Kansas City Public Schools

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Kansas City Public Schools
Type and location
Type Public School District
Grades PreK - 12
Established 1867
Location Kansas City, Missouri
Coordinates Coordinates: 39°05′58″N 94°34′45″W / 39.09940°N 94.57912°W / 39.09940; -94.57912
District information
Superintendent R. Stephen Green, Ed.D
Budget $328 million
Students and staff
Students 17,000-18,000 (Estimated)
Teachers 2,000
Staff 2,000
Other information
Website Official website

Kansas City Public Schools or KCPS (formerly Kansas City, Missouri School District, or KCMSD) is an unaccredited school district headquartered at 1211 McGee Street in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This entire school district officially lost accreditation on January 1, 2012.[1]


The school district serves some of the residents within Kansas City.

It is west to east from the Kansas/Missouri border line to western Independence and Raytown. It is north to south from the Missouri River to Hickman Mills and the Center School District at approximately 85th Street. The school district covers NONE of the city north of the Missouri River, sitting inside the historic boundaries of the city before later annexations. In fact, there are portions of Kansas City, itself, where children attend 14 other "suburban" districts. In other words, the Kansas City District comprises the oldest parts of the city and in no way is contiguous with the boundaries of the city of Kansas City, Missouri.


The district began in 1867.
In April 1885 the KC district annexed portions of District #1 and the Oakley district.
In April 1886 the KC district absorbed portions of the Ashland and Westport districts.
In April 1887 the KC district absorbed another portion of the Oakley district.
On February 16, 1899 the KC district annexed the entire Westport District.
On April 16, 1903 the district absorbed the Ivanhoe District.
On September 6, 1906 KCMSD absorbed a portion of the Swope district.
KCMSD absorbed separate portions of the Seven Oaks district on October 18, 1906, September 3, 1908, February 4, 1909, and September 16, 1910, with the Seven Oaks district continuing to exist.
On April 4, 1910 KCMSD absorbed a portion of the Mount Washington district.
On May 18 of that year KCMSD annexed the remaining portion of the Swope District.
On August 28, 1911 KCMSD took all of District No. 101.
On September 7 of that year the Kansas City district absorbed all of the Border Star District.
On September 21 of that year the Kansas City district absorbed another portion of the Seven Oaks district.
On November 2 and November 16 of that year KCMSD absorbed all of the Bristol district and all of the Mount Washington district, respectively.
On March 21, 1912 the KC district absorbed part of the Boone district.
On August 27 of that year the KC district absorbed the Shiloh district.
On February 13, 1913 the KC district took the remaining portion of the Seven Oaks district.
On September 2 of that year KCMSD took a portion of the Center district.
On December 11, 1916 KCMSD took all of the Leeds district.
On August 7, 1947 the Ruhl–Hartman District became a part of the KCMSD.
On January 17, 1952 KCMSD took a portion of the Center district.
On May 11, 1955 the Sugar Creek District became a part of the KCMSD.
The Rock Creek district joined KCMSD on February 7, 1957.
On March 27, 1958 the Pitcher–Fairview District became a part of the KCMSD.
KCMSD absorbed the Pleasant Valley district on January 1, 1973.[2]

In the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s KCMSD closed at least 30 buildings. The district sold some buildings, demolished some buildings, and abandoned other buildings.[3] In 2010 John Covington, the superintendent of the district at the time, submitted a plan calling for the closure of 29 of the district's remaining 61 schools.[4] During that year almost half of the KCMO schools closed. By that year many students, instead of attending district schools, attend charter schools, private schools, parochial schools, and schools in suburban school districts. As of 2010 the school district had less than 18,000, half of its enrollment in 2000 and 25% of its peak population in the 1960s.[5] On September 20, 2011, The Missouri Board of Education voted unanimously to take the district's accreditation status away effective January 1, 2012.[6]

Broadcast station owner[edit]

KCPT or Kansas City Public Television was signed on for the first time as KCSD or Kansas City School District which owned the station until 1971. The school district put the license on the market in 1971. A group of civic leaders formed "Public Television 19" and bought the license. The station relaunched in January 1972 as KCPT. That fall, it began broadcasting PBS shows in color for the first time.

Missouri v. Jenkins[edit]

Missouri v. Jenkins is a case decided by the United States Supreme Court. On June 12, 1995 the Court, in a 5-4 decision, overturned a District Court ruling that required the state of Missouri to correct de facto racial inequality in schools by funding salary increases and remedial education programs.

