Known for innovation and excellence, North Kansas City Schools serves more than 18,500 K-12 students in 32 educational sites throughout southern Clay County, Missouri. Demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability, the two newest schools meet national “green” standards and are certified as LEED Silver and LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Both are firsts for schools in Missouri. North Kansas City Schools prepares students to be successful in a changing world. To do this well means engaging students in a learning climate that values innovation, respect, high expectations, shared decision making, diversity of thought and a global perspective.
One measure of excellence in education is accreditation.
North Kansas City Schools is fully accredited by the state of Missouri and has earned the state’s prestigious “Distinction in Performance” award for high achievement numerous times. The district also is nationally accredited by the North Central Association’s Commission on Accreditation and was the first school system in Missouri to meet that organization’s rigorous quality standards.
Another measure of excellence is national recognition.
The National School Boards Association has twice honored North Kansas City Schools as a leader in educational technology and the district received the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) national Technology TEAM Award. Additionally, the U.S. Secretary of Education saluted the district as a national model for professional development. Although North Kansas City Schools is the sixth largest school district in the state, it is known for its neighborhood schools and a sense of community. Teachers, support staff and educational leaders partner with parents and communities to ensure success for learners of all ages and abilities. Seventy percent of teachers hold advanced degrees, and on average, teachers have more than a decade of classroom experience.
Although North Kansas City Schools is the sixth largest school district in the state, it is known for its neighborhood schools and a sense of community. Teachers, support staff and educational leaders partner with parents and communities to ensure success for learners of all ages and abilities. Seventy percent of teachers hold advanced degrees, and on average, teachers have more than a decade of classroom experience.
All four high schools are designated as A+ Schools by the state, allowing students who meet academic, attendance and citizenship criteria to receive two years of college tuition reimbursement from the State of Missouri. Each high school offers the Distinguished Achievement Program which includes the Gold Medallion diploma option, dual credit classes and AP courses. Students consistently are recognized each year through national scholarship programs such as National Merit Scholars, Gates Millennium and Horatio Alger. High school students also can elect to participate in the rigorous International Baccalaureate diploma program or choose one of the specialized study options such as the Cerner Scholars program, the Information Technology Academy, or the Automotive Technology program.
Younger students benefit from full-day kindergarten, gifted education, 5th grade strings, middle school extended-day programs, a summer enrichment program, and elementary before- and after-school childcare. Adult learners keep their minds active and skills sharp through an array of Community Education programs including Adult Basic Education.
Advisory committees and a thriving Education Foundation engage the greater community to inspire future successes. With the support of these ongoing partnerships, North Kansas City Schools ensures its vision of achieving excellence, embracing change and forging new traditions.