North Kansas City Schools offers secondary education to students in grades 6-8 at five middle schools and 9-12 at four high schools. A student's secondary education includes both middle school and high school. Parents can learn more about middle and high school curriculum and planning by using the Transitional Academic Guide
for middle school and the Career Planning and Education Guide
for high school students. Middle School (Grades 6-8)
The Transitional Academic Guide gives students in middle school information they will need as they embark on this next level of their school career. (Transitional Academic Guide)
Sixth Grade Transition Program
NKC Schools offers a transition program for incoming sixth graders. Students learn how to open lockers, use student planners and read a class schedule. They also practice study skills and meet key people at their middle school. This is a great way to make friends before the school year starts and helps them become comfortable with a new school building.
Unlike elementary school classes, students in middle school are assigned to teams. The teams are interdisciplinary and integrate the four core subject areas of English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Each teacher on the team shares the same group of students and team teachers share a common conference and plan periods so they can meet together with parents, discuss objectives and instructional strategies and plan team activities. Classrooms are in close proximity and teams encourage a sense of community and belonging among the students, easing the transition from elementary to middle school.
At the middle school level, students have choice regarding more than a half dozen Encore classes, allowing students the opportunity to explore a variety of talents and interests. Choices (depending on whether student is a sixth, seventh or eighth grader) include AVID, Band, Communication Technology, English Language Learners (ELL), Health, Modern Languages, Orchestra, Physical Education, Project Lead The Way Automation and Robotics, Public Speaking and Theater, Technology Connect, Technology Literacy, Visual Arts and Vocal Music. (See Transitional Academic Guide for more information
Seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to enroll in the Honors Curriculum available in English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Honors Curriculum enrollment is recognized on grade cards and on student transcripts. This Honors Curriculum is available at all middle schools. Level I Modern Language (French, German and Spanish) as well as Geometry are available to eighth grade students. (See Transitional Academic Guide for more information
High School (Grades 9-12)
Career Planning and Education Guide (Formerly known as Program of Studies)
The Career Planning and Education Guide is a joint effort of high schools and colleges to coordinate classroom instruction, student guidance, career and technical student organizations, career and technical student organizations, career development and community participation for a particular Career Cluster. These plans of study should serve as a guide along with other career planning materials as students continue their career path. (Career Planning and Education Guide)
Students in NKC Schools have four diploma options from which to choose. Each is described in more detail in the Career and Planning Education Guide.
- North Kansas City Schools Diploma (24 credits)
- College Readiness Diploma (25 credits)
- Gold Medallion Honors Diploma (26 credits)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma (26 credits)
Advanced Placement & Dual Credit
The Advanced Placement Program, administered by the College Board, gives high school students an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned by taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Depending on the AP Score, colleges and universities have the option to grant credit, placement or both to these students. Dual credit classes are college classes offered in conjunction with several area colleges and universities. Students receive college credit as well as high school credit. Most colleges will transfer these credits toward a student's degree program. (More information may be found in the Career and Planning Education Guide.)
A+ Schools Program
North Kansas City Schools was the first multi-high school district in the state to have all high schools in its district designated as A+ Schools. (Learn more...)
Missouri Connections is an online resource that takes career planning to a higher level. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Economic Development, Missouri Connections is available to students, parents, school counselors, educators and job seekers at no charge. (Learn more...)
The process of receiving a copy of your high school transcript is easy to do. (Learn how...)