• Guadalupe Centers High School is a 9th - 12th grade free public charter school in Kansas City, MO and a part of the Guadalupe Education System. Students are bussed to school from anywhere within the boundaries of Kansas City Public Schools. All students at Guadalupe Centers High School are required to wear uniforms to school daily. This includes khaki pants and school issued tops.
  • When students and families enter the building, they are greeted in English or Spanish by Ms. Avila or Mrs. Rede. Guadalupe Centers High School has a very high population of English language learners and many school staff are bilingual so that all families feel welcome.
  • Murals like this one are in the main hallway and are designed to help students carry a sense of history into their studies. Because of the large number of Latinx students that attend Guadalupe Center High School, students are encouraged to value and embrace Latin American culture.
  • Lunch at Guadalupe Center High School is paid for on a sliding scale based on their family’s income. Children are also free to bring their lunch each day as well.
  • In this math class, students are using their table which is also a white board to work together to solve problem sets given to them by their teacher. Collaboration is encouraged at Guadalupe Centers High School and students are frequently asked to work in small groups.
  • Students are also given the option in many classes to work independently. Notice in this math class that students can work in collaborative groups or on their own at individual seats placed around the perimeter of the room. Technology is available to all students that need it at Guadalupe Center High School and is provided by the school.
  • In this English class, students work in pairs to analyze a piece of literature given to them by their teacher. Their teacher circles the classroom to offer support and feedback.
  • This English classroom has two teachers to support students. Here one teacher stops to answer a student’s questions while he completes an online reading assignment.
  • The other teacher works with a separate student individually while the rest of the class finishes their assignment independently. Team teaching is another approach used at Guadalupe Center High School to support students who have additional language support needs.
  • In science class, one teacher stops to assist a student with his assignment. This class is co-taught as well meaning that there are two teachers on hand each day to help students.
  • Mrs. Aranda is another ready administrative support for students at Guadalupe Center High School. She uses her office as a place for students to take a break when they are having a difficult day. She helps them problem solve, gets them back on track, and sends them to class.
  • Students also have parent liaison Ms. Vera who works with families to get resources they need to be successful outside of school. Students and parents can work with Ms. Vera any time they are in need of help.
  • In advisory class, students work in small groups with their teachers to think through their academic future and plan for success.
  • In addition to advisory class, seniors attend a college readiness class where they work with a college advisor on the college admissions process and financial aid.
  • In social studies, students work in small groups with their teachers to think through their assignment.
  • Here, a social studies teacher lectures at the front of the room while students look on and take notes.
  • Art is a mandatory course for all students at Guadalupe Center High School. Here, students are looking up three dimensional images and recreating them to show their understanding of light and shadow.
  • Here, students work on the school newspaper in their journalism elective class. Students can choose to take journalism along with other electives at Guadalupe Center High School.
  • In studio class, students are able to work on creating musical beats and music as a part of their coursework. This is another elective available to all students at Guadalupe Center High School.
  • Along with art, Spanish is a mandatory course for all students at Guadalupe Center High School. Here students practice their Spanish skills by completing an assignment on the board. Their books are on the table to assist them if needed.
  • In gym class, students complete strength training exercises assigned to them by their teacher. All students at Guadalupe Center High School are required to take gym class.
  • Band is an elective that students at Guadalupe Center High School can take. The school has a competitive band program and a mariachi band.
  • The gym at Guadalupe Center High School has been recently renovated and doubles as an auditorium. Families gather here for school-wide events.
  • Communities in Schools is a partnership that supports students at Guadalupe Centers High School. This organization works to ensure that student support needs are met during the school day including a uniform closet, school-wide events, and academic support.
  • Students also have the unique opportunity to attend STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programming next door at school partner A Steam Village. There, students who sign up for the class are able to compete on a robotics team, learn to code, and expand their understanding of technology.
  • Students and staff at Guadalupe Center High School believe that if they work together, there is nothing they can’t accomplish.

Guadalupe Centers, High School (9-12)

Guadalupe Centers, High School

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1524 Paseo
Kansas City, MO 64127
816-471-2582 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Michael Meaney, Principal Joe Palmer, Superintendent
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2022-2023
  • Transportation provided
  • After-Care only
  • Participating SchoolAppKC School

Quick Facts

Our Mission

Guadalupe Centers will empower students to success in college and in their chosen professions and will prepare them to be productive members in the community.

Points of Pride

  • We have a rigorous college preparatory curriculum including Advanced Placement course, Dual Credit, and Dual enrollment courses.
  • We are 1 out of 240 schools nationwide selected to implement an Early College High School model which provides the opportunity for students to earn up to 60 college credits from the University of Missouri-KC, Penn Valley Community College, and Manual Career and Technical Center.
  • In 2013, we received the Charter School of the Year Award from the Missouri Charter Public School Association.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:10 am - 3:10 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: 4:40 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 1999
  • Total Enrollment: 380
  • 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

  • Early College

Arts Programs

  • Band
  • Drum/Percussion
  • Instrumental Music
  • Mariachi
  • Painting
  • Visual Arts

Sports Programs

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Cross Country (Boys)
  • Cross Country (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Boys)
  • Volleyball (Girls)
  • Wrestling (Boys)
  • Wrestling (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • Chess Club
  • Spirit Squad

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
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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 13, 2021
  • Application Close: March 1, 2022
  • Offer Date: March 7, 2022
  • Decision Date: March 14, 2022
  • Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Guadalupe Centers High School is one of 18 Kansas City 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.

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


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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Parent Perspective

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