Welcome to the Kansas City Public Schools

Allan Tunis On behalf of the Board of Directors, our employee team, and about 15,000 of the world’s greatest children, I welcome you to Kansas City Public Schools, a public school district that is provisionally accredited by the state of Missouri.
You may have the outdated impression that KCPS is an unaccredited, "failed" school district. That is simply not the case. Over the last two years, the entire KCPS has maintained a laser-like focus on increasing individual student achievement. The results have paid off. We've seen our students increase their state achievement scores nearly 150 percent. Missouri has recognized our efforts by granting us provisional accreditation. We're not stopping there, though. Full accreditation is our goal for 2015. We are gearing up for greatness! 

KCPS has innovative teaching and learning taking place at all of our 39 campuses. Here are just some of the distinctive opportunities you'll find in our schools:
  • One of the nation’s top college prep schools in Lincoln College Preparatory Academy
  • One of the region’s leading performing arts school in Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Two great dual language schools
  • The only two public Montessori schools in the area
  • The brand new Hale Cook Elementary School, plus a plethora of other high-quality comprehensive schools
  • Investment in our middle-level students by reopening Central and Northeast middle schools
  • A unique Early College Academy that gives students a chance to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and two-year college degree for free 
  • Some of the best administrators and educators to be found
We invite you to not only learn more about our schools, but the great city we serve. There are destinations and attractions for everyone to enjoy. By experiencing our community, you’ll be able to learn more about KCPS and the students we proudly serve. If you need assistance, please feel free to ask our team and we’ll do our best to help.

Again, thank you for choosing to learn more about the Kansas City Public Schools. We are excited to play an important part in increasing educational opportunities and outcomes for all children, and helping them to become college, career, and workforce ready.

Allan Tunis
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Allan H. Tunis joined Kansas City Public Schools as Chief Financial Officer in November 2011. In June 2015, the KCPS Board of Directors chose Tunis to be Interim Superintendent during the search for a new, permanent superintendent.

Tunis brings considerable experience to the position. Since 2009 he served as a consultant to the Institution for Workplace Innovation at Metropolitan Community College (MCC), where he led the charge to create a self-sustaining new department designed to quickly put people back to work during tough economic times. Before that role, Tunis was vice chancellor for Administrative Services for MCC from 1999 to 2009, acting as the college’s principal non-instructional operations leader.

Tunis is an experienced educator with local roots. From 1978 to 1999 he was employed by the Park Hill (Mo.) School District, serving as an elementary school principal for three years before being promoted to assistant superintendent for business services.

Tunis has held a variety of posts related to education and finances, including past appointments to the Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Board, the Kansas City Economic Development Corp., the Platte County, Mo., Board of Equalization, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and the Missouri Community Colleges Budget Committee.

A native of Michigan, Tunis holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State University (elementary education and educational leadership, respectively), and an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Phone: 816-418-7616