Ewing Marion Kauffman School

Public Charter • 5-12

Our Mission

The mission of the Kauffman School is to prepare students to excel academically, graduate from college, and apply their unique talents in the world to create economically independent and personally fulfilling lives.

Tuition: NO Tuition
Transportation provided
No Before or After Care Available
Participating SchoolAppKC School

Points of Pride

Our strong teacher development and retention from year to year has contributed to our outstanding student successes in the classroom.
Students have regularly scored top scores in their end of year and end of course exams. 100% of high school students receive free, quality ACT and AP prep classes.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of different summer programs, including study abroad experiences, paid community internships, and pre-college programs on college campuses.

Ewing Marion Kauffman School

6401 The Paseo
Kansas City, MO 64131
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Website: http://www.kauffmanschool.org/
Director of Admissions: Tonoa Foster
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Apply: http://www.schoolappkc.org
Ewing Marion Kauffman School

School Details

Year Established: 2011
Total Enrollment: 960
School Type: Public Charter
Sponsor: Missouri Charter Public School Commission
School Hours: 7:45 am - 3:40 pm


Tuition: NO Tuition


Feeder Schools

Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners

Specialized Programs

  • Advanced Placement
  • College Prep


  • Choir
  • Drawing
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Visual Arts

Sports Programs

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

Clubs & Activities

  • Book Club
  • Culinary Arts
  • Debate
  • Journalism/Newspaper
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics
  • Student Government

Social Services

  • College Advising
  • Interpreters
  • Learning Support Specialists
  • School Breakfast
  • School Counselor
  • School Lunch
  • School Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Therapist
  • Uniform Closet

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent Communication App
  • 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

Students must live within the KCPS boundaries.

A geographical enrollment preference will be given to students living in six zip codes: 64123, 64124, 64127, 64128, 64130, and 64132, but all are welcome to apply.

How to Apply

The Ewing Marion Kauffman School is one of the 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 they do not have space, you may choose to remain on their waiting list.

Please call 816-612-8532 or email enroll@kauffmanschool.org with questions.

Admission Preferences

  • Siblings
  • Alumni
  • 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.


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.

ACT Average Score


The ACT is a standardized test that many students take before applying to college. This is the composite score of students who took the test. Students need a score of at least 18 in order to qualify for Missouri A+ Scholarships.

In 2023, Missouri’s average ACT composite score was 20.1, source.

Graduation Rate


This is the percentage of students who graduate in 4 years.

In 2023, 89.9% of Missouri students graduated in 4 years.

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).

Student Outcomes

* Indicates data has been suppressed due to a small student sample.

Syreeta Washington, EMKS Parent

I have a daughter, Kynnedy, who attended Ewing Marion Kauffman School (Kauffman School) since the 5th grade and graduated in 2019. The first reason I chose to enroll my daughter is because the Kauffman name means a lot to me because I was one of the first students to graduate from Project Choice. Project Choice was a program Mr. Kauffman started at his alma mater that gave high-risk students an opportunity to attend any college they wanted at no cost to the families by providing scholarships to students that met program requirements.

I was blessed to get my Bachelor’s degree through that program. When I heard that the Kauffman Foundation was starting a school, I was automatically on board. The reason my child stayed at the Kauffman School is because of the rigorous curriculum they offer that ensures my daughter’s success in college and beyond. While attending Kauffman School, I saw Kynnedy blossom from a shy and closed off child to a young lady who can be called on to speak to a room full of board members and be prepared within minutes. I love the fact that the teachers give feedback and work tirelessly to make sure each child is getting what they need to achieve not only college acceptance but college graduation.

I am a parent ambassador at EMKS which means I have the opportunity to listen to other parents’ questions about EMKS and provide a parent perspective to their questions. As a parent ambassador, I also chaperone college and overnight field trips. Kauffman School has recently started extracurricular activities (one of the things requested by Kauffman School parents) that include different clubs to explore their passions (step club, bike club, gaming club, etc.) and give a little extra help if needed (homework club).

The Kauffman School also has sports like volleyball, soccer, cheerleading, cross country, and basketball that allow our children to stay active and show off their athletic prowess, not to mention let off a little steam from all that hard work! From the beautiful newly constructed building, to the engaging curriculum, to the fully-committed staff, Kauffman School is #1 in my book.