Finding the Right School

If you are here exploring this page, you are probably looking for the right school for a student in your life. You’ve come to the right place! The school landscape in Kansas City is vast, filled with many options for all kinds of students and families. This section of the Show Me KC Schools website aims to give you tools for making your way through the process and discovering the right school for your student, right here in KC.

 

What Should I Consider?

There are many things to think about when choosing the right school for your unique student. We have a long list of ideas to give you a place to start as you focus your school search and make a wish list for your ideal school. Which of these ideas resonates with you? The answers to these questions will help you determine your “must haves”, and “nice to haves” and also those things that you don’t want at all. Read more about considerations.

 

What’s the Process for Narrowing Down My Options?

Now that you know what you’re looking for, it’s time to find it among the many options that exist in Kansas City. We have a path that works for most people to narrow the choices and find the best match school. Read about the process.

 

What are the Five Different Types of Schools in Kansas City?

You’re most concerned with finding a school that works best for your student and your family, but our guess is that you keep hearing about different types of schools. In this section we help make sense of the similarities and differences between KCPS Neighborhood, KCPS Signature, Charter, Private and Parochial schools. Learn about the school types.

 

What are They Talking About?

Education, like every profession, has its own language. That means that the school search process often brings with it vocabulary and ideas that may be new to you. So, we made a glossary to help clear the confusion. We’d love your help expanding it! If you have suggestions for topics to add, please contact us through the contact form at the top of this page. Visit the glossary to take away some of the mystery.

 

What Should I Look For When I Visit a School?

Visiting a school gives you a chance to see the classrooms in action and to experience the school culture firsthand. You know your student best and a visit can help you determine whether a particular school will be a good fit. There’s a lot going on at every school so we’ve created a list of things to look for and questions you might want to ask in order to help you focus on what you want to learn from your visit. Find out what to look for on a school visit.

 

How Do I Know if My Student is Ready for Kindergarten?

All kids are different. Even most children who ARE ready for kindergarten do not show it all the time. It is useful to think about which behaviors come easy to your particular student and which he or she has not yet mastered. Check out a list of skills and behaviors that indicate kindergarten readiness.

 

How Do I Enroll My Student?

Well, remember up two sections where we talked about the different types of schools in Kansas City? Each type has a slightly different process for enrollment and many schools have different enrollment dates. Not to worry, though, we’ve sorted it all out for you. See what to do to enroll in school.