Award-Winning Schools

  • North Kansas City Schools is a nationally recognized leader in innovation and student success. The district is focused on encouraging student achievement, professional growth and increasing opportunities for all. NKC Schools is fully accredited by AdvancED and has been recognized on the national, state and local levels. In just the last few years, North Kansas City Schools has recieved accolades for innovation in several areas.


    School Recognition

    • 3 National Blue Ribbon elementary schools
    • North Kansas City High School chosen for the Washington Post's annual Most Challenging High Schools list
    • Oak Park selected by the International Center for Leadership in Education as one of eight national Model Schools
    • Staley High School selected for U.S. News and World Report's annual Best High Schools list
    • Winnetonka High School is the first high school in Missouri to earn AVID Demonstration School status
    • 27 district sites earned the Energy Star Certification from the EPA
    • Several schools recognized for success with Positive Behavior Support implementation


    Program Achievements

    • Implementation of 1:1 technology initiative ensures all students have access to learning opportunities anytime and anywhere
    • Vanguard program at the middle school level recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program
    • Transportation receives the ACT EXPO 2017 Fleet Award - the first school district to ever do so
    • NKC Schools has been selected as a distinguished Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) district
    • Won 2017 Region IV Institutional Energy Management Award from the Association of Energy Engineers
    • Earned Missouri Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner's Award for Excellence in Professional Learning for literacy work throughout the district


    Student Success

    • 100% of 2018 graduates admitted to a 2- or 4-year college or the military
    • Enrollment in AP courses and involvement in middle school activities continue to grow
    • Straight feeder attendance patterns ensure that students have a clear path from kindergarten to high school graduation
    • 6th-8th grade programming and extracurricular offerings were expanded to engage students in a wide variety of opportunities
    • High school communities redesigned beginning with the Class of 2025, connecting all students with college and career experiences through an industry theme of students' choice