Guide to Preschools and Schools in Wichita

2017 Guide to Preschools and Schools in Wichita

Some of the most common questions we receive include recommendations for preschool and school options in the Wichita area. The WMB Team’s kids are a diverse mix of public, private, virtual, and homeschool. We always suggest asking specific questions in your local neighborhood group as you will hear straight from other moms their experiences, and of course we recommend research of the schools you are interested in. But we are here to list and highlight some of the education options Wichita has to offer! 

For information on upcoming school open houses, be sure to check out our Guide to Open Houses in Wichita.

Want to know what other moms are saying about their preschool/school experience? Check out these Reader Recommendations!

Scroll all the way to the bottom for an A-Z listing of other school options and resources in Wichita!

Andover eCademy

Type of School: Virtual
Ages: K-12
Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Andover eCademy students get “All the Best Parts of School.”  Andover eCademy is a K-12 virtual school that enables students to take ownership of their learning.  Students may work quickly through the areas they understand, take their time in areas that need extra attention, and put an emphasis on subjects that interest them most.  Some of the state’s top teachers work with eCademy families through our blended learning environment, combining the benefits of the virtual and traditional classrooms.  Blended learning enhances online learning with opportunities for labs, clubs, field trips, and other face-to-face cooperative learning.  eCademy also eliminates many situations that might interfere with your child’s education.  This combination of benefits has proven to create an environment that leads to a natural love for learning.

1413 N. Main St. Andover, KS

Holy Cross Lutheran

Type of School: Christian Preschool through Grade 8
Ages: Preschool age 3 to grade 8 
Hours of Operation:  8:10-3:30 for K-8 and 8:15-3:15 for Preschool
Before/After School Care: Preschool and K to grade 8 before/after school care 

Holy Cross School has a warm and loving Christian environment. We are the only school in Kansas with three accreditations (State of Kansas, AdvancEd, and National Lutheran School Accreditation).  Holy Cross students are well-known for their high academic achievement and benefit from cutting-edge technology, a Christ-centered rigorous curriculum, small class sizes, comprehensive core class offerings, Spanish, P.E., religion, weekly chapel services, vocal music, band, art, library, electives for middle school, mission service opportunities,  parent involvement, and experienced teachers.

600 N. Greenwich, Wichita KS

Kansas Virtual Academy

Type of School: Virtual School
Ages: Kindergarten – 6th Grade
Hours of Operation:  M-F, 8 am-4 pm

Kansas Virtual Academy (KSVA) and K12 work together, in partnership with you, to awaken the joy of learning in your child. The result can be greater academic success, confidence, and independence, both in school and beyond. Kansas Virtual Academy and K12 give Kansas kids in grades K–6 the chance to learn in the ways that are right for them with: the award-winning curriculum from K12, the leading online K–12 curriculum provider and an AdvancED-accredited company; A full-time, tuition-free online public school option with no student fees; Support from Kansas-licensed teachers with extensive training in online instruction from K12; An active, supportive school community; Social and extracurricular activities; An Advanced Learner Program; Books and materials; World languages for grades 1–6; and Student support services ranging from national K12 parent and student networks to local community-based resources.

16740 W 175th St Olathe, KS

Primrose School of Wichita

Type of School: Early Education and Childcare
Ages: 6 weeks old – Kindergarten
Hours of Operation:  6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Before/After School Care: before and after school care and summer/holiday camps

We not only nurture collaboration, we model it! Working together toward a common goal is something we practice every day at Primrose Schools. We foster meaningful relationships with families, school staff and the community to help optimize each child’s learning and growth. We call it 360 Parenting® for Children. Who children become is as important as what they know! We invite interested East side and West side families to schedule a tour to learn more about our unique school!