2000s annexation boundary line debate[edit]

In November 2007, the voters of Independence Public School District and Kansas City, Missouri School District, voted for seven schools which consists of one high school, one middle school, and five elementary schools to be taken over by the Independence School District.[7] Victor Callahan, a state senator, supported the annexation and said that he hoped that KCMSD would disappear via annexations within a 10-year span.[8] The teachers' union of Kansas City opposed the move.[9] Gwendolyn Grant, the head of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, supported the move; she said it would make the KCMSD school board more racially homogeneous and therefore reduce tensions within the school board.[10] In November 2007 84% of voting residents within Independence and 66% of voting residents within Kansas City approved the transfer. Jim Hinson, the superintendent of the Independence district, believed that the KCMO district fought the annexation was because it was a "pride issue" and because the KCMO district feared that other parts of the district could secede.[11]

In April 2008 the Kansas City Missouri School District Buildings Corp. sued to receive a declaratory judgment on the value of the Independence buildings.[12] In July 2008 Missouri Commissioner of Education D. Kent King asked for KCMSD to give up the schools.[13] During that month a judge ruled that Independence has a right to control the seven transferred schools and the closed Anderson Campus.[14] In August 2008 the Independence School District wired more than $12.8 million United States dollars to the Kansas City, Missouri district. The building transfer was completed.[15]


Dr. R. Stephen Green was named interim superintendent in August 2011. On April 2, 2012, he was officially named superintendent.[16]


All schools are in the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

High schools[edit]



Career & technical centers[edit]

  • Manual - 1215 East Truman Road
  • Manual East Campus - 1924 Van Brunt Boulevard

Elementary schools[edit]


  • Attucks - 2400 Prospect Avenue
  • Banneker - 7050 Askew Avenue
  • Faxon Montessori - 1320 East 32nd Terrace
    • Faxon opened in 1906 at 3710 Paseo.[17]
  • Garcia - 1000 West 17th Street
  • Garfield - 436 Prospect Boulevard
  • Gladstone - 335 North Elmwood Avenue
  • Hartman - 8111 Oak Street
  • James - 5810 Scarritt Avenue
  • Martin Luther King Elementary School - 4201-A Indiana Avenue
  • Longfellow - 2830 Holmes Street
  • Melcher - 3958 Chelsea Avenue
  • Paige - 3301 East 75th Street
  • Wendell Phillips - 1619 East 24th Terrance
  • Pitcher - 9915 East 38th Terrace
  • J. A. Rogers - 6400 E. 23rd. Street
  • Trailwoods - 6201 E. 17th. Street
  • Troost - 1215 East 59th Street
  • Wheatley - 2415 Agnes Avenue
  • Whittier - 1012 Bales Avenue


  • Carver Dual Language - 4600 Elmwood Avenue
  • Border Star Montessori - 6321 Wornall Road
  • Foreign Language Academy - 3450 Warwick Boulevard
  • Holliday Montessori - 7227 Jackson Avenue

Contract Schools[edit]

Former schools[edit]

Closed to K-8 transition[edit]

  • Graceland - 4101 East 53rd Street


High schools

Elementary and middle schools

  • Horace Mann Elementary School
  • Switzer School
  • West Junior High School
  • Switzer Annex (Kansas City) - closed in 1979.[3]

Middle schools

Primary schools

  • Askew - 2630 Topping Ave
  • Bancroft Elementary School (Kansas City) - Opened as a one-room school house in 1904 and closed in 2000.[3]
  • Blenheim - 2411 East 70th Terrace
  • Cook - 7302 Pennsylvania Avenue
  • R.J. DeLano - 3708 East Linwood Boulevard (served students with special needs)
  • Douglas - 2640 Bellview Avenue
  • East Elementary School - 6400 East 23rd Street
  • Benjamin Franklin - 1325 Washington St. (Opened 1900, closed 1973)
  • C. A. Franklin - 3400 Highland Avenue
  • Greenwood School (Kansas City) - Opened in 1900, closed in 1997.[3]
  • Knotts - 7301 Jackson Avenue
  • Ladd - 3640 Benton Boulevard
  • Longan - 3421 Cherry Street
  • Norman School (Kansas City), Norman, which opened in 1901, was Kansas City's first stone exterior building. Located in the Valentine neighborhood, the building served as a teacher resource center after being a school. The building closed in 2005.[17]
  • Manchester School (Kansas City) - Manchester joined Kansas City district in 1899. The final building, which opened in 1920, was delayed due to World War I.[17]
  • Moore - 4510 East Linwood Boulevard
  • Northeast Elementary School - 4904 Independence Avenue
  • Pinkerton - 6409 Agnes Avenue
  • Scarritt - 3509 Anderson Avenue
  • Seven Oaks Elementary School (Kansas City) - Seven Oaks was in its own school district before Kansas City annexed it in 1913. It was named after Sevenoaks in England. Seven Oaks closed in 2003.[17]
  • Thacher Elementary School (Kansas City) - Originally built in 1900, the facility was closed in the 1990s after being an annex to Northeast Middle School. For one year it served as an eighth grade center before closing in the northern hemisphere summer of 2009. The former school was damaged by a fire in 2011[21]
  • Nelson School - the building is now part of UMKC, and is called "Grant Hall"[22]
  • Weeks - 4201 Indiana Avenue
  • West Rock Creek - 8820 East 27th Street
  • Frances Willard School (Kansas City) - Willard closed in 1998.* Seven Oaks Elementary School (Kansas City) - Seven Oaks was in its own school district before Kansas City annexed it in 1913. It was named after Sevenoaks in England. Seven Oaks closed in 2003.[17]
  • Woodland - 711 Woodland Avenue

