USD 493 in Columbus, Kansas is located in the southeast corner of the state. We are about a twenty-five minute drive from Pittsburg, Kansas and about the same distance from Joplin, Missouri. Columbus is a small community with a population of about 3,200 people. The district encompasses a large geographical area of rural communities.
The district has approximately 1,100 pre-K-12 students, housed on four campuses. The pre-k - 1st grade students are at Park Elementary, 2nd and 3rd grade students are at Highland Elementary, 4th - 8th grade students are at Central School, and 9th - 12th grade students are at Columbus Unified High School.
USD 493 has met the Standard of Excellence on several of the state assessments. Students have been successful in a variety of academic and extracurricular activities.