Award Year: 2013

Chapman High School

400 W. 4th Street
Chapman, KS, 67431-0249

(785) 922-6561

Kevin Suther, Principal at time of Nomination

USD 473

School Website

Bell Award Winner


The mission of USD 473 represents excellence that creates successful, informed, and contributing members of society. Students empowered for life long learning!

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 95%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

The tornado on June 11, 2008, fostered a commitment to helping each other, a never give up attitude and rebuilding the school system as a priority. Small businesses and the agricultural industry help the students realize what it takes to be successful with hard work and a strong moral background. The curriculum reflects this approach with over nine different pathways that students can receive that gives them real life experiences. These include building a house from the ground up, designing and printing t-shirts or Irish Ink for developing items like wedding invitations. Other small businesses in the school are Irish Photography, which has led to one of the top broadcast and print schools in the state of Kansas. The Ag curriculum involves large welding projects, cabinet design, along with horticultural landscape that improves our own school facilities. This has led their department to be recognized as the top FFA program in the state called the Triple Crown.

Creating professional learning communities has developed new strategies in the classroom, analyzed data to drive curriculum, and developed cross-curriculum lessons. The Google app platform helps teachers to create projects like paperless research papers and peer reviews from any location.

High academic success has been created from our staff developing a tutoring program, multi-tiered system of support for math, and creating consistent contact with parents with a responsibility ladder showing that truly every effort is made with no child left behind. This has helped our math and reading to receive the standard of excellence seven years in a row along with the Governor's Achievement Award for the top five percent in the state twice.