One of Atchison’s strengths is its variety of educational opportunities. In addition to an excellent public school system, Atchison also has private day and boarding schools. Those looking for specialized training can attend Northeast Kansas Technical College. Benedictine is a four-year, co-educational college with roots in Atchison dating back to 1858.
Atchison Unified School District 409 serves the City of Atchison and has an average enrollment of over 1,700 students in the K-12 program. The district’s outstanding facilities include a consolidated elementary school completed in 1997, a fully renovated middle school, a state-of-the-art high school, a newly remodeled sports stadium and a state-affiliated technical college.
Atchison County Community Schools / Unified School District 377 serves families in western Atchison County. It has an enrollment of over 800 students in the K-12 program. Elementary schools are at Lancaster, Cummings and Effingham. Atchison County Community Middle School (grades 5-8) and Atchison County Community High School (grades 9-12) are in Effingham.
Atchison Catholic Schools is a kindergarten through 8th grade school system serving four Catholic parishes: St. Benedict’s, St. Joseph’s, Sacred Heart, and St. Patrick’s. Since the primary school building was destroyed by fire in June 2004, the Upper School building is undergoing renovations to accommodate all classes.
Trinity Lutheran School is affiliated with Trinity Lutheran Church at 8th and Laramie streets and has been providing youth with a Christ-centered education since 1869. It has an enrollment of about 170 students in pre-school through the eighth grade.
Maur Hill-Mount Academy is a Catholic, college preparatory boarding and day school educating young men and women in the Benedictine tradition of prayer, work and learning. Established in 2003 by the merger of Mount St. Scholastica Academy (for girls) and Maur Hill Prep School (for boys), the school’s students receive the benefits of a heritage dating back more than 140 years. Approximately 25% of the student body is comprised of international students, many of whom participate in an extensive English program. Some twenty hours of college or university credit is available through the academic program. Graduates are accepted at schools such as Benedictine, University of Kansas, Creighton, Marquette and Notre Dame.
The Northeast Kansas Technical College (NEKTC) is fully-accredited by the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas State Board of Nursing. It provides training in a wide range of fields with both full- and part-time classes, evening adult education and specialized training. Programs of study include computer technology, auto technology, food and beverage management, and practical nursing. It offers an Associate of Applied Science degree awarded in nine programs. After two years at NEKTC, job placement ranks above 93% overall.
Benedictine College (BC) is a four-year, liberal arts, Catholic, co-educational college with roots dating back to the founding of St. Benedict’s College in 1858. It was established in 1971 with the merging of St. Benedict’s College and Mount St. Scholastica College. It has an enrollment of over 1,300 students from 30 states and 13 foreign countries; approximately 1,100 of these are full-time undergraduates. In addition to 34 majors and eleven pre-professional programs, Benedictine offers a Master’s in School Leadership, an Executive Master’s of Business Administration and a traditional MBA. Ferrell Hall, a 112-year-old former abbey building, was completely renovated and reopened in 2001 as a state-of-the-art residence hall. The newly-renovated Haverty Center houses the Raven Roost, a handsomely-appointed student and alumni gathering spot. St. Scholastica, the college’s newest residential hall, opened in the fall of 2005 and is a four-story residential hall housing about 150 freshmen and sophomore women.