Education

The community of Wellington, Kansas takes great pride in the educational system USD 353 provides to our students and with a state of the art high school on the east side of town, just 2 miles from I-35. Whether it is the high school, middle school or one of the the 4 elementary schools our schools encourage a high level of performance through a variety of academic, vocational and cultural experiences, promoting both person and academic growth. 

The Wellington Christian Academy continues to grow and offers an alternative for learning using the Core Knowledge curriculum. The Christian Academy offers Pre-K option in addition to the other preschools in Wellington. 

*School Statistics
School enrollment - 1392
Teacher/student ratio - 1:8.5
Graduation rate - 90.2%

 

THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY:

On April 1, 1914 at the spring election the voters approved the support of a public library by a vote of 3-1. In May 1914, the Wellington City Library board held its first meeting and voted to begin the process of erecting a library building. On April 10,1915, it was voted to buy a site from the Long-Bell Lumber Co. at the corner of Seventh Street and Jefferson Avenue for $3,000.00. The board had begun negotiations with Andrew Carnegie, and on April 19, 1915 the Carnegie Corporation stated that it would give $17,500. for the library building. The building was completed in December of 1915, but remained vacant for some time due to a delay in the receipt of the new furniture. The library building was accepted from the contractor on June 12, 1916 was dedicated June 19, 1916 and was informally opened to the public July 1, 1916.

In 1986 the Library Board of Trustees and community became involved in a project to enlarge and renew the original structure; June 6 1987 the Wellington Carnegie Library was entered on the National Register of Historic Places; 1988 ground was broken to start the exterior shell of the addition to the building. For nearly 2 years the library was in temporary housing as the interior underwent extensive renovation. The interior of the library maintains its original open floor plan and vestibule entrance. The first floor pillars retain their marble wainscoting.

 

*Data supplied by the Kansas Department of Education