FHSU Profile – General Education
The Hays community is nearly unrivaled by any city its size in terms of the depth and breadth of educational opportunities.
In addition to Fort Hays State University, two other institutions of higher education have a strong presence in Hays. One of the agricultural research centers of Kansas State University, a sister Kansas Board of Regents institution, is located immediately south of Hays. Kansas State, a land-grant university, is one of the nation's leading researchers into wheat and cattle breeding. North Central Kansas Technical College, a state school that is headquartered in Beloit, also has a campus in Hays. NCK Tech recently was ranked the No. 6 two-year college in the United States by Best Schools.org and the No. 7 two-year college in the nation by Bankrate.com.
In addition, Ellis County has four outstanding K-12 educational systems. The public systems are:
Hays USD 489 has five elementary schools, Hays Middle School and Hays High School. The district also has The Learning Center, an alternative/virtual diploma program, and the Westside Alternative School.
Ellis USD 388, in Ellis, 13 miles west of Hays, has an elementary school, middle school and Ellis High School.
Victoria USD 432, in Victoria, 12 miles east of Hays, has an elementary school, junior high school and Victoria High School.
Citizens also have the option of sending their children to an excellent parochial system. The Salina Diocese and the Heartland Parishes of the Catholic church operate schools in Hays and Ellis. Hays has Holy Family Elementary School (K-6), Hays Catholic Middle School and Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. St. Mary's Catholic School in Ellis teaches pre-school through sixth grade.
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