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Signature Schools 

KCPS has a number of schools with special themes or programs. These campuses support highly motivated students with specialized interests. KCPS is now accepting applications for the 2017 - 2018 school year for Signature Schools students on a first come, first serve basis. Signature School applications MUST be submitted directly to the Signature School of choice.Below is a list of our Signaure Schools and their admission requirements:;each school has enrollment requirements and standards; contact the schools for details.

  • African-Centered College Preparatory Academy Lower Campus

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    6410 Swope Pkwy
    Kansas City, MO 64132
    816-418-1075
    Website

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    Description
    African-Centered College Preparatory Academy uses a culturally relevant approach to help students in grades PK through 7 develop personal life skills, social responsibility and leadership skills in an accelerated academic environment. The program uses a mix of African values and a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes college-level learning, foreign languages, cultural arts, academic and social clubs.

    Principal:
    Claire Thorton-Poke

    Bell Times
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Admission Requirements
    Students must have a GPA of 2.35 or better, a 90% or better attendance record, and a discipline record that shows appropriate student behavior.

    At-a-glance:
    ELL Services: Yes
    Transportation: Yes
    Uniforms: Yes
    AdvancEd accreditation: Yes

     

     

    African-Centered College Preparatory Academy at Southeast

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    3500 E. Meyer Blvd.
    Kansas City, MO 64132
    816-418-1075
    Website

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    Description
    African-Centered College Preparatory Academy uses a culturally relevant approach to help students in grades 8 through 12 develop personal life skills, social responsibility and leadership skills in an accelerated academic environment. The program uses a mix of African values and a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes college-level learning, foreign languages, cultural arts, academic and social clubs.

    Associate Principal:
    High School - Cleora Taylor

    Scholastic: A+ Program, Pylons Honors

    Bell Times
    7:20 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.

    Admission Requirements
    Students must have a GPA of 2.35 or better, a 90% or better attendance record, and a discipline record that shows appropriate student behavior.

    At-a-glance:
    ELL Services: Yes
    Transportation: Yes
    Uniforms: Yes
    AdvancEd accreditation: Yes

     

     

    Border Star Montessori School

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    6321 Wornall Road
    Kansas City, MO 64127
    816-418-5150
    Website

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    Description
    Border Star practices the renowned Montessori method, which captures children's natural curiosity and builds on it. Children learn at their own pace using innovative materials.

    Principal:
    Adriene White

    Bell Times
    8:10 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

    Admission Requirements
    Previous Montessori experience is required for admission to grades 1-6. Families must attend a parent meeting upon student acceptance to the program.

    At-a-glance:
    ELL Services: Yes
    Transportation: Yes
    Uniforms:Yes
    AdvancEd accreditation: Yes

     

     

    Carver Dual Language School

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    4600 Elmwood Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64130
    816-418-4925
    Website

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    Description
    Carver's dual language program offers an exciting opportunity for students to acquire strong proficiency in English and Spanish. Students learn the second language by hearing and using it for all of their school subjects rather than by studying the language itself. Carver promotes increased cultural awareness and a high level of academic achievement.

    Principal:
    Michael Coulter

    Scholastic: After school tutoring

    Bell Times
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Admission Requirements

    At-a-glance:
    ELL Services: Yes
    Transportation: Yes
    Uniforms:Yes
    AdvancEd accreditation: No

     

     

    Foreign Language Academy

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    3450 Warwick Blvd.
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    816-418-6000
    Website

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    Description
    Foreign Language Academy is a full language immersion school that offers Spanish and Chinese immersion. Basic subjects, including math, science and social studies are taught in the target language.

    Principal:
    Dr. Joell Ramsdell

    Scholastic: Extended day program

    Bell Times
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Admission Requirements
    After the first grade, students must demonstrate language proficiency to enter this program.

    At-a-glance:
    ELL Services: Yes
    Exceptional Education: Yes
    Transportation: Yes
    Uniforms: Yes
    AdvancEd accreditation: Yes

     

     

    Harold Holliday Montessori School

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    7227 Jackson Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64132
    816-418-1950
    Website

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    Description
    Holliday practices the renowned Montessori method, which captures children's natural curiosity and builds on it. Each child is challenged to become a self-motivated learner by developing the qualities of self-worth, order, concentration, coordination and independence.

    Principal: Kalinda Bass-Barlow

    Scholastic: After school tutoring

    Bell Times
    8:10 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

    Admission Requirements
    Previous Montessori experience is required for admission to grades 1-6. All families must complete a family conference prior to enrollment.

    At-a-glance:
    ELL Services: No
    Transportation: Yes
    Uniforms: Yes
    AdvancEd accreditation: No

     

     

    Lincoln College Preparatory Academy

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    2111 Woodland Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    816-418-3000
    Website

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    Description
    Lincoln has consistently been ranked by numerous publications as one of the top secondary schools in the country and has received a Blue Ribbon Award. Lincoln offers a full International Baccalaureate curriculum, a nationally recognized debate program, and exceptional academics.

    Principal:
    Steve Evans

    Scholastic: International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) classes, A+ program

    Bell Times
    7:20 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.

    Admission Requirements
    Applicants must score at or above the 60th percentile on a national standardized reading and math test to be eligible for entrance. Students must also have a record of good citizenship and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Current high school students must be on track to earn four full credits of a foreign language to be admitted.

    At-a-glance:
    ELL Services: Yes
    Transportation: Yes
    Uniforms: No
    AdvancEd accreditation: Yes

     

     

    Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts

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    4747 Flora Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64110
    816-418-1075
    Website

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    Description
    Paseo provides the highest quality education with an emphasis on pre-professional training in creative, visual and performing arts. The school offers visual arts, performance and technical theater, dance, vocal music, instrumental music, creative writing, fashion and costume design, and broadcast television.

    Principal:
    Dr. Dennis Walker

    Scholastic: A+ Program, Pylons Honors, Missouri College Advising Corps, on-campus career and technical education (fashion design and TV production)

    Bell Times
    7:20 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.

    Admission Requirements
    Students must audition for admittance. Download audition packets here and call the school to schedule an audition. Students must also have a 2.0 GPA or higher, 85% or better attendance record, and a discipline record free of chronic discipline incidents.

    At-a-glance:
    ELL Services: Yes
    Transportation: Yes
    Uniforms: No
    AdvancEd accreditation: Yes

     

 

Signature School FAQs:

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 at tuition free. Students who live outside the school system attendance boundary may be eligible to attend if space permits; tuition fees would apply. To see if your address is in the KCPS boundaries visit http://vtweb.tylertech.com/KansasCity/elinkrp/search.aspx

 

Q: Do students who attend Signature Schools receive transportation?

A: Students in grades K-12 who live 0.5 miles or more from their school are eligible for transportation. Transportation is not provided to pre-kindergarten students. For detailed information about transportation, visit http://vtweb.tylertech.com/KansasCity/elinkrp/search.aspx

 

Q: How do I apply for a Signature School?

A: Requirements for admission to a signature schools varies. Submit your completed enrollment application and all other documents required by the school directly to the signature school of interest.

 

Q: What is the age requirement for my child to enter pre-kindergarten?

A: Your child must be thee (3) years old before August 1. For more information on Signature School Pre-K, visit Early Learning (Pre-K) Page. (Insert Link to Early Learning Web Page Here)

 

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.


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