Did you know that Wichita has over 20 private schools? Looking for the right school for your student can be an overwhelming process in and of itself, and with so many options, it can be a challenge to find a place to start. Check out an overview of Wichita's private schools below to find what's best for your family.
All Saints Catholic School
All Saints Catholic School offers classes for preschool through eighth grade. Now one of the most diverse schools in the diocese, All Saints forms its students into Disciples of Christ who are academically and spiritually prepared for a diverse. All Saints has been recognizes as a Banner School in the Diocese, for excellence in areas of faith and academics. The school is also home to one of the best Science Olympiad programs in the state of Kansas. Take a closer look here.
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
Bishop Carroll is a Catholic High School located on Wichita’s west side. With extensive athletics, academics, clubs, activities and more, Bishop Carroll offers students a variety of ways to get involved. At Bishop Carroll, the faculty consists of four Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita, one diocesan priest and 68 lay men and women. Learn more about Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.
Christ the King Catholic School
Christ the King Catholic School offers Catholic education to students from preschool through fifth grade. Its small class sizes allow students to learn at their own speed. Students at Christ the King Catholic School learn Catholic values and practices in addition to academic studies. Extracurricular activities such as athletics, scholar’s bowl and religion bowl as also available. Learn more about Christ the King here.
Holy Savior Catholic Academy
Holy Savior Catholic Academy is located in the northeast part of Wichita, and serves to help African American and other diverse students develop the skill that they need to become successful later in life. The pre-K through eighth grade school has a current enrollment of 185 students, offering small class sizes and personalized learning opportunities to students. Athletic programs include volleyball, football, basketball, track and field and cheerleading. Other extracurricular activities such as student government and academic competitions are available.
Holy Savior Catholic Academy charges tuition for students whose parents are not members of the parish, but generous donations help to keep tuition affordable. For further details, click here.
Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School
One on Wichita’s largest private schools, Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School enrolled 928 students in grades 9-12 in the 2015-2016 school year. With 57 faculty members and 23 members of support staff, Kapaun offers a total of 80 employees. Students at Kapaun are able to enroll honors and advanced placement courses for an academic challenge. Some of these courses also offer college credit. Kapaun also offers a wide variety of athletic programs and academic programs. Further information is available on Kapaun's website.
Magdalen Catholic School
Magdalen Catholic School serves children in preschool through eighth grade, and high school age students continue their education at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School. Magdalen Catholic School has a current overall enrollment of 537 students. For non-Catholic students, tuition is priced at $4,500 per year (based in the 2013-2014 school year.) For Catholic students, this institution is stewardship-based rather than tuition-based. That means that families who fully participate in their parish's stewardship program have the opportunity to educate their children in diocesan schools tuition-free.
Magdalen Catholic School offers a variety of athletic and extracurricular activities for students to participate in, including programs for music, academics and more. More information is available on the Magdalen School website.
Resurrection Catholic School
This school offer courses for ages three through fifth grade. Students at Resurrection Catholic School are taught Catholic values and practices in addition to their academic studies. Athletic programs include volleyball, football, basketball, cross country, track and cheerleading. Students can also participate in academic activities like scholar’s bowl and religion bowl. More details are available here.
St. Anne’s Catholic School
St. Anne’s Catholic School teaches children in preschool through middle school about the Catholic faith while also focusing on academics. With an enrollment total of close to 200 students, St. Anne’s keeps small classes that foster an individualized learning environment for each student. St. Anne’s offers athletic programs including boys and girls basketball and track and field. Check out the St. Anne's website.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School
This pre-K through eighth grade institution has a total enrollment of 675 and an average class size of 22 students. At St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, values of stewardship, faithfulness, scholarship and unity are instilled in students at a young age. The school also highlights programs for fine arts, athletics, and academics. For more, click here.
St. Jude School
The Wichita St. Jude Catholic School offers pre-K to eighth grade education to approximately 260 of its parish youth. An Inclusive educational school, St. Jude serves children of the parish that are registered members of St. Jude. In addition to religious and academic studies, St. Jude offers the following athletic programs: volleyball, cross country, football, track and field, cheerleading and basketball. Interested in St. Jude? Learn more here.
