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!

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.

7515 East 13th, 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

Collegiate families have the common goal of prioritizing excellence in education. We provide daily tutorials, outstanding arts and athletic opportunities, individualized college counseling, and support for learning differences. There is nothing like visiting our campus to appreciate what makes Collegiate different. Don’t wait for an open house; call to arrange a tour or shadow day for your student anytime!

9115 E 13th St N, Wichita KS

Andover eCademy

Type of School: Blended 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

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.

12345 E. 21st Street, Wichita, KS

Central Christian Academy

School Guide CCA

Type of School: Christian School Serving Pre-K-9th Grade
Location: 2900 N. Rock Road  Wichita
Ages: 2 1/2 – 9th Grade
Hours: 8:30 am-3:45 pm K-9th; 8:30-11:30 am & 12:45-3:45 pm Preschool
Before/After School Care: 7 am – 6 pm

For 36 years, Central Christian Academy has been providing students in the Wichita area a quality Christian education. Accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International, CCA lives its mission of partnering with the Christian home and local church to educate the next generation of believers. With the addition of our first high school class in 2018, CCA’s ministry will encompass preschool through high school. We are excited about the future and invite you to see how CCA can meet the needs of your student.

Holy Cross Lutheran

Holy Cross

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.

The Bug Lady's Science Academy

School Guide Bug Lady 2 copy

Type of School: Early Education and Child Care
Ages: 2.5- 12 years old 
Hours of Operation:  Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm
Before/After School Care: Summer, holiday, and school day outs

Our Preschool and Daycare Program is designed to foster an appreciation for science, discovery, and exploration. With our state-of-the-art facility, open spaces, and small teacher-to-student ratios, students cannot wait to come to school for a “Buggy” day!  Our curriculum meets standards across all developmental domains, including social, cognitive, physical, and language development. We also offer additional enrichment programs, including Sign Language, Spanish, Yoga, and Dance. And of course there are tons of critter interactions from insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Our facility houses over 150 animals and insects. Come take a tour and see for yourself a truly one-of-a-kind experience!


Wichita Friends School

Open House Wichita Friends School

Location: 14700 W US Highway 54

Wichita Friends School is the “Coolest School on the West Side.” We will continue to build on the foundation of the things we know you value; a faith based program, small class size, a warm welcoming atmosphere, and a place your child feels safe to discover and explore something new every day.

Wichita Friends School (WFS) is an AdvancEd accredited, private Quaker school located in west Wichita. We embrace diversity at WFS, including all faiths and belief systems. WFS is committed to nurturing and challenging the intellectual curiosity and creativity of each child. Schedule your tour of the school by calling 316-729-0303.


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.

The Independent School

School Open House Independent

Type of School: Private/College Preparatory
Ages: Infant – 12th Grade
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Before/After School Care: Yes
Location: 8317 E. Douglas Ave. 

The Independent School was voted #1 Private School in Wichita for the second year in a row! Independent is a college preparatory school with an inclusive community of students 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.

Honey Tree and Branches Academy

Type of School: Toddlers, preschool, pre-k and private elementary
Ages: 12 months – 5th grade
Hours of Operation: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Preschool 8:30 am -4 pm and Elementary 8:15 am – 3:45 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.

Classical School of Wichita

Type of School: K-12, classical Christian School
Ages: K-12
Hours of Operation: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Location: 6355 Willowbrook St.

Classical School of Wichita is a private, Christian, K-12 school based on the classical model of teaching. CSW teaches kids how to learn, to love learning, to think critically and express themselves clearly and persuasively. Our goal is to raise dynamic Christian leaders who are equipped to lead the marketplace of ideas and live out their faith. Call today to schedule a visit or shadow day and discover the “Classical Difference.”

Rolph Literacy Academy at Fundamental Learning Center

Type of School: Private intervention school for children with dyslexia and other learning differences
Ages: 5-12
Hours of Operation: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Before/After School Care: We do not have before/after school care, but we do have a partnership with The Art Park and the Boys and Girls Club, and children are escorted to these locations after school.
Location: 2220 E. 21st St. N.

Rolph Literacy Academy (RLA) is a one-of-a-kind school for elementary-aged children with dyslexia or other reading difficulties. RLA’s goal is to teach children how to read, write and spell successfully before they transition back into a traditional school environment. In addition to the intensive, evidence-based reading classes, students participate in a comprehensive curriculum utilizing multisensory teaching, which caters to the children’s learning styles. This cutting-edge, modern educational model helps RLA kids read and succeed.

Type of School: Education Oriented Birth to Pre-K
Ages: 2 weeks to Pre-K
Hours of Operation: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM,
Curriculum Instruction 9-11 AM and 3:30-4:30 PM
Before/After School Care: No
Location: 202 N Clifton, across from College Hill Elementary.

Located in the education wing of Plymouth Congregational Church, Plymouth Preschool Learning Center is focused on offering the highest quality education possible. Our award-winning teachers and staff are licensed and trained to provided age and developmentally appropriate curriculum with guidance and learning experiences to ensure your child will be fully prepared for kindergarten. In our infant to 2 ½ year-old classrooms we use Frog Street curriculum to help foster each child in the areas of language development, cognitive development, social/emotional development and physical development. In our Preschool and Pre-K classroom we use World of Wonders curriculum which provides children with kindergarten readiness skills in the following areas: letter and sound recognition, money, time, number recognition, beginning skills in addition and subtraction, and early reading with one-on-one instruction. Our outdoor playground and indoor gym provide large motor skill and physical development as well as social interaction.


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 259 – “My daughter loves (USD259). 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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One Response to Guide to Preschools and Schools in Wichita

  1. Kelly January 9, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

    Where are the public preschool for a 3 year olds in town

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