Non-Traditional Education

Non-traditional education options include an all-virtual offering, alternative school environments, and homeschooling.

KC Virtual Academy

Serving grades K-12

Students complete virtual courses 100% online and have 24/7 access to lessons that are fully aligned to the Missouri Learning Standards. Students work independently with the support of a KCPS teacher. Because taking online courses is different from taking courses in a traditional face-to-face classroom, it’s good for students to know what courses will entail and what kind of support they’ll need to be successful. Research shows that students who are well prepared and well supported for this new experience do better in their classes.

Contact: The Office of Education Innovation at (816) 418-7780

Success Academy at Knotts

Success Academy at Knotts (K-6) offers enrollment to students who are moving into KCPS and have attended alternative schools outside of the Kansas City Public Schools, as well as to students already in KCPS who will benefit from a consistent school environment. The school encourages reaching academic goals, improving attendance rates, increasing parent involvement, transforming behavior, and developing citizenship. The Success Academies do not graduate students, rather they prepare them to return to other schools in the district.

Contact: Success Academy at Knotts (K-6) at (816) 418-1900


The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) does not regulate or monitor home schooling. There is no registration required with the state. There is no program for the inspection, approval, or accreditation of home schools in Missouri.