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Comparing the 6 Largest Kansas City Area School Districts

Comparing The 6 Largest Kansas City Area School Districts

Whenever we are helping clients purchase a new home, school districts are often top of mind.  The school district in which you reside in is important not only for your family, but for resale value on down the line.  For the benefit of our clients, especially those new to the Kansas City area, we thought we’d go through the area’s larger districts and provide some highlights of each.

According to Niche.com, the following are the largest districts serving the KC area in 2018 based on student enrollment using data from the U.S. Department of Education.

Olathe Public School District

Olathe boasts 48 schools and just over 30,000 students enrolled.  It is the second-fastest-growing district in Kansas.  Olathe has racked up an impressive 17 Blue Ribbon School Awards and cites a 94% graduation rate.  Olathe Unified is generally bounded by 159th Street to the south, Cedar Niles Road to the west, 87th Street to the north, and Quivira to the east.  The newest high school, Olathe West, cost over $80 million to build and more closely resembles a business start-up space or college campus.

Schools 35 Elementary Schools
9 Middle Schools
4 High Schools
Students 30,022
Graduation Rate 94%
Average SAT Score 1310
Average ACT Score 27
Reading Proficiency 46%
Math Proficiency 42%
Teacher Ratio 14:1
Median Home Value $224,000
Shawnee Mission School District

Shawnee Mission has just under 28,000 students in its 43 schools.  The district is located in northeast Johnson County, KS.  There are 5 high schools in the district.  The district has consistently been ranked among the finest school districts in the nation earning praise locally, regionally, and nationally.

Schools 33 Elementary Schools
5 Middle Schools
5 High Schools
Students 27,590
Graduation Rate 90%
Average SAT Score 1290
Average ACT Score 27
Reading Proficiency 49%
Math Proficiency 44%
Teacher Ratio 16:1
Median Home Value $165,307
Blue Valley School District

22,600 students call Blue Valley home and attend its 34 schools, five of which are high schools.  Blue Valley is 91-square miles and the boundaries include I-435 to the north, State Line Road to the east, 215th Street to the south and a western border that goes between Quivira and Pflumm.  Recently, the Blue Valley Southwest debate team concluded their record-breaking season at the National Speech and Debate Tournament with a historic national championship.

Schools 20 Elementary Schools
9 Middle Schools
5 High Schools
Students 22,793
Graduation Rate 97%
Average SAT Score 1380
Average ACT Score 29
Reading Proficiency 63%
Math Proficiency 57%
Teacher Ratio 14:1
Median Home Value $261,200
Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools

There are over 23,000 students enrolled in the urban district’s 46 schools.  With a Head Start program, three preschools, 33 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, and 5 high schools, the district serves a wonderfully diverse mixture of students. A remarkable 75 different languages are spoken in the homes of KCKPS students.

Schools 33 Elementary Schools
8 Middle Schools
5 High Schools
Students 23,292
Graduation Rate 74%
Average SAT Score 960
Average ACT Score 20
Reading Proficiency 14%
Math Proficiency 11%
Teacher Ratio 14:1
Median Home Value $91,600
North Kansas City Schools

Enrollment is right at 20,000 students in the district’s 31 schools.  NKC Schools is situated just north of Kansas City’s downtown.  The school district offers optional Pre-K and before/after school programs, expansive gifted/honors opportunities, career and professional academies, A+ certified high schools, as well as nationally recognized adult and community education programs for learners of all ages.

Schools 22 Elementary Schools
5 Middle Schools
4 High Schools
Students 20,763
Graduation Rate 96%
Average SAT Score 1200
Average ACT Score 24
Reading Proficiency 54%
Math Proficiency 52%
Teacher Ratio 15:1
Median Home Value $139,735
Lees Summit R-7 School District

Lee’s Summit claims just over 18,000 students at its 26 schools.  The school district has met all criteria to earn the state’s top designation for academic achievement — accredited with distinction.  The R-7 School District serves Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana, Lake Winnebago, areas of Raintree Lake, area of Lakewood and some outlying rural areas, with a small portion of the district extending into Cass County and Kansas City.

Schools 19 Elementary Schools
4 Middle Schools
3 High Schools
Students 18,410
Graduation Rate 95%
Average SAT Score 1280
Average ACT Score 26
Reading Proficiency 62%
Math Proficiency 56%
Teacher Ratio 15:1
Median Home Value $210,400

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