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Our mission at Derby Public Schools is to create a safe and inclusive culture and a comprehensive educational experience that propels students toward their fullest potential so they can positively impact their community.

Seniors standing at the 2023 Derby High School Graduation.

We are known for providing an excellent education, along with a plethora of unique opportunities. Derby, with a population of nearly 26,000, is a supportive community with access to many activities for people of all ages. Derby Public Schools has nine elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Our award-winning schools are made possible by incredible educators and administrators, parents, support staff and the supportive community. Derby Public Schools passed a $114 million dollar bond in 2018 that enhanced facilities with new construction, intruder locks, storm shelters, Americans with Disabilities Act accessible playgrounds and more.

To help ensure access to the latest technology, our students are provided with iPads (1:1 Early Childhood-1st) and Chromebooks (2nd-12th). Other technology resources are available throughout the district including SMART Boards, Apple TVs and much more. Our educators have the opportunity to provide input into curriculum which becomes part of career pathways.

One example is our engineering program which encourages students to pursue an engineering career at local and state institutions of higher learning. This program also allows students to participate in a variety of contests including an annual engineering competition at Wichita State University.

Students can find success in their specific area of interest through many career pathways, award-winning organizations, activities, athletic programs and other expansive opportunities. One example is Derby High School’s AFJROTC, Kansas 61st. This program has earned the honor of Distinguished Unit, 18 of the last 19 years and the Silver Star Community Service with Merit for three consecutive years. Cadets proudly complete over 4,000 hours of community service each school year! Leaders rise in Derby Public Schools.

Our Board of Education is committed to ensuring all students continually grow and learn by looking at ways to enhance educational opportunities within the district. With support of the Board and a planning team, a strategic plan is in place, designed to be a roadmap for the district for 2022-2027. The plan articulates a common foundation of expectations and goals in place to prepare our students and staff for success Proactive strategies were developed and the specific action plans are in progress to produce incredible results district-wide.

Curriculum is the Core

With a comprehensive educational program, the district is proud that students are prepared for postsecondary education, diverse employment opportunities and other careers of choice. Project Lead The Way, a learning curriculum that exposes students to science, engineering and mathematics with hands-on projects is offered and proves to be an invaluable experience.

Support for Special Populations

Derby Public Schools is committed to providing services for students who have unique learning needs. Derby offers support for students who are English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and for those who require specifically designed instruction in the least restrictive environment based on a disability or exceptionality. The district strives to ensure all students have access to curriculum in a manner that helps reach individual goals.

Early Childhood Opportunities

Cooperative relationships allow many activities and learning opportunities to be available to the youngest of students.

  • Parents As Teachers
  • Special Education/Role Models Program
  • Four-Year Old At-Risk
  • Preschool at TOP (The Opportunity Project)

After School Services

Latchkey is offered daily, before and after school, for students Kindergarten-5th grade as well as during late start on Monday. Latchkey is also offered during the summer from 6AM-6PM. Morning transportation from Latchkey to the student’s school is provided as well as from school to Latchkey at the end of the school day. For more details about this program, please contact the district Latchkey office at (316) 788-8532.

Cooper Elementary and Oaklawn Elementary offer an after-school program free of charge to the students that attend their buildings. Known as Eagle and Cheetah Time, these programs offer additional academic and recreational activities for students.

Learn more about other after school services.

Positive School Culture

Cooperative relationships are an integral part of a positive school experience. Derby Public Schools believes in embracing diversity and including everyone to unify our culture. Through the district’s Strategic Plan, a School Climate and Culture Advisory Council was developed from diverse stakeholders in our schools and community to support positive student, staff and parent satisfaction with the culture of schools. Additionally, staff frequently recognize and reward students who demonstrate positive problem solving strategies and good teamwork. School Resource Officers (SROs) are integrated into schools to help ensure safety in our buildings. School safety and positive, productive relationships among students, staff and all members of the community is a top priority.

Why Choose Derby?

With award-winning schools that house a dedicated and highly-educated team of staff who are ready to help your student reach their fullest potential, your student will have excellent opportunities. Our district is proud to offer a place for your student to grow and learn in a safe and supportive community with unique program offerings and experiences.

By The Numbers

Graduation Rate (2022) 90.2%
Total Students 6,940
Students With Exceptionalities 1,512
Home Languages 28
Certified & Classified Staff


Average Number of School Meals Served Daily 5,657
Transportation Miles Driven Each School Day


Strategic Plan Committee Member Volunteers 301

Derby Public Schools Honors and Recognitions 

  • Project Lead the Way Distinguished Schools:
    2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 - Cooper, Derby Hills, El Paso, Oaklawn, Park Hill, Swaney, Tanglewood, Wineteer Elementary Schools
    2020, 2021, 2022 - Derby High School
  • Civic Advocacy Network:
    Schools of Excellence - Derby Hills, Park Hill, Swaney and Tanglewood Elementary Schools, Derby North Middle School.
    School of Promising Practice - Derby High School
  • Seal of Biliteracy:
    2017 - German, Spanish
    2021 - German, Spanish
    2022 - English, Spanish
    2023 - English, Spanish, German, Portuguese
  • Kansans Can Star Recognition Program:
    2019 - Copper Star Award, Commissioner’s Award
    2020 - Bronze Graduation, Copper Civic Engagement, Copper Social-Emotional Growth
    2021 - Bronze Graduation, Copper Academically Prepared for Postsecondary, Copper Civic Engagement, Bronze Social-Emotional Growth
    2022 - Bronze Graduation, Bronze Civic Engagement, Bronze Social-Emotional Growth, Copper Individual Plans of Study