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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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How Effective Is Your School District? A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most

Dec 5, 2017
New York Times “One question we’ve been asking ourselves is: Do urban public school systems simply reflect the poverty of the kids in the schools, or do they overcome those effects to any degree?” said Michael Casserly, the executive director … read more

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Confused By Your Public School Choices? Hire A Coach

Nov 27, 2017
NPR We're here for you, Kansas City. Visit our website to help sort out your school options right here in KC. We're not the only city with a complicated landscape full of options. Read the full story at NPR.

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Kansas City Public Schools Keeps Provisional Accreditation, But There's Work To Be Done

Nov 16, 2017
KCUR District officials say there’s a lot to celebrate, including a four-year graduation rate that’s up over 70 percent and gains on state science tests. KCPS has also already met the state’s goal of a 90 percent post-secondary placement rate … read more

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Why Are Parents Afraid of Later School Start Times?

Nov 12, 2017
The Atlantic Research has shown that early school start times (7:30 a.m., for example) don’t square with adolescents’ sleep needs, and that later ones have positive effects on mental and physical health, as well as academic performance. So why don't … read more

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School fair gives parents options for education

Nov 11, 2017
KSHB Show Me KC Schools brought our online search tool to life with the second annual City School Fair. More than 55 schools and community organizations and over 500 visitors spent time on Saturday at the Central Library learning about … 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.