Sheridan Elementary School – Junction City, KS

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Sheridan Elementary School

429 West Ash
Junction City, KS, 66441-3828

(785) 717-4670

Mrs. Dorothy Jane Coleman, Principal at time of Nomination

Geary County School District

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Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 60%
  • Hispanic: 14%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 9%
  • ELL: 11%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 56%


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Sheridan Stallion staff and students showing their spirit!

Sheridan Stallion staff and students showing their spirit!


Built in 1959, Sheridan Elementary School serves Junction City, Kansas and the surrounding rural and farm community. Junction City is aptly named for the confluence of the Smoky Hill and Republican Rivers. Many great families have likewise joined together to call this unique town their home. Agriculture, the beautiful Flint Hills, and a military base surround Junction City. We have many students at Sheridan Elementary whose parents are stationed here and are now deployed overseas. This contributes to the transient nature of our community, which impacts classrooms with high amounts of turnover. Serving students of military families is a privilege, which comes with many challenges during times of transition.

There are other culturally significant dynamics impacting this school's population. We are a Professional Development school, partnered with nearby Kansas State University. Our rural county families, with deep roots in this community, are steeped in ranching and farming traditions with down home values. Students bring rich customs and linguistically diverse cultural experiences to our classrooms. Diversity has always been part of our storied past and continues to be our strength today.

The mission and vision are modeled by, and shared throughout, the school and community we serve. Mission: The Sheridan School Community shares responsibility for academic, social, and emotional growth for all students. Vision: Sheridan Elementary School will strive for quality education through innovative and creative methods of instruction, respect and high expectations shown among all stakeholders, and collaboration with mutual responsibility. Relationships are the key to our success!