District Information

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    USD 232 welcomes approximately 7,500 students (Early Childhood through grade 12) each day at 13 campuses, with seven elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, and Cedar Trails Exploration Center. USD 232 encompasses an area of nearly 100 square miles in northwest Johnson County and draws from the communities of De Soto, Shawnee, Lenexa, a portion of Olathe, and unincorporated areas of the county.

      Vision & Mission

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        Unified School District No. 232 is promoting its new Vision and Mission following formal approval by the Board of Education in May 2017. The Vision and Mission represent a successful nine-month process of engaging various stakeholder groups within the district.

        Led by Superintendent Frank Harwood during the 2016-17 school year, the district hosted three community forums, launched a community-wide engagement survey, and met with students, parents, and employees to gather input regarding the direction of the school system.

        One of the most important things about leading a school district is knowing where you want to go. Engaging the USD 232 community was a critical part of setting a vision and mission for our future.  The big question we must always consider is what we want our district to be for our students.

        The Vision and Mission will now drive future goals for the district, including strategies and action steps that may be adjusted by the Board of Education from time to time to ensure the system is on track to accomplish its vision. It will take collaborative parent-school-community partnerships to support the continued success of all students in USD 232.


        Maximize each student’s potential, through inspiration and discovery, challenging all students to become self-sufficient and positive contributors to society. 


        USD 232 will prepare all students for their future through excellent, innovative learning opportunities with caring, dedicated and passionate staff in a safe and secure environment. 

        District Goals

        The Board of Education approves the district's goals on an annual basis to support the vision and mission. The goals fall under three primary categories:

        • Achievement
          Improve student achievement for all students while reducing the achievement disparities of various disaggregated groups.

        • Buildings & Budgets
          Maximize district resources and provide high quality facilities to enhance educational programs.

        • Community Engagement
          Work proactively with the community to improve educational programs.


      Award-winning Schools

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        USD 232 has a record of steady, marked improvement with a continual quest for excellence. It has built a record of achievement in instructional program quality, policy development, efficiency of operation and student co-curricular/extracurricular activities. Characterized by remarkable degrees of dedication to children's best interests, parents, patrons, board of education, administrators, teachers and support personnel have worked diligently to provide the best learning opportunities possible. This dedicated service, combined with the support of civic leaders and the cooperation of other community organizations and institutions, has resulted in the outstanding success USD 232 is now experiencing.

      High Graduation Rates

      Emphasis on the Arts

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        All students have access to instrumental programs, vocal music, and creative arts.

      Spaces to Learn

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        Our community continues to invest in the school district so that we can provide safe, fun, and innovative spaces for student learning.