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John Fierro Kansas City Notable Latino

KCPS is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring notable Latino community members who have made a difference in the city and/or the nation. Today, we honor John Fierro, President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center and a long-time public figure in Kansas City.

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KCPS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with profiles of Latinos who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Yvonne Vazquez Rangel, an education advocate who lobbied for access to bilingual education. 

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KCPS is continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight on Rebecca Jaramillo, an advocate for equal rights and a founder of Fiesta Hispana, one of the first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Local Kansas City Hero Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

KCPS Charter Schools

KCPS has worked and collaborated with charter schools since the late 1990s.  Since 2015, the Kansas City Public Schools has sponsored charter schools.  The KCPS Office of Education Collaboration sponsors the following charter schools:

KCPS Sponsored Charter Schools

Allen Village School

Allen Village School is a PreK-12 charter school located in the heart of Westport with two campuses within walking distance of one another. Allen Village School focuses on student success in an academic challenging, yet safe environment, by maintaining a low teacher to student ratio and facilitating learning through advanced technological resources for students and staff.  Students are also provided a personal laptop (or iPad for K-2) to use during the school year to enhance their learning experiences. Allen Village School has been sponsored by KCPS since May 2019.

Allen Village Charter School 2018 APR Report
Allen Village Charter School 2019 APR Report

No APR Reports were published in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic

CROSSROADS CHARTER SCHOOLS

Crossroads Charter Schools is a network of three charter schools located in downtown Kansas City. Crossroads prepares students to excel by providing an academically rigorous education. Crossroads’ mission is to prepare and inspire students to build a better tomorrow by providing an academically rigorous K-12 education in a creative, collaborative, community-focused environment.  Crossroads Charter Schools has been sponsored by KCPS since January 2022.

 

Crossroads Charter School 2019 APR Report

No APR Reports were published in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic

Gordon Parks Elementary School

Gordon Parks Elementary is a small, family like charter school for children in grades K-4. Acting on its conviction that every child has promise, Gordon Parks provides children, including those who are at-risk, an individualized education that is balanced to develop character, intellect, creativity and physical well-being.  Gordon Parks Elementary School, believes culture creates connection which drives collaboration which then allows for strong core instruction.  Gordon Parks Elementary has been sponsored by KCPS since February 2022.

 

Gordon Parks Charter School 2019 APR Report

No APR Reports were published in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic

Closed KCPS Sponsored Charter Schools

KANSAS CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ACADEMY

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The Kansas City Neighborhood Academy closed June 30, 2019. The Charter School Board of Directors decided to close due to struggles meeting its annual enrollment and budgetary goals. Slower than expected housing development around the school and the increasing number of educational seats available within the Kansas City Public Education System presented significant obstacles for the school and jeopardized long-term sustainability. You may find the KCNA Board’s letter to parents and families here. Employment verification requests of formerly employed staff may be made to the Office of Education Collaboration in care of Charnissa Holliday-Scott, chollidayscott@kcpublicschools.org.

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