In Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS), our purpose is to provide a high-quality education that prepares all of our students, regardless of background or circumstance, for success in college, career, and life.
Like many districts across the country, KCPS has experienced significant shifts in student demographics in recent years, as well as in the expectations of families, community members, higher education institutions, and employers. Our district is responding to these changes by instituting a growing number of programs that offer more options for student and families, and by tailoring educational services to our students’ strengths and needs.
Challenging, Engaging Educational Opportunities
The opportunities available today within Kansas City Public Schools include the following:
- Innovative, rigorous programs including: Montessori schools, International Baccalaureate, fine and performing arts, Pylons Honors program, and Lincoln College Preparatory Academy (nationally recognized as the most challenging high school in Missouri).
- Well-rounded, supported students, via services such as: all-day preschool, free before-/after-school care, organized sports and extracurricular activities, free breakfast and lunch, and free transportation for students who live more than a half-mile from school.
- Locally educated, globally prepared students, through: Mandarin Chinese and Spanish immersion, a 1-to-1 instructional technology program, and the Sprint 1 Million Project, which provides free home internet access for high school students who need it.
- Successful post-high school transitions, including Early College Academy (students receive both their high school diploma and associates degree in a partnership with Metropolitan Community College), and certificates and trade or industry licensing in employment-ready fields such as automotive technology, nursing, emergency medical technician (EMT), fashion and design, culinary arts, and broadcast media.
Our aim is clear: to continuously expand access to quality educational opportunities that engage, challenge, and support every student, every day.
Our Students, Our Schools
KCPS is the 12th largest school system in the State of Missouri. It is ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse, serving approximately 15,500 students in pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Our students come from rich and diverse backgrounds that reflect the dynamic world for which our schools are preparing them. More than 50 languages from around the globe are spoken by our students!
KCPS has 34 academic locations: 24 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 6 high schools, 1 Career/Technical Education Center, and 1 Alternative Graduation Center. The school system employs about 2,400 people. Nearly half of our teachers have a master’s degree.
Our school system is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors that sets KCPS policy. The Superintendent serves as the Chief Executive Officer, accountable to the Board and responsible for implementing Board policy and overseeing the long-term and day-to-day activities of the school system.