Gardner Edgerton USD 231 serves the communities of Gardner and Edgerton in the southwest corner of Johnson County, Kansas. At the heart of two growing communities, Gardner Edgerton schools educate approximately 6,200 students. The district includes seven elementary schools (PreK-4), three middle schools (5-8) and one high school (9-12). Part of the high school is a stand-alone Advanced Technical Center (with trades programs), a TRAILS Facility (a transitional program for students with special needs ages 18-21) and a culinary kitchen and bistro.
Edgerton Elementary School has a proud history of serving families in Edgerton, Kansas. A school building has stood on this site since 1920. Edgerton Elementary is a grade K-4 facility. Edgerton Elementary received a large-scale remodel and an addition in 2007. Students who attend Edgerton Elementary will attend Pioneer Ridge Middle School.
Gardner Elementary School stands on the site of the first school to be built in Gardner. Today, Gardner Elementary continues its long history of service to Gardner families by serving students in grades K-4. Students who attend Gardner Elementary will attend Wheatridge Middle School.
Grand Star Elementary opened fall, 2013 and was constructed through the voter-approved 2012 Bond Issue. Grand Star is bright with color and offers outside lighting throughout the building making it an excellent learning environment. Grand Star serves Kindergarten - 4th Grade. Grand Star students will attend Trail Ridge Middle School.
Madison Elementary School opened in fall, 2005, and was the first district school to receive wireless technology integration. Students who attend Madison will attend Pioneer Ridge Middle School.
Moonlight Elementary School opened in 2001 and is a prototype school for future elementary buildings in USD 231. Moonlight Elementary includes two classroom wings with activity spaces that allow multi-class collaboration. Students who attend Moonlight will attend Wheatridge and Trail Ridge Middle schools.
Nike Elementary School opened in fall, 2007, becoming the district's sixth elementary building. Nike served as the district's Junior High School from 1971 - 2000, then became a Grades 5-6 facility. Nike became an elementary school when the district opened a second middle school in 2007. Students who attend Nike will attend Trail Ridge Middle School.
Sunflower Elementary School opened in 1996 and remains a K-4 neighborhood school. Students who attend Sunflower will attend Wheatridge Middle School.
Pioneer Ridge Middle School, located in northwest Gardner, opened in 2007 and is one of two grades 5-8 middle schools in the district. The building features two separate academic wings, one for grades 5-6 and one for grades 7-8, along with an auditorium, competition stadium, gymnasium, and media center. The school is located adjacent to Celebration Park, which features additional athletic fields, a lake, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and walking trails.
Trail Ridge Middle School, located in southeast Gardner, opened in the fall of 2014 and is the third grades 5-8 middle school in the District. The building features two separate academic wings, one for grades 5-6 and one for grades 7-8, along with an auditorium, competition stadium, gymnasium, and media center. The school is located adjacent to Grand Star Elementary.
The original Gardner Edgerton High School was established in 1966. The building pictured above is the current high school, which opened in 2000. GEHS features a state-of-the-art facility with the capacity to accommodate 1,600 students in grades 9-12. The building has received two major additions since it opened, including a 10-classroom addition that houses the Freshman Academy, and a multi-purpose athletic building.
The Transition Readiness And Independent Living Skills (TRAILS) building opened in 2017. This program provides specifically designed instruction to equip individuals with exceptionalities (ages 18-21) to live, communicate, and work within their community. This transition program is designed to prepare students to transition from school to adult life and is one of several options provided to students in the Gardner Edgerton School District. TRAILS is a collaborative effort between young adults, parents, the Gardner Edgerton School District USD 231, and adult service providers.
ADVANCED TECHNICAL CENTER
The Advanced Technical Center (ATC) on the GEHS campus services advanced courses in auto collision, welding and construction trades. The ATC opened in 2017.
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION CENTER
The Alternative Education Center is an extension of Gardner Edgerton High School and serves students who need an alternative path to earn their diploma.
DISTRICT ACTIVITIES COMPLEX
The District Activity Complex, located on the campus of Gardner Edgerton High School, features a competition football stadium, soccer stadium, baseball and softball fields, and practice fields.
Wheatridge Middle School, one of three grades 5-8 middle schools in the district, is located just north of downtown Gardner. WMS also features two separate academic wings. Wheatridge underwent a large scale addition and remodeling in 2007. WMS features an auditorium, media center, gymnasium, and competition stadium immediately adjacent to the building.