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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.

Foreign Language Academy

Foreign Langauge Academy FLA

About FLA

At Foreign Language Academy, our goal is to deliver a world-class educational experience in KC. FLA currently offers the only Spanish and Mandarin Chinese immersion program in the metro. As a family-based school, FLA offers a variety of programs, sports and activities to our students. With an internationally- diverse staff, students excel beyond traditional urban limits to experience exceptional learning and academic success. Immersion education is a method of instruction in which the regular school curriculum is taught in the target language. Bilingual students have multiple advantages, no matter the language. Research indicates early age proficiency in a second language enhances a child’s cognitive ability, improves overall school performance and gives a student an advantage in high school, college and the workforce. The goal of FLA’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program along with the “Leader In Me” program is to go beyond just teaching to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to become tomorrow’s leaders. We aim to develop students who think critically and are prepared for tomorrow’s global economy. By providing programs that offer students essential life skills and leadership characteristic, students can help build a better world through inter-cultural understanding and accountability.

Spanish is an important language within our country. A language spoken from the streets of Madrid to the foothills of the Andes, Spanish is one of the most popular languages for children in the US to learn today. Plus, a rising number of employers prefer individuals who can speak Spanish fluently. At FLA, Spanish is the language of instruction for all classroom instruction (except for specials). The curriculum is aligned with that of KCPS and FLA students often exceed these standards. Each year, eighth grade Spanish students fundraise throughout the year to help support a trip to Puerto Rico. This provides students an extraordinary experience outside the country as well as an opportunity to utilize their language skills in everyday life.

While English and Spanish are the two most popularly spoken languages in the USA, Chinese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Of the Chinese dialects, Mandarin is spoken as a first language in a vast area of northern and southwestern mainland China. Here at FLA, Mandarin Chinese is the language of instruction for all classroom instruction (except for specials). The curriculum is aligned with that of KCPS and FLA students often exceed these standards.

Admission Requirements: After the first grade, students must demonstrate language proficiency to enter this program.

Uniforms: Solid white, black, red, gray, light blue or navy blue polos with short or long-sleeves (must have a collar). Black, tan (khaki) or navy blue pants, skirt, jumper or shorts. No denim is allowed.


3450 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 418-6000
Twitter: @KCPS_FLA


School Hours:
9:15AM - 4:15PM

FLA’s Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

FLA’s Key Features:

  • Band
  • Chess Club
  • Choir
  • Composting/Recycling Initiative
  • Debate
  • Free Before & After School Care
  • Authorized IB School
  • Lego League Robotics
  • Nat. Jr. Honor Society
  • Spanish & Mandarin Chinese Immersion

FLA’s School Events:

  • Arts Night
  • Black History Month Celebration
  • Chinese New Year’s Celebrations
  • Curriculum Game Night
  • Nat. Jr. Honor Society Induction
  • PTO Meetings
  • Talent Show