2072 N. 127th St.
Wichita, KS

3033 N. Parkdale Circle
Wichita, KS

Wichita Collegiate School

Type of school: Private, College Preparatory
Ages:  Age 2 through 12th Grade
Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Before/After School Care: for ages 2 – 8th grade, starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.
Location: 9115 E. 13th Street, Wichita, KS 67206

Since 1963, Wichita Collegiate School has been the leading college preparatory school in Wichita, serving students from age 2 through Grade 12. WCS is an exciting place where children thrive and grow, becoming tomorrow’s leaders through a diverse and caring community with passionate teachers and an inspiring curriculum.

Christ the Savior Academy

Type of School: Classical Christian School
Ages: Pre-K through 5th grade
Hours of Operation:  8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Before/After School Care: YES
Location: 7515 E. 13th Street

Christ the Savior Academy is a Christian, classical school that teaches students how to learn to ensure that they love to learn for the rest of their lives. Our 6:1 student/teacher ratio ensures students get the individual attention they need.

Trinity Academy

Type of School: Christian K-12
Ages: 5 – 18
Hours of Operation: K-8: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 9-12: 8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Before/After School Care: Yes
Location: 12345 E. 21stSt. N.

Trinity Academy is a distinctly Christian, college prep school with 325 high school students and the recent addition of a new K-8. Though the school has outstanding fine arts, athletics and academics, the school’s vision has always been far greater: to equip young leaders to impact the world for Christ.

The Independent School

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Type of School: Private/College Preparatory
Ages: Pre-K – 12th Grade
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.- 3:10 p.m.
Before/After School Care: Yes
Location: 8317 E. Douglas Ave. 

The Independent School was voted #1 Private School in Wichita this year! Independent is a college preparatory school with an inclusive community of students, families and faculty who share a commitment to academic success and individual excellence. With small class sizes and caring teachers, this is an environment rich in interactive learning and limitless in opportunity. Independent Inspires! 

Honey Tree Academy

Type of School: Early childhood and private elementary
Ages: 12 months – 5th grade
Hours of Operation: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Before/After School Care: Yes
Location: 12725 W. 21st St N.

We are proud to offer the highest quality early childhood and elementary education possible. Our private school provides caring, highly qualified licensed educators that integrate challenging learning experiences into the curriculum that are appropriate to the developmental and differentiated academic levels of the children, and guide children through a path of life long learning committed to growing the whole child: cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally.

Discovery Place

Discovery Place

Type of School: Year-round early childhood program offering full and half day preschool
Ages: 12 months – 6 years
Hours of Operation: 7:15 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Before/After School Care: Yes
Location: 8330 E. Douglas Ave. 

Discovery Place provides a responsive and nurturing environment where children come to experience creativity and learn by discovery. The program uses a developmentally appropriate, emergent, and multi-dimensional curriculum design for in-depth, integrated learning.

Central Christian Academy

Type of School: Christian School Serving Pre-K-8th Grade
Location: 2900 N. Rock Road  Wichita
Ages: 2 1/2 – 14 years
Hours: 8am to 4pm Monday – Friday

For 35 years, the mission of Central Christian Academy (CCA) has been to partner with the Christian home and local church to educate and equip students to reach their full academic, physical and spiritual potential in Jesus Christ.

West Heights Preschool

West Heights United Methodist

Type of School: Preschool
Ages: 2 1/2 years to 5 years
Location:  745 N. Westlink 

We provide a variety of experiences such as classroom learning, field trips, special visitors, special days, cooking and more. We also work with parents to meet their child’s individual needs.

Holy Spirit Catholic School

Type of School: Diocese of Wichita Catholic School
Location: 18218 W Highway 54 (Goddard)
Ages: Preschool-8th Grade
Hours: 7:50-3:20 for K-8, 8:00-11:00 or 8:00-3:00 for Preschool, Preschool-8th Before/After School Care

The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wichita are recognized as a leader in high standards, innovation, ongoing staff development, and especially for the stewardship way of life. Holy Spirit Catholic School in Goddard strives toward a higher level of commitment from our students, parents, and staff to build this community of faith. You are welcome to schedule an appointment anytime to meet our staff, tour our school, and learn more about what Holy Spirit Catholic School has to offer.

