///Frontier STEM High School
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Frontier STEM High School (9-12)

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6455 E. Commerce Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64120
816-541-8200 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Serkan Kilic, Principal skilic@frontierschools.org Michelle Cowthran mcowthran@frontierschools.org Ugur Demircan, Superintendent udemircan@frontierschools.org
  • NO Tuition
  • No space available for 2019-2020
  • Transportation provided
  • After-Care only

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.

About

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 and Talented

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:07 am - 3:15 pm
  • Days Open: Information not shared with SMKCS
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: No After Care available

School Details

  • Year Established: 2015
  • Total Enrollment: 354
  • Affiliation: Charter

Feeder Schools

  • Middle School: Frontier School of Innovation Middle

Charter Sponsor

  • University of Missouri – Columbia

Tuition

  • Tuition: NO Tuition
  • Tuition Amount: No tuition

Our Demographics

4.9%

Receive Special Ed Services

29.6%

English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • College Prep
  • Early College

Arts Programs

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

Sports Programs

  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Cheerleading (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • Coding
  • Journalism/Newspaper
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics
  • Spirit Squad
  • Student Government

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent Education Programs
  • 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 1, 2019
  • Application Close: February 1, 2020
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: September 1, 2019
  • Offer Date: February 1, 2020
  • Residence: Students must live within the Kansas City Public School 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

English

Math

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

84%

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)

92.4%

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.

Student Retention Rate

Dropout Rate

Does not apply

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 2018, the average dropout rate in Missouri was 1.9%, source.

Graduation Rate

Does not apply

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 2018, the average graduation rate in Missouri was 89.2%, source.

ACT Scores

ACT Average Score

18.5%

ACT Participation Rate

98%

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 2018, Missouri’s average ACT score was 19.9 and the average participation rate was 91.75%, source

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Parent Perspective

Elizabeth Villarauz, Frontier STEM Parent

I currently have a student in kindergarten, 10th, and 11th. My oldest girls have been enrolled in Frontier Schools since they were in 4th and 5th grade. We chose Frontier because they give each student the chance to learn. We thought our older students were doing fine academically, but once they became students at Frontier, we realized how much they had not learned from their previous school.

Before coming to Frontier, it felt like the teachers were just giving grades to pass them along. he teachers here at Frontier not only take the time to help the students in the classroom, but they also take their own time outside of school to help them achieve. The teachers really try to understand the students on a deeper level and they always try to have a lot of communication with the parents.

When we first started, my students had Ms. Kosek as a PE teacher. She went on to become the Dean of Students at the middle school and then high school, and now she is doing great things as the elementary principal. I am so glad my kindergartner gets to have a principal who is so dedicated to this school. At the high school, the principal, Mr. Kilic, goes above and beyond to improve the school and programs offered here. Each year is better than the last thanks to his leadership.

The facilities are always in good shape and the classrooms provide wonderful space for the students to learn. They have great equipment for the students to use, like computers and iPads. This was the first year for the high school gym and now they are working on building one for the elementary and middle school too. Now that we have a gym, our athletics are really taking off –they offer volleyball, basketball and soccer.

The gym is also where we can now have programs like the Hispanic Heritage event –parents volunteered and helped the students celebrate (same with our Black History Month) assembly. Parents can also get involved with Family Nights and they are starting a parent teacher organization (PTO) program as well. Teachers want their parents to be as involved as possible!

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