KCPS Now Accepting Enrollment Applications for 2017-2018 School Year


Kansas City, November 29, 2016: Kansas City Public Schools will begin accepting applications for new students starting Thursday, Dec. 1 for the 2017-2018 school year. New students include next year’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, as well as students who want to apply for one of KCPS’ signature schools.

Enrollment applications and information are available at www.kcpublicschools.org/Enroll. Applications will also be available at individual school offices and the Office of Admissions, located at 1211 McGee St. in Kansas City, Mo. Applications can be submitted directly to the school of choice starting Dec. 1.

The following schools have a limited number of seats, which are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis by students who otherwise meet each school’s enrollment requirements. Due to high demand for these seats, staff at these schools will accept applications at specific times on Dec. 1:

  • Border Star Montessori School (6321 Wornall Rd.) – 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Harold Holliday Montessori School (7227 Jackson Ave.) – 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Lincoln College Preparatory Academy (2111 Woodland Ave.) – 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2

Each of those schools will accept applications after Dec. 1, although enrollment depends on the availability of seats and the qualifications of the applicant.

Applications will also be accepted in person or by mail at the Admissions Office, 1211 McGee St., Kansas City, MO 64106, or by fax at 816-418-7006. For questions regarding a specific school, parents should contact that school’s office.

KCPS requires new enrollees to provide two proofs of residency; this can include a copy of a lease, mortgage, or tax receipt and a current gas or electricity bill. Enrollees also must provide current immunization records, a birth certificate and a photo ID of the parent or guardian.

KCPS recently announced that the school system earned 98 points on its 2016 Annual Progress Report (APR), according to data released by Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. By garnering at least 70 percent of the 140 points possible, this is the first time that KCPS has earned the points necessary for full accreditation under the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP).

KCPS also has seven outstanding Signature Schools. Entrance into a Signature School is not restricted by neighborhood boundaries; a student may live anywhere within KCPS and attend any Signature School if he or she meets that school’s enrollment requirements.

In 2016, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy was named the #1 High School in Missouri by U.S. News and World Report for the second year in a row and was ranked in the top 100 schools in the nation. Lincoln Prep offers a full International Baccalaureate curriculum and exceptional academics.

Other Signature Schools include Foreign Language Academy (which boasts the region’s only k-8 full-immersion Mandarin Chinese program) and Carver Dual Language School, Border Star and Harold Holliday Montessori schools, African Centered College Prep Academy and Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts.

Seven KCPS Neighborhood Schools have met the mark for full accreditation, including James and Pitcher elementary schools, which earned 100 percent of the possible points on their 2016 APR results; another 12 Neighborhood Schools are at the provisional accreditation level.

Enrollment at a Neighborhood School is based on where a student’s family lives. More information about the excellent neighborhood school options in KCPS is available at www.kcpublicschools.org/neighborhood.

For more information about KCPS’ Signature Schools, visit www.kcpublicschools.org/signature.

Whether they attend a Neighborhood or Signature school, all KCPS students and their families have access to a wide range of unique and high quality support systems, academic programs and co-curricular activities. These include:

  • The region’s most comprehensive services for English language learners and new Americans
  • Well regarded training at the Manual Career and Technical Education Center, including programs in automotive repair and technology, construction technology, culinary arts, healthcare services, Project Lead the Way, C++ Java, Emergency Medical Services
  • Trauma-sensitive schools
  • Breakfast and lunch free of charge for students
  • The Early College Academy, which gives students the opportunity to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and two-year college degree at no cost for families