Gardner, KS is one of the most rapidly growing communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Located along Interstate 35, just 30 miles from downtown Kansas City, Gardner is a historic community with a keen vision for the future. Its roots stretch back over 150 years to its founding in 1857 along the route of the Santa Fe and Oregon/California Trails. Presently, Gardner is home to nearly 21,000 residents and includes seven elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school. Gardner is committed to maintaining its traditional small- town values while focusing on providing for future growth and development.