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 1,836 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 325 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.9 from 325 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: I've been very involved in our band program, and I truly believe that's the best part of this school. We're all a giant family and truly care about others. I love being around the directors, and all the members. The parents support us so well and our trips are always an amazing experience. I transfered over to washburn my 8th grade year, and i would do it all over again if i had the opportuity.
    • Parent
    • 5
    Overall Experience: Wonderful, diverse student body with a range of income groups and ethnicities represented. The AP and IB offerings are excellent, especially for Topeka. Administration is very forward thinking and has invested in the building and academics. My child received numerous college admissions and scholarship offers, and the counselling staff is great.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: A lot of cliques. Teachers pick favorites. Administration only cares if you have money.
    • 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.

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Nearby Schools

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

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.00 Topeka West High School 5 mi. 979
3.00 Topeka High School 7 mi. 1,881
3.33 Seaman High School 13 mi. 1,220
3.00 Shawnee Heights High School 11 mi. 1,156
4.00 Lawrence Free State High School 25 mi. 1,561

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


Female 48%
Male 51%

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% 72.0% 85.0% 73.0% 43.0% 62.0%
Hispanic 10.0% 25.0% 7.0% 6.0% 12.0% 28.0% 15.0%
Multiracial 7.0% 2.8% 7.0% 3.0% 5.0% 5.0% 5.0%
African American 3.0% 15.0% 6.0% 1.0% 6.0% 19.0% 12.0%
Asian 3.0% 4.8% 3.0% 1.0% 0% 0% 1.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 3.0% 0% 0% 1.0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 26.0%
Grade 10 26.0%
Grade 11 24.4%
Grade 12 23.6%

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 35 responses

  • 80% Yes
  • 17% Not sure.
  • 3% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 33% The teachers
  • 20% The music program, clubs, school spirit, classes.
  • 16% The athletics
  • 13% The kids
  • 11% The Facilities
  • 7% The opportunities

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 25% The size of the school it can seem overwhelming
  • 19% Strict rules from the administration
  • 19% To me, there's nothing bad about my school.
  • 17% Lack of school spirit
  • 8% School sports are based on how much money you have
  • 8% School Spirit
  • 3% The differences of rules with all teachers

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 24 responses

  • 38% Level of academics
  • 29% Amazing Facilities
  • 29% Amazing facilities, faculty AND level of academics
  • 4% Passionate faculty that wants everyone to succeed

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 30% Lots of Opportunities
  • 22% Rich kid school
  • 17% Diverse
  • 13% Either privileged or not
  • 13% Wonderful
  • 4% 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 26 responses

  • 46% There are so many opportunities, get involved.
  • 23% You have to work hard
  • 19% Get your work DONE. Watch who you talk to.
  • 12% Don't let the cliques disuade you.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 26 responses

  • 35% I love everything about this school.
  • 54% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 12% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.