Portrait of a Graduate

  • As one of the largest, most diverse school districts in Missouri, North Kansas City Schools serves nearly 21,000 students. As champions for all students, NKC Schools' mission is to ensure that all are life-ready and ethically grounded in an ever-changing world through innovative educational experiences that inspire lifelong learning, embrace inclusion, and forge a unified community. In seeking to continually improve our systems and serve students, NKC Schools will employ change and innovation processes that boldly redefine the high school experience.

    Over the course of several months during the 2019-2020 school year, NKC Schools brought together a Portrait Design Team to bring this vision to life. This team was a diverse group of individuals representing all stakeholder groups: students, staff members, teachers, district leaders, parents, Board of Education, business partners and community members. The Portrait Design Team identified the seven key competencies for our Portrait through a rigorous process, including research, concept design and development, and broader community outreach. This group's charge was to "develop a collective vision that articulates our community's aspirations for all of our students."

    This collective vision prioritized a set of competencies that prepares all students for success now and in the future, regardless of what path they choose upon graduation. This is an exciting time as we seek to enhance student choice, improve each learner’s sense of belonging and inspire even stronger relationships within our high school communities. Stay tuned for more information to come as we "boldly redefine the high school experience."

  • Portrait of a North Kansas City Schools Graduate