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Our History

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.

The founders were guided by an independent school that was already showing success in communities around the nation.

Their work resulted in a school that is 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.

1979: Shawnee Country Day School founded south of Topeka, Kansas

1982: Shawnee Country Day School opened with 43 students, in a building that had formerly housed a public elementary school.

1989: Dr. Michael Roberts hired as Head of School and the school's name was changed to Topeka Collegiate School. Enrollment grew steadily, reaching 200 in 1995.

1996: The school purchased and relocated to its current, more centralized location in a former public school building located at 2200 SW Eveningside Drive.

2016: The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to hire Dr. Lyn Rantz to serve as Topeka Collegiate’s eighth Head of School.