• Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts is a 7-12th grade signature school and a part of Kansas City Public Schools. Students in grades 9-12 must audition for admission to Paseo. Students must demonstrate ability in music, art, writing, dance, or theater for the admissions committee. There are no uniforms required at Paseo Academy. Admitted students are bussed in from anywhere within the Kansas City Public Schools boundaries. Uniforms are not required at Paseo Academy.
  • Head Principal Patricia Hayes (featured right) and her Assistant Principals Chester Palmer and Christopher Green are the administrative team that lead Paseo High School. All have years of education experience and are committed to arts education and student achievement.
  • When parents, students, and visitors enter Paseo Academy, they are greeted by a security officer. As a part of Kansas City Public Schools’ commitment to student safety, all visitors must present their identification to security and receive a visitor’s badge before entering any school building.
  • In the front office, visitors and students are greeted daily by Ms. Boyd (featured left) and Ms. Smith (featured right). School begins at 8am each day. When students are late, they come here to get a pass to class.
  • When visitors enter the building, they see student art work like this piece throughout the hallways. Students at Paseo Academy are exposed to a variety of artistic mediums including sculpture, painting, printmaking, dance, theater, and music.
  • Here, Mr. Peacock (Arts Coordinator) poses with “Mr. Paseo Academy” a title given to students who best represent for their peers the artistic and academic expectations set by the school. Notice another student sculpture featured behind them.
  • In the Music wing, students take classes like this one. Here band students are discussing sheet music with their teacher. Students in grades 7 & 8 are able to take all arts classes. At the high school level, students must audition for admission to their preferred arts track and they take classes almost exclusively in that area of interest for the remainder of their high school career.
  • In addition to band students have orchestra, choir, and vocal music courses to choose from. Paseo also boasts a competitive band, orchestra, choir, and vocal music programs. Students are exposed to opportunities across the country and recruited actively.
  • Music program students also have practice theaters like this one where they can work on musical compositions along with the support of their instructors.
  • In the dance wing, students are exposed to tap, ballet, jazz, modern and other forms of dance. Dance teams compete often and dancers are encouraged to apply to top schools after high school graduation.
  • In addition to dance courses, Paseo also rents out dance studio space for dance companies to use for practice. They also have dance companies come and hold special workshops for students.
  • Paseo has a very active theater program. Here students are working on designing a set for an upcoming school play.
  • Paseo performers have all of the hallmarks of the professionals they are training to be including a real dressing room complete with lockers used by dancers, theater performers, and musicians alike when they are getting ready for all school shows.
  • Paseo has three theaters. There is a small one which is used mostly for small parent gatherings and small community events.
  • The second theater is a very large auditorium. This is where school plays typically happen as well as large community performances. The Alvin Ailey dance company uses it for its annual student performances for example.
  • In addition to the main auditorium and small theater, student performances take place here in the “Black Box”. This small theater has an open ceiling and is often rented out my community groups for performances as well as hosting student poetry readings, small plays and dance performances.
  • Students in Paseo’s technical theater program control the lighting and audio for all performances. They are taught how to use the equipment and supervised by their instructors.
  • Students in the technical theater program also learn about television production and produce all video at school.
  • For students in the visual art program, Paseo features its very own student art gallery. Here students created art for Race Project KC. Race Project KC is an initiative aimed at getting school children to portray issues of race through their own eyes.
  • Student artwork is featured here where community members and parents can come in and see their work.
  • Student artwork is also featured outside of the art gallery and in the hallways.
  • In addition to classic artistic mediums, students in the visual arts program at Paseo also learn graphic design in computer labs like this one.
  • Students complete art projects in large art studios where they store projects until completion. Teachers and their peers give feedback on their finished product.
  • Students whose projects are exceptionally well done have them featured in hallway displays like this one. Here students redesigned shoes using artistic techniques learned in class.
  • To help navigate all of the artistic options and ensure they are on track for the future they have in mind, students work with this team of school counselors to map out their academic plan.
  • College visits from traditional and arts colleges happen often for students at Paseo. All students are encouraged to attend.
  • Students also have the armed forces come and recruit them for military opportunities after high school.
  • Though the school has an arts focus, Paseo Academy has many traditional school elements as well. Students are issued lockers that they use between classes.
  • At the end of each hallway, students have large light filled atriums like this one featuring inspirational quotes from famous artists.
  • In class, students work on problems given to them by their teacher. All students at Paseo Academy are given computers to use to complete their coursework.
  • In English class, students work in groups to complete a novel study. All students at Paseo Academy take a standard academic course in addition to their arts classes.
  • Here, a teacher supports students while they work to analyze the novel she has assigned.
  • In Science, a teacher stops to answer a student question before class dismisses for the day. Teachers are available to support students when they have questions.
  • All students are also able to take elective courses like this one. Here, debate students work on their strategy for an upcoming tournament. Students have language electives, advanced courses, and more to choose from to supplement their standard program.
  • Students at Paseo are also participants in the AVID program. With AVID, students are given college readiness skills each day.
  • Students at Paseo also have a traditional sports program as well. Students compete in track, football, basketball and more along with other schools in Kansas City Public Schools.
  • As a part of Kansas City Public Schools, all students receive breakfast and lunch free daily.
  • Seniors are able to each lunch in this open air courtyard when the weather is nice.
  • The school library is a refuge for staff and students at Paseo.
  • Here, Mr Peacock and the building librarian play a friendly game of checkers. Staff here work together to make Paseo Academy a big school with a lot of he(ART).

Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts (7-12)

Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts

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4747 Flora Ave
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-418-2275 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Dr. Patricia Hayes, Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available

Quick Facts

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.

Points of Pride

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

School Hours

  • School Hours: 7:20 am - 2:20 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: Information not shared with SMKCS
  • After Care Hours End: Information not shared with SMKCS

School Details

  • Year Established: 1927
  • Total Enrollment: 517
  • Specialized Focus: Arts Intensive
  • Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
  • School Type: KCPS-Signature


  • Tuition: NO Tuition

Our Demographics


Receive Special Ed Services


English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • N/A

Arts Programs

  • Band
  • Ceramics
  • Choir
  • Drama + Theater
  • Drum/Percussion
  • Film
  • Instrumental Music
  • Jazz
  • Literature
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Sculpture
  • Visual Arts

Sports Programs

  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Cheerleading (Boys)
  • Cheerleading (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • Debate
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Homework Club
  • Journalism/Newspaper
  • National Honor Society
  • Peer Counseling
  • Robotics
  • Speech + Debate
  • Spirit Squad
  • Step Team
  • Student Government

Family Engagement

  • N/A
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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: December 5, 2019
  • Application Close: February 14, 2020
  • Offer Date: March 1, 2021
  • 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.

Seats are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, 90% attendance rate or higher for a full academic year, no “D” or “F” grade at the end of the semester, no chronic discipline or behavior issues. Applicants to 7th or 8th grade must also pass an interview and complete an application for enrollment. Applicants to high school also have an audition in addition to the middle school requirements.

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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

On Track

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


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.

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