About Emporia Public Schools


We build futures by preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s opportunities.


Core Principles

We will strive for excellence and success for all stakeholders,

We will lead by example through serving others,

We are committed to unity in relationships, vision and implementation.

We will lead with integrity.



Emporia Public Schools will build a culture that guarantees success for all.


District Goals

  1. Maintain a plan that consistently moves every student to read on or above grade level by end of third grade, and monitor and support a plan of action that will maintain or improve that level of excellence at subsequent grade levels while effectively supporting students not reading at grade level.
  2. Improve and assure an effective culture for learning with all students, parents, staff, and community members.
  3. Rank consistently in the top quartile of Kansas and national school districts within the next five years for students prepared to be college and career ready.
  4. Maintain a technology infrastructure and protocols to facilitate the classroom integration of electronic tools for students and staff.
  5. Maintain and enhance strategic planning to effectively use fiscal, human, and community resources.

Student Achievement

student-achievementThe Emporia schools have a strong academic focus. They offer accelerated and advanced-placement classes as well as assistance for students at-risk of failing. Test scores on state and national assessments and achievement tests are at or above state and national averages.

Scores on college entrance tests taken by high school students are at or above state and national averages. More than two-thirds of the graduating seniors go on to post-high school training at universities, colleges and technical schools.

Student Demographics

See student demographic trends since 1992


District Fact Sheet

  • Approximately 4,600 students
  • Approximately 1,200 employees in preK-12 district and federal employees
  • $41.7 million operating budget
  • 53.594-mill tax rate
  • $15.6 million in bonded indebtedness
  • An early childhood center for 3 and 4 year olds
  • Six neighborhood elementary schools – five K-5 and one K-8 – with full-day kindergarten
  • A middle school for grades 6-8
  • A high school for grades 9-12
  • Turning Point Academy, a project-based learning and multi-grade K-8 program at William Allen White Elementary.
  • Credit recovery and high school diploma program for teenagers and adults.
  • Sponsoring district for Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative, which provides special services in seven school districts for children birth to age 21
  • An elementary foreign language program that instructs children in English and Spanish

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