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USD 456 - Marais des Cygnes Valley school district is a 1A school located in NE Kansas, comprising of three communities: Melvern, Olivet, and Quenemo. Marais des Cygnes Valley is located approximately 40 miles South of Topeka, 20 miles West of Ottawa, 30 miles East of Emporia, and 20 miles North of Burlington.
The district has two building locations: Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary School (PreK - 5) located in Quenemo and Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High/High School (6-12) located in Melvern. Each attendance center employs a full-time principal, with all students supported by a district social worker. Our strong curriculum covers all academic areas from at risk to college credit classes, overseen by a full time academic advisor. Technology implementation is supported by a full time technology director, fiber optic service and a 1:1 device to student ratio at each building in the district.
MdCV Elementary School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2014 by the Federal Department of Education. MdCV High School was recognized as the #1 high school in the Topeka metro area and the #18 high school in Kansas by U.S. News and World Report in 2020. The elementary, junior high, and high school have received numerous standards of excellence awards and the elementary earned 3 consecutive Governor’s Achievement Awards.
As a member of the Lyon County League, the Junior High/High School provides high quality academic, athletic, and leadership experiences.
Special education services are provided by Three Lakes Cooperative District located in Lyndon.