About Us

Shaner Elementary opened its doors in the fall of 1957 as Southwest Avondale Junior High. It was not originally part of the Topeka Public School district as the area was outside of the city limits. Paul Shaner was Superintendent of the three Avondale schools including West and East Avondale.

Four years later, because of overcrowding, Jardine Junior High opened and Avondale Southwest became an elementary school. In 1979 our school name was changed to Paul H. Shaner Elementary School to honor the man who served as teacher, principal, and superintendent of the Avondale schools for many years.Shaner Elementary closed when Jardine Elementary was opened in the fall of 2017.

Through a bond project Shaner Early Learning Academy came to be. Shaner Early Learning Academy is the home of Topeka 501's first tuition based preschool for 3 and 4 year old students. At capacity we can house 270 students with up to 16 classrooms. Topeka saw a need for early childhood education and knew that more students in the Topeka area needed a place to learn. We hope that with Shaner we are able to reach more early learners to help promote successful learning before kindergarten.

Engage students in the highest quality of learning • Prepare students for responsible, productive citizenship • Inspire excellence for a lifetime
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