Click through to take a virtual tour. Kansas City International Academy is a K-8 charter school in Kansas City, MO. Students living within Kansas City Public Schools boundaries are eligible to attend. The KCIA student body includes New American students from all over the world. Families at KCIA represent 21 different countries from Africa, Asia and South America and speak at least 15 different languages.
Hannah VanAusdal is the elementary principal at KCIA. She has more than ten years of education experience and believes that KCIA is a special place where every student shines.
KCIA was formerly Della Lamb Elementary School before changing its name to Kansas City International Academy. It’s mascot is the phoenix because a new school rose from the old one. Staff and students are very proud of their school and its partnerships including vision, dental, and hearing supports.
Students at KCIA have access to technology in every classroom to support their learning. In this kindergarten class, students use their tablets to practice language skills.
In this first grade classroom, students use their tablets to practice counting money.
KCIA employs 13 full time translators to aid student learning and parent contact. Here is one who supports students and families who speak Somali.
At KCIA students take pride in showing off their work. This bulletin board shows what students learned about the parts of a flower. They also reminded each other to stand tall and be sweet like a pineapple.
In third grade, these students work in table groups to get an assignment finished. Students hang their bookbags up on hooks in each classroom. Some students are also assigned lockers for larger items like coats.
Some classrooms have reading corners like this one where books are organized by student interest and book level.
At KCIA students participate in Guided Reading Groups with their teacher to increase their literacy skills. Here, they are finishing up Charlotte’s Web. Students can choose the most comfortable way for them to listen to their teacher reading aloud.
This teacher used ice cream to help students understand Main Idea.
The discipline model used at KCIA is Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST). It is focused on reinforcing positive behaviors in students and helps them to work on improving behaviors that keep them from being productive at school.
KCIA celebrates all of the cultures in their building. They have flags from every country displayed in the hallways and parents attend parent night and culture night where they each bring food, music, clothes and artwork from their home countries to share with the school community.
In fifth grade, students have a lot of different spaces they can choose to sit and work together including the tent in the back of the photo. Here, their teacher explains their end of the year project.
Breakfast and lunch are free every day to students at KCIA. The school also participates in the backpack program where they send food home with students who need it over the weekend.
In Art class, students finish up their final projects. Students go to Art class once each week.
KCIA has classes just for students that are new to the United States. These classes are heavily supported by translators and work to help kids catch up with their peers.
In Physical Education these students listen while their teacher explains the rules to a new game. Students go to PE once each week.
Students go to library once each week. There they can select books based on their interest and reading level.
These students found a quiet place to read in their classroom. LiteracyKC tutors volunteer to read with students at KCIA and Turn the Page KC donates books to them.
These students practice their reading and vocabulary skills on Lexia. It is a platform that uses games to help them with reading.
This teacher shares a joke with students while they finish up their work for the day. After school students can choose to join clubs like Girls on the Run, choir, and soccer.
KCIA is many countries in one awesome school.