Superintendent's Message

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

About Auburn-Washburn

Welcome to the Auburn-Washburn School District! We are fortunate to serve nearly 6,400 students in 128 square miles located in southwest Topeka, the state's capital city, and Shawnee County. Auburn-Washburn is an amazing place to learn and work due to our engaged patron and business community, informed parents that value the importance of an exemplary education, dedicated and talented administrators, teachers, and support staff, and of course, outstanding students that come to school ready and willing to do their very best. We base all decisions on what is in the best interest of students, and in doing so, we have built a stellar reputation as a respected, high performing, 6A school district. We also provide a large variety of co-curricular, performing and fine arts, and athletic opportunities, and our students perform and compete extremely well with students in Kansas and the nation.

We do not look at our nearly 6,400 students as a whole, rather, we focus on the strengths, needs, and dreams of every child, every day. We have seven K-6 elementary schools that, on average, serve about 500 students that feed into Washburn Rural Middle School, a 7th and 8th grade building that serves just under 1,000 students, that feeds into Washburn Rural High School, a comprehensive 6A high school that serves just under 2,000 students. We also have an early childhood center and two alternative learning centers. In each school and center, we pride ourselves on building positive and meaningful relationships with students and families first, and then focus on high academic achievement and the development of skills for success.

Auburn-Washburn is led by our Mission, Vision, Core Values, and Strategic Plan. Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values can be viewed by clicking on the link located on the left side of this page but can be summarized by our tagline: Inspiring, Challenging, and Preparing Every Child, Every Day. Our current five-year strategic plan, Strategic Plan 2021, was built based on feedback from approximately 500 Auburn-Washburn students, 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 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 State Assessments and above the national average on the ACT. Multiple academic measurements will be established at the elementary, middle, and high school level that will be tracked and acted on over the five years of Strategic Plan 2021.

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, conscientiousness, critical thinker, problem solver, resiliency, effective communicator, and work ethic. Our task for Strategic Plan 2021 is to identify meaningful ways to develop and measure skills for success at the elementary, middle, and high school level.

In addition to student goals, we have established the following four district priorities in Strategic Plan 2021:

  • Outstanding Staff: To recruit, hire, develop, and retain competent, caring, and student-centered staff for each position.
  • Community Engagement: To provide timely, accurate, and relevant information to all stakeholders in our school community as well as to engage and listen to them as partners in education.
  • Effective Resource Management: To implement efficient financial, operational, and energy conservational procedures and practices that align with and support our educational program for students and staff
  • Safe, Well-Maintained, and Current Facilities: To provide safe and well-maintained learning environments and facilities that support current educational practices and meet long-term enrollment needs.

Points of Pride

Our students and staff accomplish amazing feats each year. Check out our Points of Pride to review our accomplishments from the previous school years.

Check out our Five-Year Summary Celebration to review our accomplishments from the most recent Strategic Plan.

Legislative Positions

The five Shawnee County School Districts mutually created legislative positions that we refer to as One United Voice. Shawnee County is fortunate to have five quality school districts, and although each district approaches their work in a way to best meet the needs in their school district, we stand united on legislative positions. Our legislative positions were mutually created with the beliefs that Shawnee County Students are our top priority, there are significant societal benefits gained by supported exemplary public education, and all Kansas students deserve an adequate and equitable public education. To learn more you can review our One United Voice.