• About KCPS

  • The purpose of Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) is to provide a quality education that prepares all of our students, regardless of background or circumstances, for success in college, career and life. We will produce scholars who are high-achieving critical thinkers, prepared to succeed in a constantly changing world and engaged in the improving their communities. KCPS will accomplish this goal by providing teachers with the appropriate training, resources and support they need to develop the whole child.

    Our Mission

    The mission of KCPS is to achieve, in a way that is unencumbered by excuses, our vision for education by ensuring that all children benefit from teaching and learning. The school district will do this through:

    • Inquiry-based instruction that involves active-learning, and is project-oriented, collaborative, and facilitated by meaningful professional development
    • Successful instructional settings where teachers continually coach each child to develop deep understanding and educational proficiency, while meeting all Adequate Yearly Progress goals
    • Cooperative planning among principals and teachers to ensure attainment of district goals
    • Substantial autonomy to each learning community

    Our Vision

    KCPS envisions its schools as places where every student will develop a deep understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue higher education, obtain family-supporting employment, contribute to the civic well-being of the community, and have the opportunity for a rewarding and fulfilling life.

    Core Values

    At KCPS we:

    • Provide quality education for our students
    • Prepare students to be college and career-ready
    • Energize leaders
    • Empower teachers
    • Engage our parents and community
    • Advocate on behalf of all students

    KCPS By the Numbers

    Students:

    • Student population, PK-12:15,568
    • Demographics: 57% Black; 28% Hispanic; 9% White; 6% Other
    • 100% students qualify for free meals
    • Graduation rate: 65.3%
    • Student-Teacher Ratio: 24:1
    • Daily student attendance: 84%
    • 1 out of 5 students’ first/primary language is not English
    • More than 50 languages spoken by students

    Staff:

    • More than 2,100 employees
    • 49% of teachers have a master’s degree
    • Starting teacher’s pay is top 3 in Jackson County

    School System:

    • 35 schools, centers and programs
    • Annual Budget of $227,685,902
    • Per pupil expenditure: 14,853
    • 5 consecutive years of greater than 15% for Unrestricted Fund Balance (Standard & Poor’s Benchmark)
    • Balanced budget for 6 consecutive years
    • 12th largest school district in the state of Missouri

    Academic locations:

    • 6 High Schools
    • 2 Middle schools
    • 18 Elementary Schools
    • 7 Signature Schools
    • 2 Early Learning Schools
    • 2 Alternative Schools
    • 1 Charter School
    • 1 Career/Technical Education Center
    • 1 Alternative Graduation Center
    • 1 Early College Academy