St. Joseph Catholic School
At St. Joseph Catholic School, students will experience small class sizes that allow for a learning experience that is unique to each student. With classes for students in pre-K through the eighth grade, the St. Joseph school promotes core values of faith, community, commitment and stewardship. Students can participate in a variety of athletics, clubs, activities, and additional extracurriculars. Get the scoop on St. Joseph Catholic School here.
St. Margaret Mary School
The St. Margaret Mary School opened in 1955 with a total enrollment of 378 students in its eight-grade program. The school also offers pre-K education that highlights basic concepts and skills, while teaching students to create. St. Margaret Mary offers a variety of sports programs including cross country, volleyball, football, basketball, and track and field. Further details on St. Margaret Mary school are available here.
St. Patrick School
Wichita’s St. Patrick School offers Catholic education to children in preschool through eighth grade. With an emphasis on cultural diversity, this school offers a Catholic education to which students from all walks of life can relate. Athletic programs and music programs are available for students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities. View the St. Patrick School website.
St. Thomas Aquinas School
The St. Thomas Aquinas School emphasizes the Four Pillars of Stewardship: hospitality, prayer, formation and service. The school offers classes for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Nearly 550 students attend Wichita’s St. Thomas Aquinas School. More information is available here.
Classical School of Wichita
The Classical School of Wichita is a Christ-centered, Christian school that offers K-12 education. With a total enrollment of 215 students, class sizes average at about 14 students. Students at the Classical School can participate in athletics, fine arts and other organizations.
Tuition rates are as follows:
- $4,150 for half-day kindergarten
- $5,450 for full day kindergarten
- $5,450 for grades 1-6
- $5,950 for grades 7-12
Additional fees for books, enrollment and other activities apply. Want to learn more? Click here.
Faith Academy is a Christian K-12 school on the west side of Wichita. Faith Academy studies are vigorous, on-task, and academically challenging.
Tuition rates are as follows:
- $3,250 for grades k-12.
- $1,750 for half-day kindergarten
- $3,250.00 for full day kindergarten.
Textbooks are included in tuition.To learn more about Faith Academy, click here.
Life Preparatory Academy
The Life Preparatory Academy is a Christian kindergarten through 12th grade school that is fully accredited by the state of Kansas Board of Education. With small class sizes, and intimate learning environments, this schools fosters a great learning environment for children. The Life Preparatory Academy emphasizes a conservative worldview and offers advanced placement and honors courses, as well as private tutoring. Details are available here.
Sunrise Christian Academy
Offering Childcare through 12th grade education, Sunrise Christian Academy haws a total enrollment of over 700 students and an 18:1 student to teacher ratio. The school graduates between 45 and 50 seniors each year. The college preparatory, non-denominational Christian school offers 16 honors courses and four dual-credit courses. Students can participate in a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs.
Tuition rates are as follows:
- $3,500 for half-day K4
- $$3,500 for half-day kindergarten
- $5,900 for all day preschool and kindergarten
- $5,200 for grades 1-5
- $5,900 for grades 6-8
- $6,800 for grades 9-12
Additional fees apply for registration and books. Precept courses are also available. Learn more here.
Trinity Academy, formerly a Christian high school with only grades 9-12, will debut a brand new K-8 school in the fall of 2016. Trinity had a 13:1 student to teacher ratio with a total enrollment of 322 students last year. Tuition is as follows:
- $7,500 for K-2
- $7,900 for grades 3-5
- $8,400 got grades 6-8
These prices are reduced by $200 if paying by ACH through the school’s payment program. Additional fees apply for enrollment, textbooks and athletic participation.
Need-based financial aid is available on a first-come, first served basis, with the highest awards at just under 50 percent off tuition. Take a look at Trinity online.
Wichita Adventist Christian Academy
The Wichita Adventist Christian Academy offers Seventh-Day Adventist education to children in kindergarten through 10th grade. Tuition rates are as follows:
- $345 per month for grades K-6, $295 per additional child
- $370 per month for grades 7-8, $320 per additional child
- $400 per month for grades 9-10, $340 per additional child
Additional lab and athletic fees may apply. Scholarships and financial aid may be available. The Wichita Adventist Christian Academy features athletic programs for volleyball and both boys and girls basketball. Check out the website for more information.
