Superintendent’s Message

Welcome to Garden City Public Schools.

Garden City Unified School District #457 has the ninth largest enrollment in the state of Kansas, serving approximately 7,600 students in 18 attendance centers. Our district is the second largest geographically, encompassing a total of 925 square miles.

In order to accomplish our mission of “Quality Learning – Responsible Citizens,” Garden City Public Schools offers a strong basic academic program. We also provide opportunities for a broad range of elective course work, as well as a full slate of extracurricular activities and experiences. This provides the students with the greatest opportunities to become well-rounded individuals and successful citizens.

USD 457 has enjoyed a long history of strong community support. We value the strong ties fostered between schools, families, volunteers and community partners to provide students with a quality learning environment. We invite you to spend some time learning more about our school district on this web site. As you explore, you will discover valuable information about our district, schools, and the community.

Rick Atha, Ph.D.

Welcome letter for district staff
Rick Atha, Ph.D.
Superintendent