The McPherson school system recently drew national attention when it was the first school district in the U.S. to be granted a waiver from the standard testing of “No Child Left Behind” in favor of using the more challenging ACT testing to measure students’ progress. ALL MCPHERSON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A SILVER LEVEL ON THE WORKREADY CERTIFICATE AS A REQUIREMENT OF GRADUATION. This is only part of the school district’s “C3” program to prepare graduating students for success in College, Career, and Citizenship.

At McPherson USD #418, fifty (50%) percent of the teachers have earned a masters degree or higher; the average years of employment is eleven (11) years; the average total years of teaching experience is sixteen (16) years.

McPherson high school students consistently score higher than state and national averages. The most recent composite ACT score for McPherson High School students was 22.2 with all students participating in conjunction with the C3 initiative. The Kansas composite for the same period was 21.7 and the national composite was 20.9.

McPherson’s High School graduation rate is 93.6%, while the State of Kansas high school graduation rate is 89.7%.

2009 ACT Score Comparison
McPherson H.S. Kansas National
English 21.9 21.5 20.6
Mathematics 22.7 21.8 21.0
Reading 22.8 22.6 21.4
Science 22.4 21.8 20.8
Composite Score 22.6 22.0 21.1
Public Schools
Number Grades Avg. Class Size
Elementary 4 K – 5 20
Middle School 1 6 – 8 21
High School 1 9 – 12 22
Private School (Catholic)
Elementary 1 K – 6 20
Area Universities and Colleges
Location Distance
Central Christian College McPherson 0
McPherson College* McPherson 0
Bethany College* Lindsborg 17
Bethel College* Newton 31
Kansas Wesleyan University* Salina 35
Sterling College* Sterling 45
Tabor College* Hillsboro 27
Wichita State University Wichita 58
*Member of the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas (ACCK)
Area Voc-Tec Schools & JR/Community Colleges
Hesston College Hesston 24
Hutchinson Community College* Hutchinson 30
Kansas State University College of Technology Salina 35
Salina AVTS Salina 35
*Hutchinson Community College has a Workforce Development Center in McPherson