• Signature Schools

    Signature Schools are tuition-free public schools that are a part of the Kansas City Public School system and are open to any student who lives in the KCPS boundaries. Signature schools include 7 programs that offer unique themed academic opportunities to students from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. Themes include African-Centered Studies, Montessori, language immersion, dual language, performing arts or college preparatory.

    The programs are located in 8 KCPS buildings and each site has unique application requirements and standards. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be accepted online starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, December 1. Applications can be submitted online or at the Board of Education building located at 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109. Applications CANNOT be submitted at the schools.

    Lincoln College Preparatory Academy

    2111 Woodland Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    To apply: (816) 418-3000

    kcpublicschools.org/lincoln
    Grades: 6-12
    School Hours: 7:20AM - 2:20PM

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    Lincoln College Preparatory Academy is a unique learning community that values and demonstrates respect for individuals and educational experience at every level. Students, faculty, parents and partners work together to create a place that exemplifies what is possible in public education. Lincoln is home to challenging and rigorous programs that yield great results. Our standardized test scores have established Lincoln as a premier school on a local, state and national level. A more profound measure of our success is evident in the intellectual, social and emotional development of our students. Lincoln was named the best high school in MO for 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. Lincoln got the highest rating among all high schools in MO in the Washington Post‘s 2017 ranking of the nation’s most challenging schools.

    Middle School (6-8) 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. Previously enrolled students do not need to re-enroll for high school as long as they maintain the below requirements.

    High School (9-12) 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.

    Sports:
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Cheer
    Cross Country
    Dance
    Football
    Soccer
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track & Field
    Volleyball
    Wrestling

    Key Features:
    Dance
    Debate
    National Honor Society
    Newspaper
    Piano Club
    Poetry Team
    Yearbook

     

    Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts

    4747 Flora Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64110
    To apply: (816) 418-2275

    kcpublicschools.org/paseo
    Grades: 7-12
    School Hours: 8:10AM - 3:10PM

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    Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts offers a diverse performing arts program. Our teachers have extensive backgrounds in the arts and are dedicated to providing students with outstanding educational opportunities through a wide variety of creative experiences. Locally and nationally celebrated writers, artists, actors, musicians and dancers provide additional instruction, with many serving as artists-in-residence, lecturers and master teachers. This prepares our students to successfully participate in local, regional and national performances, as well as exhibitions and arts competitions. Through a highly experienced network of partnerships and volunteers, students enjoy a variety of opportunities to hone their craft and prepare for the future.

    Middle School (7-8) Admission Requirements: Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, 90% attendance rate or higher for a full academic year, no "F" grade at the end of the semester, no chronic discipline or behavior issues. Applicants must also pass an interview and complete an application for enrollment. Previously enrolled students do not need to re-enroll for high school as long as they maintain the below requirements.

    High School (9-12) Admission Requirements: Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, 90% attendance rate or higher for a full academic year, no "F" grade at the end of the semester, no chronic discipline or behavior issues. Applicants must also pass an audition and complete an application for enrollment.

    Key Features:
    Art Gallery
    Dance Studios
    Full Sized Theater
    Orchestra Room
    Recitall Hall
    TV Studio

    Courses & Pathways
    Instrumental Music
    Vocal Music
    Theatre
    Fashion & Costume Design
    Technical Theatre
    Creative Writing
    Dance
    Visual Arts
    Broadcast Television

     

    African-Centered College Preparatory Academy

    Lower Campus
    6410 Swope Pkwy.
    Kansas City, MO 64132
    To apply: (816) 418-1175

    kcpublicschools.org/acpreplower
    Grades: K-8
    School Hours: 9:00AM - 4:00PM

    Upper Campus
    3500 E. Meyer Blvd.
    Kansas City, MO 64132
    To apply: (816) 418-1078

    kcpublicschools.org/acprep
    Grades: 9-12
    School Hours: 7:20 AM - 2:20 PM

     

    Lower Campus

    African-Centered Preparatory Academy Lower Campus provides a unique college preparatory curriculum that is consistent with KCPS, but strives to exceed its mandates due to our school’s higher level of expectation and challenge. AC Prep stays in-tune with the distinctive foundation of cultural awareness that is important to the success of students in urban areas. We focus on college readiness as well as teaching the rich history of African and African-American people and culture to give students the opportunity to drive their own success. Research shows that when students knows their heritage, they are more likely to take pride in their performance and demonstrate improved behavior. Every day, our goal is to provide a culture where students can develop a life-long love of learning.

    Elementary (K-5) 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. Previously enrolled students do not need to re-enroll for middle school as long as they maintain the below requirements.

    Middle School (6-8) 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. Previously enrolled students do not need to re-enroll for high school as long as they maintain the admission requirements.


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    Key Features:
    Cultural Arts
    Detriot/Motown Performance
    Greenhouse
    Pylons Gifted Program
    STEAM Makers Room

    Upper Campus

    African-Centered College Preparatory Academy is located in the Southeast building. Our curriculum supports students of African descent in expanding their knowledge of the culture, history of people of African descent, and increasing their general awareness and knowledge of their own unique history and culture. Our curriculum is grounded in Ma’at principles of virtue and Nguzo Saba community values.

