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.


Shaner is both a State Pre-K and a tuition based Early Learning Academy. Shaner provides full day preschool for three and four year old children daily from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM (9:20 AM-3:30 PM on Fridays). We offer a rigorous, research-based curriculum that prepares students for kindergarten. Our classrooms are taught by certified teachers and each classroom has a paraprofessional to assist. 

There are certain qualifying factors for students to be accepted into the State Pre-K program. If a student does not meet any qualifiers for State Pre-K, the student can attend Shaner by paying weekly tuition.

At Shaner, we provide special education services for our students who might need them and partner with Family Service & Guidance Center for additional resources.Shaner offers before and after school childcare to approximately 30 families for an additional weekly cost. Families enrolled in the childcare program can drop off as early as 7:00 AM and pick up as late as 5:30 PM. Since space is limited, registration in the childcare program is first come, first serve.


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