Plaza Academy

Independent Private • 7-12

Our Mission

The Plaza Academy removes the barriers that elicit oppositional or rebellious behaviors and builds genuine enthusiasm for learning. Our mission is to empower students, who do not succeed in traditional school settings, to graduate from our ownership-based school with their diploma and plans for a future. The Plaza Academy provides a safe and open environment where students can truly be themselves and thrive in our academic, therapeutic, civic, and social education program to become college-ready lifelong learners and positive contributors to society.

Tuition Amount: Sliding Scale
NO Transportation provided
No Before or After Care Available
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Points of Pride

Small class sizes of approx. 4-10 students
Individualized academic, therapeutic, and civic education model
Love Logic model of ownership-based environment

Plaza Academy

3930 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
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School Details

Year Established: 1974
Total Enrollment: 65
School Type: Independent Private
School Hours: 8:30 am - 2:25 pm


Tuition Amount: Sliding Scale


Feeder Schools

Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners

Specialized Programs

  • Alternative
  • Arts Intensive
  • Culturally Centered

Arts Programs

  • Drawing
  • Fashion Design
  • Fiber Arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Visual Arts

Sports Programs

    Clubs & Activities

    • Chess Club
    • Coding
    • Environmental Club
    • Gay-Straight Alliance
    • Journalism/Newspaper

    Social Services

    • Dental Services
    • Learning Support Specialists
    • School Counselor
    • Social Worker
    • Therapist
    • Vision Services

    Family Engagement

    • Evening Family Events
    • Field Trip Chaperone
    • Parent Education Programs
    • Parent-Teacher Association
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences

    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: March 1, 2024

    How to Apply

    The application process includes a private tour, an interview with the Executive Director and a 2 day visit. Please contact the Executive Director, Ward Worley, MA, LPC at 816-561-0770 or at

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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

    Please note that private schools are not required to participate in these exams.

    “(My son) has been enrolled in three different schools in the past two years and he has showed no interest in any of the schools… He seems very interested in attending Plaza Academy, when he comes home it seems to be all that he can talk about. He seems so excited about attending school now and its is very surprising  to me because before he could care less about school.  He has been going to bed early to make sure that he’s up and ready for school every morning. He is even taking forth the effort of getting himself up in the morning and making sure that he has transportation to school.”