graphicThere are four K-12 school districts throughout Labette County, each supported by its own superintendent and board of directors:

Parsons USD #503: Approximately 1,800 students attend classes housed in three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. This district offers extensive classroom aid and paraprofessional support for innovative special education inclusion programs, as well as a preschool and elementary hearing-impaired program. In addition to core curriculum, Parsons' schools incorporate state-approved programs in vocational fields such as welding, printing, business classes, photography, and video production. Athletes in this district compete in class 4A sports.

President Clinton recognized their high school principal as the most outstanding in the nation in 1998. Student/teacher ratio: 16.8:1.

Labette County USD #506: Approximately 1,800 students attend classes housed in five elementary schools and one four-year high school. In addition to a strong history of academics, music and athletic programs, the high school offers 11 vocational programs. This district also competes in a 4A sports classification. Student/teacher ratio: 17.4:1

Oswego USD #504: The district enrolls approximately 500 students in its two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. The new high school facility, completed in 1995, boasts state-of-the-art educational facilities in technology and computers, science, library media, business, art and music. Neosho Heights elementary school also recently added a self-contained music facility. The Service Valley School has been extensively remodeled. Oswego students' courses include art, music appreciation, industrial technology, foreign language, career planning and consumer homemaking instruction. Student/teacher ratio: 13.5:1

Chetopa USD #505: This district enrolls approximately 300 students in its elementary school and high school. Students enjoy hands-on training courses in agricultural, woodworking, metal and home economics vocations. Student/teacher ratio: 10.8:1. This district carries an IA sports classification.

All four districts are rich in extra curricular activities that include sports, FFA, FHA, student council, cheerleading, forensics, debate, SADD, VICA, library club, science club, drama, National Honor Society, newspaper production, Key Club, and Business Leaders of America. Each participates in the Youth-Friends program, a school-based mentoring match that connects youth ages 5 through 18 with caring adult volunteers. To date, the program has fostered children's ability to succeed by increasing school attendance, decreasing disruptive behaviors and positively impacting academic performance.


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