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  • Kansas City International Academy building
    Kansas City International Academy is a K-8 charter school in Kansas City, MO. Students living within Kansas City Public Schools boundaries are eligible to attend. The KCIA student body includes New American students from all over the world. Families at KCIA represent 21 different countries from Africa, Asia and South America and speak at least 15 different languages.
  • principal hanah vanausdal
    Hanah VanAusdal is the elementary principal at KCIA. She has more than ten years of education experience and believes that KCIA is a special place where every student shines.
  • kindergarten students using tablets
    Students at KCIA have access to technology in every classroom to support their learning. In this kindergarten class, students use their tablets to practice language skills. 
  • first graders using tablets
    In this first grade classroom, students use their tablets to practice counting money.
  • translator who speaks somali
    KCIA employs 13 full time translators to aid student learning and parent contact. Here is one who supports students and families who speak Somali. 
  • students artwork displayed in hallway
    At KCIA students take pride in showing off their work. This bulletin board shows what students learned about the parts of a flower. They also reminded each other to stand tall and be sweet like a pineapple.
  • third graders working in groups
    In third grade, these students work in table groups to get an assignment finished. Students hang their bookbags up on hooks in each classroom. Some students are also assigned lockers for larger items like coats.
  • classroom reading corner
    Some classrooms have reading corners like this one where books are organized by student interest and book level.
  • students listening to teacher read
    At KCIA students participate in Guided Reading Groups with their teacher to increase their literacy skills. Here, they are finishing up Charlotte’s Web. Students can choose the most comfortable way for them to listen to their teacher reading aloud.
  • graph to help with math literacy
    Math literacy is important at KCIA. Teachers center learning around topics of student interest. Here, they use cookies to learn about graphing.
  • school work of ice cream cones
    This teacher used ice cream to help students understand Main Idea.
  • country flags displayed in hallway
    KCIA celebrates all of the cultures in their building. They have flags from every country displayed in the hallways and parents attend parent night and culture night where they each bring food, music, clothes and artwork from their home countries to share with the school community.
  • fifth graders listening to teacher
    In fifth grade, students have a lot of different spaces they can choose to sit and work together including the tent in the back of the photo. Here, their teacher explains their end of the year project.
  • empty cafeteria
    Breakfast and lunch are free every day to students at KCIA. The school also participates in the backpack program where they send food home with students who need it over the weekend. 
  • students in art class
    In Art class, students finish up their final projects. Students go to Art class once each week.
  • class of students new to united states
    KCIA has classes just for students that are new to the United States. These classes are heavily supported by translators and work to help kids catch up with their peers.
  • students in pe listening to teacher
    In Physical Education these students listen while their teacher explains the rules to a new game. Students go to PE once each week.
  • empty library with tables and books
    Students go to library once each week. There they can select books based on their interest and reading level.
  • students reading on pillows
    These students found a quiet place to read in their classroom. LiteracyKC tutors volunteer to read with students at KCIA and Turn the Page KC donates books to them.
  • students using laptops and headphones
    These students practice their reading and vocabulary skills on Lexia. It is a platform that uses games to help them with reading.
  • smiling teacher at her desk
    This teacher shares a joke with students while they finish up their work for the day. After school students can choose to join clubs like Girls on the Run, choir, and soccer.
  • many countries, one awesome school poster
    KCIA is many countries in one awesome school.

KC International Academy (PK-8)

KC International Academy

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414 Wallace Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64125
816-242-4206 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Dr. Steve Fleming, Superintendent sfleming@kcia.us David Leone, Assistant Superintendent & MS Principal Hannah VanAusdal, Elementary School Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • No Before or After Care Available
  • Participating SchoolAppKC School

Quick Facts

Our Mission

KC International Academy is committed to excellence in education, inspiring and empowering children from all nationalities and diverse backgrounds, giving them the foundation they need to achieve the highest level of success in life.

Points of Pride

  • KC International Academy surrounds students with caring adults. Transitional Kindergarten- Fourth Grade classrooms have 2 teachers each.
  • Our school has extra instructional support teachers, two counselors, a Social Worker, Nurse, behavior interventionist, multiple instructional aides and translators.
  • KCIA is a beautifully diverse school where all cultures and backgrounds are honored and appreciated.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: No After Care available

School Details

  • Year Established: 1999
  • Total Enrollment: 677
  • 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

  • Culturally Centered

Arts Programs

  • Band
  • Ceramics
  • Choir
  • Drawing
  • Drum/Percussion
  • Instrumental Music
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

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

Clubs + Activities

  • Book Club
  • Journalism/Newspaper
  • Student Government

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent Book Clubs
  • 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
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: July 31
  • Offer Date: March 7, 2022
  • Decision Date: March 14, 2022
  • Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

KC International Academy is one of 21 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.

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

E-mail Jennifer Wilson, Director of Student Services, at jwilson@kcia.us or call 816-242-4206 for more information.

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.

Third Grade Reading Scores


Why It Matters

Third grade is the important time when kids switch from learning to read to reading to learn and is an important benchmark for a student’s educational development.

In 2019, the average 3rd grade reading score in Missouri was 48.7%, 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


Safia Hassan, KCIA Parent

My name is Safia Hassan and I’m a parent of 5th, 4th, 1st, and Kindergarten students at KC International Academy. You can’t imagine how much they love this school. My oldest kid has been at this school for six years and still enrolled. I chose KCIA because it’s a multicultural school and that makes it a special school. My kids and I are happy that they’re going to this school, because they see new people and learn things from different cultures. My kids get a lot of educational support they need to get to their learning targets. The school leadership and the teachers work very hard in making sure the students get the best education and support they need to succeed. This school has a good learning environment. Bigger classrooms, better playground and sports field for older kids. You can get involved in your child’s education. The school has onsite translators if language is a barrier. Students have the opportunity to join after school programs, such as after school family reading and seasonal girls on the run. This school has lots of support for students to learn.

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KC International Academy offers Pre-K in partnership with Della Lamb Community Center. The Pre-K classroom is located at the community center at 500 Woodland Ave, KCMO 64106. To enroll, families must qualify for free and reduced lunch. The application opens on November 9, 2019 and the deadline to apply is March 2, 2020. Families will be notified of their acceptance or waitlist status on March 4, 2020. If you qualify for and receive a spot, you will be guaranteed a kindergarten spot at Kansas City International Academy.


About Della Lamb

Della Lamb Community Services exists to empower its clients to meet the challenges of education, employment, and self-sufficiency in an ever-changing world. Its vision is that every individual will be nourished, educated, and supported in an atmosphere of love and respect to permit them to achieve to their full potential.


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