Annoor Islamic School
The Annoor Islamic School is the only Islamic school in Wichita. The pre-K through 12th grade institution is accredited through AdvancEd and the Kansas Department of Education. Annoor offers students a Quran memorization program, and students will also study the Arabic language and a common core curriculum. Focused on love, care, respect and obedience to parents, this school is a great fit for Islamic children in the Wichita area. Click here for more.
Holy Cross Lutheran School
Holy Cross Lutheran School offers pre-K through eighth grade education. Tuition is priced at $5,283 per year, with additional fees for band, outdoor education, tablet insurance, booster club fee, student fees, etc.
A variety of preschool options are available for children of ages three and four. Monthly fees for pre-K programs range in price from $165-$844. The cost of lunch is not included in monthly tuition rates, and a $25 activity fee is due at the time of registration.
Tuition discounts of 1-3% are available to those paying tuition in 1 (35 discount) two (2% discount) or three (1% discount) payments by Aug. 1.
Holy Cross Lutheran integrates courses such as P.E., music, art, computer technology and band to offer its students a well-rounded education. The school also highlights a variety of special activities including trips, assemblies, science and career fairs and more. Find out more here.
Wichita Friends School
The Wichita Friends School is a preschool through elementary Quaker school. It boasts small class sizes and focuses on a belief in “Inner Light,” which leads to faith in the ability of each student to reach his or her full potential.
Tuition for half-day preschool and junior kindergarten is as follows:
- $451.50 monthly for five half-days per week
- $325.50 monthly for three half-days per week
- $241.50 monthly for two half-days per week
For full day preschool and junior kindergarten, rates are
- $703.50 monthly for five days per week
- $493.50 monthly for three days per week
- $346.50 monthly for two days per week
Other rates are:
- $451.50 monthly for half-day kindergarten
- $630 monthly for full day kindergarten
- $630 monthly for elementary school
Additional enrollment and assessment fees apply. Check out the Wichita Friends School online.
Non-religious Private Schools
Compass Star Montessori
Compass Star Montessori School offers programs for early childhood and elementary school students. At Compass Star, lower and upper elementary students are taught in the same classroom, allowing students to practice socialization skills. Older children are even able to help the lower elementary-level students master their work. Learn more here.
The Independent School
The Independent School is a co-educational, college preparatory school on Wichita’s east side. The school is broken up into a Lower School (pre-k to grade five), a Middle School (grades six through eight), and an Upper School (grades nine-12). Independent has 65 full and part-time teachers, and offers an 8:1 student to teacher ratio. Tuition rates as of the 2015-2016 school year are as follows:
- $5,200 for Lower School, half-day Pre-K
- $8,300 for Lower School, full day Pre-K through grade five
- $10,000 for Middle School, grades six through eight
- $10,600 for Upper School, grades nine through 12
Financial aid options are available at Independent, and 25 percent of families at the school receive need-based assistance. Independent also offers its students advanced placement courses, fine arts and athletics. Further details are available here.
Wichita Collegiate School
Wichita Collegiate School offers a student to teacher ratio of 8:1, allowing for individualized attention for every student. The school offers a Great beginnings program for children ages two to three, pre-K, and kindergarten through 12th grade classes. Overall, the school has an average of about 15 students per class. Tuition assistance is available, and about 20 percent of students receive need-based financial aid. Collegiate offers wide variety of athletic programs for children in middle and upper schools. Additional extracurricular programs are available for music, the arts and other organizations. Learn more about Collegiate.
Primrose School of Wichita East
The Primrose School of Wichita East is part of a national system of accredited private preschools. Teaching its students a purposeful curriculum, the Primrose school focuses on engagement and balanced learning through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) based activities. Students at Primrose will also enjoy Fitness games, music programs, and nature studies. Click here for more.
Heartspring is a not-for-profit special needs school in Wichita. Serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, speech and language impairment, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities, Heartspring cares for students between the ages of five and 21 from all over the country. Students can qualify for funding to Heartspring through insurance, and a majority of students currently attending Heartspring are funded by their local school district. Learn more here.