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Blueprint 2030: Help KCPS Set Goals for the Future

We’re asking staff members, students, parents/guardians and others to join us in providing feedback by participating in our Thoughtexchange platform. This is an opportunity for our stakeholders to offer their responses to questions about the future of our schools.

Celebrate Our 2021 School Teachers of the Year

The 2021 Kansas City Public Schools Teacher of the Year Recognition Program honors the educators who structure their classrooms to increase performance and provide exceptional experiences, no matter what.

KCPS Board of Education (BOE)

Families who applied for kindergarten, pre-K or a Signature School by the initial deadline of Monday, Feb. 15, received emails Wednesday, March 3 with offers to their first, second or third choice school.

Zoom Across America

The Greater Kansas City Links Chapter is partnering with school systems across the metro to host Zoom reading sessions for kindergarten - third grade students in honor of Read Across America Week, the nation’s largest celebration of reading.

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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