The McPherson Unified School District 418 is recognized as one of the leading school districts in Kansas. The McPherson schools are served by two central office administrators, a full-time special education director, a director of instruction, nine building administrators, a food service director, a buildings and grounds director, 252 certified staff and 283 classified staff. The district operates an early education center, four elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, an alternative high school program, and is also the sponsoring district of the McPherson County Special Education Cooperative.
Enrollment (K-12) in the McPherson schools is approximately 2400. The four neighborhood elementary schools- kindergarten through fifth grade- have an average regular education class size of 19 students. Each of the McPherson USD 418 Elementary schools offers a comprehensive program, including library services, art, vocal and instrumental music, computer-assisted instruction, and special education. Curriculum is developed cooperatively by teachers throughout the district.
McPherson Middle School, grades 6-8, offers a broad program of academic and elective exploratory courses. Middle school regular education classes average 23 students. Activities in drama, student government, and athletics are provided for students.
McPherson High School, grades 9-12, offers a strong college preparatory program as well as vocational education and career planning services. The average regular education class size at McPherson High School is 22 students. A wide selection of co-curricular and extracurricular programs is available for students.
All McPherson USD 418 Schools are fully accredited by the Kansas state board of education under the quality performance accreditation system.
The purpose of the McPherson Unified School District 418 is to assure that students will acquire basic academic and decision-making skills necessary to be productive, responsible citizens in a changing society. Students are challenged to achieve individual success, work to their fullest potential, and become lifelong learners. Our school will guide and assist students to identify and accomplish personal, academic and career goals.
To achieve the purpose of our schools, the following learning goals are established. Students should:
- Demonstrate competency in the communication skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- Demonstrate competency in basic math skills.
- Express knowledge and understanding of our country's history and the democratic process.
- Exhibit knowledge of basic concepts of humanities and fine arts.
- Utilize current technology and information resources.
- Apply logical thinking skills to evaluate information, solve problems and make decisions.
- Develop and practice personal skills needed for physical and emotional wellness.
- Develop parenting and family life skills.
- Cooperate with others, showing compassion and tolerance for individual differences.
- Practice commitment, dependability and responsibility.
- Demonstrate skills needed for success regarding further education and careers.
Maximum achievement of these goals requires a continued commitment from our community, patrons, parents, board of education, school administrators, staff and the students themselves. McPherson Unified School District 418 pledges its commitment to the achievement of these goals.
Adopted by the Board of Education on April 24, 1989