K-12 Education

Pottawatomie County's K-12 education is comprised of eight Unified School Districts. Below is a map showing the territories of each USD. 
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Educational Attainment in Pottawatomie County, Population 25 years and over (2017 Estimate)

Edu Pott 2017

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (Retrieved July, 2019)

Seven out of eight School Districts in Pottawatomie County have a higher graduation rate than the State of Kansas's average graduation rate of 87 percent.

Graduation Rate and Dropout Rate by School District in Pottawatomie County 2017-18

School District USD Graduation Rate Dropout Rate
Wamego 320 93.0% 1.2%
Kaw Valley 321 95.8% 0.4%
Onaga-Havensville-Wheaton 322 100.0% 2.5%
Rock Creek 323 94.4% 0.2%
Riley 378 91.3% 0.9%
Vermillion 380 100.0% (2015-16) 0.00% (2015-16)
Manhattan-Ogden 383 82.9% 2.4%
Blue Valley
384 100.0% (2015-16) 0.0% (2015-16)

Source: Kansas State Department of Education, https://datacentral.ksde.org/report_gen.aspx (accessed July, 2019).

The pupil-teacher ratio is the number of students who attend a school divided by the number of teachers in the institution. Numerous sources argue that lower pupil-teacher ratios are better at teaching students complex subjects, such as physics, mathematics, and chemistry, than those with a higher ratio of students to teachers. Compared to the national average of approximately 16.1 and the state of Kansas pupil-teacher ratio of 15.5, Pottawatomie County reached a good ratio of 13.6 in 2017-18.

Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Pottawatomie County

School Year FTE Enrollment September 20 Total FTE PK-12 Teachers Pupil-Teacher Ratio
2014-15 3,824.6 290 13.2
2015-16 3,816.2 295 12.9
2016-17 3,853.2 294 13.1
2017-18 3,989.9 293.3 13.6

Source: Kansas Statistical Abstract 2017 (Kansas State Department of Education, Selected Statistics by District)

School Tax Rates, by County and School District, 2017-18

School District USD FTE Enrollment Total Assessed Valuation per pupil
Wamego 320 1,524.5 $59,062
Kaw Valley 321 1,109.9 $282,778
Onaga-Havensville-Wheaton 322 295.5 $81,350
Rock Creek 323 1060.0 $54,308

Source: Kansas Statistical Abstract 2017 (KS Department of Education, Reports and Publications, Assessed Valuation Reports and Mill Levy Reports)

High School Graduate Destinations by School District 2017-2018 (by number of students)

* The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents the disclosure of personally identifiable student information. KSDE has determined that any quantities less than 10 may be personally identifiable.
  4 Year College 2 Year College Tech. College Employment Military
Wamego 41 32 17 12 <10*
Kaw Valley 40 16 20 10 <10
Onaga-Havensville-Wheaton 11 <10 <10 <10 N/A
Rock Creek 35 20 <10 <10 N/A
Riley 19 15 N/A N/A <10
Manhattan-Ogden 255 108 34 104 20
Vermillion 19 <10 <10 <10 <10

Source: Kansas State Department of Education, https://datacentral.ksde.org/report_gen.aspx (accessed July, 2019).

Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development. Poverty and financial stress can impede children’s cognitive development and their ability to learn. It can contribute to behavioral, social and emotional problems and poor health. According to the National Kids Count (a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the well-being of children in the United States), 14% of children (age 5-17) in Kansas were in poverty in 2016 and 2017. The line graph below clearly demonstrates the lower rate of poverty estimate in eight school districts of Pottawatomie County in 2017.

This indicator is included in the KIDS COUNT Child Well-Being Index. Read the KIDS COUNT Data Book to learn more: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/publications.

Estimates of Poverty for 2017, Pottawatomie County School Districts

Children Poverty Pott

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/saipe/datasets/2017/2017-school-districts/sd17-ks.txt (Retrieved July, 2019)

Estimates of Poverty for 2017, Pottawatomie County School Districts, Children in Poverty Age 5-17 Related to Head of Household

School District USD Total Population  No. of Children 5-17  Estimate No. Children 5-17 in Poverty
Blue Valley (Randolph-Olsburg) 384 1773 264 23
Kaw Valley 321 8135 2154 215
Manhattan 383 62913 6442 768
Onaga-Havensville-Wheaton 322 2202 423 44
Riley County 378 4697 816 82
Rock Creek 323 5545 1070 105
Vermillion 380 2685 453 46
Wamego 320 8147 1566 192

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/saipe/datasets/2017/2017-school-districts/sd17-ks.txt (Retrieved July, 2019)

Transportation Information (2018-2019)

  Number of students living in the district who are transported at district expense and live 2.5 miles or more from their school  Number of students living in the district who are transported at district expense and live less than 2.5 miles from their school  Number of students not living in the district who are transported at district expense  Total number of students who are transported at district expense
Wamego 428 194 110 732
Kaw Valley  374 79 1 454
Onaga-Havensville-Wheaton  140 18 5 163
Rock Creek 657.5 124.5 0 782
Riley 392 57 72 520
Manhattan-Ogden 2,640 478 1 3,128
Vermillion 281 31 55 367

Source: Kansas State Department of Education, https://datacentral.ksde.org/report_gen.aspx (accessed July, 2019).