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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Project-Based Learning Centers African History

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Two fourth graders in red polo shirts proudly display steamships they built as a class project.

Janae Marshall, left, and Journei Spicer are fourth graders in Cusandra Miller's class at AC Prep.


In 1919, frustrated by the racism that kept African Americans from participating in the global economy, Marcus Garvey incorporated the Black Star Line, a steamship company that moved goods, and, later people.

“The bottom of this is to float,” said fourth grader Journei Spicer, picking up her cardboard and bubble wrap steamship. “The side of it has the name of the ship, the Black Star Line, and this is the flag.”

Journei's classmate, Janae Marshall, carved her steamship — featuring tissue paper steam — from styrofoam.

“One thing I learned working on this project was someone tried to sabotage the Black Star Line,” Janae said. “That’s why I think it’s important to do the assignments.”

Journei and Janae are students at African-Centered College Preparatory Academy, a unique program that helps Black students connect with their history through project-based learning.

In September, AC Prep students built dioramas exploring Africa before slavery.

In September, AC Prep students built dioramas exploring Africa before slavery. 'They become very familiar with the history of African kings and queens, including Egyptians,' Principal Claire Thornton-Poke said.


“For my generation, growing up, our history started with slavery and somehow skipped to the Civil Rights Movement,” Principal Claire Thornton-Poke said. “These students understand that their history has been ignored.”

Every month, students at AC Prep participate in school wide projects that relate to the monthly theme. In October, students learned about the Black Star Line and Garvey’s work in the Pan-Africanism movement. This month, the school is celebrating Kwanzaa, an African-American festival that begins on Dec. 26.

“I have parents who come to me and say, ‘I learned so much from my child. I didn’t know that before,’” Thornton-Poke said.

Journei said she loves participating in the school wide projects because they’re fun.

“It’s part of our culture,” she said.

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