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 1,793 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 94% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 322 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

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3.9 from 322 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Washburn Rural is almost brand new. The administration is strict at times, but they have students in their best interest.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: The school has the potential to benefit all of the kids. I feel as if they don't want to all the time.
    • 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.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
4.00 Washburn Rural Middle School Public
4.00 Jay Shideler Elementary School Public
2.00 Marjorie French Middle School Public
4.00 Farley Elementary School Public
3.66 Pauline South Intermediate School Public
2.33 McEachron Elementary School Public
3.66 Pauline Central Primary School Public
Christ the King School Private, Religious
2.33 McClure Elementary School Public
2.33 Maude Bishop Elementary School Public
Topeka Adventist School Private, Religious
4.00 Indian Hills Elementary School Public
2.33 Jardine Middle School Public
2.33 Topeka West High School Public
Topeka Collegiate School Private
2.00 Shaner Elementary School Public
3.66 Auburn Elementary School Public
Hope Street Charter Academy Public, Charter
2.33 Avondale West Elementary School Public
2.66 McCarter Elementary School Public
Most Pure Heart of Mary School Private, Religious
2.00 Whitson Elementary School Public
2.33 Stout Elementary School Public
3.66 Wanamaker Elementary School Public
2.33 Randolph Elementary School Public
2.33 Landon Middle School Public
2.33 Robinson Middle School Public
2.66 Hayden High School Private, Religious
2.00 Lowman Hill Elementary School Public
St. Matthew Catholic School Private, Religious
2.00 Ross Elementary School Public
2.33 Eisenhower Middle School Public
Topeka Lutheran School Private, Religious
Capital City School Public
Mater Dei Catholic School Private, Religious
2.33 Highland Park Central Elementary School Public
2.33 Williams Science & Fine Arts Magnet School Public, Magnet
2.66 Topeka High School Public
Cair Paravel Latin School Private, Religious
2.33 Meadows Elementary School Public, Magnet
2.00 Highland Park High School Public
3.00 Berryton Elementary School Public
2.00 Scott Computer Technology Magnet Elementary School Public, Magnet
Heritage Christian School Private, Religious
Holy Family Catholic 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
2.33 Topeka West High School 5 mi. 1,032
2.66 Topeka High School 7 mi. 1,802
3.00 Seaman High School 13 mi. 1,207
2.33 Shawnee Heights High School 11 mi. 1,164
3.66 Lawrence Free State High School 25 mi. 1,471

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 Lawrence Free State High School Seaman High School Shawnee Heights High School Topeka High School Topeka West High School
White 73.0% 51.0% 73.0% 87.0% 74.0% 44.0% 60.0%
Hispanic 11.0% 25.0% 5.0% 5.0% 12.0% 27.0% 15.0%
Multiracial 7.0% 2.8% 7.0% 3.0% 5.0% 5.0% 7.0%
African American 4.0% 15.0% 7.0% 1.0% 6.0% 20.0% 12.0%
Asian 3.0% 4.8% 3.0% 1.0% 0% 0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 2.0% 0% 1.0% 1.0% 1.0%


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 34 responses

  • 79% Yes
  • 18% Not sure.
  • 3% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 35% The teachers
  • 20% The music program, clubs, school spirit, classes.
  • 18% The athletics
  • 15% The kids
  • 8% The Facilities
  • 5% The opportunities

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

  • 32% The size of the school it can seem overwhelming
  • 21% To me, there's nothing bad about my school.
  • 18% Lack of school spirit
  • 18% Strict rules from the administration
  • 7% School Spirit
  • 4% School sports are based on how much money you have

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 22 responses

  • 36% Level of academics
  • 32% Amazing Facilities
  • 27% Amazing facilities, faculty AND level of academics
  • 5% Passionate faculty that wants everyone to succeed

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 25% Lots of Opportunities
  • 20% Diverse
  • 20% Rich kid school
  • 15% Either privileged or not
  • 15% Wonderful
  • 5% Rich, laid back, white, and full of opportunity

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 24 responses

  • 50% There are so many opportunities, get involved.
  • 25% You have to work hard
  • 12% Don't let the cliques disuade you.
  • 12% Get your work DONE. Watch who you talk to.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 35% I love everything about this school.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.