• Academie Lafayette - Oak Street is a K-5th grade French immersion charter school in Kansas City, MO. Students are admitted through a lottery system in Kindergarten and must live within the Kansas City Public Schools boundaries. Students are bussed to school, or parents drop them off each day. Uniforms are required and consist of khaki or blue bottoms and red, navy, or white tops. The Oak Street campus is one of two elementary school campuses in the Academie Lafayette family.
  • Principal Houfaidi (featured left) is very proud of the French language immersion and international feel at Academie Lafayette - Oak Street. She has been a part of the school since it began, first as a teacher and now as head principal. Here, she poses with a staff member in her office.
  • When parents and students enter the building they are greeted by the receptionist. Busy parents can leave items and messages for students with her. All staff at Academie Lafayette work to support students and families.
  • In this Kindergarten classroom, students have lunch and catch up with their friends. All students at Academie Lafayette- Oak Street eat their lunch in class each day.
  • These Kindergarten students are taking a break for lunch as well. In Kindergarten, children are immersed in French throughout the day. During lunch they are able to converse with one another in English.
  • Students have word walls like these to help them as they master a new language.
  • In some classrooms, students hang their belongings on hooks like these assigned by their teachers. Other classrooms have hooks like these in the hallway outside of classrooms.
  • These first grade students are getting their lunches in the cafeteria. The cafeteria workers get to know each one by name. At Academie Lafayette, parents pay for lunch based on their income. Students also have the option to bring lunch from home.
  • Outside of the cafeteria, students are provided with fresh fruit. Students are free to get a piece of fruit at any point during the day. It is provided thanks to a school partnership and students can take as much as they need. On this day, several students have already visited the normally full fruit cart!
  • These first grade students listen to a story in class on the carpet. Videos like this one are used to help students with their French language learning.
  • In the library, students have a variety of books to choose from. These are carefully curated to represent the diverse cultures at Academie Lafayette. Students can also come to the library with their teachers to use computers for projects. All classes go to the library weekly at Academie Lafayette.
  • In second grade students work on math problems in small groups.
  • In some classes, students have flexible seating options like these balls and worktable. These are provided so that all students have what they need in order to focus.
  • In the hallway, students are expected to stay together and walk quietly. Here, these second grade students are on their way outside to recess.
  • Outside children have a large area to run and play. Here children are on swings while others play on the jungle gym.
  • These students are playing a game of soccer in the snow.
  • Inside, students celebrate the diverse tapestry of French-speaking countries with bulletin boards like this one. Most teachers are native French speaking and come from many different countries.
  • The walls in each hallway are painted to make students think of Paris.
  • In art class, these fourth grade students are cleaning up and getting ready to go back to class. All students go to art weekly at Academie Lafayette. *Note* there was no third grade class in the building during this visit
  • In music class, students have a variety of instruments to play. Here, their teacher gets ready to use xylophones to teach students about tone and pitch. All students go to music as well as art and gym weekly at Academie Lafayette.
  • When parents are in the building for a meeting, they gather here in the auditorium. It also serves as a place for students to gather during assemblies.
  • In fifth grade, students are working to complete their typing practice online. All students have access to technology when they need it at Academie Lafayette.
  • At Academie Lafayette, children are constantly reminded of the community of support around them. This tree is composed of multiple tiles that contain the names of donors that support the school.
  • Families also have access to a uniform closet where parents can get uniforms for their children at little to no cost.
  • The school founders are featured prominently on the wall in the entryway. They set out to create a multi-cultural French immersion school where all children are welcomed.
  • And they succeeded.

Academie Lafayette – Oak St. Campus (PreK-5)

Academie Lafayette – Oak St. Campus

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6903 Oak St
Kansas City, MO 64113
816-361-7735 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Jean Claude Diatta, Principal Elimane Mbengue, Head of School
  • NO Tuition
  • Limited space available for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available
  • Participating SchoolAppKC School

Quick Facts

Our Mission

Our mission is to educate the children of Kansas City to become globally minded, locally active, critical thinkers through immersion in world languages and cultures.


Academie Lafayette offers a total French immersion program. The regular school curriculum is taught entirely in French.

Points of Pride

  • Academie Lafayette has the highest MAP scores in the state of Missouri.
  • 4th graders take a trip to Jefferson City and 5th graders visit Wildwood Outdoor Education Facility.
  • All children will graduate with fluency in 3 languages, French, English, and a third language of choice, Spanish or Mandarin.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:15 am - 3:45 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: 8:00 am
  • After Care Hours End: 6:00 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 1999
  • Total Enrollment: 552
  • Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
  • School Type: Charter

Charter Sponsor

  • University of Central Missouri - Warrensburg


  • Tuition: NO Tuition

Our Demographics


Receive Special Ed Services


English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • IB
  • Language Immersion

Arts Programs

  • Band
  • Choir
  • Drama + Theater

Sports Programs

  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Cheerleading (Boys)
  • Cheerleading (Girls)
  • Cross Country (Boys)
  • Cross Country (Girls)
  • Indoor Track (Boys)
  • Indoor Track (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Boys)
  • Volleyball (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • Journalism/Newspaper
  • Peer Counseling
  • Robotics
  • Student Government

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent Book Clubs
  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent-Community Association
  • Parent-Teacher Association
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Schoolwide Volunteers
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Application Process

Application Details

Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.

