Welcome to the Kansas City Public Schools

Superintendent R. Stephen Green Dear friends,

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You may have the outdated impression that KCPS is an unaccredited, "failed" school district.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.


R. Stephen Green, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


R. Stephen Green, Ed.D., was named superintendent of schools of Kansas City Public Schools by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors in April 2012. At that time, KCPS was unaccredited by the state of Missouri. Under Dr. Green’s leadership, KCPS earned 92.5 points towards the state of Missouri's school achievement standards in 2014. That was 8.5 points more than the what the school district earned in 2013, and a 54.5-point leap from the 2012 results. In August 2014, Missouri's Board of Education recognized the gains made by the school district by granting KCPS provisional accreditation. 

Green received a Bachelor of Science in English Literature and Composition and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Ball State University and his Principal’s Certification from Butler University. He received a doctorate degree from Indiana University in 1995 with two majors: curriculum and instruction and education administration; and an honorary doctorate from Northwest Missouri State University.

Green is the former president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars, Inc., an access and graduation program aimed significantly at increasing the number of college graduates from Kansas City’s urban schools. Kauffman Scholars is a comprehensive academic enrichment and scholarship program that provides coordinated, intensive, tutoring and life skills support to students beginning in middle school and continuing through the college years.

Before joining Kauffman Scholars, Green was the Superintendent of Community School District #28 and a Local Instructional Superintendent in Region 3 for the New York City Board of Education. In this role, he provided instructional leadership and support to the 34 schools in the district, and worked with a team of school administrators to ensure instructional improvement among the 142 schools in the region.

Green also served as the President and Executive Director of the New Jersey Teaching and Learning Collaborative, a not-for-profit organization founded to provide ongoing technical assistance, high quality curriculum-driven professional development, and advocacy for local and state policy reform – all toward the goal of improving teaching and learning in New Jersey's districts.

As the National Executive Director of the CollegeEd Program for the College Board, Green’s leadership focused on helping middle school students understand the importance of a college education and exploring the options available. He has served as the National Executive Director of School-Level Services, as the National Director of the Pacesetter Program, and as Associate Director for Pacesetter Planning and Development for the College Board. He also served as Assistant Superintendent, as High School Assistant Principal, and as Middle School Assistant Principal for the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indiana. He taught high school and college-level English literature and composition for thirteen years at Pike High School, Indiana University, and Butler University. He has served as the Director of Minority of Student Affairs at Butler University and as an Instructional Superintendent for the New York City Board of Education.

Green has been a frequent presenter at national conferences addressing issues of educational equity, access, and achievement in school curriculum design and reform. He has been featured in several educational training productions such as Discipline with Dignity, Touching the Future: Minorities in Education, Pacesetter, and CollegeEd.

He is an active member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the National Council of the Teachers of English, the American Association of Secondary School Administrators, the Association for Supervision Curriculum and Development and the National Council on Educating Black Children. Green also serves as a board member of the United Way of Greater Kansas City, the Vice Polemarch for the Independence, Missouri Alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the Christian Education Board and the Usher Board for Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church and the KCPT Public Television Board of Directors.

Green is married, and has four children and three grandchildren.


Phone: 816-418-7616