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  • Crossroads High School is a 7-12 charter school located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. All students that live within the boundaries for Kansas City Public Schools are eligible to attend. Students at Crossroads High School are bussed to school or dropped off by parents each day. All are required to wear uniforms that consist of khaki or navy pants and school issued shirts.
  • Crossroads students have access to a school store where they can purchase school uniforms. Students may also receive school merchandise as incentives throughout the year.
  • Families at Crossroads High School also have access to a uniform and food pantry. Parents and students that need extra uniforms can find them here and families that want to recycle uniforms their kids have outgrown can bring them here as well. Food is donated by Harvesters food pantry and is available to families that need it.
  • Partnerships like Communities in Schools connect Crossroads High School families to supports that they need. Communities in Schools is designed to help schools bridge the gap with families. This can include a clothing closet but can also include things like translators, housing assistance, and more.
  • Students at Crossroads High School represent a diverse mix of cultures and ethnicities. Flags representing students home countries are hung here in the school cafeteria.
  • In the hallways, students are encouraged to view themselves and their peers through a positive lens. At Crossroads High, students are exposed to progressive curriculum that allows them to work with peers and build on one another’s strengths.
  • Students at Crossroads High School also use hall space to display the work they are doing in class. Here, these art students display their work with light and shadow.
  • In addition to displaying work in the hallways, students at Crossroads High School have an art gallery where their work is on display for parents, students, and community partners.
  • In addition to Art class, Crossroads High students also take Music, PLTW, Foreign Language, and PE. Here, students in Music class review their sheet music before playing a tune along with their teacher. Because Crossroads High School is located in a repurposed office building, classrooms are all unique.
  • In Gym class, these students stretch before beginning the days exercises along with their teacher.
  • In their technology class, students work on independent projects including a school podcast and news program. Students film their show and record their podcast on site at school.
  • Common spaces like this one are where students stop between classes at their lockers.
  • In other common areas, students have access to work spaces as well. Students in 7th and 8th grades have a separate locker space and work space from their 9th - 12th grade peers.
  • In class, learning is experiential and hands on at Crossroads High School. In this Science class, students are studying the impact of different variables on plant growth.
  • Students are team taught in their English and Social Studies classes. Teachers work together to present historical information through a culturally relevant lens. Students then write about past events from a fresh perspective. Here, a student checks in with her teacher before the end of class.
  • In this Science class, two students work on an upcoming project at the board while their peers collaborate at small tables.
  • In this class, students are working in small groups to complete a project assigned by their teacher. All students at Crossroads High School are given technology to use in class.
  • In Math, students are completing a review assigned by their teacher. Teachers are available to support students who need additional help after class as well.
  • In this class, students are working together to complete a language assignment. Some teachers at classrooms share classrooms. This class for instance is shared by a language teacher and a math teacher. Students know where to go based on their assigned schedule.
  • After school, Crossroads Prep students are able to participate in after school clubs and sports. Students are also exposed to internship opportunities in the community through their Career Academy classes. These allow high school students to spend time working with businesses off site during certain days of the week.
  • At Crossroads Prep, every staff member is committed to student and family success.

Crossroads Preparatory Academy (7-12)

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816 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64105
816-369-0090 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Kirsten Brown-Persley, Principal Larry Washington, Vice Principal Alyse Smith, Vice Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Limited space available for 2020-2021
  • Transportation provided
  • No Before or 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

  • Crossroads Charter Schools was named the 2017 MCPSA Charter School of the Year.
  • Crossroads Preparatory Academy uses the downtown community as an extension of the classroom. Students use the streetcar to visit local businesses and museums for learning expeditions.
  • All scholars participate in Career Academy, a course designed to expose students to multiple career areas, discover talents and strengths, and practice skills necessary to excel in the workforce and in postsecondary learning.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 7:30 am - 2:45 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: No After Care available

School Details

  • Year Established: 2017
  • Total Enrollment: 246
  • Affiliation: Charter
  • School Type: Charter

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

  • Advanced Placement
  • College Prep
  • Early College

Arts Programs

  • Band
  • Choir
  • Drama + Theater
  • Visual Arts

Sports Programs

  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Cheerleading (Girls)
  • Cross Country (Boys)
  • Cross Country (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • Robotics
  • Student Government

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent-Teacher 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 14, 2020
  • Application Close: February 22, 2021
  • Offer Date: March 1, 2021
  • Decision Date: March 8, 2021
  • 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 Preparatory Academy is one of 16 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 Crossroads Preparatory Academy does not have space, you may choose to remain on their waiting list.

Admission Preferences

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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.

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).

Student Retention Rate

Dropout Rate

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Why It Matters

The dropout rate helps tell the story of the graduation rate because it takes into account students who take more than four years to graduate or who transferred to other schools.

In 2019, the average dropout rate in Missouri was 1.9%, source.

Graduation Rate

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Why It Matters

The number of students who started at a school in 9th grade and graduate from that particular school four years later.

In 2019, the average graduation rate in Missouri was 89.64%, source.

ACT Scores

ACT Average Score

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ACT Participation Rate

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Why It Matters

The ACT is a standardized test that many students take before applying to college. This is the percentage of graduates who took the ACT and their average score. Students need a score of at least 18 in order to qualify for Missouri A+ Scholarships. Research shows that students who earn a 21 or higher have the best chance of earning grades C or higher in college.

In 2019, Missouri’s average ACT score was 20.6 and the percent of graduates who took the ACT was 76.69%, source

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Parent Perspective

“We chose Crossroads Charter Schools for being schools that focus on building a strong sense of community; schools where my children are immersed in and interact with a thriving downtown business district. Crossroads Schools have nurtured in Nina and Emilio a strong sense of civic engagement and social responsibility. Our schools have also helped them develop positive feelings of belonging, empowerment and cultural identity. And to me, having them in schools where parent involvement is critical to their academic progress and to building community is of utmost importance.” – Christy Moreno

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