The three public school systems serving Overland Park residents – Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission and Olathe – consistently rank among the best in the nation.
In ACT exams taken in 2015, students from all three school districts had scores far exceeding state and national averages. Compared to the state average of 21.9 and the national average of 21, Blue Valley’s composite score was 25.4 (the highest in district history); Olathe’s was 24 and Shawnee Mission’s was 23.8. In 2015, 87 students from the three Overland Park school districts were named National Merit semifinalists.
Each district consistently receives high marks from the Kansas Department of Education and meets the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) set for No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
Blue Valley School District – USD #229
Enrollment: 22,206 students
Facilities: 21 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 5 high schools, Blue Valley Academy, Center for Advanced Professional Studies, Parents as Teachers, Access Program, Hilltop Campus
Graduation rate: 94.7%
All five of Blue Valley’s high schools made Newsweek’s top public high schools list, the Washington Post’s most challenging high schools list, and The Daily Beast’s list of America’s top high schools. 2014 Blue Valley graduates posted the top ACT score of Kansas City metro area school districts and the highest score in district history, with a composite score of 25.3. 2014 graduates also recorded the highest composite SAT score in district history with an average score of 1864, which exceeds state and national averages. Blue Valley schools have received the Presidential School of Service Award 162 times for student volunteerism since its inception in 2006. Blue Valley Schools' innovative Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) is a nationally recognized program where students are fully immersed in a professional culture, mentored by actual employers to solve real world problems while receiving high school and college credit.
Olathe School District – USD #233
Enrollment: 30,145 students
Facilities: 35 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, 5 high schools
Graduation rate: 94.1%
USD #233 is the second largest school district in Kansas. Student test scores consistently rank among the top 10 percent in the nation with ACT and SAT scores above state and national averages. Olathe has earned 18 National Blue Ribbon School Awards from the U.S. Department of Education and a Gold Medal rating from Expansion Management magazine given to top districts nationwide. Olathe is the only district in the state to achieve top honors (Level III) from the Kansas Award for Excellence Foundation. The district has received two national awards for outstanding professional development for teachers, and is home to two 2014 Horizon Award winners, the 2013 Kansas Superintendent of the Year, a 2013 Master Teacher, the 2012 Kansas Teacher of the Year, and the student co-champion of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The district offers the innovative 21st Century High School Programs, including aerospace and engineering, biosciences, geosciences and e-communication.
Shawnee Mission School District - USD #512
Enrollment: 27,595 students
Facilities: 34 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 5 high schools
Graduation rate: 89.9%
Shawnee Mission is one of the largest school district in Kansas, serving students in 14 communities. Shawnee Mission students outperform state and national peers on college entrance exams and other assessment measures. Fifteen district students were named semifinalists by the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Shawnee Mission students and staff members have been recognized by The Presidential Scholars Program, The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, The National Merit Program, The National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association, and the Kansas Master Teacher program. Seniors in the class of 2015 earned scholarship offers totaling more than $32 million. Through the district’s digital learning initiative, all K-12 students receive a tablet or laptop to support their learning. Shawnee Mission is the only district in Johnson County to offer International Baccalaureate. The district also offers signature programs of specialized study in areas including engineering, medical health sciences, biotechnology, and culinary arts. These career-focused programs provide students the opportunity to work side-by-side with professionals in high-demand fields and gain hands-on experience in the working world.
Overland Park Public School District Stats
|Statistical Category||Blue Valley||Shawnee Mission||Olathe|
|Average ACT Score||25.5||23.8||23.9|
|National Merit Finalists||57||12||19|
|Teachers with Master's Degree or Higher||73.7%||85%||>74%|
|Advanced Placement (AP) Classes Offered||23||22||19|
Sources: Kansas State Department of Education, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce 2018 Directory, CERI, Blue Valley School District, Olathe School District, Shawnee Mission School District.
Statistics were updated 11/2019