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Mission and History



We prepare students for advanced education, successful careers and responsible citizenship through a commitment to academic excellence and humanitarian ideals.

We are committed to living our mission. In the 2009-10 school year, members of the school community participated in a strategic planning process to provide a road map for sustainability and excellence in the 21st century. The Strategic Plan was adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2010.


Topeka Collegiate began as an idea among a group of parents who wanted to provide their children with a school environment that emphasized academic excellence and humanitarian ideals. In 1979, they founded a school just south of Topeka and named it Shawnee Country Day School. The founders used as their guide an independent school model that had proven successful throughout the country. The result is a school independent in both governance and finance: organized as a not-for-profit corporation, governed by a board of trustees and managed by a head of school, free of government or religious control.

Shawnee Country Day School opened with 43 students in the fall of 1982, in a building that had formerly housed a public elementary school. In 1989, Dr. Michael Roberts was hired as Head of School and the school's name was changed to Topeka Collegiate School. Enrollment grew steadily, reaching 200 in 1995. The following year, the school purchased and moved into a former public school building located at 2200 SW Eveningside Drive, a more centralized location. 


35th Anniversary

Students, faculty and staff smile for the school's 35th anniversary portrait.
-- Photo by Ken Doll