• Crossroads Academy Central Street Building
    Crossroads Academy Central Street is a K-6th grade public charter school and a member of the Crossroads Charter network of schools. Students at Crossroads Central Street are bussed to school or dropped off by parents each day. Staff is sure to greet each and every one.
  • crossroads academy of kansas city mission statement
    Crossroads Central Street is a school on a mission to help every child in Kansas City excel and they invite parents and community to help them along the journey.
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    Here a sixth grade teacher checks in with a student. Student success is at the forefront of learning at Crossroads Central street so teachers do all they can to build relationships and provide support.
  • sixth graders completing a project
    In this sixth grade classroom, these students are completing a social justice project. Many of the classrooms at Crossroads Central Street have glass walls so that students can have the independence to work in common spaces, like hallways, but teachers can still keep an eye on them from inside.
  • sixth graders in music class
    In music class, these sixth grade students are practicing with their instruments. The music program at Crossroads is extensive providing students a wide range of musical experiences funded by community partners. All students go to music class once each week.
  • fifth graders working independently
    These fifth grade students are taking advantage of their large classroom space as they work independently in class.
  • multi-purpose room setup
    In the multi-purpose room, upper elementary students line up against the wall and prepare for picture day. The room is also used for indoor recess and community meetings. 
  • fifth graders working on group projects
    In fifth grade, these students are working on group projects in class.
  • art projects displayed
    In art class, students are exposed to a variety of mediums that they use to create projects for the school. Here, student artwork is proudly displayed in the hallway. All students go to art class weekly.
  • fourth graders in gym class
    These fourth grade students are having a great time playing dodgeball in gym class. All students go to gym class once each week. When the weather is nice, Crossroads students walk to a nearby City playground and have outdoor exercise there.
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    In class, these fourth grade students are working to complete an assignment given to them by a teacher.
  • student working independently
    This student works independently to finish his work. At Crossroads, student need is put at the forefront of instruction. While some students prefer to work as a group others have the option of working on their own.
  • third graders working in whole group
    In third grade, students are working in a whole group to complete an English assignment with their teacher. Here, they are working on sentence structure.
  • school-wide art project
    At Crossroads Central Street, students and staff see themselves as a part of a community. Each year, they complete a school-wide art project. Here, staff and students each decorated a popsicle stick to be used in this completed art piece. It is their way of showing that everyone’s contribution helps to make a beautiful school picture.
  • second graders working
    These second grade students are working on a writing assignment while their peers are using technology to support their own in-class learning.
  • second graders working at table groups
    In second grade, students are working at table groups on individualized assignments while their teachers check in with students. At Crossroads, technology and projects are heavily incorporated into instructional design to ensure that students receive instruction in a variety of formats.
  • projects displayed after field trip
    At Crossroads Central Street, students make the City their extended classroom. Here students display the projects they created after a field trip to the Jazz Museum.
  • reading nook in memory of former Crossroads teacher
    At Crossroads Central Street, literacy is important. Here staff and community partners have created a reading nook dedicated in memory of a beloved former Crossroads teacher who loved reading and kids. Students are able to read here with support staff or on their own.
  • student in uniform getting her bookbag
    Outside, a student retrieves an item from her bookbag. At Crossroads Central Street, students wear uniforms daily. These include white, yellow, or red shirts with navy or khaki bottoms.
  • classroom stations
    Afterward, students are released to classroom stations to begin their assignments.
  • first grade students on rug
    In first grade, these students begin the day at the carpet and have a check in with their teachers.
  • hallway full of coats and bags
    In the hallway, students have hooks assigned to them by their teacher where they hang their coats and bags.
  • corner library in classroom
    In all classrooms, students have cozy libraries like this one where they can select books to read independently.
  • kindergarten students on rug
    Crossroads Central Street also has a transitional kindergarten program called PACE. This is for students who need a bit of additional support before starting kindergarten. This program is by parent request and school referral only and the class size is kept small.
  • kindergarten students finishing work
    Finished with their work, these Kindergarten students move to the carpet and wait for their teacher to give them their next task while their peers finish up at their table groups.
  • support staff checking students work
    Here support staff checks in with a student to be sure that he is on the right track before moving to spot check more students.
  • kindergarten student complete morning work
    At Crossroads Central Street, kindergarten students complete their morning work while their teachers get ready for the day. Larger class sizes are taught by two teachers and a paraprofessional to help ensure all students academic needs are met. The two teacher classroom allows students to get more one on one support and helps teachers not get overloaded with student needs.
  • students in the hall
    Inside, students are supervised by teachers as they walk to class to begin their day. Students at Crossroads Central Street bring their lunch from home daily. Parents can also pay for lunch based on a sliding scale.
  • Principal Laura LaCroix (featured left) and Assistant Principal Karis Parker (featured right)
    Principal Laura LaCroix (featured left) and Assistant Principal Karis Parker (featured right) are the administrative team at Crossroads Central Street. Both believe that all students deserve safe spaces to be challenged, learn, and grow.

