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  • Southeast High School is a 9-12th grade public neighborhood school and a part of Kansas City Public Schools. Students at Southeast come from the surrounding neighborhood. School hours are 7:20am to 2:20pm. Uniforms are not required.
  • When entering the building, students and families are greeted by security. As a part of Kansas City Public Schools’ commitment to student safety, all visitors have to present identification before they are allowed access to the school.
  • Dr. Jessica Bassett (featured far right behind the counter) is head principal of Southeast High School. Here she jokes with a student while she fills in for a receptionist on break. Dr. Bassett is connected to her students and invested in their futures.
  • When families enter the building, they are greeted each day by both Mrs. Haynes (featured right) and Mrs. Banks (featured left). Here the front office has some fun while they wait for a meeting to begin.
  • Students at Southeast High School use a disciplinary system called Restorative Practices. This means that students are talked to and relationships are built with them in order to reduce less than desirable behavior. Students are able to share their thinking and receive redirection with an opportunity for improvement.
  • In class, students learn primarily through direct instruction given by their teachers. Students also participate in class debates. In this Social Studies room, students discuss world events with their teacher.
  • In this entrepreneurship class, students work in small groups to complete their assignment. Students at Southeast are exposed to a varied curriculum that includes courses like college readiness, entrepreneurship, and dance.
  • In this class, teachers and students are having a discussion. Students at Southeast are often encouraged to share their views and teachers tie their perspectives to instruction.
  • In this science class, students are working together to complete an assignment given by their teacher. All students at Southeast are given a computer to use for completing their work.
  • Here two students share a joke while they complete their daily work.
  • In this math class, students talk through a word problem with their teacher at the board.
  • In English class, students turn an assignment in to their teacher after they explore the plot of a novel written entirely on social media.
  • In this computer class, students are preparing to code along with their teacher.
  • In music class, these students are watching a documentary on the origins of rap music before they compose their own. Teachers at Southeast High School work to make sure their lessons connect to student interests.
  • In the hallways, colorful murals like this one instill a sense of pride in students. Each graduating class leaves a new mural for the classes to follow.
  • In the hallway, students have smart water fountains that allow them to refill water bottles and leave class less often during class time.
  • In the lunchroom, students at Southeast High School have access to free breakfast and lunch daily.
  • Students at Southeast High School have access to an extensive library. Children can check out books between classes or visit with their classes for research support.
  • In art class, this student works to complete a project made of yarn. Students at Southeast High are exposed to a variety of artistic mediums including paint, textiles, and more.
  • Student artwork is featured prominently in the hallways.
  • In gym class, students participate in organized games and learn the importance of physical fitness.
  • Students at Southeast have access to counselors that help them navigate their college and career process.
  • School counselors keep a scholarship wall like this one up in the counseling center. Students can make an appointment or come between classes to learn about opportunities to get to college.
  • Students at Southeast High School receive support from Communities in Schools. Communities in Schools is a way for the community around a school to support the students that attend the school. They do this by connecting the schools, families, and students with the resources they need to thrive.
  • Students at Southeast have the opportunity to participate in a robust ROTC program. Cadets go to camp, serve in the community, and in some cases continue on into military service.
  • During school wide events, families and students gather here in the school auditorium. It serves as a parent meeting space, community meeting space, and place for students to host their performances.
  • At Southeast High School athletics and academic achievement are important to the student body. Students often decorate their lockers like the one shown here to advertise their class rank to peers.
  • In addition to academic rank, student athletics is a very big deal at Southeast High. Students here have the opportunity to play football, volleyball, basketball, run track, and more as a part of the robust athletic program.
  • Southeast High Schools boasts a stadium that hosts athletic games from all over the Kansas City Public Schools district. Their indoor and outdoor athletic facilities as well as their central location make the school the frequent location of athletic competitions.
  • Southeast High School boasts a full sized football field and a full sized track with plenty of room for fans on both sides.
  • Southeast also has large soccer fields as well.
  • At Southeast High, teachers are working actively to model success and help students to be their best each day.

Southeast High School (9-12)

Southeast High School

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3500 E Meyer Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64131
816-418-1078 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Jessica Bassett, Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available

Quick Facts

Our Mission

Southeast High serves neighborhood students as well as African-Centered Prep students. Each have separate core classes, but share electives and play on the same athletic teams and clubs. Our mission is to ensure that every student receives a quality education, with a strong cultural emphasis. We are committed to ensuring that we prepare our students to be college and/or career ready. We will teach in a way that fosters a strong sense of self, through African-centered cultural values.

Points of Pride

  • African heritage
  • Family atmosphere
  • Student-centered approach

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: Information not shared with SMKCS
  • Total Enrollment: 578
  • Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
  • School Type: KCPS-Neighborhood


  • 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
  • Choir
  • Drama + Theater
  • Drum/Percussion
  • Instrumental Music
  • Jazz
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Visual Arts

Sports Programs

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Cheerleading (Girls)
  • Cross Country (Boys)
  • Cross Country (Girls)
  • Football
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Swimming (Boys)
  • Swimming (Girls)
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)
  • Weight Lifting (Boys)
  • Weight Lifting (Girls)
  • Wrestling (Boys)

Clubs + Activities

  • Debate
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • National Honor Society
  • Speech + Debate
  • Student Government

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
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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.

  • Enrollment Open: Ongoing. More information is available here.
  • Residence: Students must live within Southeast High's boundaries in the KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Enroll online on the KCPS website

Applications for signature and neighborhood schools open on December 14, 2020

The initial round of applications deadline is February 15, 2021

The week of March 1st, initial seats will be offered, and parents will need to complete the registration form.

You can still apply after the deadline, seats will be offered at a later date.

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

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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


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


Leslie Friday, Southeast Parent

As a parent of both a freshman and sophomore here at Southeast High school I have experienced both some good and bad things. I truly believe that with the continued push from Dr. Whitt to create a positive atmosphere for the students, staff, and parents that Southeast can be and will be great. I chose to enroll my children in Southeast to give them a chance at some of the programs that are offered here such as the ROTC program the dance class as well as the awesome band.

I do believe that some of the staff should work on not separating the children with the school within a school choice, to hear things like those kids or bad or the AC PREP kids are better is not ok. I would like to see the staff work on being one family as opposed to the separation, I can say the leadership seems to be on one page and that helps with the culture of student discipline. The school facilities could use some updating as the custodians don’t seem to keep the restrooms clean, the building temperature is off, the front office could stand some updates with a cleaner more organized look.

As for parent involvement I think the opportunities are slim to none and when there is an opportunity the notice is to short. There are some additional programs such as mentoring groups, band, and dance team that I think are beneficial provided the students take advantage of it. Again I believe with some restructuring, some team work, consistency and better communication Southeast can be and will be great.

GO Knights!!!!!!

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