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Academie Lafayette – Armour Blvd. Campus (6-9)

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201 E Armour Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-800-8771 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Maritza Paul, Principal Elimane Mbengue, Head of School
  • NO Tuition
  • No space available for 2020-2021
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available
  • Participating SchoolAppKC School

Quick Facts

Our Mission

To educate the children of Kansas City to become globally minded, locally active, critical thinkers through immersion in world languages and cultures.

About

Academie Lafayette offers a total French immersion program. The regular school curriculum is taught entirely in French.

Points of Pride

  • 6th graders take an international trip to France for 2 1/2 weeks. They stay with host families and learn everything about an average French family lifestyle. In addition, the last three days are spent sightseeing in Paris. La Tour Eiffel, Arc de Triomphe, and lots and lots of macarons!
  • 7th graders host French exchange students for two weeks.
  • 8th graders travel to New Orleans for a week-long service-learning project.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:15 am - 3:45 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: 7:30 am
  • After Care Hours End: 6:00 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 1999
  • Total Enrollment: 300
  • Affiliation: Charter
  • School Type: Charter

Charter Sponsor

  • University of Central Missouri - Warrensburg

Tuition

  • Tuition: NO Tuition

Our Demographics

9%

Receive Special Ed Services

2%

English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • IB
  • Language Immersion

Arts Programs

  • Choir
  • Instrumental Music

Sports Programs

  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Cheerleading (Boys)
  • Cheerleading (Girls)
  • Cross Country (Boys)
  • Cross Country (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • Debate
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Journalism/Newspaper
  • Robotics
  • Speech + Debate
  • Student Government

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent-Teacher Association
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Schoolwide Volunteers
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Application Process

Application Details

Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.

  • Application Open: November 14, 2020
  • Application Close: February 22, 2021
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: August 31, 2020
  • Offer Date: March 1, 2021
  • Decision Date: March 8, 2021
  • Residence: Students must live within KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Academie Lafayette is one of 16 Kansas City charter schools working together to simplify their initial application process into one easy 8-question form – SchoolAppKC – that you can fill out on any electronic device.

Note: Students without prior French experience are only accepted in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 9th grade.

Note: If Academie Lafayette does not have space, you may choose to remain on the school’s waiting list.

Admission Preferences

Siblings , Alumni

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Student Performance

Standardized Test Results

English

Math

Why It Matters

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests are scored (or graded) according to four achievement levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The number shown here is the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced. When comparing scores between years, please remember that the test Missouri gives has changed several times.

Please note that private schools are not required to participate in these exams.

In 2019, the average English score in Missouri was 48.7%; the average Math score was 41.9%, source

Attendance Rate 90/90

90%

Why It Matters

Schools strive for students to have at least 90% of their students have 90% attendance because kids learn best when they’re IN school.

In 2019, 87.3% of Missouri students were in attendance at least 90% of the time, source.

Student Growth

English Language Arts

Floor

Why It Matters

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in English Language Arts.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).

Mathematics

Floor

Why It Matters

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in Mathematics.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).

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Parent Perspective

KaMille Washington, Academie Lafayette Parent

My daughter and I joined the Academie Lafayette Family in 2013. I did some research and looked up the benefits of children going to a foreign language full immersion school. I then specifically looked at the test scores of Academie Lafayette and I was very impressed with how well they did in comparison to other Missouri schools. So I decided to apply. So one week into our academic year I received a call from Academie Lafayette and my daughter began a new school that next week. She was nervous, I was nervous, but I did not want to miss the opportunity. We have loved our experience at Academie Lafayette. 

Not only did I develop a relationship with my daughter’s teacher I also developed a relationship with the receptionist who became very familiar with my daughter, myself, and my daughter’s grandmother who came to pick her up from time to time. I also became close with the counselor, the school nurse, and other administrators and we all worked together to support my daughter in whatever way she needed. They also were a support to me and whatever way I needed and addressed any concerns as quickly as they possibly could. I thought it was awesome that the school counselor would come into the classroom and talk about character traits and character development with the children. My daughter has won the award for integrity and the empathy award and even better that she was able to fully understand and able to articulate what those traits meant to her. 

I love being part of the Academie Lafayette Family. I must admit I was nervous initially because of the foreign language component and I had no experience speaking French. But my daughter has flourished and loves her school community. I would encourage any parent to do research, visit the school, ask questions, and should you decide to become a part of the Academie Lafayette Family I am confident that you will not be disappointed! 

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