By Tracy Fuga


Starting over at a new duty station is challenging. You have to secure housing, find your way around a new area, and figure out where your kids are attending school or what daycares are available for your children. Luckily, there will be no shortage of quality schools and childcare options for your children in and around the Fort Leavenworth area. See for yourself.

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: Fort Leavenworth: In-Depth Welcome Center

Kansas School Enrollment

To be enrolled in a Kansas school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 31 of the current school year. Registration typically requires a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age and the child’s previous school records and immunization records. Visit the Kansas Department of Education website for more information. Check with individual schools for additional enrollment requirements prior to arriving.

Schools in Fort Leavenworth

Elementary school-age children living on post can choose from several elementary schools and one junior high on post at Fort Leavenworth, all connected to the Fort Leavenworth Unified School District 207. You will also be able to find more information about registration requirements and policies for new students. The on-post elementary schools and junior high school at Fort Leavenworth are convenient for military families and feed into other schools in the Leavenworth County Schools district. High school students attend Leavenworth High School, about six miles from the installation. There are special resources available for military families with children attending any of the Leavenworth County Schools. Reach out to your School Liaison Officer for help.

Fort Leavenworth Elementary Schools

1. Bradley Elementary School

1 Bradley Circle Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 651-6915 Bradley Elementary School enrolls more than 500 pre-K through sixth grade students every year. The elementary school offers the basic subjects all children need to learn (addition, reading, writing, etc.) with extras like art, educational theater, robotics, band, choir and more.

2. Eisenhower Elementary School

1 Eisenhower Circle Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


1 (913) 651-6663 Eisenhower Elementary School enrolls about 450 pre-K through sixth grade students every year. The school exceeds all state standards for math and reading/language arts proficiencies. The Fort Leavenworth school also offers music programs, clubs, Odyssey of the Mind and a club called Hearts Apart, designed exclusively for military families.

3. MacArthur Elementary School

1 MacArthur Loop Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


: 1 (913) 651-6517 MacArthur Elementary School serves nearly 500 students in pre-K through sixth grade. The school is named for Gen. Douglas MacArthur, a celebrated Army general whose first command was at Fort Leavenworth. The diverse school exceeds all state proficiencies in math and reading/language arts and enriches students through choir, band, Jr. Guard and clubs.

Fort Leavenworth Middle School

1. Patton Junior High School

1 Patton Circle Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


: 1 (913) 651-7371 Patton Junior High School was rated the top junior high school in Kansas. The school enrolls nearly 300 seventh through ninth graders. The junior high school has plenty of options for students who want to get involved with athletics, including football, volleyball and cheerleading. Students also benefit from a variety of academic activities like debate club, Odyssey of the Mind and student council.

Fort Leavenworth High School

All high schools are off post and listed below. Schools Near Fort Leavenworth

Schools Near Fort Leavenworth

Families that choose to live in off-post housing will need to enroll in schools within their associated district. Public school districts generally don’t allow out-of-district enrollment. There is one public school district near Fort Leavenworth, in Leavenworth County.

Leavenworth County School District

Leavenworth Unified School District 453

200 N. Fourth St. Leavenworth, KS 66048


: 1 (913) 684-1400 Leavenworth USD 453 serves nearly 4,000 students and their parents of Leavenworth, Lansing, Tonganoxie, Basehor, Easton and Linwood. The district has four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, one virtual school and an early childhood center to meet the needs of the 81,000 residents of Leavenworth County. Many students have ties to nearby Fort Leavenworth so the district offers counseling and guidance to make things as easy as possible for transferring students.

Elementary Schools Near Fort Leavenworth

1. Henry Leavenworth Elementary School

1925 Vilas Leavenworth, KS 66048


: 1 (913) 684-1470 Henry Leavenworth Elementary School is six miles from Fort Leavenworth’s main entrance and is just down the street from the county’s only public high school. The elementary school provides quality education for close to 600 students in pre-K through fourth grade. Students at this diverse school benefit from a state-of-the-art media center, art studio and gymnasium.

Middle Schools Near Fort Leavenworth

2. Richard Warren Middle School

3501 New Lawrence Road Leavenworth, KS 66048


: 1 (913) 684-1530 Richard Warren Middle School enrolls more than 700 sixth through eighth grade students. The students benefit from an array of athletic programs at the school: cross country, football, volleyball, wrestling, basketball, cheerleading and track. There’s also the opportunity to participate in choir, school band, Jr. Guard and more. High Schools Near Fort Leavenworth

High Schools Near Fort Leavenworth

3. Leavenworth High School

2012 10th Ave. Leavenworth, KS 66048 Phone: 1 (913) 684-1550 Leavenworth High School is a feeder school for students living on post at Fort Leavenworth. More than 1,400 students attend the accredited school. The high school works to prepare students for life after school, giving them the guidance to succeed by offering exemplary academic programs and an array of activities such as marketing and journalism clubs, theater, choir, auto tech and more. As the local high school serving the Fort Leavenworth community, the school also offers an Army JROTC Program.

Charter Schools Near Fort Leavenworth

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students, and have open enrollment. There is a list of 10 charter schools that are nearby Fort Leavenworth; however, there are only two located under an hour drive each way. For more information about the charter schools in Kansas, visit the Kansas State Department of Education’s website.

1. Insight School of Kansas

16740 W. 175th St. Olathe, KS 66062


: 1 (800) 260-0438

2. Lawrence Virtual School

1104 E. 1000 Road Lawrence, KS 66047


: 1 (785) 832-5620 Private Schools Near Fort Leavenworth

Private Schools Near Fort Leavenworth

Parents who choose to send their children to a private school near Fort Leavenworth are met with a handful of options. All of the private schools in the area have a religious affiliation but they do not skimp on academics. According to Private School Review, these are some of the best private schools in the Leavenworth County area.

1. Xavier Catholic School

541 Muncie Road Leavenworth, KS 66048


: 1 (913) 682-3135 Xavier Catholic School consists of two campuses, a five-minute drive apart, serving nearly 250 students from pre-K through eighth grade. The school is deeply rooted in the Leavenworth County area, having been founded over 160 years ago. The students of this private school are taught a balance of traditional Catholic teachings as well as standard academics.

2. St. Paul Lutheran School

320 N. Seventh St. Leavenworth, KS 66048


: 1 (913) 682-5553 St. Paul Lutheran School holds its 120 pre-K through eighth grade students to a high academic and moral standard. The Lutheran school boasts small class sizes of around 12 students per classroom and an emphasis on creating a sense of family and belonging with the student body.

Daycares Near Fort Leavenworth

Leaving your child in someone else’s care is not an easy decision. When looking for the right daycare facility, reading reviews on Care.com and Yelp and visiting a few options when possible is the best way to make a decision about where to send your child. Or, if you’re looking to secure childcare on post at Fort Leavenworth, there are different options to choose from. On-post child care centers offer full-day, part-day, and hourly care for your child, as well as programs for middle school and high school students.


Moving every few years can be difficult for you and your child but ensuring your child’s education is taken care of right away helps alleviate this burden. There are plenty of educational options near (and on) Fort Leavenworth to make sure your child’s mental and physical well-being will be well taken care of. Use the above information to help narrow down the choices so you can rest easy and spend your time on something else, like finding some of that famous Kansas BBQ to try out or visiting new places.  

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