• Border Star Montessori School
    Border Star Montessori School is a 3 year old to 6th grade signature school and a part of Kansas City Public Schools. Because Border Star Montessori is a signature school, applications are required. Families from throughout the district are able to apply for their limited number of seats which are filled on a first come first served basis. Students are typically not admitted after kindergarten unless they have prior Montessori experience. At Border Star, students are bussed to school or dropped off by parents and wear a uniform consisting of khaki or navy bottoms and white or navy tops.
  • Hartman Elementary green space
    Students also have a large green space bordering the playground where they can play games.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    During the ever popular whole school programs, parents and community members gather here to see students showcase their skills and be celebrated by their teachers and principal. 
  • Border Star Montessori School
    In addition to the playground, students have a large blacktop area where they can run and play.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    All students use this playground during their recess time. The playground area remains open after school for families to enjoy as well.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    Border Star students also learn about plants and nature in their outdoor classroom. This bit of prairie is maintained with support from the Kansas City Community Garden and parent volunteers. 
  • Border Star Montessori School
    In their cafeteria, students have implemented a whole school recycling program. The colored trash can system is explained to new students and maintained by current ones. Students also occasionally eat produce from the garden here as well. As a part of Kansas City Public Schools, breakfast and lunch are provided free daily to all students at Border Star.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    Outside, parents have helped to establish a community garden where community members and Border Star gardeners can sell their produce on the weekends. Here students learn to cultivate and eat the food they grow. 
  • Border Star Montessori School
    After school, care is provided free of charge to Border Star families and provided by LINC. LINC workers also coordinate after school clubs like Girls on the Run, knitting club, drama club, cooking club, chess club and others for students who stay after school.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    In addition to their classroom teachers, students have support staff to help with reading and math. These include Foster Grandparents, literacy tutors, and paraprofessionals. 
  • Border Star Montessori School
    Border Star students are able to go to the school nurse when they feel unwell. Parents are kept in the loop about student visits and the nurse works with community partners to provide free dental and vision screenings for students.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    In Art class, students are connecting their observations about the natural world into their art projects. Here they are given instructions for their animal designs. All students go to Art class weekly.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    Outside of the music room, interactive stations like this one allow students to practice what they have learned in class. Students “play by color” and learn the melody for two popular tunes. All students go to Music class once each week.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    In gym class, these Upper Elementary students are racing one another in a competition designed by their teacher. Each class goes to PE once each week.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    These Upper Elementary students are listening to a read aloud in the library. At Border Star, the librarian meets with each class weekly and plans reading club and follow up activities.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    In computer class, these Upper Elementary students (grades 4-6) are working on a project assigned by their teacher. All students in Kansas City Public School are exposed to the iSparks curriculum which emphasizes making, coding, and digital citizenship. All students at Border Star go to computer lab once each week.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    In this Lower Elementary classroom, the teacher has pulled two students to practice their skills telling time. As she poses questions to each student and listens to their response, she is sure to track their progress. In the Montessori model, students are allowed to learn at their own pace. When they master a skill they move on to the next. 
  • Border Star Montessori School
    In Lower Elementary, students engage in collaborative learning and decision making. Here, two students lead their classmates through a review of the book they have been reading in class. Students are selected to lead the review based on their demonstrated ability to manage themselves and their work with minimal oversight.  *Note* it was Spirit Wear Friday when the photographer visited Border Star. On those days, students can wear a school shirt and jeans instead of their usual uniform.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    In Lower Elementary, grades 1-3 are taught in the same classroom. This allows teachers to more easily modify instruction up or down according to students’ developmental level. Here, two students work on constructing new words while one student practices math facts and still another completes independent writing work. 
  • Border Star Montessori School
    In addition to book bags and coats in the hallways, teachers take time to showcase the student work happening in their classrooms. Here, teachers have snapped pictures of students in action and displayed their learning objectives as well.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    Outside of many classes are hooks like these where kids hang their bags and coats. In some classes, teachers have hooks attached to a wall inside the classroom and student belongings are kept there.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    It is common for teachers in Montessori classrooms to work one on one with students and then to pull small groups of students together to deliver targeted instruction. Here, a teacher listens to a student read and completes a reading inventory to track the student’s progress.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    This pre-K student has chosen to work independently at a water station. Here he learns about mass and volume as he moves water one drop at a time from large beaker to a smaller beaker and then to a sponge. 
  • Border Star Montessori School
    In this Children’s House classroom, a student works on life skills, in this case pouring. Montessori focuses on helping students to be self-sufficient. In addition to academic curriculum, students learn skills like ironing, washing dishes, and sweeping in early grades.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    Classes at Border Star follow the Montessori model and are made up of multiple grade levels. In Children’s House, preschool students are in the same class as Kindergarten students. Here, two Kindergarten students work on colors and patterns while two more work with cubes and explore math concepts. Even in preschool and kindergarten, Montessori programs give students learning choice in their day. Students learn in small groups and then work on each subject at their own pace. (notice the students in the back working with small shapes) Classrooms at Border Star are well-equipped with official Montessori materials that are specific to Montessori learning.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    The front office at Border Star Montessori is nearly always busy with activity. On this day, parents were signing students in for the day and asking questions in while Mrs. Winston, the school receptionist (seated), took a phone call. Mrs. Winston greets families each day when they bring kids to school.
  • Border Star Montessori School
    Adrienne White has been principal at Border Star for four years. She believes strongly in the power of connecting with families and community. Under her leadership, parents at Border Star have helped to establish and maintain the community garden, fund unique learning opportunities for students, and coordinate various after school clubs and activities. 

Border Star Montessori (PK-6)

Border Star Montessori

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6321 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO 64113
816-418-5150 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Blake Rhyne, Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available

Quick Facts

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.

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.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:20 am - 3:20 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: 7:00 am
  • After Care Hours End: 6:00 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 1911
  • Total Enrollment: 230
  • Specialized Focus: Montessori
  • Affiliation: KCPS-Signature
  • School Type: KCPS-Signature


  • Tuition: NO Tuition

Our Demographics


Receive Special Ed Services


English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • Montessori

Arts Programs

  • Choir
  • Instrumental Music

Sports Programs

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

Clubs + Activities

  • Chess Club

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
  • Parent-Teacher Association
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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: December 5, 2019
  • Application Close: February 14, 2020
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: July 31, 2020
  • Offer Date: March 1, 2021
  • Residence: Students must live within KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

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

The week of March 1st, initial seats will be offered, and parents will need to complete the registration form.

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.

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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).



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


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.

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