • 99 percent efficiency rating according to a study by Standard & Poor's — District was one of 26 districts rated 99 percent efficient or higher when it comes to spending state education dollars