Understanding Kansas City Charter Schools
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that are equally open to all children who live in a geographic area. They have their own governance and operate independently of KCPS. They receive state funding and are open to all students who live in the KCPS boundaries. Many charter schools use a lottery to fill their limited number of seats.
They are accountable to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), their charter sponsors and, of course, to their children and families. In Kansas City, all charter schools are non-profit. There are no for-profit charter school operators in Kansas City.