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Bedell at Graduations 2020

On Thursday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an incentive package for BlueScope, a billion-dollar multinational corporation. After a 100 percent property tax abatement for 20 years, they want 13 more, holding the City Council hostage by saying they might move to Kansas.

And what they want is the continuation of a deal that has already disproportionately impacted the funding of Kansas City’s schools, libraries and mental health resources.

Jontell Washington Student of LCPA

Jontell Washington is a builder.

In his case, Jontell knows how to build bridges across linguistic gaps. A member of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2020, he is one of 59 scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools who earned their Missouri Seal of Biliteracy this year.

Tyrell Wooddard in Model 717 at MINDDRIVE

 Tyrell Woodard is a magician.

With a blowtorch and his brain, Tyrell can craft innovative objects that combine every element of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. He can build cars that require no fossil fuels.

Essay Board student Sofia Murasi

Last fall, Mr. Odam conceived of a college essay board comprised of KCPS staff members who would donate their time and expertise to help students perfect their compositions. The idea was to tap into the considerable talent that can be found across Team KCPS.

Morgan McPartland teacher of Carver

May 4-8, 2020, is Teacher Appreciation Week. Everything we do in Kansas City Public Schools revolves around the relationships between our teachers and our students. I want to express my gratitude for the work our teachers do every day.

Graduation Requirements

The minimum graduation requirements for 2019-2020 includes 4 credits of English, 3 credits of Mathematics, 3 credits of Science, 3.5 credits of Social Studies, 1 credit of PE, .5 credit of Health, 1 credit of Practical Arts, 1 credit of Fine Arts and 7.0 credits of Electives. In addition to the program of study for graduation, a student shall pass proficiency exams, complete forty (40) hours of approved community service, take the ACT, SAT, ASVAB or ACT WorkKeys Test and meet all district disciplinary and financial obligations to qualify for graduation from KCPS. Additional graduation requirements are established to meet specific programs of study as outlined in the chart below. Graduation requirements for a student with a disability receiving special education services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) may be determined according to the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

24 Credits

Communication Arts 4.0 English 9, 10, 11, 12, or ESL English I-IV, AP, IB, DC, or College English
Mathematics 3.0 Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry
Science 3.0 Physics First, Chemistry, and Biology
Social Studies 3.5 World History, American History, American Government, and Economics/Personal Finance
Fine Arts 1.0  
Practical Arts 1.0  
Physical Education 1.0 Physical Education PE09113
Health .50  
Electives 7.0  
End-of-Course Exams   Algebra 1, English 10, Biology, Government, Algebra 2 (If Algebra 1 was passed in middle school)
Community Service   Total of 40 Hours
ACT, SAT, ASVAB, Accuplacer   Must take the ACT, SAT, ASVAB or ACT WorkKeys Test according to their post-high school plans

Students must pass the U.S. Constitution test and the Missouri Constitution test in order to graduate.

End-of-Course Exams

The Missouri Assessment Program assesses students’ progress toward mastery of the Missouri Learning Standards which are the educational standards in Missouri. The Missouri Assessment Program includes required End-Of-Course assessments in the subject areas of:

–Algebra 1

–Biology

–Algebra 2 (for students who pass Algebra 1 in middle school)

–English 10

–American Government