Easy Reference Guide
Kansas City Public Schools
KCPS (formerly Kansas City, Missouri School District, or KCMSD) is the public school district that serves the residents within Kansas City, Missouri. KCPS is not contiguous with the boundaries of the City of Kansas City. Many areas that have been annexed by Kansas City over the years are within the borders of 11 "suburban" districts.
Early Childhood Education
ECE and preschool are used interchangeably and refer to school programs that serve children ages 0 to 5.
Gifted and Talented
GT activities challenge students whose demonstrated abilities, talents and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional that they require special programs to meet their learning needs.
Career and Technical Education
CTE offers both academic and career-oriented courses and provides students with the opportunity to gain work experience through internships, job shadowing, on-the-job training, and industry-certification opportunities.
International Baccalaureate Education
IB is a challenging, globally-focused program that promotes well-rounded students who are well prepared for college.
English Language Learners
The ELL program is designed to teach students who speak languages other than English how to understand, speak, read and write in English and to support students’ culture and language whenever possible.
SPED or exceptional education is a form of learning provided to students with exceptional needs, such as students with learning or physical disabilities.
Extended Learning Opportunities
ELO supports schools in providing opportunities for students to be successful within and outside the traditional learning environment.