K-12 Education options

Public Schools

Topeka Public Schools is the largest school district in Topeka with three high schools and dozens of elementary and middle schools. The district has made career readiness a priority with student opportunities to study 10 fields in a real-world setting at the TCALC. The district offers diverse learning environments and cultures.
Auburn-Washburn School District is a large district covering southwest Topeka and Shawnee County. It’s one of eight districts in Kansas, and the only in Topeka, to offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The district is recognized for innovation and excellence in education.
Seaman School District covers a large rural area in northern Topeka and Shawnee County with many state champion athletics and academic recognitions.
Shawnee Heights School District is a rural district in eastern Topeka and Shawnee County with career-technical pathways and extensive academic offerings for students.
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Rossville Schools in western Shawnee County are part of the Kaw Valley School District, with total district enrollment of 1,223. The average student to teacher ratio is 1 to 11. Rossville schools have a proud tradition of athletics.
Silver Lake School District is located about 10 minutes to the northwest of Topeka with a district-wide enrollment of about 730 students. Ranked among the 10% of districts in Kansas, Silver Lake is popular for families looking for a small town educational experience.
Mission Valley provides a high quality education in a rural setting. As a 2A school district with an enrollment of 525 students and a total staff of 124 employees, the district has one main educational building for all students (PK-12) and a district office located at 511 East 2nd Avenue in Eskridge.

Private Schools

Cair Paravel

Christian Education

Topeka has multiple Christian private schools including: 

  • Cair Paravel-Latin School K-12
  • Heritage Christian School K-12
  • Topeka Lutheran School K-8 

Catholic Education

Topeka’s Catholic School System is part of the Kansas City, Kansas Archdiocesan system. Topeka has five Catholic elementary schools and one Catholic High School including:
  • Most Pure Heart of Mary, Christ the King, Holy Family, Mater Dei, and St. Matthews
  • Hayden Catholic High School 

Hayden student doing math
Topeka Collegiate teacher helping a student

Topeka Collegiate is a K-8 school that emphasizes academics and humanitarian ideals.