Newton’s award winning educational institutions offer a wide array of programs in a hometown environment that is not found in large metropolitan areas. Unified School District #373 is an award winning school system which serves more than 3500 students in the Newton area. This includes Newton, North Newton, Walton and surrounding rural areas. Annually, Newton High School graduates classes averaging about 350.

Newton community’s strong support for public schools provides the best possible future for the youth of the area. Children with disabilities from birth through age 21 are offered a wide range of programs from total regular education integration to placement in separate facilities. The Parents as Teachers education program is designed for families with children ages birth to three years; and is focused on supporting parents as their child’s first teacher.

The district encourages participation in statewide journalism, speech, debate, music, drama, fine arts and athletic programs and also offers a comprehensive vocational-technical education program. Newton elementary school classrooms currently are limited to 25 students to ensure quality individualized instruction. Two private/parochial schools in Newton also offer excellent educational opportunities as an alternative to public education.

In addition to the primary and secondary education programs, the Newton area offers a private four-year college in North Newton. Known for its tradition of academic excellence, Bethel College rings first among colleges in Kansas for the percentage of graduates who go on to earn a doctorate degree. Bethel is also the only college in Kansas named to the John Templeton Foundation’s Honor Roll for Character Building Colleges. The Hutchinson Community College also maintains an outreach campus in Newton.

Newton Public Library has served the community for more than 110 years. Books, toys, videos, newspapers, works of art, magazines, audio books, large-print books and cassette tapes are available for checkout. Services include preschool story times, summer reading activities and programs for young people, reference and information, interlibrary loan, Talking Books, Dial-A-Story, Internet and book delivery to area nursing homes and homebound senior citizens.

Elementary Grades K-4


Northridge Elementary                         


Slate Creek Elementary                       


South Breeze Elementary                  


Walton Rural Life Center                       


Intermediate School


Santa Fe Center (grades 5-6)               


Chisholm Middle school (grades 7-8)


High School


Newton High School                               


Alternative, Vocational & Adult Education 


Career and Technical Education Center


Harvey County Learning Center –    

Adult Education Program


Project SEARCH                              


Railer Academy & Virtual Program  



Local College


Bethel College                                 


Hesston College                              


Hutchinson Community College      


Private School


Berean Academy                                


Newton Bible Christian School          


Saint Mary’s Catholic School