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  • Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy is a 5-6th 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 and 6th grades but eventually the school will expand to enroll girls in grades 5-12. Students wear uniforms daily.
  • 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.
  • When families and students enter the building, they are greeted by Ms. Riley (featured left) the Family and Community Outreach Coordinator and Ms. Estes (featured right) the school office manager. Both ladies check in with students and work together to support families.
  • Here members of the school executive team meet to discuss student support needs. Tom Krebs (featured left) is CEO of Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy. He meets regularly with Venita Thurman the Dean of Student Support (featured right with laptop) and school staff to determine how best to support student success.
  • 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.
  • After circle time, girls write down their reflections on large chart paper sheets that are posted on the cafeteria walls. Girls are able to see their own words throughout the day.
  • Girls share their experiences and emotions with one another during circle time daily.
  • 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 (5-7)

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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 Tom Krebs, Executive Director
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2020-2021
  • Transportation provided
  • No Before or 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 - 3:30 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: No After Care available

School Details

  • Year Established: 2019
  • Total Enrollment: 150
  • Affiliation: Charter
  • School Type: Charter

Charter Sponsor

  • Missouri Charter Public Charter Commission

Tuition

  • Tuition: NO Tuition

Our Demographics

Information not shared with SMKCS
5%

Receive Special Ed Services

22%

English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • College Prep

Arts Programs

  • N/A

Sports Programs

  • Cross Country (Girls)
  • Martial Arts

Clubs + Activities

  • N/A

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • 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 9, 2019
  • Application Close: March 2, 2020
  • Offer Date: March 4, 2020
  • Decision Date: March 22, 2019
  • 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.

Admission Preferences

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Student Performance

Standardized Test Results

English

Does not apply

Math

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

Does not apply

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 2019, 87.3% of Missouri students were in attendance at least 90% of the time, source.

Student Growth

English Language Arts

Floor

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).

Mathematics

Floor

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

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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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