Border Star Montessori

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Our Mission

The mission of Border Star is to prepare the learner for life in a diverse educational and social environment. Each child will be encouraged to become a self-motivated learner and develop qualities of order, concentration and independence.

Tuition: NO Tuition
Transportation provided
Before and After-Care Available

Points of Pride

Border Star is very diverse (social-economic status, ethnicity) with a high functioning PTA organization.
They recycle, compost and also have a garden that students manage and the community can harvest.
They have an outstanding choir that performs around the city frequently. They also offer instrumental music lessons for a fee to students during the school day.

Border Star Montessori

6321 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO 64113
816-418-5150
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Website: http://www.kcpublicschools.org/borderstar
Student Recruiter: Tonoa Foster
tfoster@kcpublicschools.org
Apply to Border Star
Apply: http://www.enrollkc.org

School Details

Year Established: 1911
Total Enrollment: 350
School Type: KCPS-Signature
School Hours: 8:20 am - 3:20 pm

Tuition

Tuition: NO Tuition

Demographics

Feeder Schools

11%
Receive Special Ed Services
0.0%
English Language Learners

Specialized Programs

  • Montessori

Arts Programs

  • Choir
  • Instrumental Music

Sports Programs

  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Football

Clubs & Activities

  • Chess Club

Social Services

  • School Breakfast
  • School Lunch

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
  • Parent-Teacher Association

Application Details

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

Application Open: November 14, 2022
Application Close: February 17, 2023
Kindergarten Cutoff: August 31
Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Enroll online on the KCPS website

You can still apply after the deadline, seats will be offered at a later date.

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.

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten: Students are eligible for admission based on available seats. Students must be 3, 4 years old by August 31st to qualify for Pre-K or 5 by August 31st to qualify for kindergarten. Siblings of current families are given preference for seating.

Grades 1- 6: Previous Montessori experience is required for admission to grades 1-6. Families must attend a parent meeting upon student acceptance to the program.

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

Apply to Border Star
Apply: http://www.enrollkc.org

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

English

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

Math

* 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

82%

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

22%

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

Exceeding

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).

Mathematics

Floor

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).

Jonathan Bender, Parent

My wife and I have a daughter in second grade who has attended the school for three years, and a son who  just started pre-kindergarten this year. We selected Border Star because our children had attended a daycare that followed the Montessori method and we believed it would be a good transition for them. We also were impressed by the independence given to students and the warmth that we felt while touring the building.

Border Star has been part of the Brookside landscape for more than 100 years. It’s a massive old school that needs some capital improvements and the district has pledged to address several of those issues, like a new roof, over this summer into fall.

Border Star has an honors choir, a vibrant library, as well as art and music lessons. There’s a school garden where children can harvest vegetables, as well as a prairie next to the playground. There’s an active composting and recycling program that is a joint effort from the teachers, parents, and kids.

The LINC program provides after school care, which means our daughter has been introduced to chess, had a chance to learn about animals with a representative from the Kansas City Zoo, and participate in Zumba in the gym.The PTA regularly organizes social nights, fundraises to assist with field trips and class materials, and looks to find ways to bring families together.

I serve as the new parent liaison for Border Star’s PTA. I encourage you to reach out.