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Plaza Academy (7-12)

Plaza Academy

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3930 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-561-0770 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Ward Worley, Executive Director ward@plazaacademy.org Joy Beth Orr, Principal JoyBeth@plazaacademy.org Alexis Lebowitz, Communications Alexis@plazaacademy.org
  • Tuition
  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • NO Transportation provided
  • No Before or After Care Available
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Quick Facts

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.

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

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:30 am - 2:25 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: No After Care available

School Details

  • Year Established: 1974
  • Total Enrollment: 65
  • Affiliation: Independent Private
  • School Type: Independent Private


  • Tuition Amount: Sliding Scale

Our Demographics


Receive Special Ed Services


English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • Alternative
  • Arts Intensive
  • Culturally Centered

Arts Programs

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

Sports Programs

  • N/A

Clubs + Activities

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

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent Education Programs
  • Parent-Teacher Association
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
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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 Close: January 1, 1970

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 ward@theplazaacademy.org.

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Student Performance

Standardized Test Results


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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


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

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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

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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

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ACT Participation Rate

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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

“(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.”

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