Grenola students attend school in either the West Elk Unified School District 282 or Burden Unified School District 462.
West Elk USD 282
West Elk Public Schools are located just outside the city limits of Howard, Kansas. The district includes the communities of Elk Falls, Howard, Moline, Severy and several townships encompassing 540 square miles. West Elk is a 2A school with 346 students in pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade. In addition to the core subjects, West Elk offers art, vocal, and band to represent Fine Arts. The vocational programs available are Family and Consumer Science, Business, Woodworking and Vocational Agriculture.
Junior High students may participate on numerous athletic teams at West Elk Schools. Those include football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling and track. High school students also have cross country, softball and baseball in which to be involved.
West Elk also has several activities and clubs to give young people an opportunity to become well rounded students. This includes the Fall Play, FCCLA, FFA, Forensics, Math Team, Scholars Bowl, FBLA/SkillsUSA and Student Government.
Burden USD 462
The Central of Burden Unified School District 462 has 315 students enrolled in classes. Students can participate in many activities including band and football. The USD 462 district is comprised of an elementary school and a Jr/Sr High School.
Grenola is home to 197 (2013) residents. Grenola is an hour from Oklahoma. Students in Grenola have two great choices for education with USD 462 and USD 282. Residents enjoy a small town community with easy access to major U.S. highway 160.
Grenola is located south of highway US-160. Winfield is under 45 minutes away and Arkansas City is an hour drive from Grenola.
Grenola Local Attractions/Activities
Grenola is home to a Methodist Church and the Grenola Christian Church. Grenola has several historical attractions including a stone gazebo. Surrounding towns like Arkansas City and Winfield offer a variety of attractions including the Cinema 8 Theatre and Walnut Valley Festival.
Grenola was formed in 1879 when the two communities of Greenfield and Canola relocated along the new railroad line. The community for a time was a rowdy cowtown, being a major shipping point for the cattle driven north from Oklahoma and Texas. Later, in the early 1900s, the discovery of oil and gas in the area made Grenola a bustling business place. By 1920, the population had risen to 1500.