One of our main goals here at Show Me KC Schools is to clear up the confusion around the complicated school landscape here in Kansas City. What follows is a list of the questions we hear most often. We have also created a glossary of many of the words and ideas that may be new to you. We’d love your help expanding this list! If you have suggestions for topics to add, please contact us through the contact form at the top of this page.
Does the Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) district serve all of Kansas City, Missouri?
No. There are 15 school districts that serve Kansas City, Missouri. (KCMO is outlined with the black dotted line on the map.) 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 focuses on schools inside the KCPS boundaries. If you live within the KCPS boundaries, you are eligible to attend a KCPS school, a charter school and many faith-based and independent private schools as well.
If you live outside of the KCPS boundaries and wish to attend a KCPS neighborhood school, you can pay tuition to do so. You are not eligible to attend a charter school.
How do I know which KCPS neighborhood school my child is eligible to attend?
To find out which KCPS neighborhood school (elementary, middle or HS) your child is eligible to attend enter your address here. After you enter your address click somewhere on the map and your list of schools should appear on the right. (If space allows, KCPS may grant a request to attend a different neighborhood school than the one assigned. This option comes without transportation.)
Check out a map of all the KCPS schools here.
What is the age requirement for my child to enroll in Kindergarten?
A child must be 5 years old before September 1 to enroll in a KCPS kindergarten.
For charter schools in Kansas City, the cut-off date for turning 5 years old vary between July 31 and October 1.
Private schools determine their own cut-off dates. For the most part, private schools’ cut-off dates fall over the summer – typically between July 1st and August 31st.
To learn about specific schools, please click here.
Is my child eligible for transportation to school?
Well, that depends on two things: what type of school your child attends and where you live. This is complicated! Please feel free to contact us with questions.
KCPS Neighborhood Schools:
Students who live half a mile or more from their neighborhood school are eligible for transportation. They will have a bus stop within two blocks of their address. Students who live less than half a mile from their neighborhood school are not eligible. The safe transport of these students to and from school is the responsibility of the parent or guardian. District transportation is not provided for students who elect to attend a neighborhood school other than their resident neighborhood school.
KCPS Signature Schools:
Students who live half a mile or more from their signature school are eligible for transportation. They will have a bus stop within two blocks of their address. Students who live less than half a mile from their signature school are not eligible. The safe transport of these students to and from school is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
The majority of charter schools provide transportation. Charter schools have individual transportation policies – some provide door-to-door transportation, some have central pick-up and drop off locations and others do not have a school bus, but help provide city bus passes. Please check the individual school profile to confirm whether or not transportation is provided.
Faith-based and Independent Private Schools:
The majority of private schools do not provide transportation. School directories are often shared in order for families to find others near them with whom to set up carpools. Please check the individual school profile to confirm whether or not transportation is provided.
Do I have to attend a particular church in order for my child to attend a particular Catholic school?
If placements are not filled by parish families, spots are usually open to children who do not belong to the parish. However, because of the popularity of some Catholic schools, the school’s admissions office will prioritize non-parishioners who actually live within the parish’s boundaries over non-parishioners who live outside of the parish’s boundaries. Please contact the individual schools in which you are interested to ask about their policies.
I am moving to Kansas City, MO and don't have an address yet. What are my options?
Welcome to Kansas City! Please check with individual schools to see how they might be able to accommodate you.
Show Me KC Schools School Profiles
How does Show Me KC Schools determine which schools are included on this website?
Show Me KC Schools highlights every school (over 90) within Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) boundaries: district schools, charter schools, faith-based schools and independent private, schools. (Want to know the difference? Check out our School Types page.)
In addition, we included a few faith-based and independent private schools with a unique curriculum and/or because they serve many high school students just beyond the boundaries (Barstwo School, Bishop Miege HS, Bishop Ward HS, Rockhurst HS, Whitefield Academy, Notre Dame de Sion HS, St.Pius X and Lutheran High School). Find a map of the Kansas City Public Schools boundaries here.
We will consider adding schools that are outside the boundaries when 20% or more of their current enrollment includes students who live within the KCPS boundaries. Please let us know if you would like us to analyze your school’s student roster for applicable addresses. We’d be happy to do it!
How does Show Me KC Schools gather data?
All school data is gathered from publicly posted government and/or school sources including the Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education. This information is subject to change; corrections and omissions can be made by contacting us through our Contact Us page.
What are some schools' profiles incomplete on the website?
Show Me KC Schools gathers as much data as possible from publicly posted sites. Every school is contacted regularly to update their profile, but some schools have not yet completed their profiles. These can be updated by school representatives at any time by contacting us through our Contact Us page.
Faith-based and independent private schools are not required to track the same data as public schools. For this reason, you will see some “holes” in data on their school profiles.
Test Scores + Statistics
What are MAP scores?
MAP stands for Missouri Assessment Program. Children in public school take MAP tests as one way to indicate whether or not they (and their schools) are reaching state standards in different subjects. Here is how it works.
Grade English Math Science 3 √ √ √ 4 √ √ 5 √ √ 6 √ √ 7 √ √ 8 √ √ √
High school students take tests that correspond to the courses they take each year. Those tests include:
- English I, English II
- Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry
- U.S. History, U.S. Government
- Personal Finance
MAP tests are scored (or graded) according to four achievement levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The number we show in our school profiles is the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced.
For more information on MAP testing, please visit the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
What is APR?
Well, THAT’s the million dollar question!
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) creates a “grade” called the Annual Performance Report (APR) for each public school. It is made up of five variables
* Subgroup Achievement is the academic achievement of those students who fall into a “subgroup” that has historically performed below state standards.
The APR is based on 3 years of data, so new schools will not receive an APR until they have 3 years of test data. To be considered fully accredited a district must obtain 70% of the available points.
Why do you post 3rd grade reading scores?
Through the third grade, children are learning to read. Once they are in the fourth grade, children are reading to learn. Mastering reading skills by the end of third grade is an important indicator of students’ future academic success.
Scores posted indicate the percentage of 3rd grade students who performed at the “proficient” or “advanced” reading levels, based on the schools’ English Language Arts MAP scores. Missouri’s average 3rd grade reading score is 62% “proficient” or “advanced.”
Why can't I find test results for the faith-based and independent private schools?
Students who attend a public school in the state of Missouri take the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test. The results are made public. Private schools may or may not administer a different standardized test. Those results are typically not made public.