Washburn Rural High School in Mission Township, KS - Niche

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Washburn Rural High School is a public school in Mission Township, Kansas. It has 1,771 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 96% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 324 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

5900 Sw 61st
Topeka, KS 66619
(785) 339-4100

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3.9 from 324 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 4
    Health & Safety: There are some bad kids, but the school is generally good. You will see what you expect in any high school, but Washburn Rural is a click better in this aspect.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: Overall, my high school experience was really good. There are people who got more than me out of their time here and some who were not able to gain as much. I truly believe Washburn Rural is a place where you will gain what you want to gain. If you show interest and passion towards your classes, the teachers will reflect that and will show passion when teaching. If you want to take advantage of almost any interest you may have, chances are you will find it or you can create it yourself. High school at Washburn Rural is what you make of it, so use your time well.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Resources & Facilities: The school building itself and the facilities in the school are excellent and the quality of the building is great as well. Technology use is a little lacking, but I am not sure how much more technology is expected at schools, as I received a good education despite a lack of the use of technology. Guidance counselors and college prep resources are very disconnected and protracted. The counselor is not connected with the students at all and college assistance and guidance is only given if it is deeply sought out. parent involvement is relatively high, especially in areas such as judging for debate tournaments. The bus system is above average, but nothing stellar.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Academics: The academic jewel of Washburn Rural is the fledgling International Baccalaureate program. The administration believes the program is the next crucial step to increase the quality of the school, and frankly, its true. The IB program at the school pulls together the best teachers in their respective subject areas in very small classroom settings. Scheduling has been somewhat of an issue and I have had to drop some of my interests, such as band, in order to fulfill other requirements. The curriculum is varied, you can challenge yourself with IB and AP or relax a little with the many other classes and electives offered. The workload is also varied and you can expect more homework from the higher level classes. One popular and successful elective group is the debate and forensics path. The school always sends competitive speakers to nationals every year, but those who simply want to have a little bit of fun are not restricted from trying debate/forensics out.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Student Culture & Diversity: There are many different groups of students at the school, and due to its large size, you will easily find a social scene that fits your interests. The school is very white, but minority students, such as myself, do not feel any adverse effects from this. Acceptance is not an issue, through activities, clubs, and the sheer size of the school, there is a place for everyone.

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Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
4.00 Washburn Rural Middle School Public
4.00 Jay Shideler Elementary School Public
4.00 Farley Elementary School Public
2.00 Marjorie French Middle School Public
3.66 Pauline South Intermediate School Public
3.66 Pauline Central Primary School Public
2.33 McEachron Elementary School Public
Christ the King School Private, Religious
Topeka Adventist School Private, Religious
2.33 McClure Elementary School Public
2.33 Maude Bishop Elementary School Public
4.00 Indian Hills Elementary School Public
2.33 Jardine Middle School Public
Topeka Collegiate School Private
2.33 Topeka West High School Public
3.66 Auburn Elementary School Public
2.00 Shaner Elementary School Public
Hope Street Charter Academy Public, Charter
2.66 McCarter Elementary School Public
2.33 Avondale West Elementary School Public
Most Pure Heart of Mary School Private, Religious
2.00 Whitson Elementary School Public
Linn Elementary School Public
2.33 Stout Elementary School Public
Kennedy Academy Private
3.66 Wanamaker Elementary School Public
2.33 Randolph Elementary School Public
2.33 Avondale East Elementary School Public
2.33 Landon Middle School Public
Quinton Heights Elementary School Public
2.33 Robinson Middle School Public
2.66 Hayden High School Private, Religious
2.00 Lowman Hill Elementary School Public
2.00 Ross Elementary School Public
St. Matthew Catholic School Private, Religious
2.33 Eisenhower Middle School Public
Capital City School Public
Mater Dei Catholic School Private, Religious
2.33 Highland Park Central Elementary School Public
2.66 Topeka High School Public
2.33 Williams Science & Fine Arts Magnet School Public, Magnet
Cair Paravel Latin School Private, Religious
2.00 Highland Park High School Public
2.33 Meadows Elementary School Public, Magnet
3.00 Berryton Elementary School Public
2.00 Scott Computer Technology Magnet Elementary School Public, Magnet
Holy Family Catholic School Private, Religious
Heritage Christian School Private, Religious
2.00 Quincy Elementary School Public
2.00 State Street Elementary School Public
2.33 Chase Middle School Public
2.66 Shawnee Heights Elementary School Public
2.66 Tecumseh South Elementary School Public

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.00 Washburn Rural Middle School 0 mi. 888
2.33 Topeka West High School 5 mi. 1,007
2.66 Topeka High School 8 mi. 1,654
3.00 Seaman High School 13 mi. 1,174
2.33 Shawnee Heights High School 11 mi. 1,140

Around Washburn Rural High School

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 49%
Male 50%

Student Diversity

Washburn Rural High School United States Seaman High School Shawnee Heights High School Topeka High School Topeka West High School Washburn Rural Middle School
White 76.0% 51.6% 87.0% 73.0% 45.0% 58.0% 75.0%
Hispanic 10.0% 24.5% 5.0% 13.0% 27.0% 15.0% 8.0%
Multiracial 5.0% 2.6% 3.0% 4.0% 6.0% 8.0% 6.0%
African American 4.0% 15.2% 1.0% 6.0% 18.0% 14.0% 4.0%
Asian 2.0% 4.7% 1.0% 0% 0% 1.0% 3.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 1.0% 1.0% 1.0% 1.0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 26.7%
Grade 10 25.5%
Grade 11 23.4%
Grade 12 24.3%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 33 responses

  • 85% Yes
  • 12% Not sure.
  • 3% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 100% The opportunities
  • 0% The kids
  • 0% The music program, clubs, school spirit, classes.
  • 0% The teachers
  • 0% The Facilities
  • 0% The athletics

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 36% I love everything about this school.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 5% I hate everything about this school.