There are five types of schools available to children living in the boundaries of the Kansas City Public Schools. We cover all them in our database here on our website, but it is helpful to know the similarities and differences.

 

Kansas City School Options at a Glance

KCPS Neighborhood Schools
KCPS Signature Schools
Charter Schools
Faith-Based Schools
Independent Private Schools
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Type of School
Public Public Public Private Private
Student Must Live  in the KCPS Boundaries
Yes Yes Yes No No
Tuition
No No No Yes Yes
Governed By
KCPS and publicly elected school board KCPS and publicly elected school board Board of directors and sponsoring organization Board of directors and religious organization Board of directors
How to Get In
Enroll with KCPS Central Office Apply to individual schools KCPS Central Office Apply to individual schools Apply to individual schools Apply to individual schools
How is this type of school different?
Everyone is guaranteed a seat Has a specific focus. For example language immersion, Montessori, performing arts, cultural focus or college prep Independent from KCPS but still public, often has a particular theme or philosophy Affiliated with a religious organization. Students have religious education in addition to secular subjects Completely independent

 

KCPS Neighborhood Schools

Neighborhood schools are tuition-free public schools that are part of Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS). Any child who lives in the KCPS boundaries is guaranteed a seat at their neighborhood school. Sometimes families choose to request a neighborhood school in a different neighborhood and this request is granted by KCPS when space allows. You can find out which neighborhood school you’re assigned to here.

 

KCPS Signature Schools

Signature schools are also tuition-free public schools and they are also part of KCPS. Each signature school has its own special theme, such as Montessori, language immersion, performing arts, cultural focus or college prep and supports students with specialized interests. They are open to any student who lives in the KCPS boundaries, but applications are required and they have a limited number of seats which are filled on a first come, first served basis. You can search for all of the KCPS signature schools in our database by checking it off under Type of School.

 

Charter Schools

Charter schools are tuition-free, public schools that have their own governance and operate independently of KCPS. They receive state funding and are open to all students in the KCPS boundaries. Many charter schools use a lottery system to fill their limited number of seats. You can search for all of the charter schools in our database by checking it off under Type of School.

 

Faith-Based Schools

Faith-based schools are affiliated with a religious organization. Students usually have religious education in addition to their secular subjects. Faith-based schools do not receive public funding so, most often, they charge tuition. Many are also supported by the religious organization with which they are affiliated which may help keep tuition cost down and financial aid may be available. Students apply for admission to faith-based schools which are governed by a board of directors and the religious organization with which they are affiliated. You can search for all of the faith-based and independent private schools in our database by checking them off under Type of School.

 

Independent Private Schools

Independent private schools are supported by a private organization or individuals rather than the government. Private schools do not receive public funding so they charge tuition although financial aid may be available. They are open to students regardless of where they live. Students apply for admission to private schools which are governed by a board of directors. You can search for all of the faith-based and independent private schools in our database by checking them off under Type of School.