Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts

KCPS-Signature • 7-12

Our Mission

The mission of Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts is to provide the highest quality education with emphasis on pre-professional training in the creative, visual and performing arts. The program promotes the development of academic, creative, artistic, physical, social and emotional studies within a desegregated atmosphere of true, active racial and socio-economic integration. We strive to develop adults who will become actively involved in the issues of their times as consumers and contributors for the local, national and global arts community.

Tuition: NO Tuition
Transportation provided
No Before or After Care Available

Points of Pride

Strong Arts curriculum providing creative pathways to learning.
Business/Community Partnerships
Strong administrative team that supports both the arts and academics.

Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts

4747 Flora Ave
Kansas City, MO 64110
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School Details

Year Established: 1927
Total Enrollment: 649
School Type: KCPS-Signature
School Hours: 7:20 am - 2:20 pm


Tuition: NO Tuition


Feeder Schools

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English Language Learners

Specialized Programs

  • Advanced Placement
  • Arts Intensive
  • Bilingual
  • College Prep
  • Early College

Arts Programs

  • Band
  • Ceramics
  • Choir
  • Costume Design
  • Drama + Theater
  • Drawing
  • Drum/Percussion
  • Fashion Design
  • Film
  • Instrumental Music
  • Jazz
  • Literature
  • Orchestra
  • Painting
  • Poetry
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

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

Clubs & Activities

  • Chess Club
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Journalism/Newspaper
  • Latino Youth Organization
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics
  • Speech + Debate
  • Student Government

Social Services

  • College Advising
  • Interpreters
  • Learning Support Specialists
  • School Breakfast
  • School Counselor
  • School Lunch
  • School Nurse
  • Social Worker

Family Engagement

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

Application Details

Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.

Application Open: November 11, 2023
Application Close: February 16, 2024
Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Submit applications online or in person at the Board of Education building, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109. Applications CANNOT be submitted at the school.

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, 90% attendance rate or higher for a full academic year, no chronic discipline or behavior issues. Applicants to high school also have an audition.

Paseo Audition Packet 

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Enrollment Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Birth Certificate
  • Current Immunization Record or Religious Exemption Statement
  • Most recent report card/transcript (not required for kindergarten applicants)

Public schools also require:

  • Proof of Address (also called “Proof of Residency”)
  • Parent or guardian photo ID

Standardized Test Results



* Indicates data has been suppressed due to a small student sample.

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


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 Outcomes

* Indicates data has been suppressed due to a small student sample.

Tiaira Trotter, Paseo Parent

My daughter has attended Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts since the 7th grade, and we absolutely LOVE IT! Why it has even inspired our 6th grader to attend there next year.

Paseo Academy is a magnet school which requires students to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, 90% or higher attendance, no D or F grades at end of any semester or any chronic disciplinary actions. This school offers 7 art “majors” such as Creative Writing, Band, Orchestra, Vocal Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Theater/Theater Tech, and that doesn’t include the many extracurricular activities that students can participate in.

They also have sports teams like basketball, volleyball, track and field, cheerleaders and more.

The school provides many ways for parents to stay involved and participate in the educational process, as well as the community and businesses around Kansas City. There are college prep classes and testing for those who want to explore furthering their education, and support groups to keep your young adults interested in school and to be the best that they can be, which is also the motto at Paseo — “Doing what we do best, better!”. It is a school where young adults can be themselves and not be judged or treated unfairly because of how they look, dress, act, or anything else. The only thing that matters is EDUCATION AND STRIVING TO BE THEIR BEST!

Feel free to contact me. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share my experience at Pirate Nation.