• East High School is a 9th-12th grade neighborhood school and a part of Kansas City Public Schools. Students that live in the immediate area and students that are new to the United States are eligible to attend East High School as long as they live within the boundaries for Kansas City Public Schools. Students are not expected to wear uniforms but are expected to adhere to district dress code guidelines. Busses bring students to school each day and parents drop them off as well.
  • Luis Hinojosa is head principal of East High School. He is supported by a team of three assistant principals. Together, they work to make all of the children at East High School feel like they are “many nations but one family.”
  • When students and families enter the building, they must first pass through security. East High School staff work hard to be sure that all students are safe at school.
  • East High school has multiple partnerships that help students to reach success. One of those is with City Year. City Year members work directly with 9th and 10th grade students. They tutor them, mentor them, and host after school clubs as incentives. Each corps member is assigned a group of students and they stick with them until they reach junior year of high school.
  • Here, a City Year member works directly with a student in math class. Notice how she sits alongside students and provides feedback on their thinking. Because City Year volunteers stay in classes with students, they are able to help students reach desired learning outcomes.
  • East High School also has partnerships that help to sustain their robust agricultural program. Here, students are growing plants in a greenhouse. Students also have a hydroponic garden, chickens, and raised bed outdoor garden.
  • As a part of Kansas City Public Schools, lunch is free to all students every day at East High School.
  • At East, urban farming is embraced as a way of life. These chickens lay eggs that students sell to purchase more seeds and birds. They learn business basics while working to sustain their ecosystem.
  • In school, students study plants and their development as a part of their work in Science class. Here, students look at what happens when plants produce oxygen.
  • In addition to farming, students have a variety of elective course offerings. Here, students in band ready their instruments for another practice.
  • These students practice their drumming skills in preparation for an upcoming performance.
  • In the hallways, information is presented in both English and Spanish. East High School is the most culturally and linguistically diverse secondary school in all of Kansas City Public Schools. Because of that, supports are in place to help students learning English for the first time and information is presented to students and parents in multiple languages.
  • At East High School, banners like these are hung in every hallway. Students are encouraged to embrace who they are and all that they bring to school each day.
  • In addition to elective courses, students can also visit the library between classes and with teachers. The library at East High School offers a variety of seating options and the librarian is sure to keep books that reflect the diverse student body.
  • In gym class, these students take a break before being dismissed to their next class. All students at East High school are required to take gym class.
  • When parents come to East High School they gather here in the auditorium. Students also gather here for all school assemblies as needed.
  • In this math class, a student solves a problem set on the board while her classmates take notes. Students are expected to share their thinking with one another in class.
  • In this class, two students are working together to solve problems given to them by their teacher. Other students have opted to work independently or in groups in the background.
  • In this social studies course, students are pairing their course knowledge with the real world and taking a close look at the American tax system.
  • In this social studies classroom, students work in pairs and use their textbooks to complete their assignment. They also get real time feedback from their teacher when they need support.
  • In this English class, students are working in groups assigned by their teacher to analyze a work of literature. She lets them work independently and circles the room to answer their questions as needed.
  • In this English class, students are finishing their assignment with help from a City Year volunteer.
  • In this class, students discuss root causes for discrimination in the 1950s. They follow along with their teacher and submit their work to her online. All students at East are provided a laptop and are able to use it when needed in class. They can also take them home.
  • In this math class, students complete line plots by following along with their teacher. He projects his thinking onto the board and they can ask questions.
  • In this class, students evaluate their peer’s work. They have a rubric, or scoring guide, and use it to ask questions, point out what was done well, and offer feedback on what can be improved.
  • In science class, these two students work together to complete an online lab assigned by their teacher.
  • In their STEM(Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) elective, students work independently on projects they select from a choice board. All students take STEM at East High School.
  • At East High School, special attention is given to helping all students to be successful and making all students feel welcome. Their school motto is “School of many nations, one home” and staff works to give kids that experience every day.

East High School (9-12)

East High School

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1924 Van Brunt Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64127
816-418-3125 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Luis Hinojosa, Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • No Before or After Care Available

Quick Facts

Our Mission

We will work collaboratively, with literacy as our focus, to ensure that all students graduate and become engaging, productive citizens.

Points of Pride

  • East has a diverse student population with 50+ languages spoken every day; support programs are provided to help English Language Learners succeed in school.
  • East offers 15 different College and Career Pathway programs that allow students to earn an IRC (Industry Recognized Credential) along with their high school diploma. East’s award-winning agriculture program is the largest ag program in the western side of Missouri.
  • East is a Neighborhood School that serves any student where they are when they walk through the doors.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 7:20 am - 2:20 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: No After Care available

School Details

  • Year Established: 1924
  • Total Enrollment: 1145
  • Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
  • School Type: KCPS-Neighborhood


  • Tuition: NO Tuition

Our Demographics


Receive Special Ed Services


English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • Early College

Arts Programs

  • N/A

Sports Programs

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Football
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Swimming (Boys)
  • Swimming (Girls)
  • Tennis (Boys)
  • Tennis (Girls)
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)
  • Wrestling (Boys)

Clubs + Activities

  • Debate
  • Journalism/Newspaper
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Government

Family Engagement

  • N/A
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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.

  • Enrollment Open: Ongoing. More information is available here.
  • Residence: Students must live within East High's boundaries in the East Zone of the 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.

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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


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


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


ACT Participation Rate


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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