Welcome to Auburn-Washburn

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott McWilliams
Dr. Scott McWilliams
Superintendent of Schools

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year in the Auburn-Washburn School District. As a new member to this district and school community, I cannot express how excited I am to begin building meaningful relationships with students, staff, parents and patrons, as well as our business partners. The Auburn-Washburn School District has a stellar reputation! It is extremely important that we continue working together collaboratively to provide a rigorous, progressive, and well-rounded education that meets the needs of each and every student.

Our school district is governed by a seven-member Board of Education elected by the patrons of our district. We are fortunate to have a committed and collaborative Board that sets a clear vision for the Auburn-Washburn School District. Our goal is to put practices and procedures in place to support a well-developed five-year strategic plan focused on:

  • Improving student academic achievement
  • Engaging students, parents, and the school community
  • Ensuring resource stewardship
  • Providing a safe and caring environment for students and staff

Our staff is thrilled to welcome over 6,100 students on August 13 in anticipation of another positive and productive school year. I, too, am thrilled for the coming year, but I am also honored to serve as Superintendent of such an extraordinary learning community. By working together as an informed, engaged, and caring school community, we will continue Inspiring and Challenging Every Child, Every Day!

About Auburn-Washburn

Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 is a district consisting of 128 square miles of suburban and rural areas in southwest Topeka and Shawnee county. Presently, we have 13 total attendance centers — one early childhood center, seven elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and two alternative learning centers.

Our schools reflect the commitment to excellence within our community. Above all, we strive for every student to succeed. If academic achievement and student body growth are indicators of success, we are reaching our goal. We consistently rank among the leaders in a variety of test scores including the ACT and SAT, as well as in National Merit Scholarships.


Every staff member of Auburn-Washburn is committed to our mission, "Inspiring and challenging every child, every day." Nearly half the faculty hold a Masters degree or higher, and we are clear leaders in awards for excellence. Our aggressive staff development process provides teachers with the classroom resources they need.

Small, Diverse Classes

Auburn-Washburn values small class sizes. Our average elementary class size is 19 students. Our diverse classrooms include new students from 30 different states and five foreign countries each year.