Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) Mission:
Inspiring Excellence: Every Grownup, Every Child, Every Day.


Our Schools

Throughout its history, the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) has continued growing and evolving to adapt to the changing elements of the urban core of the city — socially, politically, domestically, and educationally. The cornerstone of the community, it remains focused on achieving its goal of becoming one of the top 10 school districts in the nation. Among its more recent achievements are:

"The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is a leader in the Kansas City region in holding their improvement strategies in place over time, as well as innovating in order to transform their urban high schools."

Susan Wally,
President and CEO

"The Kansas City, Kansas public school district, where 79 percent of students are minorities and 74 percent live below the poverty line, was struggling with high dropout rates and low test scores when it adopted the school-reform model called First Things First in 1996. This included setting high academic standards for all students, reducing teacher-student ratios, and giving teachers and administrators the responsibility to improve student performance and the resources they needed to do it. The district's graduation rate has climbed more than 30 percentage points. These are the kind of results you can get when you design high schools to prepare every student for college."

Bill Gates,
Philanthropist/Co-Founder of Microsoft
Remarks from a Speech at the National Governors Association/Achieve Summit

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