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

2018-19 Enrollment: 5714 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 Schools

Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools

Haysville USD 261 has 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.

The district received the Flippen Group's 2017-2018 Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School award for all 10 of its schools. The District also has the distinction of receiving the new Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase District award.

“I am so proud of the Haysville USD 261 faculty, staff, students and administrators for being named a Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase District,” 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.”

Congratulations to every school in our district for being a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School for 2017-2018.

Hiliary Cosgrove Receives KSDE Horizon Award

Freeman Elementary Teacher Hiliary Cosgrove Receives Horizon Award

Freeman Elementary Second Grade Teacher Hilary Cosgrove has been named a 2018 Horizon Award winner. Cosgrove was one of 16 elementary school teachers honored. 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 - Hiliary (seated) receiving a call from Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education, who informed her about being named a 2018 Horizon Award winner. Toni Haight, FES Learning Faciliatator and Dr. John Burke were the first to congratulate her.

USD 261 Celebrates Another Blue Ribbon School!

Ruth Clark Elementary 2017 National Blue Ribbon School Award

Haysville USD 261’s Ruth Clark Elementary School was named one of 342 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Ruth Clark Elementary is the third school in the Haysville District to receive a National Blue Ribbon School Award. Ruth Clark Elementary School was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School. Haysville USD 261’s Campus High School was named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School and Oatville Elementary School was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.

USD 261 - Progress as Promised!

Haysville High School - Tri-City Ribbon Cutting

Haysville High School/Tri-City Day School opened their new building located at 1975 W Grand on August 17, 2017. The new facility houses both schools, each with its own entrance, office space, and classroom wings. The schools share areas such as the Media Center, Gymnasium, Weight Room, Kitchen, and the Commons. The students and staff are beyond excited about their new facility.

Haysville High School - Tri-City Day School

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. Visit the Bond Construction page for updates....

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.

Coach Slade Named AVCTL Division 1 Coach of the Year

Coach Slade Named AVCTL Division 1 Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Coach Greg Slade for receiving the AVCTL Division 1 Coach of the Year honor. Campus Colts finished the season at 5-5 and its first ever playoff win at Hutchinson.

USD 261 Staff Receives Spirit of the Community Award

Linda Long Receives Spirit of the Community Award

Congratulations to Linda Long, USD 261 Support/Homeless Services Program Director, on being selected for the Spirit of the Community Award given at the Haysville Fall Festival.