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No Cost Covid Testing

Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with the Mid-America Regional Council, KC Cares, Samuel U. Rogers Health Center and Swope Health to offer no-cost COVID-19 testing for KCPS staff, students, families and community members.

KCPS Celebrates Church As Community Champion

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell honored Friendship Baptist Church as a Community Champion during a School Board meeting on Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.

KCPS Taps Trio As Terrific Teammates

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell recognized the following staff members as Terrific Teammates during a School Board meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.

KCPS Honors Six Students As Scholar Superstars

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell recognized the following students as Scholar Superstars during a virtual School Board meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 10.

KCPS Seeking Feedback from Families with Thoughtexchange

We want to stay connected and hear your questions and ideas about how we should move forward during this pandemic and in this educational landscape. With that in mind, we're asking KCPS families for five minutes today and another five minutes tomorrow to help us plan for the future. Please join our “Thoughtexchange” today to share your thoughts and questions.

Pivot International Donates 7,000 Shields to KCPS

Pivot International, a Lenexa, KS-based global leader in product design, development, and manufacturing, has partnered with Kansas City Public Schools to enhance maximal protection for students and staff with a gift of 7,000 safety shields.

KCPS Board of Education (BOE)

The Kansas City Public Schools IT support team is changing their hours of operation for walk-in support to 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday at the BOE building, which is located at 2901 Troost Ave. in Kansas City, MO.

Lincoln Middle Debate Takes Tourney Title

The Lincoln Middle School debate team successfully made the case for being among the best in the region with a first-place finish in the DEBATE Kansas City (DKC) tournament held virtually on Thursday evening, Dec.3.

Kansas City Virtual Academy

Grades K-12

Students access KCPS approved K-12 school courses through vendor provided platforms with vendor provided instructors. Students work independently with the support of a vendor-provided teacher. Because taking online courses is different from taking courses in a traditional face-to-face classroom, it’s good for students to know what courses will entail and what kind of support they’ll need to be successful. Research shows that students who are well prepared and well supported for this new experience do better in their classes.

Why consider Kansas City Virtual Academy (KCVA)?

Virtual Academy can meet specific challenges and student need, including providing:

  • Students who enroll in the KCPS Virtual Academy (KCVA) will be using the virtual learning model of instruction. 

  • The teachers teach daily lessons at certain set times, track how well students are picking up the curriculum and provide support when and how it is needed. 

  • Students in these classes interact and collaborate with each other on a regular basis. 

  • KCVA students have flexibility to engage with the curriculum at any time, day or night. 

  • KCVA students will have the opportunity to engage in daily classroom activities, as their schedules allow. 

  • KCVA students have an individualized intervention program. 

  • KCVA students have a learning coach who works with the families to provide support, updates, information, and feedback on a consistent basis. 

  • KCVA students are taught by certified KCPS teachers. 

  • KCVA students will be allowed to participate in activities, sports, and other events through their Neighborhood Schools. 

What courses are available with Virtual School?

Virtual Academy offers more than 50 different courses that are aligned with the KCPS curriculum.

K-12 Course Offerings 

How will students enroll in Virtual Academy?

Virtual Academy enrollment will follow the same process as traditional course enrollment. Students should start by scheduling a meeting with their counselor to discuss online options.

Each semester Virtual Academy secondary students enroll in seven credit hours to meet the requirements for graduation. Online courses are part of this course load to fulfill the needed credits for graduation.

How do I know if Virtual Academy is right for me?

Online learning can be a great option for some students, but this style of learning differs from the traditional classroom experience.

Your Educational Innovation Coordinator can help determine if this course of learning is right for you.

 

Virtual Academy is offered to students of KCPS with approval of the student's school counselor and the Extended Learning advisor. If you are a KCPS student and have questions about KCVA, please make an appointment with your school counselor. If your student is not currently a KCPS student, please contact the Office of Education Innovation at (816) 418-7780.

Additional KCVA Enrollment Information

  • Students and guardian(s) must attend a placement and orientation meeting prior to beginning Virtual Academy.
  • If a student has an IEP or 504 plan, the IEP or 504 plan team will meet to decide if Virtual Academy is appropriate for the student.
  • The enrollment cutoff dates are at the semester midterm date. Students may enroll in a course through midterm of the 1st and 3rd quarter or at anytime with a transfer.
  • Students will be placed on probation for lack of progress after a 10-day period and will be removed from the course after 20 days as it may impact their ability to graduate on time.

Contact

Ann Richards, Coordinator of Educational Innovation - Secondary
(816) 418-2672 arichards@kcpublicschools.org

Leslie Correa, Coordinator of Educational Innovation - Elementary
(816) 418-7444 lcorrea@kcpublicschools.org

Office of Educational Innovation 
(816) 418-7780

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