• Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy is a 5-7th grade public charter school. Female students that live within the boundaries of Kansas City Public Schools are eligible to attend. Currently KCGPA is enrolling girls for 5th, 6th, and 7th grades but eventually the school will expand to enroll girls in grades 5-12.
  • Tara Haskins is head principal of Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy. Not only does she support the students and staff daily, she leads the work of helping students connect with one another and their community.
  • Girls at Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy gather in the cafeteria three times daily. They have breakfast here, lunch here, and gather for community circle here. During circle time, Principal Tara Haskins takes students through group exercise that help them to give voice to their thoughts and feelings.
  • In class, these girls watch a science experiment video and take notes for the work they are going to do modifying the experiment later.
  • At KC Girls Preparatory Academy, students are exposed to learning through a variety of mediums. Girls learn subject matter and then internalize it by making it their own.
  • In this reading class, girls are team taught. There are two teachers here to support students as they work to complete their assignments. Here, two girls check in with their teacher Ms. Mayanja and get help with their novel study.
  • These girls wait to check in with Dr. Andino. She checks their work for accuracy and also assists students with reading comprehension strategies.
  • Other girls complete their work individually at their desks.
  • In the hallway, Ms. Thurman checks in with a student before classes dismiss for recess.
  • Instead of lockers, all girls at Kansas City Girl’s Preparatory Academy store their belongings in a common room. Between classes, girls are given access to their things and then encouraged to get to their next class on time.
  • In math class, students work to show their teacher multiple ways to solve a problem. Girls are exposed to many methods and encouraged to use the one that works best for their learning style.
  • At recess, all girls play together. Recess is used as another opportunity for girls to build community with one another.
  • At Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy staff, students, and community combine to create an environment where all young girls can thrive.
  • Girls play organized games and socialize.
  • At Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy, even the custodian is committed to the mission of girl’s empowerment. Here, she takes a break from her work in the school’s logo shirt.
  • Girls at Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy are also exposed to a music program. Students learn to play a variety of instruments from around the world.
  • Inside, girls go to gym class weekly. Here they are exposed to different types of movement.

Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy (5-8)

Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy

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5000 E 17th Street
Kansas City, MO 64127
(816) 268-2573 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Tara Haskins, School Leader info@kcgpa.org Tom Krebs, Executive Director
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2022-2023
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available
  • Participating SchoolAppKC School

Quick Facts

Our Mission

To develop young women to discover their voice, succeed in college and lead impactful, meaningful lives.

Points of Pride

  • KC Girls Prep gets results. We are part of a high-performing network of all-girls schools. Nearly 100% of students are accepted to college. Students average $20,000 in financial aid every year.
  • At KC Girls Prep, young women become leaders through lots of practice. A tight-knit learning community supports every student to develop her voice.
  • Our graduates will be the doctors, engineers, and designers leading KC into the future, via hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math classes.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 7:45 am - 3:45 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: 7:00 am
  • After Care Hours End: 5:30 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 2019
  • Total Enrollment: 170
  • Affiliation: Charter
  • School Type: Charter

Charter Sponsor

  • Missouri Charter Public Charter Commission


  • Tuition: NO Tuition

Our Demographics


Receive Special Ed Services


English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • College Prep
  • Culturally Centered

Arts Programs

  • Band
  • Drama + Theater
  • Drawing
  • Drum/Percussion
  • Literature
  • Painting
  • Visual Arts

Sports Programs

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

Clubs + Activities

  • Coding
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics
  • Step Team
  • Student Government

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent Education Programs
  • Parent-Community Association
  • 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 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

*Note: If they do not have space, you may choose to remain on their waitlist.

Students must live within the KCPS boundaries. There are no admissions tests or tuition.

To apply please visit www.schoolappkc.org.

Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy is one of 16 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.

We offer tours of the building. Contact Molly Schemm at mschemm@kcgpa.org or call 816-268-2573.

Admission Preferences

Siblings , Geographic , Employee

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Student Performance

Standardized Test Results


Does not apply


Does not apply

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).

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Parent Perspective


Ashley Daniels, Returning KC Girls Prep Parent (written as a prospective parent)

I am the parent of a 4th grade girl that currently attends a public school in Kansas City. Now that my daughter is in the last year at this school, I am faced with multiple decisions regarding schooling and how to keep her excited about school. She was allowed an opportunity in 3rd grade to be a part of an innovative open-concept classroom with a person-centered approach to learning to assure all students were their best. There were tables instead of desks in the classrooms, sensory chairs for students who needed them and students were encouraged in the areas of critical thinking and problem solving daily. She responded enthusiastically to this non-traditional approach while in class as she came home discussing new projects or tasks that she completed that day. As a parent, I knew that this was an environment that I would want her to experience through 12th grade, but was unclear about where to look for a school that would meet her learning style.

In the summer of 2018, I learned about Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy, a new charter school that was also going to be single gender with a focus on creative expression and responsibility and that was going to be community led. During the first meeting for the school, I learned about how each student would have a voice in the school, restorative justice practices that would be implemented and how each girl would be celebrated, no matter what was brought to the table. This was unheard of to me and I was excited that all students and families would be able to build the culture of the school, to increase pride and encourage healthy relationships between peers. The founding teams’ ideas and innovative approaches to growth of the students through different means is refreshing to hear to make sure all students succeed.

Initially, my daughter was skeptical about KCGPA with it being single gender and was not sure how it would compare to her current school, as students, staff and parents work as a team for the students. My daughter’s mind was changed after she met Ms. Haskins, the school leader. She was happy to see a school leader, that looked like her, who she was able to relate to and most importantly, listened to EVERY idea possible from students to make the school a success. I have invited other families to the meetings to learn and discuss how KCGPA would absolutely benefit our future girl leaders of the world. I believe that this school will be a leader in charter schools in Kansas City and I was excited to apply to KCGPA for my daughter to encourage her to reach all her academic goals, as well as build character and responsibility.

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