Welcome to Auburn-Washburn

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

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year in the Auburn-Washburn School District. Our staff is thrilled to welcome over 6,300 students on August 16 in anticipation of another positive and productive school year. Thank you for being an engaged member of our school community and for supporting our work with students.

We are excited to launch a new five-year strategic plan this school year that will guide our work through 2021. Strategic Plan 2021 was built based on feedback from approximately 500 Auburn-Washburn students, parents, staff members, patrons, business leaders, and elected officials. We hosted 26 strategic planning meetings in our schools during the 2015-16 school year, and the feedback we received was invaluable. Based on feedback, we established these two student goals:

Goal 1 — Challenging Every Student: To improve the academic performance of each student

High academic performance is the cornerstone of the Auburn-Washburn School District. Student achievement in Auburn-Washburn is consistently above the state average on the Kansas State Assessments and above the national average on the ACT. Goal 1, to improve the academic performance of each student, will be measured at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in several ways.

Goal 2 — Preparing Every Student: To develop skills for success with each student

Auburn-Washburn stakeholder feedback clearly stated that it takes more than high academic achievement to best prepare students to become happy and responsible citizens in a global community, the workplace, and in life. The most frequently listed skills for success were: confidence, a team player, perseverance, critical thinker, problem solver, grit, effective communicator, showing initiative, and work ethic. Our task for this strategic plan will be to identify meaningful ways to develop and measure skills for success at the elementary, middle, and high school level.

Our school community is extremely fortunate to have such engaged parents, patrons and business partners that value and support our work with students. By working together as an informed, engaged, and caring school community, we will continue Inspiring, Challenging, and Preparing 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, challenging and preparing 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.