Paseo is a signature school of Kansas City Public Schools with a thriving performing arts program that includes, dance, visual arts, fashion design, graphic arts, video production, instrumental and vocal music, technical theater, and drama. Students within the district with an interest in the arts may audition for admission.
The school is located just east of historic Paseo Boulevard near Brush Creek on the site of the original Paseo High School that first enrolled students in 1926. The present building, opened in 1991, offers varying venues for arts presentations in a large theater, a more intimate recital hall, a dramatic "black box," and an art gallery. Spacious art classrooms provide facilities for work with various art media including metal sculpture and ceramics.
Dr. Dennis Walker has 29 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator. Recently he has “come home” to Paseo where he previously taught biology and dance and was the Arts Program Administrator for many years. Dr. Walker was at Paseo when the new building was built and the program transitioned to a performing arts school. Dr. Walker has also served as National Director of Fine Arts for Edison Schools for four years. This afforded him the opportunity to observe numerous schools’ arts programs across the country. As principal at Paseo, he has drawn upon that experience to enhance the arts program while also re-focusing efforts to strengthen instruction in the core subjects. Dr. Walker recently earned his PhD. from the University of Missouri--Columbia.