Transferred to Independence School District[edit]

Van Horn High School prior to the 2011 renovations
  1. Van Horn High School - (Independence)
  2. Nowlin Middle School - (Independence)
  3. Fairmount Elementary - (Independence)
  4. Mt. Washington Elementary - (Independence)
  5. North Rock Creek/Korte Elementary - (Independence)
  6. Sugar Creek Elementary - (Sugar Creek)
  7. Three Trails Elementary - (Independence)

Closed and later transferred[edit]

Primary schools and alternative schools

  • C. R. Anderson School (Independence) - It was originally called the Pitcher School. KCMSD annexed the school in 1957. The school became an alternative school for troubled students in the 1980s. The school closed in 2000.[3] In 2008 Anderson was transferred to the Independence School District.[14]


  1. ^ Sulzberger, A. G. (September 20, 2011). "Kansas City, Mo., School District Loses Its Accreditation". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  2. ^ "District Annexations." Kansas City, Missouri School District. Retrieved on December 31, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Barton, Eric. "Buy This School." The Pitch. August 12, 2008. 1.
  4. ^ Hollingsworth, Heather. "Kansas City Wants to Close Half Its Public Schools." Associated Press at ABC News. Monday March 7, 2010. 1. Retrieved on March 8, 2010.
  5. ^ "Schools to close in Kansas City, Mo., by fall ." MSNBC. March 11, 2010. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  6. ^ Oberholtz, Chris. "Missouri strips Kansas City School District of accreditation". KCTV5. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Voters Approve School Switch - Politics News Story - KMBC Kansas City
  8. ^ Noble, Jason. "Callahan calls for incremental undoing of KC School District." Kansas City Star. December 17, 2008. Retrieved on December 31, 2008.
  9. ^ "KC Teachers Union To Fight Annexation Plan." KMBC-TV. October 15, 2007. Retrieved on January 4, 2009.
  10. ^ Grant, Gwendolyn. "Free At Last!" Urban League of Greater Kansas City. Friday July 27, 2007. Retrieved on January 4, 2009.
  11. ^ "Q&A with Superintendent Jim Hinson, Independence School District." American School Board Journal. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  12. ^ "Nonprofit sues over KC School District buildings." Kansas City Business Journal. Monday April 28, 2008. Retrieved on January 4, 2009.
  13. ^ "King Urges Kansas City to Release Disputed Schools." Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Volume 42, No. 49. July 1, 2008. Retrieved on January 6, 2009.
  14. ^ a b Cleaver, Melissa. "Independence Wins Control of 7 Schools." KHSB-TV. July 7, 2008. Retrieved on January 4, 2009.
  15. ^ Evenson, Kelly. "School transfer is official." The Examiner. August 7, 2008. Retrieved on January 4, 2009.
  16. ^ "Dr. R. Stephen Green named Superintendent of Schools". Kansas City Public Schools. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f Barton, Eric. "Buy This School." The Pitch. August 12, 2008. 2.
  18. ^ Robertson, Joe. "Southwest High staying closed." Kansas City Star. August 10, 2005. Retrieved on January 3, 2008.
  19. ^ Miller, Joe. "La Familia." The Pitch. January 23, 2003. 2.
  20. ^ "NEW school boundaries for 2010-2011 School Year." Kansas City, Missouri School District. Retrieved on January 20, 2011. "Southwest Early College Campus – (Assumes Westport High boundaries)"
  21. ^ Hart, James and Tony Rizzo. "Flames heavily damage KC school in Northeast area." Kansas City Star. Wednesday January 19, 2011. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  22. ^ University of Missouri - Kansas City. Virtual Tour of Grant Hall

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