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Rockhurst High School (9-12)

Rockhurst High School

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9301 State Line Rd
Kansas City, MO 64114
816-363-2036 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

President, David Laughlin Principal, Rev. Vincent Giacabazi, S.J.
  • Tuition
  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • NO Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available

Quick Facts

Our Mission

Rockhurst High School will be sought out and recognized for its ability to educate men-for-others. Rockhurst High School will, in the Jesuit tradition, foster lifelong friendships based on enduring principles and Ignatian values. It will be nationally and locally recognized as the best value-added education because of its success in developing community leaders for an increasingly diverse world.

Points of Pride

  • Rockhurst's 938 students come from 95 zip codes and 120 grade and middle schools.
  • Rockhurst was the first STEM accredited high school in Missouri or Kansas.
  • Forty-seven percent of Rockhurst students received a total of $2.7 million in financial aid for the 2021-2022 school year

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: Information not shared with SMKCS
  • After Care Hours End: Information not shared with SMKCS

School Details

  • Year Established: 1910
  • Total Enrollment: 938
  • Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
  • Religious Affiliation: Catholic
  • School Type: Faith-based


  • Tuition Amount: $15,425

Our Demographics


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English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • Advanced Placement
  • College Prep
  • Religious

Arts Programs

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

Sports Programs

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Cheerleading (Boys)
  • Cross Country (Boys)
  • Diving (Boys)
  • Football
  • Golf (Boys)
  • Lacrosse (Boys)
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Swimming (Boys)
  • Tennis (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Volleyball (Boys)
  • Weight Lifting (Boys)
  • Wrestling (Boys)

Clubs + Activities

  • Asian Culture Club
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Coding
  • Culinary Arts
  • Debate
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Club
  • Future Business Leaders
  • Journalism/Newspaper
  • Math Team
  • National Honor Society
  • Peer Counseling
  • Robotics
  • Speech + Debate
  • Spirit Squad
  • Student Government

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • 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: October 1, 2021
  • Application Close: December 17, 2021
  • Offer Date: February 12, 2021
  • Decision Date: March 12, 2021

How to Apply

The application, including a parent’s letter of recommendation, are due in mid-December. Each applicant must take the High School Placement Test on December 11, 2021. The transcript and a school recommendation form, from a student’s current school, are due in mid-January.

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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

Kristine Penn, Former Rockhurst Parent
Our family chose Rockhurst based on its reputation for developing leaders, a strong Catholic faith, and rigorous academics.
Rockhurst has surpassed all of my expectations.  My son continues to grow in his faith with the opportunities RHS provides, daily mass before school, all school masses, class masses, adoration, and reconciliation.  The Jesuits have a strong presence.  He has also been challenged in all of his classes.
Rockhurst offers a wide range of activities including athletics, theater, robotics, debate, and music.  My son had the opportunity to travel to Italy with the school choir and sing at the Vatican, an experience he will never forget.
School facilities: The chapel is front and center of the building.  The students love the new Learning Commons.  It creates a true sense of community as it is a place where students can gather at any time during the school day.  
The parent association is very active and there are many opportunities for parent involvement.  
Students come from 115 different grade schools and 95 zip codes.  RHS has a diverse student population, and 47 percent of the students receive financial aid.  
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