Western Heights School District’s mission is to provide quality education for all by establishing a culture of integrity, unity, and reflection.

We plan to accomplish this by:

  • Meeting families’ basic needs by proactively reducing obstacles
  • Building respectful, collaborative relationships with all stakeholders that promotes student success
  • Preparing all students for college and career readiness by focusing on all aspects of literacy
  • Establishing a system of reflective practices that ensures continuous improvement.
  • Ensuring integrity through accountability, trust, and transparency by communicating consistently, with fidelity and compassion


In 1959 patrons of several small elementary districts (Wheatland, Will Rogers, Council Grove and New Hope) located in what is now known as Western Heights Independent School District decided they wanted to develop a new, different and better educational experience for their children.  With a great deal of energy and against very heavy odds, they proposed that a new independent school district which ultimately became known as Western Heights be created.  After two heavily contested elections the new Western Heights School District was formed and celebrated the graduation of its first senior class (Class of 1962).  In that first graduation ceremony 15 students received their High School Diplomas.


From such modest beginnings the Western Heights District now serves over 1600 family units and more than 3,600 enrolled students in eight school sites. Over the past 50 years Western Heights School has produced over 7,000 graduates for the great state of Oklahoma and America.  Each year we have witnessed and taken great pride in the career pursuits of many successful doctors, lawyers, soldiers, teachers, accountants and other very productive citizens who were counted first as “JETS” and graduates of Western Heights Public School.

–Joe Kitchens, Former Superintendent (2019)