Ranking the best school districts around Wichita, Kansas

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The best school districts in this region of Wichita are not located in the city, according to a recent ranking by Niche.

Niche examines public data sets from the US Department of Education, as well as online reviews to analyze and compare school districts. They assign schools and districts a rank of report cards (A + to F) based on several factors, such as teachers, resources, and college readiness.

Wichita Public Schools did not make the top 15, where Niche ceased to rank and received a C + as an overall rating.

Here are the top 10 school districts in the Wichita area. You can see the rest of the ranking here or read more about the Niche methodology here.

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Clearwater Unified School District. Clearwater Unified School District

10th best school district in the Wichita area: Clearwater Unified School District

Site: Clearwater, KS

Number of students: 1,191

Total number of schools: 3

Ranking of niche states: B

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Halstead Unified School District. Halstead Unified School District

9th best school district in the Wichita area: Halstead Unified School District

Site: Halstead, KS

Number of students: 813

Total number of schools: 3

Ranking of niche states: B +

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Circle’s Mallory Cowman Hayden Barber The Wichita Eagle

8th best school district in the Wichita area: Circle Unified School District

Site: Towanda, KS

Number of students: 2.016

Total number of schools: 6

Ranking of niche states: B +

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Sedgwick Public Schools. Sedgwick Public Schools

7th best school district in the Wichita area: Sedgwick Public Schools

Site: Sedgwick, KS

Number of students: 453

Total number of schools: 2

Ranking of niche states: B +

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Aliyah Myers Hayden Barber from Derby The Wichita Eagle

6th best school district in the Wichita area: Derby Unified School District

Site: Derby, KS

Number of students: 7 258

Total number of schools: 12

Ranking of niche states: B +

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Valley Center Public Schools Valley Center Public Schools

5th best school district in the Wichita area: Valley Center Public Schools

Site: Valley Center, KS

Number of students: 3 139

Total number of schools: 7

Ranking of niche states: B +

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Renwick Unified School District. Renwick Unified School District

4th best school district in the Wichita area: Renwick Unified School District

Site: Andale, KS

Number of students: 1,812

Total number of schools: 6

Ranking of niche states: A-

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Andover Unified School District. Andover Unified School District

3rd best school district in the Wichita area: Andover Unified School District

Site: Andover, KS

Number of students: 9,185

Total number of schools: 11

Ranking of niche states: A-

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Goddard Unified School District Goddard Unified School District

2nd best school district in the Wichita area: Goddard Unified School District

Site: Goddard, KS

Number of students: 5,985

Total number of schools: 11

Ranking of niche states: A-

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The Maize School District claims that Maize South Elementary School nurse Stephany McClellan and para Glen Shafer saved the life of fourth-grader Keegan Dalton. Courtesy photo Corn, Unified School District 266

Best school district in the Wichita area: Unified Corn School District

Site: Maize, KS

Number of students: 8,000

Total number of schools: ten

Ranking of niche states: A

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This story was originally published October 7, 2021 4:09 am.

Sarah Spicer reports for The Wichita Eagle and focuses on climate change in the region. She joined the Eagle in June 2020 as a member of the Report for America corps. A native of Kansan, Spicer has won awards for her investigative reporting from the Kansas Press Association, the Chase and Lyon County Bar Association, and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition.


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