• Central Middle Programs

    From sports to field trips, attendance incentive events and more, at Central Middle, we offer a variety of programs and services to help both the student and his/her family. Central Middle's programs include:

    • Band & Choir
    • Debate & Speech
    • FIRST Robotics Competition
    • Mentoring Programs

    Student-led programs

    A well-rounded education starts with a combination of focused academics and a variety of complementary student activities and organizations. Warhawk nation is proud to offer a wide array of student driven activities and clubs. Students are encourage to take leadership positions throughout the school year in programs such as student council, chess club and more.

    A community school

    We work with community professionals to visit classes and share with our students what they do and how they impact the community. Volunteers share about their job experiences, interesting projects and what it takes to earn their degree and succeed in their industry.

    One of Central Middle’s largest community partners is City Year Kansas City. They place AmeriCorps members in Central Middle School all day, every day for the entire school year. Volunteers are a consistent, caring presence and provide students with one-on-one and small group support, helping students overcome challenges they face both in and out of school.

    AmeriCorps members also provide support to help transform the whole school by hosting school-wide events, leading after-school programs and providing in-class support so teachers can focus on teaching lessons and can differentiate instruction.

    Academy 180

    The most important factor in meeting the needs of young adolescents in school is a safe school climate. We also know zero-tolerance policies are not the long-term solution for making schools safe. They may work temporarily by suspending students, but do not address the underlying causes of social and emotional distress that students show up with. As a result, the Kansas City Public Schools leadership team has been developing solutions to address issues that often serve as impediments to students’ academic success. The concerns are with a small group of students with habitual and on-going challenges in the school house. In order to ensure that all students attend safe schools with high academic expectations, KCPS is providing a more structured setting for those who would be more successful with targeted interventions in a more controlled environment at Central Middle School.

    Academy 180 is an educational alternative for students with difficulties ranging from excessive tardiness and academic challenges to disruptive school behavior. The goal of the program is to restore hope within students that education can make a difference in their lives. In Academy 180, a diverse group of young people will improve academically and be prepared to return to the regular school program.

    Through Academy 180, KCPS will motivate students by restructuring the approach to how they spend their time at school, and will support them in making better decisions. Students who are identified for this program are individuals who, for a variety of reasons, have not succeeded in a traditional middle school program.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is KCPS Academy 180 at Central Middle School?

    Academy 180 is designed as a proactive educational setting for middle-level (grades 7-8) students with various difficulties ranging from excessive tardiness and academic challenges to disruptive school behavior.

    What is the goal for Academy 180 students?

    Through Academy 180, KCPS will motivate students by restructuring the approach to and the hours spent in school in order to help students make better decisions.

    How is it decided who will attend Academy 180?

    Students who are identified for this program are individuals who, for a variety of reasons, have not succeeded in the traditional middle school setting.

    Why does KCPS need KCPS Academy 180?

    Academy 180 is a pilot academic and behavior intervention with a restorative approach. In order to ensure that all students can attend safe schools with high academic expectations, KCPS is providing a more structured setting for all students in grade 7-8 who need it. This will allow more students to stay in school and on track, while getting additional social, emotional, academic and behavioral support. As Abraham Maslow (1987) wisely observed, if people are struggling to meet their basic physiological and safety needs, there is not energy left for meeting their higher needs of love, belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. Zero-tolerance policies are not the solution for making schools safe. They may work in the short run by suspending students with behavior issues, but they leave the underlying problems of violence untouched (The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, 2000).

    What academic content will students learn in KCPS Academy 180?

    The curriculum taught in Academy 180 is the same curriculum in place in the regular middle-level classrooms. The curriculum aligns with the Missouri standards and expectations for all students.

    What does the daily schedule look like for the students of KCPS Academy 180?

    The school day will be 9:10 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. This is one-hour later compared to the regular schedule at CMS. The daily schedule will be as follows:

      • 9:10 a.m. School Start
      • 9:15-9:35 a.m. Restorative Circle
      • 9:35-10:55 a.m. English Language Arts
      • 10:55 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Math
      • 12:15-1:15 p.m. Physical Education
      • 1:20-1:50 p.m. Lunch
      • 1:50-3:00 p.m. Science
      • 3:00-4:00 p.m. Social Studies & Restorative Circle
      • 4:00-4:10 p.m. Wrap-Up and Dismissal

    Why does the school day differ for KCPS Academy 180 students compared to those in CMS?

    Students in Academy 180 will be housed in the additional space located in the basement of CMS in order to limit distractions for these students and provide a more structured learning environment.

    Who will be teaching at KCPS Academy 180?

    Highly effective teachers from CMS will rotate into the classes in order to provide standards-based instruction for the students. There will be a program coordinator and a paraprofessional responsible for the students for the entire school day.

    How will the disruptive behaviors be turned around in a proactive manner?

    While Academy 180 will focus on the academic needs of the students, there will also be a social and emotional component that allows the faculty and support staff to focus on the whole child. This will help the students learn how to be successful in their regular middle school classrooms.

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