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About African-Centered Prep 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.

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 MRS. CLAIRE THORNTON-POKE                           
ACCPA welcomes its new principal!
Professor Claire Thornton-Poke has many years of experience in education. She is a former "exemplary" teacher of ACECC School and served as lead teacher during the greater portion of her tenure with ACECC.

She is familiar with the principles of Ma’at and is knowledgeable of the Nguzo Saba as well as other components associated with African-Centered Education.
She is an experienced administrator, having previously worked for seven years as Project Director for a federally funded program in the KCPS. For more than 12 years, she worked on the corporate level in an administrative capacity as the Midwest Regional Manager of Educational Consultants for a Fortune 500 educational software company. Most recently, she stepped in as elementary principal at Derrick Thomas Academy Charter School after its sponsor (UMKC) dismantled the DTA Board and administrative staff in November 2012. She continued in this role until the school closed.

Professor Poke brings to us over 18 years of expertise in an administrative capacity and 14 years as a teacher. Her goal is for ACCPA to fulfill the District’s mission, which is for students to "Achieve in a way that is unencumbered by excuses, ensuring that all children benefit from teaching and learning."
As AC Prep’s new principal, she has set an expectation of excellence for our teachers and our scholars. She is looking forward to working with you to ensure our scholars have a meaningful and successful school year in a safe and positive environment.

We are excited to welcome Professor Poke to ACCPA. We are fortunate to have her on our team. We look forward to receiving her knowledge and experience.
Principal Thornton-Poke will keep office hours on Monday-Thursday 9-10 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. Please call (816)418-1231 or to set an appointment.