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 (2018 Estimate)

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2018 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (Retrieved June, 2020)

Seven out of eight School Districts in Pottawatomie County have a higher graduation rate than the State of Kansas’s average graduation rate of 87.3 percent.

Graduation Rate (4-Year Cohort) and Dropout Rate by School District in Pottawatomie County 2018-19

School District USD Graduation Rate Dropout Rate
Wamego 320 89.1% 0.7%
Kaw Valley 321 92.3% 0.4%
Onaga-Havensville-Wheaton 322 90.0% 1.7%
Rock Creek 323 94.5% 0.2% (2017-18)
Riley 378 94.4% 0.9%
Vermillion 380 100.0% 0.0% (2015-16)
Manhattan-Ogden 383 82.3% 2.3%
Blue Valley
384 92.3% 1.2%

Source: Kansas State Department of Education, https://datacentral.ksde.org/report_gen.aspx (Retrieved June 2020).

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 Total Assessed Valuation Total School
Mill Levy
Wamego 320 1,523.3  62,448 95,127,057 52.85
Kaw Valley 321 1,087.0 302,039 328,316,108 36.84
Onaga-Havensville-Wheaton 322  304.0 87,055 26,464,82 45.39
Rock Creek 323 1,079.9 56,951  61,501,310 60.08

Source: Kansas Statistical Abstract 2018 (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 (Retrieved 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 by School Districts (2018)

Poverty by School District

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/saipe/datasets/2018/2018-school-districts/sd18-ks.txt  (Retrieved July 2020)

Transportation Information (2019-2020)

  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 441 168 103 712
Kaw Valley  380 85 0 465
Onaga-Havensville-Wheaton  157 37 9 203
Rock Creek 679 143 0 822
Riley 410 37 55 502
Manhattan-Ogden 2,961 573 11 3,545
Vermillion 287 38 64 389

Source: Kansas State Department of Education, https://datacentral.ksde.org/report_gen.aspx (Retrieved July 2020)