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

2019-2020 Enrollment: 5800 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

Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase District

Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools

Haysville USD 261 has once again been honored with two national awards recognizing and celebrating teachers and staff that go the extra mile each day by creating a safe environment where students are connected and eager to learn.

For the second year in a row, all 10 of Haysville schools received the Flippen Group's Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School award and the district received the Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase District award. Haysville USD 261 is the only district in the nation to win this award two years in a row!

“I am so proud of the Haysville USD 261 faculty, staff, students and administrators for being named a Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase District two years in a row,” said Superintendent Dr. John Burke. “This program empowers everyone to treat others with kindness and respect. The district has embraced the Capturing Kids Hearts program in every school and department. This focus on developing mutual respect has improved relationships between all stakeholders.”

Michelle Ramirez Receives KSDE Horizon Award

Freeman Elementary Teacher Hiliary Cosgrove Receives Horizon Award

Nelson Elementary Third Grade Teacher Michelle Ramirez has been named a 2019 Horizon Award winner. This award is intended to recognize exemplary first-year teachers in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. This award provides each district the opportunity to encourage, recognize, and reward new members of the profession.

Caption - Haysville USD 261 Superintendent Dr. John Burke (left) and Nelson Elementary School Principal Mike Mitchener (right) were included in the call announcing Ramirez was named as a 2019 Horizon Award Winner.


District Nominees for Kansas Teacher of the Year

Nelson Elementary's Micah Friesen and Haysville Middle School’s Paul Graves, were recognized at this years Kansas Teacher of the Year Banquet. Out of more than 4,000 teachers in the state, they were among the 28 teachers that were recognized for their dedication and hard work in the classroom. Congratulations and thank you for all that you do.

Zac Kliewer Kansas Teacher of Year

Micah Friesen (third from left)

Caleb McCaffree Kansas Teacher of Year

Paul Graves (third from left)