///Frontier School of Innovation, Middle (4-8)
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School is a Preschool through 3rd grade charter school in Kansas City, MO. Students who reside within Kansas City Public Schools boundaries are eligible to attend. Students are bussed to school and are required to wear uniforms daily. Uniforms are khaki, black, or navy pants with red striped shirts. Shirts are only available for purchase at the school office.
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  • full time nurse with student
    There is also a full time nurse on staff at Frontier Elementary. Here, she is helping a student who came to her office.
  • social worker
    Frontier Elementary also has a social worker to support families with their needs outside of school. In addition to a social worker students have reading and math interventionists to support their learning needs during school.
  • discipline model bulletin board
    Frontier Elementary uses a discipline model that requires students take ownership for their own mistakes. They have supports in place to help them do just that. 
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    Character education is infused into all parts of life at Frontier Elementary. Students are encouraged to identify and taught to manage their feelings.
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    Character education is a big focus at Frontier Elementary. Ms. McCarthy is the Character Education Instructor and she meets with all classes each week to discuss ways that students can be kind to one anothe
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    Here are students working quietly in the school library. Teachers bring students to the library once each week as a class. Kids are also able to come to the library on their own with permission from their teacher.
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    In computer class, students are treated to a view of the treetops each week. In addition to computer class, students at Frontier Elementary also have iPads that are available for each class when they need them.
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    In PE, students play a game that their teacher has just taught them. Every student goes to PE once each week.
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    In music, students sing a song with friends. Students at Frontier Elementary go to music once each week.
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    In art class, these second grade students show off their latest project. They have begun making pictures of trees in preparation for Fall. Students go to Art class weekly.
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    While these second grade students play kickball and basketball on the blacktop.
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    At recess, these second grade students run and climb on the playground equipment.
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    Teachers at Frontier are encouraged to work together. Here, the second grade team is spending time planning learning experiences for kids
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    Principal Lamb jumps in and work with students when needed!
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    While some third grade students work independently, others work in small groups with help from their teacher.
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    In third grade, students move from large table groups to individual work desks. Here, two third grade students are working independently to complete a reading assignment.
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    Students at Frontier help to create a community in their Gifted Education class. Here, they have hung photos of themselves and their families.
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    Students at Frontier Elementary are also tested for the Gifted and Talented Program. Students who score in the 90th percentile in three tested areas are eligible to participate. Gifted and talented classes meet 2 to 3 times each week. Here students are working on their passion projects including a science experiment in the front and work with a 3D printer in the back.
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    Frontier has four full time teachers to support English Language Learners (ELLs). Here is one of those teachers working with students in a small group. ELL teachers also come into classrooms and work with classroom teachers to help kids succeed.
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    This  hallway display shows off first graders writing about how they are supposed to treat friends at school.
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    Each class at Frontier also has a book library and kid-sized reading space. This one is organized by topic. Others are organized by student reading level.
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    In first grade, students move from open play to more table based group activities. These students are completing a written assignment from their teacher.
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    Children at Frontier are given a cubby to store their belongings. These sit in the hallway outside of some classrooms and inside of others. All are labeled with their first names. 
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    These preschool students practice cooking during group time in class. 
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    In this preschool classroom students practice fine motor skills during small group time.
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    Each day, every student at Frontier Elementary receives free breakfast and free lunch. All students qualify.
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    Students and families are greeted in English and Spanish each day at Frontier.
  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School
    Lisa Lamb is principal of Frontier Elementary and has been with Frontier schools for many years. At her school, students respect each other and teachers work well together.

Frontier School of Innovation, Middle (4-8) (4-8)

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1575 Universal Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64120
816-241-6202 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Mark Barber, Principal Soner Soyal, Assistant Principal of Academics Ugur Demircan, Superintendent
  • NO Tuition
  • No space available for 2019-2020
  • Transportation provided
  • No Before or After Care Available

Quick Facts

Our Mission

The mission of Frontier Schools is to empower students to discover and develop their gifts and talents; in pursuit of college readiness, productive citizenship, and lifelong learning within an atmosphere of academic excellence with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus to prepare for the STEM-related jobs now projected for the American workforce meeting the needs of all, including those whose primary interest is non-STEM providing flexibility to expand in the future to a STEAM environment by adding an Arts component.

Points of Pride

  • STEM Focus
  • Diverse Student Body
  • Gifted & Talented

School Hours

  • School Hours: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: No After Care available

School Details

  • Year Established: 2009
  • Total Enrollment: 516
  • Affiliation: Charter

Feeder Schools

  • High School: Frontier STEM High School

Charter Sponsor

  • University of Missouri – Columbia


  • 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
  • Drawing

Sports Programs

  • Cheerleading (Girls)
  • Football
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • Chess Club
  • Science Olympiad
  • Spirit Squad

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent Education Programs
  • 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 1, 2019
  • Application Close: February 1, 2020
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: September 1, 2020
  • Offer Date: February 1, 2020
  • Residence: Students must live within the Kansas City Public Schools District boundaries.

How to Apply

The easiest and quickest way to apply is by
utilizing the Apply Online link. Alternatively you can fill out a paper
application form which is available at the front office of the campus or click
this link for an English application form or this link for a Spanish
application form. After completing the form, there are several ways that you
can submit it to the registration office.

You can drop it off at the school office.

You can mail it to the campus.

You can fax it to the campus.

§  Frontier
Schools admission and enrollment policies require applicants to submit a
complete application form in order to be considered for admission. A Lottery
will be conducted and a waiting list developed if the number of applicants
exceeds the maximum enrollment. As seats become available, we will call from
the waiting list to fill those open seats in the order the Lottery determined.

Admission Preferences

Siblings , Alumni , Geographic , Free and Reduced Lunch

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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 2018, the average English score in Missouri was 49.2%; the average Math score was 42.1%, source

Attendance Rate 90/90


Why It Matters

Schools strive for students to have at least 90% of their students have 90% attendance because kids learn best when they’re IN school.

In 2018, 87.5% of Missouri students were in attendance at least 90% of the time, source.

Missouri Annual Performance Report (APR)


Why It Matters

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) creates a “grade” called the Annual Performance Report (APR) for each public school. It is made up of five variables: General Academic Achievement + Subgroup Achievement* + College and Career Readiness + Attendance + Graduation Rate (where applicable).

* Subgroup Achievement: A school shows improvement in performance for students in identified subgroups, including free/reduced price lunch, racial/ethnic background, English language learners, and students with disabilities.

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Parent Perspective

Martha Loya, Frontier Parent

Five years ago, when we were looking for a great school for our four children, we chose Frontier Schools. We met the principal at the elementary building after we missed the open house. Even though he was about to leave, he took the time to show us around and tell us about Frontier School of Innovation.

He was super nice and we could tell how much he cared about his students, so we applied and have been enrolled ever since. Currently, we have our children attending 8th, 7th, 3rd and 1st grade. The staff is always making sure the students are working to their full potential.

They are always willing to talk about any questions or concerns the parents may have. If they don’t speak your language, they make sure they have someone who does and they do listen to everything.

As parents, we have the opportunity to be involved in several activities like field trips, parent teacher organization (PTO), classroom parties, quarterly family night and more! Best of all, the school takes the time to thank you for your time.

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