Citizens of the World

Public Charter • K-8

Our Mission

The mission of CWC Kansas City is to provide an excellent public education focused on developing and demonstrating understanding while building connections within a diverse community.

Tuition: NO Tuition
NO Transportation provided
Before and After-Care Available
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Points of Pride

Part of a national network of diverse, high-performing charter schools serving students in Los Angeles and Kansas City.
Our model is built to support diverse learners. New ideas are connected to student experiences and existing understanding of the world, rather than rote memorization.
Our model supports this development through social emotional learning (SEL), which we believe to be as integral to an excellent education as traditional academic subjects.

Citizens of the World

3435 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
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School Details

Year Established: 2016
Total Enrollment: 403
School Type: Public Charter
Sponsor: Missouri Charter Public School Commission
School Hours: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm


Tuition: NO Tuition


Feeder Schools

Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners

Specialized Programs


  • Drawing
  • Drum/Percussion
  • Instrumental Music
  • Literature
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)

Clubs & Activities

  • Book Club
  • Coding
  • Culinary Arts
  • Environmental Club
  • Math Team
  • Robotics
  • Yoga

Social Services

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

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent Book Clubs
  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent-Community 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

*Note: If they do not have space, you may choose to remain on their waitlist.

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Citizens of the World Kansas City is one of the Kansas City charter schools working together to simplify their initial application process into one easy 8-question form,, that you can fill out on any electronic device.

If you have questions regarding the process, please email, or call the CWC Kansas City Enrollment Office at (816) 550-5276.

Admission Preferences

  • Siblings
  • Geographic
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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).

Laura Miller, parent of a Kindergartner, 2nd grader, and 3rd grader

Laura Miller and her two sons and daughter feel at home at Citizens of the World Kansas City, and part of that feeling comes from the community that has been created at the school. Laura said one of her favorite things about the elementary school is the weekly gathering on Fridays – Friday Sing – where she gets to come and participate in the all-school assembly. “I’m there every week!,” she said. “Being able to come every week and for my kids to see me there, it provides an opportunity for me to be present in their academic setting.”

Friday Sing is a time when teachers, students and staff gather together to sing and celebrate each other. Students are recognized for embodying the school’s core values of: Excellence, Diversity, Authenticity, Change, and Community. The feeling in the room is joyful and focuses on positivity and community. For Laura, this weekly tradition continues to provide a way for her to be a part of her sons’ school experience.

Why did you choose to send your children to Citizens?

I liked that there was just as much emphasis on emotional behavioral health as there is on academic education. I also like that it feels like a neighborhood and community school. We love seeing people from school at the park or at our favorite restaurants. It really feels like a lot of people are really invested there and like the school is a true community. I’ve also noticed that when a family might be in crisis at Citizens, in addition to the school supporting the family, other Citizens families also step in and help. Everyone cares about each other.

Excellence is one of CWC’s core values: There is a focus on rigorous academics as well as a focus on the fact that there is a lot that contributes to a kid’s success beyond test scores. How have you seen this ring true with your child?

I love the way they teach reading! My boys are in third grade and second grade grade, so I haven’t been around kids learning to read since I learned how to read! At Citizens, it just seems very hands-on and palatable. I also love that they separate into specific reading groups from early in Kindergarten so students are able to be challenged where they are in the reading process.

You mentioned valuing the focus at Citizens on social-emotional learning. How have you seen your children develop confidence in talking about their emotions and understanding their emotions? 

Specifically with my third grader, he’s able to use “I feel” statements when talking to his brother and sister about situations. Last year he was able to verbalize things he was learning from the school’s core values of Excellence, Diversity, Authenticity, Change, and Community. He would talk about authenticity and being able to roll with change and things like that. He is learning very important skills.