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Topeka Public Schools, Unified School District No. 501 Info

Topeka Public Schools, Unified School District No. 501, accepts the challenge to equip our children with the tools they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Each day over 1,200 teachers and nearly 1,000 support staff work as a team to touch the future. The primary goal of the Topeka Public Schools is to assist students to achieve their full potential, preparing them for productive citizenship. The district serves all students, offering them a variety of comprehensive programs fitted to their interests and needs. Excellence and equity are the standard.

USD 501, the largest school district in Shawnee County, serves nearly 14,000 students. TPS has had three schools recognized as exemplary by the U.S. Department of Education, and other schools have also been recognized for their excellence. Results of the nationally standardized Metropolitan Achievement Tests show that TPS students score at or above the national average. Topeka Public School students also fare well on state assessment testing. Our teaching staff is outstanding as well, with more than 55% of USD 501 certified staff having at least a master's degree in their area of expertise.

Topeka Public Schools is a recognized leader in education particularly in the areas of outcomes based education, curriculum monitoring, special education and the middle school movement. TPS also recognizes the importance of other activities in creating a well-rounded education. We provide students with a variety of outstanding physical education programs and competitive sports programs second to none. It is also our objective to create an educational environment in which the fine arts are an integral part of each student's basic education. We offer gifted students strong support and unique challenges through special programs, staff facilitators and advanced placement programs.

Our schools are governed by the Board of Education whose educational policies are carried out by the superintendent of schools. The Board is composed of seven members elected to four-year terms. The Board has designed its meeting schedule so it can accommodate public input, and minutes of the meetings are available at the Administrative Center. It is district policy, "...to maintain a safe and nurturing educational environment where students can learn, teachers can teach, and where parents and patrons can meet and recreate without fear." There is a zero tolerance policy toward violence, drugs, alcohol and weapons in schools.

Topeka Public Schools feels that a partnership between parents and schools is an essential factor in the success of every student. Each school has volunteer programs in place so parents can contribute in a variety of capacities, in whichever area they feel most comfortable. We are proud of the fact that over 10,000 patrons volunteer in our district annually. We welcome and encourage your involvement in your child's education!

Topeka Public Schools, Unified School District No. 501 is a publicly funded organization
Enrollment: 14135
No. of Schools: 39

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