Small School Feel with Big School Opportunities.

Shawnee Heights USD 450 is a uniquely rural and suburban school district located in southeast Shawnee County. The district offers the benefits of a living in a small rural community with the advantages and opportunities that come with being close to the city of Topeka. In addition, the cultural opportunities of Kansas City are just 50 miles to the east.


The 140 square miles of rolling hills that comprise the Shawnee Heights community are situated about half way between Topeka and Lawrence. Shawnee Heights lies in an area of great rural beauty close to the heart of the Kansas capital in Topeka. Opportunities for recreation at Lake Shawnee abound from walking, running or biking the trails to fishing and boating in the lake, playing tennis on the courts or golfing the scenic 18-hole public golf course. Nearby higher education institutions including Washburn University, Washburn Institute of Technology, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and Emporia State University offer a variety of convenient traditional and online educational opportunities. Business areas offer convenient services and light industry while easy access to I-70 provides access to local employment or a brief commute to downtown Topeka, Lawrence or Kansas City. At the center of our community is Shawnee Heights School District.


Shawnee Heights School District is the educational center for approximately 3,500 students from preschool through 12th grade. Four Pre-K through 6th grade elementary schools, a 7-8 middle school and a 9-12 high school comprise the attendance centers of the district. Classes are small, averaging about 22 students district-wide. Our teachers and faculty are trained extensively in pedagogy and take great pride in developing positive relationships with our students and families. Over 55% of our faculty have a Masters Degree or beyond and school transportation is available for all students regardless of the distance from school.

Shawnee Heights USD 450.

Preparing the students of today for the opportunity of tomorrow.