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KCPS orchestra students perform at the KCPS Fine Arts Showcase on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

"In schools, children need to have a place of belonging. They need to know they're accepted. They have to find their niche, that thing they’re good at,” said KCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier.

Five people stand in the KCPS boardroom. They are smiling as one receives an award.

At the Wednesday, March 9, 2022, Board of Education meeting, three KCPS employees were recognized as “Terrific Teammates” for their contributions to their school communities.

A banner showing smiling children with the words "Enroll now for fall!"

Current KCPS students will automatically “roll up” to the next grade, and no action is required from parents/guardians at this time. Please do not submit an application for new enrollment, as this will cause processing delays.

A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

With guidance from our trusted community health partners, the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and administration agreed on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, to end our mask mandate, effective immediately.

students in a bright, colorful classroom work on computers

On Jan. 29, 2022, 42 students from East High School, Lincoln College Prep and Lincoln Middle School competed against students from four other districts and three charter schools in the 2022 PREP-KC Math Relays. KCPS won 41 of 98 awards!

Equity, Innovation & Inclusion

Equity is at the core of everything we do.  By equity, we mean “educational policies, practices, interactions, and resources that are representative of, constructed by, and responsive to all students such that each individual has access to, can meaningfully participate, and make progress in high-quality learning experiences that empowers them towards self-determination and reduces disparities in outcomes regardless of individual characteristics and cultural identities.” -- (Great Lakes Equity Center)

At Kansas City Public Schools, we are preparing our students for success in college, careers, and life. Success for all is our motto! The Equity, Inclusion and Innovation Department is dedicated to increasing college credit awareness, exposure, equity and access for all students. We are doing our part to identify and address any systemic inequities that may perpetuate disparities in educational outcomes and student success.

The most important part of this work is to ensure that each student in our district receives the academic and social support to access and success in postsecondary opportunities. Below are some specific strategies we are implementing to achieve this goal:

  • Identifying inherent biases in our employment and promotion processes and protocols
  • Measuring constantly to ensure we are achieving desired outcomes
  • Providing implicit bias and other equity-focused trainings for staff
  • Partnering with higher education and vocational pipelines to increase college and career pathways
  • Engaging families and community organizations
  • Hosting events that celebrate the unique contributions of diverse cultures
  • Asking ourselves the hard questions, continuously measuring our progress
  • Surveying and listening to input from students, staff, and community perspectives
  • Accelerating efforts to connect each student with mentors, resources, and opportunities
  • Inviting community members like you to join us as we do this work!

While these advancements are promising, they are only a part of the story.  We all have a long way to go. At KCPS we hold ourselves to higher standards, choosing to aim for college access rates beyond national averages. Equity is at the center of our mission and vision of success for all.  We will flourish when all of our students, staff and stakeholders authentically operate with equity at the core of our vision for success for all.

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