Our Story

USD 361 was formed in 1964 by combining several township schools along with the Anthony and Harper City Schools into one district. Since that time, a combined high school was built between Anthony and Harper along with several additions to all 3 buildings.

Along with several faith based pre-schools, both Harper and Anthony Elementary offer a 4 year old at-risk preschool program along with the learning opportunities from a kindergarten to 6th grade environment. A strong focus on community connection along with a foundation in reading, math, engineering and art are points of emphasis at the preschool to 6th grade level.

Chaparral Jr/Sr High has learning opportunities for 7th through 12th grade students. Along with curricular offerings in Math, Science, English and Social Studies; students have the opportunity to complete Career & Technical Classes that can be completed for College Credit. Students also have the opportunity to complete several College General Education classes while attending Chaparral.

Approximately 800 students attend school each day shared among 61 teachers. Each building has a counselor/social worker with the Jr/Sr High with additional staff to support career exploration, job shadows, internships and post-secondary planning.

A strong focus on graduation and post-secondary success is referenced in the graph to the left.

Additional post-secondary opportunities have been added in the past few years to support an increase in both graduation rates and post-secondary success.

2019-2020 Building Goals

Anthony Elementary

  • Focus on teaching student citizenship, respect, and responsibility.
  • Increase math and reading success at each grade level.
  • Staff collaboration in setting clear, attainable yet challenging curriculum and communication goals.

Chaparral Jr/Sr High

  • Each 7th-12th grade student taking ownership of their learning as they progress through their Personalized Learning Journey.
  • School culture that reflects respect, kindness and involvement.
  • Increase the number of students at an appropriate pace to graduate.

Harper Elementary

  • Increase community involvement.
  • Improve the system used to teach appropriate learning behaviors.
  • Increase the number of students demonstrating appropriate grade level math skills.