About Topeka Public Schools

  • Our Vision:

    Topeka Public Schools will be recognized nationally for:

    • academic excellence, 
    • post-secondary and career success, 
    • and achievement in the arts, athletics and extracurricular activities.

    Strengthened by diversity and a welcoming and inclusive environment, our district will cultivate partnerships with staff, families, business and industry, and the greater community to develop students' educational, physical, and social-emotional well being.

    Our Mission:

    Engage students in the highest quality learning
    Prepare students for responsible, productive citizenship
    Inspire excellence for a lifetime

    TPS Facts

    • TPS is the largest school district in Shawnee County, serving almost 14,000 students
    • Student ethnicity: 38% White, 32% Hispanic, 17% African-American, 13% Other
    • More than 1,300 teachers and 1,100 support staff
    • Two magnet schools: Scott Dual Language and Williams Science & Fine Arts
    • Five signature campuses: Ross-Eisenhower (Music), State Street-Chase (Performing Arts), Topeka West (Leadership), Jardine Academy (STEAM), and Quincy (Fine Arts)
    • Home of Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers (TCALC)
    • Home of Kanza Education and Science Park
    • All students involved in college and career ready program
  • Brown V. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education

    In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court came to a unanimous ruling in the case of Brown v. Board of Education that school segregation was illegal. The international impact of the Brown versus Board of Education case, which has its roots here in Topeka, the district where Linda Brown was denied entry to an all-white elementary school some 65 years ago, is truly monumental. Brown v. Board of Education was the mark of a movement. Like many moments of success in the civil rights movement, the court case sparked resistance that continues into our present and has taken many forms. While there are many issues that still need to be tackled, it’s so important to reflect on the progress that has occurred across the nation that started with Topeka leading the way in 1954. To learn more about this historical case, visit the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site website.

    A previous Voices of 501 podcast explored the origins of Black History Month, and how Topeka Public Schools played a role in that history. The podcast features Enimini Ekong, Program Manager of Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site, to learn some background information about Black History Month.

  • Moving To Topeka?

    Congratulations on choosing to make a home in Topeka! We welcome you and invite you to make Topeka Public Schools the home of learning for your student(s).

    We would like to send you a packet of information to assist with your transition into Topeka Public Schools. Please contact our Communications Office and let them know your current address, your new Topeka address, and any special needs or interests of your children. We will assemble an information kit just for you, and send it to you at no cost.

    TPS Communications
    624 S.W. 24th St.
    Topeka, KS 66611
    785-295-3079
    communications@topekapublicschools.net

    You are welcome to visit our Administrative Center at the address above or stop by your neighborhood schools for a tour or for answers to your questions.