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Primary & Secondary Education
Merriam is part of the nationally ranked Shawnee Mission School District, a prestigious, public education system. The Shawnee Mission School District has received a Gold medal rating from Expansion Management Magazine putting the district in top four percent of school districts in the nation.

Two elementary, two middle, and one high school serve Merriam residents. The longest distance of travel is to the high school and is less than ten minutes. Grade schools are generally located within the neighborhoods they serve, allowing the majority of children to walk to school if they desire.

Adult Education
Extensive adult education opportunities ranging from community college courses to graduate degree programs are offered through local branches of the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, University of Missouri – Kansas City, Johnson County Community College, and a number of other private institutions in the metro area, all of which are within a 20-30 minute drive of Merriam. In fact, there are over 20 institutions of higher learning in the metropolitan area.