Crossroads Academy – Central Street (PK-6)

Crossroads Academy – Central Street

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1011 Central Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
816-221-2600 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Karis Parker, Principal Katherine Buzard, Vice Principle
  • NO Tuition
  • Limited space available for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available
  • Participating SchoolAppKC School

Quick Facts

Our Mission

Crossroads Charter Schools prepare and inspire students to build a better tomorrow by providing an academically rigorous K-12 education in a creative, collaborative, community-focused environment.

Points of Pride

  • As part of our vision of preparing students who have a positive impact on their family, their community and the world, our students have participated in and organized multiple service projects over the years!
  • Crossroads Charter Schools utilize the downtown neighborhood as an extended campus for learning, taking a minimum of 7 learning expeditions each year!
  • Crossroads Charter Schools was named the 2017 Charter School of the Year by the Missouri Charter Public School Association.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: 6:00 am
  • After Care Hours End: 6:00 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 2012
  • Total Enrollment: 364
  • Affiliation: Charter
  • School Type: Charter

Feeder Schools

  • Middle School: Crossroads Preparatory Academy
  • High School: Crossroads Preparatory Academy

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

  • N/A

Arts Programs

  • Choir
  • Drama + Theater
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • N/A

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent-Community 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: September 1, 2017
  • Offer Date: March 7, 2022
  • Decision Date: March 14, 2022
  • Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries. Priority is given to those who live or work within the Greater Downtown Area (State Line to Prospect, Missouri River to 39th St.), but all are welcome and encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Crossroads is one of 16 Kansas City charter schools working together to simplify their initial application process into one easy application – SchoolAppKC – that you can fill out on any electronic device.

Admission Preferences

Siblings , Geographic , Employee

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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


Jennifer Bergmann, Crossroads Parent

We have been parents of a scholar at Crossroads Academy Central for the past three year. Our son has attended Kindergarten through the Second grade and we have been very pleased with the Mission the Leadership, Administrators and, above all, the teachers. The knowledge and scholarship that the teachers bring as well as the dedication to the individual students is excellent. We chose this school for its commitment to inclusion, diversity and focus upon academics, especially in science. Parents are encouraged to participate in every aspect of the school and this creates a community and an open dialogue with teachers and administrators.

One of the best aspects of this school is the commitment to providing a framework for learning, but also of student discipline, not only in academics, but in respect for themselves, their teachers, and each other. Students wear uniforms, which I was initially opposed to, but have found it to be a very positive tool that eliminates distraction and drama. The scholars have access to remedial instruction as needed as well as talented reading and other specialty instructors.

The extended day offers scholars a chance to pursue “passion projects” where they can use multimedia to explore something that they are passionate about. All students have access to technology and learning programs on iPads, which also teaches them responsibility for the property and appropriate behavior when utilizing the technology. The location of the school, directly in the downtown area, offers the students a school in a busy metropolitan setting and access to amenities such as the KC Public Library, The KC Symphony, Union Station, and The Folly Theater.

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Crossroads offers off-site Pre-K at St. Mark Center. To enroll, families must qualify for free and reduced lunch. The application opens on November 9, 2019 and the deadline to apply is March 2, 2020. Families will be notified of their acceptance or waitlist status on March 4, 2020. If you qualify for and receive a spot, you will be guaranteed a kindergarten spot at Crossroads.

About St. Mark Center

St. Mark Center is a program of United Inner City Services and is Head Start affiliated. Poverty guidelines are used to determine eligibility. It annually serves more than 100 very low and low-income families.

Points of Pride

  • NAEYC-accredited comprehensive approach to the family
  • Special curriculum-integrated art activities
  • Open year-round

School Hours

  • School Hours: 6:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Days Open: M, Tu, W, Th, F
  • Before Care Hours Start: 6:30 am
  • After Care Hours End: No After Care available

School Details

  • Total Enrollment: 102
  • Specialized Focus: Arts Intensive


  • Tuition Amount: None for families who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch


  • Not provided
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