    High School (9-12) 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.

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    Key Features:
    Ma'at Council
    Band
    Choir
    JROTC
    My Brother’s Keeper
    Pylons Gifted Program
    Science Olympiad

     

    Foreign Language Academy

    3450 Warwick Blvd.
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    To apply: (816) 418-6000

    kcpublicschools.org/fla
    Grades: K-8
    School Hours: 9:00AM - 4:00PM

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    At Foreign Language Academy, our goal is to deliver a world-class educational experience in KC. FLA currently offers the only Spanish and Mandarin Chinese immersion program in the metro. As a family-based school, FLA offers a variety of programs, sports and activities to our students. With an internationally- diverse staff, students excel beyond traditional urban limits to experience exceptional learning and academic success. Immersion education is a method of instruction in which the regular school curriculum is taught in the target language. Bilingual students have multiple advantages, no matter the language. Research indicates early age proficiency in a second language enhances a child’s cognitive ability, improves overall school performance and gives a student an advantage in high school, college and the workforce.

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

    Key Features:
    IB Candidate School
    Lego League Robotics
    Middle School Sports
    National Jr Honor Society
    Recycling Initiative

    Sports:
    Soccer

     

    Border Star Montessori

    6321 Wornall Rd.
    Kansas City, MO 64113
    To apply: (816) 418-5150

    kcpublicschools.org/borderstar
    Grades: PreK-6
    School Hours: 8:10AM - 3:10PM

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    Border Star Montessori prepares the learner for life in a diverse educational and social environment. Each child will be encouraged to become a self-motivated learner and develop qualities of order, concentration and independence. One of two public signature Montessori schools in the KC, Border Star is proud to have a strong parent support community that enriches the lives of our students. The parent-led Parent Teacher Association strives to provide a quality education for all students by involving community, family and business participation. Our students are in mixed-age groups that offer a variety of activities, enabling children to become peer teachers and learn from helping one another. They have the freedom to work at their own pace, and become self-motivated learners.

    Pre-K and Kindergarten Admission Requirements: All P3s, P4s and kindergarteners are eligible for admission based on available seats. They must be school ready and able to abide by school policies and expectations as indicated in “Behavioral Expectation Student Contract”, which will be distributed upon acceptance. Students must be 3, 4 years old by September 1st to qualify for PreK. Siblings of current families are given preference for seating.

    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.

    Key Features:
    Before & After Care
    Ballet
    Farmer’s Market
    Gardening
    Honors Choir
    Montessori Model United Nations

     

    George Washington Carver Dual Language School

    4600 Elmwood Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64130
    To apply: (816) 418-4925
    kcpublicschools.org/carver
    School Hours: 9:00AM - 4:00PM

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    At George Washington Carver Dual Language, all students are expected to be truly bilingual and bi-literate in Spanish and English by the time they complete 6th grade. Research shows that students who attend dual language schools generally have higher overall academic performance than students who attend single language schools. A dual language school provides instruction in two languages. At Carver, the two languages are Spanish and English. This language immersion model is an excellent way for students to quickly learn a second language. Students with dual language skills are more in demand in the work-force and generally earn higher incomes as adults. Dual language students also experience and gain an appreciation of other cultures. ¡Todo lo que queremos ser, eso seremos!

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

    Key Features:
    Chess Club
    Girls on the Run
    Mercado
    LINC
    National Honor Society
    Scouts
    Student Council

     

    Harold L. Holliday, Sr. Montessori

    7227 Jackson Ave.
    Kansas City, MO 64132
    To apply: (816) 418-2950

    kcpublicschools.org/holliday
    Grades: PreK-6
    School Hours: 8:10AM - 3:10PM

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    Harold L. Holliday, Sr. Montessori is one of the two public signature Montessori schools in KC. Parents and community members are woven into Holliday’s fabric, they are essential to our success. With the help of our parents and community partners, our staff and students worked on their very own Farmer’s Market. Volunteers constructed and installed 18 garden beds on-site, allowing students to pick their 1st harvest this past spring. We also partnered with Heartland Chamber of Music to offer string lessons to four-year-olds and the KC Ballet to offer dance lessons to 3rd-grade students free of charge. Piano lessons also are offered to our students. At Holliday, the Montessori philosophy allows our teachers to promote hands-on learning through exploration and discovery. Students are given the keys to the world!

    Pre-K and Kindergarten Admission Requirements: All P3s, P4s and kindergarteners are eligible for admission based on available seats. They must be school ready and able to abide by school policies and expectations as indicated in “Behavioral Expectation Student Contract”, which will be distributed upon acceptance. Students must be 3, 4 years old by September 1st to qualify for PreK. Siblings of current families are given preference for seating.

    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.

    Key Features:
    Before & After Care
    Chess Club
    Gardening Club
    KC Ballet Dance
    Montessori Philosophy
    Piano Lessons
    String Lessons
    Student Council