  • Application Open: November 13, 2021
  • Application Close: March 1, 2022
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: July 31, 2022
  • Offer Date: March 7, 2022
  • Decision Date: March 14, 2022
  • Residence: Students must live within KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Academie Lafayette is one of 18 Kansas City charter schools working together to simplify their initial application process into one easy 8-question form – SchoolAppKC – that you can fill out on any electronic device.

*Note: If our school does not have space for your child, you may choose to remain on their waiting list.

*Note: Students without prior French experience are only accepted in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 9th grade.

Admission Preferences

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Student Performance

Standardized Test Results



Why It Matters

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests are scored (or graded) according to four achievement levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The number shown here is the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced. When comparing scores between years, please remember that the test Missouri gives has changed several times.

Please note that private schools are not required to participate in these exams.

In 2019, the average English score in Missouri was 48.7%; the average Math score was 41.9%, source

Attendance Rate 90/90


Why It Matters

Schools strive to have at least 90% of their students achieve a 90% attendance rate because kids learn best when they’re in school.

In 2019, 87.3% of Missouri students were in attendance at least 90% of the time, source.

Third Grade Reading Scores


Why It Matters

Third grade is the important time when kids switch from learning to read to reading to learn and is an important benchmark for a student’s educational development.

In 2019, the average 3rd grade reading score in Missouri was 48.7%, source

Student Growth

English Language Arts


Why It Matters

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in English Language Arts.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).


On Track

Why It Matters

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in Mathematics.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).

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Parent Perspective

KaMille Washington, Academie Lafayette Parent

My daughter and I joined the Academie Lafayette Family in 2013. I did some research and looked up the benefits of children going to a foreign language full immersion school. I then specifically looked at the test scores of Academie Lafayette and I was very impressed with how well they did in comparison to other Missouri schools. So I decided to apply. So one week into our academic year I received a call from Academie Lafayette and my daughter began a new school that next week. She was nervous, I was nervous, but I did not want to miss the opportunity. We have loved our experience at Academie Lafayette. 

Not only did I develop a relationship with my daughter’s teacher I also developed a relationship with the receptionist who became very familiar with my daughter, myself, and my daughter’s grandmother who came to pick her up from time to time. I also became close with the counselor, the school nurse, and other administrators and we all worked together to support my daughter in whatever way she needed. They also were a support to me and whatever way I needed and addressed any concerns as quickly as they possibly could. I thought it was awesome that the school counselor would come into the classroom and talk about character traits and character development with the children. My daughter has won the award for integrity and the empathy award and even better that she was able to fully understand and able to articulate what those traits meant to her. 

I love being part of the Academie Lafayette Family. I must admit I was nervous initially because of the foreign language component and I had no experience speaking French. But my daughter has flourished and loves her school community. I would encourage any parent to do research, visit the school, ask questions, and should you decide to become a part of the Academie Lafayette Family I am confident that you will not be disappointed! 

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Academie Lafayette offers off-site Pre-K at Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center. To enroll, families must qualify for free and reduced lunch. The application opens on November 13, 2021 and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2022. Families will be notified of their acceptance or waitlist status on March 7, 2022. If you qualify for and receive a spot, you will be guaranteed a kindergarten spot at Academie Lafayette


About Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center

The mission of Emmanuel Family & Child Development Center is to provide comprehensive, high-quality early care in a safe nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children ages birth to seventeen and their families.


EFCDC cares each weekday for more than 400 children, ages 6 weeks to 13 years. More than 91% of the enrolled families live below the federal poverty guidelines, most far below the guidelines. About 15% of the children are homeless or near homeless. Many live in battered women’s or homeless shelters or transitional living programs. Often, these families sleep on the sofas of friends or relatives, sometimes even living in cars, rundown hotels or abandoned buildings. There are several critical services no person should live without. EFCDC provides educational programs, healthcare, parent programs and emergency services to the children and families we serve. The Early Childhood Program at EFCDC provides hands-on learning experiences, supportive teacher interactions, and language-rich environments for over 200 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years. We also provide educational services to children 5 to 13 years through our Before- and After-School Program. In our Before- and After-School Program, children receive tutoring, homework help, supervised outdoor play, peer support groups, and more.

Points of Pride

School Hours

  • School Hours: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Days Open: M, Tu, W, Th, F
  • Before Care Hours Start: 6:00 am
  • After Care Hours End: 6:00 pm

School Details

  • Total Enrollment: Information not shared with SMKCS
  • Specialized Focus: Children learn through exploration


  • Provided when available
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