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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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Third-grade Reading Proficiency: There’s work to do

Jan 4, 2018
Kansas City Mayor's Office When the National Civic League named Kansas City, Missouri, an All-America City for progress in third-grade reading proficiency, it signaled that we’re on the right path. But we’re not done yet. In the coming year, we … read more

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Teaching Introverted Students: How a 'Quiet Revolution' Is Changing Classroom Practice

Dec 27, 2017
Ed Week At the end of each lesson, when 2nd grade teacher Erin Pawlak asked her students at P.S. 11 in New York City to reflect on their reading or share a successful strategy, the same hands would shoot up.  … read more

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What's On The Menu In Kansas City Schools? In Culinary Class, New Foods And Flavors

Dec 20, 2017
KCUR Follow KCUR reporter, Elle Moxley, on her journey to better understand culinary arts programs in KC's district, charter and private schools. Read the full artice at KCUR.org

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The Things Kids Carried

Dec 18, 2017
The Atlantic A photo essay on the different backpacks kids around the world carry to school. Check them out (spoiler: there are more similarities than differences) at The Atlantic.

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To avoid stigma, some schools keep lice-infested kids in class and don’t send notes

Dec 18, 2017
Kansas City Star Where do you fall on the lice debate? Should kids with lice be sent home or allowed to stay at school? Read how a number of area districts handle this itchy situation at the Kansas City Star.

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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.