Academy for Integrated Arts (AFIA)

Public Charter • PK-6

Our Mission

The mission of the Academy for Integrated Arts is to use the arts to prepare students for an admissions-based college preparatory secondary school.

Tuition: NO Tuition
Transportation provided
Before and After-Care Available
Participating SchoolAppKC School

Points of Pride

Students engage in the arts as a part of the core curriculum.
AFIA utilizes the project approach which allows for learning to be driven by students' questions.
Their bi-annual Celebration of Learning provides authentic opportunities for students to share their project work and learning with their families and our community.

Academy for Integrated Arts (AFIA)

7910 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64131
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School Details

Year Established: 2012
Total Enrollment: 254
School Type: Public Charter
Sponsor: Missouri Charter Public School Commission
School Hours: 8:10 am - 3:10 pm


Tuition: NO Tuition


Feeder Schools

Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners

Specialized Programs

  • Arts Intensive
  • Culturally Centered


  • Choir
  • Drawing
  • Drum/Percussion
  • Fiber Arts
  • Instrumental Music
  • Literature
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Sculpture
  • Visual Arts

Sports Programs

  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Yoga

Clubs & Activities

  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Coding
  • Yoga

Social Services

  • BackSnack Program
  • Dental Services
  • Learning Support Specialists
  • School Breakfast
  • School Counselor
  • School Lunch
  • School Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Uniform Closet
  • Vision Services

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent Education Programs
  • Parent-Teacher Association
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Schoolwide Volunteers

Application Details

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

Application Open: November 11, 2023
Application Close: March 1, 2024
Kindergarten Cutoff: August 1
Residence: Students must live within KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Academy for Integrated Arts (AFIA) is one of the 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 they do not have space, you may choose to remain on their waiting list.

Admission Preferences

  • Siblings
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Enrollment Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Birth Certificate
  • Current Immunization Record or Religious Exemption Statement
  • Most recent report card/transcript (not required for kindergarten applicants)

Public schools also require:

  • Proof of Address (also called “Proof of Residency”)
  • Parent or guardian photo ID

Standardized Test Results


* Indicates data has been suppressed due to a small student sample.


* Indicates data has been suppressed due to a small student sample.

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


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

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


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).



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).

JJ McDonald, AFIA Parent

I have a first grader and a pre-schooler at AFIA, and it’s my second year as part of the community. When I came to visit two years ago, my family was preparing to move from Minneapolis to KCMO. Everybody asked us, “what about the schools?”, before they started sharing a lot of opinions on the matter. When I looked at the conventional public schools and charter schools in the area I quickly realized that people’s hesitance to send their kids to public schools in KC was based on outdated information and unfounded assumptions. After a few tours I actually found that our real challenge was narrowing down which school we liked best. We chose AFIA because (as I’ve told many people) the school has heart and soul.

I see children at AFIA who are kind, community-focused, and confident. I see teachers and staff who are dedicated; they are always learning, and they are always willing to try out new ways to serve the students. Having been around for a little while, I see this as a natural consequence of the arts-based and community-focused curriculum at AFIA. My family feels like we’re a part of something special. The school has recently moved to beautiful, newly renovated facilities that include communal spaces, a gym, a performance space, big windows, and large classrooms. We take full advantage of all the perks of attending AFIA including free breakfast and lunch, free bus to and from school, yoga class, and inexpensive private music lessons through Base Academy of Music. The arts-based education makes the core curriculum relevant and applicable to daily life, and we’re seeing evidence of that in our children. Our first grader is reading, writing his own books, and showing off his knowledge (of animal habitats) like crazy. Our preschooler enjoys math, and likes to teach us songs from class, yoga positions, etc. My family loves AFIA, please reach out if you have any questions!