College & Career Pathways

  • Portrait of a Graduate North Kansas City Schools has an exciting new learning initiative on the horizon. Beginning in fall 2021, the district will embark on an innovative “Linked Learning” approach to transform the high school experience. NKC Schools is focused on ensuring all students graduate with the skills and tools needed to succeed in college, careers and beyond. See the flyer for more on Linked Learning.

    Starting with incoming 9th graders in the 2021-22 school year, each of our four high schools will offer students the opportunity to be a part of one of four “schools within a school” aligned with leading industry sectors – including health, business, technology/design, and human services. Each year, our high schools will add a new student cohort, making the Class of 2025 our leaders as the very first class of graduates.

    In implementing College and Career Pathways, NKC Schools will foster a rigorous and relevant program of study that helps redefine what a high school education looks like. In partnership with our Portrait of a Graduate, this approach will afford students more options and opportunities to help guide them to a successful future post-graduation. More than simply being prepared to succeed, each of our students will graduate with an “edge” over their peers nationwide.

    Read the message from Dr. Clemens to all 8th grade families to learn more about this NKC Schools initiative, and see Frequently Asked Questions here.

For 8th Grade Families

  • After we return from Winter Break, students will have several opportunities to learn more about the four schools and the pathways within each. Counselors, high school teachers, current students, and our College & Career Facilitators will all be available to help students make a decision about which school might be right for them. In February, all 8th grade students will start the process of selecting their preferred schools as part of 9th grade enrollment. We are looking forward to supporting students throughout this winter and spring as they make exciting choices and consider next steps. 

    Several resources are available to help families learn more and make informed choices about their student's preferred path. To view recorded sessions and school-specific information, please select your student's high school below: 


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