About USD 261

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The Haysville School System is the 18th largest Kansas School district and combines the personalized spirit of a small town with a top-notch staff, curriculum and facilities normally associated with larger communities. With care and individual attention, we focus on putting each student on the road to a lifetime of learning.

Encompassing 36 square miles of south-central Sedgwick County, the Haysville School District (USD 261) draws students from a wide range of urban and rural backgrounds to create a rich, well-blended student body. Our curriculum, designed to meet each student's educational needs, emphasizes the core academic areas of reading, math, science, and social studies, while incorporating all State of Kansas standards for education and reflecting national curriculum reform efforts. Our schools offer a safe learning environment with excellent teachers and staff focused on the success of their students. To meet the unique needs of each learner, the academic progress of students is monitored for early intervention.


Dr. John Burke, Superintendent

Dr. John Burke, Superintendent

District Facts

2016-17 Enrollment: 5572 Students

Attendance Centers

6 Elementary Schools (Grades Pre-K - 5)

2 Middle Schools (Grades 6 - 8)

1 High School (Grades 9 - 12)

3 Specialty Facilities


International Baccalaureate Program

International Baccalaureate Program

Campus High School offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma program. Any student from throughout the surrounding area is eligible to apply to enroll in the school and participate in the program. International Baccalaureate schools offer an integrated approach to college preparation that includes not only challenging coursework, but also develops a global perspective and awareness that will be critical to the success of students as they prepare for the changing and emerging careers of this century. Learn more...


District News & Highlights

Haysville USD 261 Career Fair

February 25, 2017 10 AM - Noon

The Learning Center, 150 W Grand, Haysville

Haysville Schools will be conducting interviews for
Certified and Classified

USD 261 Saving Energy Costs - $5.8 million to date

Energy SavingsUSD 261 is serious about saving energy costs! Over the past 14 years, the district has made changes that have resulted in a 39.3% savings, to the tune of $5.8 million dollars. These savings are largely due to the diligence of our staff members who are making sure items such as computers, printers, lights, etc. are being turned off when not in use, regulating thermostats, and reporting items that are malfunctioning or wasting energy. The savings from our reduction in energy is part of the reason we are able to continue on during the budget crisis.

USD 261 - Under Construction


Voters Passed a $59 million Bond Election in June 0f 2015. Projects are underway across the district to make renovations and improvements, including but not limited to infrastructure upgrades, secure entries, and storm shelters to the District’s facilities. The cost of the projects will be payable from proceeds of the bonds in an amount not to exceed $59,000,000. Current state finance formula allows additional state aid to pay 65% of the project and interest cost on a voted bond issue. This additional state aid will allow the district to keep its local property tax mill rate flat. The district's new Transportation Center which will be located just south of Freeman Elementary School on Meridian is almost complete and scheduled to open in July 2016. Visit the Bond Construction page for updates....

Haysville Schools Nominated as a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools

Four schools in USD 261 have been nominated by the Flippen Group to receive a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools TM Award for the 2016-17 school year. Congratulations to Haysville West Middle School, Freeman Elementary, Nelson Elementary and Ruth Clark Elementary.

Capturing Kids' Hearts and the Flippen Group provides processes for teachers and staff to connect students with their peers and adults on campus, and to create classrooms where students are excited to enter and learn every day, creating a positive and productive learning environment.

Capturing Kids' Hearts

Haysville West Middle School Hosts Family Science Night

In December, Haysville West Middle School Science Department hosted a Family Science Night for students, parents, and siblings. Participants were encouraged to come have fun while constructing and testing Javelin Rockets. The rockets were made with basic materials of insulation tubing, index cards, rubber band, and good ole duck tape.

Participants had a blast testing and competing against friends in various ways: Accuracy, Longest Hang-Time, Distance, and Obstacle Course Flying. HWMS gives a loud shout-out to the parents and students who participated!

Science Night