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African-Centered College Preparatory Academy Elementary

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The African-Centered College Preparatory Academy is not just a school, but the result of 24 years of hard work and dedication by the Kansas City, Mo., community. The school offers innovative, college prep instruction to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade according to the principles of Ma'at and the Nguzo Saba. However, the story began much earlier.

African-centered education in the Kansas City Public Schools began in 1988 with the J.S. Chick African Shule, providing a unique cultural education to nearly 350 students. Since then the program has evolved into a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade program servicing more than 920 students.

The latest evolution of the program, African-Centered Prep, continues the strong cultural aspects of the existing program with a revamped curriculum and the support services offered to all KCPS students. The school is led by a principal and SAC that offers input and guidance on every aspect of school operations.
Contact Information:
(816) 418 - 1231 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can attend Signature Schools?
A: Any student who lives within the Kansas City Public Schools attendance boundary and meets the school's enrollment requirements can attend a Signature School. Students who live outside the school system attendance boundary may be eligible to attend if space permits; tuition fees would apply.
Q: Do students who attend Signature Schools receive transportation?
A: Students in grades K-12 who live 1.5 miles or more from their school are eligible for transportation. Transportation is not provided to pre-kindergarten students. For more detailed information, visit
Q: How do I fulfill the additional admission requirements?
A: Once you have submitted your enrollment application, call the school office to schedule a time to complete the admission requirements.
Q: What is the age requirement for my child to enter pre-kindergarten?
A: Your child must be three years old before August 1. Visit the Richardson Early Learning or Woodland Early Learning for enrollment information.
Q: What is the age requirement for my child to enter kindergarten?
A: Your child must be five years old before August 1.*
*Updated 12/09/15
Q: Will I be allowed to enroll my child in a Kansas City Public School without having an up-to-date immunization record on file?
A: No. Missouri law (RSMo 167.181) requires all children show proof of adequate immunizations before enrolling in a public school.