Compass Star Montessori

Type of School: Private Elementary K-6
Location: 3500 N. Rock Rd., Bldg 2700, Wichita, KS 6726
Ages: 5-12

At Compass Star Montessori, we believe in a child-centered, family-focused approach to learning. Using traditional Montessori methods, we help foster your child’s individual learning style and interests by instilling a sense of wonder and confidence to empower your child and guide them to academic success. Opportunities to work both independently as well as with children of different ages strengthens their social skills and boosts confidence. 

Preschool/School Options and Local Education Resources

Does your child attend a Wichita area public school? We would love to hear about your experience and why you love it! Please email [email protected] if you are willing to share!

Andover USD 385
Circle USD 375 – “…The Early Child program is wonderful and helps those children who have any learning disabilities to get ready for Kindergarten. My kids will stay in the Circle school district!” – WMB Reader
Derby Public Schools
El Dorado Public Schools USD 490
Goddard USD 265
Maize USD 266
Wichita Public Schools USD 295 – “My daughter loves (USD295). She goes to Lawrence Elementary and my son was in the program as well. It’s an excellent resource for “at risk” students in Wichita (those who can’t afford private Pre-K/low income, developmental delays, etc).” – WMB Reader

 

 

We are often asked where to find additional education resources, including special education services and early intervention testing. Below you will find a list of some of the local resources offered:

When Should I Talk to a Pediatrician About My Baby’s Development: post written by a WMB writer and pediatric physical therapist (includes phone numbers and additional resources)

Families Together Inc: a resource for Kansas parents with children with disabilities or health care needs  

Childcare Aware of Kansas: the administrator of the statewide Child Care Resource and Referral network in Kansas

WSU Child Development Center Resources for Parents: a comprehensive list of resources available to help answer questions about your child’s development, screenings, services, and financial assistance

Registered Play Therapist: Angie Moore at Central Christian Church helps with various challenges including depression, adjustment and attachment issues, behavioral concerns, and parenting

Fundamental Learning Center: serves children with significant reading, spelling and writing difficulties, including children with dyslexia. ($100 screening)

Rainbows Screen for Success: FREE monthly developmental screenings for ages 0-5 for behavior, speech, cognitive development, vision, and hearing 

Wichita Parents as Teachers: FREE program designed to enhance child development through parent participation and education – includes services, Early Learning Room, and playgroups

Teaching Parents Association: support for homeschool families throughout the state of Kansas

Mardel: “Has amazing teaching resources, self-serve laminating for $.50 per foot, and the best train table in town”! – WMB teacher

USD 259 Parent Teacher Resource Center: educational resources for purchase including manipulative, supplies, and access to equipment like laminators, copiers, binding machines, and die cuts, etc.

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5 Responses to Guide to Preschools and Schools in Wichita

  1. Joy Bickell January 10, 2017 at 1:37 am #

    We love Classical School of Wichita! And the open house is happening soon! Tuesday January 17, 6-8:30 pm, 6355 Willowbrook St. Wichita. http://www.cswsaints.com/

    • Angela
      Angela January 10, 2017 at 6:42 am #

      Wonderful – thank you for sharing!

  2. Briana January 11, 2017 at 6:16 am #

    Wichita Public Schools also has its own Virtual.School that serves 1st grade through 12th grade.

  3. Kelly Bright January 22, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    Holy Spirit Catholic School has a wonderful Preschool through 8th grade option for parents. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be Catholic to attend any Catholic school in the Diocese of Wichita! Please call or stop by to see what we have to offer to the West Wichita and Goddard Community!

    Kelly Bright
    Principal
    Holy Spirit Catholic School
    18218 W Highway 54
    Goddard KS 67052
    316-794-8139

    • Angela
      Angela January 23, 2017 at 6:38 am #

      Thank you for the information! This is great – we do get asked that question (if you have to be Catholic). Appreciate it!

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