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James Elementary

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St. Teresa's Academy

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School options in KCPS' boundaries are unique. Start with an overview of KC's school landscape.
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Ewing Marion Kauffman School

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Neighborhood schools, charter schools, signature schools, private schools – for anyone living in the Kansas City Public Schools district, finding the right school for our children is a challenge. Show Me KC Schools helps families navigate the elementary, middle, and high schools serving children and youth in the heart of Kansas City.

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Should We Stop Telling Kids They're Smart?

Jun 28, 2016
TED Radio Hour Carol Dweck finds that the words adults use to describe kids' progress affects the children's belief in their own potential. Listen to Dweck on NPR.org

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To Redshirt or Not to Redshirt

Jun 27, 2016
US News & World Report Does it pay off to hold back a kindergarten-eligible child for a year before starting school? Learn about whether or not there are long term benefits in this US News & World Report article here.

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America's Not-So-Broken Education System

Jun 22, 2016
The Atlantic American education has some obvious shortcomings. Even defenders of the schools can make long lists of things they’d like to change. But the root of the problem is not incompetent design, as is so frequently alleged. Nor is … read more

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More Testing, Less Play: Study Finds Higher Expectations For Kindergartners

Jun 21, 2016
NPR If you have young kids in school, or talk with teachers of young children, you've likely heard the refrain — that something's changed in the early grades. Schools seem to be expecting more of their youngest students academically, while … read more

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How students find success — through failure — in Advanced Placement classes

Jun 19, 2016
The Washington Post Despite the odds of many high school students passing the Advanced Placement tests, a high number of students still opt to take the classes, preferring the challenge to "develop their own thoughts rather than regurgitate information." Read the … read more

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If you are exploring this website you are probably like many other parents in Kansas City trying to understand the differences between schools and hoping to find the right school for your child. Here are some facts about Kansas City schools to get you started.
Where to Begin?

Where to Begin?

For many parents searching for the right school for their children, the questions are limitless: What’s my KCPS neighborhood school? What Catholic school can my child attend? What is a charter school? Our FAQ page is a good place to find these answers.
Navigating the Choices

Navigating the Choices

Not one, but 15 school districts serve students in Kansas City, Missouri. They are: Belton, Blue Springs, Center, Grandview, Hickman Mills, Independence, Kansas City Public Schools, Kearney, Lee’s Summit, Liberty, North Kansas City, Park Hill, Platte County, Raytown, and Smithville. Show Me KC Schools provides information about every K-12 school within Kansas City Public Schools’ boundaries – charter, district, private, and parochial.
What is a charter school?

What is a charter school?

A charter school is a tuition-free public school for families who live within the boundaries of the Kansas City Public Schools district. Charter schools operate independently of the traditional public school district and are governed as 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.
KCPS: Two Types of Schools

KCPS: Two Types of Schools

Did you know KCPS operates two types of schools- neighborhood schools and signature schools (previously “magnet schools”)? Signature schools offer specific educational themes, such as Montessori, foreign language, performing arts, or college preparation. All students living within the KCPS district may apply to attend a signature school, regardless of where they live in the district.