Application deadlines to apply to Kansas City schools for the 2021-2022 school year are quickly approaching. While it may seem like it’s too early to start thinking about the next school year, the application period is short! The majority of Kansas City’s schools’ application deadlines fall between November 15, 2020 – March 2, 2021. Applying by the schools’ deadline significantly increases your chances of securing a seat at a school that is a great educational home for your student.

In the Kansas City Public School boundaries, there are nearly 90 district, charter, faith-based and independent schools. While families have a great number of options, staying on top of varying deadlines and application processes can be tricky. Here’s a snapshot of important application dates and information to remember:

February 15, 2021 | KCPS Schools

Enroll online on the KCPS website.  Applications for signature and neighborhood schools open on December 14, 2020. The initial round of applications deadline is February 15, 2021. Seats will be offered to families the week of March 21 and parents can complete their registration from. March 26 is the deadline to accept seats and compete registration. Families can still apply after the deadline.

Submit applications online or in-person at the Board of Education building, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109. Applications CANNOT be submitted at schools.

February 22, 2021 | Most Charter Schools*

The majority of charter schools participate in a common application – SchoolAppKC – and the deadline to apply to participate in the lottery is Monday, February 22, 2021. If families apply after the lottery and the seats are already filled, then they will be given a waitlist number in the order they apply. Apply here (this can be completed on a mobile device in a few minutes and no uploads are required).

Private Schools

Check with individual private schools about important application dates!


Please refer to the KCPS and charter school deadlines above, but there are many additional options, as well. Register for Show Me KC Schools’ workshop – Free Pre-K Seats in KC – on February 19 to learn more!

Show Me KC Schools wants to ensure that every family has information about application deadlines. According to past surveys, the majority of families learn about application deadlines and processes through family and friends. We need your help! Please share schools’ upcoming application deadlines with your family, friends and neighbors – you can find them all conveniently listed here!

*SchoolAppKC SchoolsAcademie Lafayette, Academy for Integrated Arts, Brookside Charter School, Citizens of the World, Crossroads Charter Schools, DeLaSalle Education Center, Ewing Marion Kauffman School, Frontier School of Excellence, Genesis School, Gordon Parks Elementary School, Guadalupe Centers Schools, Hogan Preparatory Academy, Hope Leadership Academy, Kansas City International Academy, Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy, KIPP: Endeavor Academy