Learning for a world of opportunity.
One of the first communities in Kansas to open a kindergarten (all the way back in 1927), Junction City/Geary County today leads the way with low student-teacher ratios, performance-based learning, and an award-winning STEM focus backed by national funding. In a global world, learning here takes students everywhere.
K-12: Choice + excellence. With superb public and private options providing a strong educational foundation, families here build an unlimited future for their children.
- USD 475: Proven performance. The accolades keep coming for the Geary County School District 475, which operates 18 award-winning schools from elementary through high school. By the numbers USD 475 is impressive, in the last decade.
- Earning 25 Governor’s Achievement Awards;
- 57 Challenge Awards from the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force;
- 7 National Blue Ribbon School designations;
- 4 National Distinguished Title I school designations;
- Recognition of our high school as a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education.
While the awards are many, the rewards are rich for students learning and growing into global leadership through top-flight academics and rewarding extracurricular activities. With over 40 languages spoken by families and students from all over the world, new facilities, innovative, creative and award-winning teachers, and more than $4 million in recent federal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grants, USD 475 puts students on a strategic path to a global future.
- St. Xavier School: Parochial powerhouse. Founded in 1871, St. Xavier School is one of the oldest private schools in Kansas, and still respected as one of the best, racking up standardized test scores in the top 15% nationwide. Academics, athletics, and faith intertwine in a setting steeped in rich tradition yet modern in outlook.
Higher Education: Here, near and world-changing.
With two community colleges right here in Geary County, and a world-class research institution just 20 minutes away, Junction City/Geary County is the right place to learn for a life of higher net worth—and deeper meaning. An education to change your world and equip you to make a global impact.
Community Colleges: Cloud Community College-Geary County Campus and Barton Community College-Fort Riley Campus offer a range of course options that keep residents up to speed in necessary global business skills with convenient schedules, immediate access and diverse offerings in multiple programs of study.
Kansas State University: : The campus is large and still growing, and so are the opportunities. With more than 250 academic undergraduate majors and options offered through nine colleges, including a College of Veterinary Medicine, with more than $26 million awarded in scholarships annually. Classified as a Carnegie R1 (highest research activity level) institution, Kansas State University is producing world-class scholarship and world-class scholars, ranking first nationally among public universities in total number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Udall scholars in the last 25 years.
Since its inception as the state’s first public institution of higher learning, Kansas State University has exercised academic and moral leadership. It was the second public college in the nation to admit females and males on an equal basis, and the first school in the Big Eight Conference to offer athletic scholarships to African-American students. Now, Kansas State University is poised to exercise global leadership, with the relocation of the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, and with a current $1 billion Innovation and Inspiration Campaign. A Kansas State University degree offers recognition and an educational experience that offers an opportunity to make a difference in the world.