KCKPS Welcome Center

Notice: Starting October 15, the Welcome Center's operating hours will be from 8 - 11:30 a.m.

The Welcome Center is a one-stop location to enroll first-time students, as well as those students who have left and are now returning to the school district.  While at the Welcome Center you will:

  • Learn about the district
  • Complete necessary paperwork
  • Receive school bus and transportation information
  • Drop-off immunization forms
  • Complete lunch applications and special dietary forms and much more!

Staff will be onsite to assist with translation, if needed. Please note:

  • If your student(s) are returning to the school district, click the re-enrollment button to enroll online.
  • If your student(s) are attending kindergarten, please enroll during Kindergarten Roundup. Click K Roundup for details.
  • If your student(s) are accepted to attend Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, you will attend the Orientation and Enrollment at the school site. Click Sumner Academy Enrollment for details about criteria to attend the school.

Welcome Center Central Office & Training Center 2010 N.59th Street Kansas City, Kansas 66104 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Closed July 31, Aug. 1 – 3 and whenever school is not in session.) 913.551.3200

Welcome Center

Central Office & Training Center
2010 N.59th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66104
Monday through Friday
8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

P3 Tips App

A free resource is available for students and community members to help maintain our safe school environments.

The P3 Tips app is FREE and can be used to report online safety-related information, such as the whereabouts of missing persons, bullying, and suspicious activities, etc. The tips are anonymous and can be accompanied by uploading videos and photos.   There is also the ability to review and update submitted tips. All anonymous tips are sent directly to the TIPS hotline.

The P3 Tips app is easy to use. Here’s how to get started:

  • Download P3 Tips app from App Store or Google Play
  • Create a numeric passcode – a minimum of four digits is required. This can be used to access future reports in this app.
  • Select a location
    • United States
  • Select a State
    • Kansas City, Kansas (Select this option.)
  • Select an Organization

Students can report tips at their high school by selecting their school’s organization from the list. If a student’s school is not listed under the list of organizational choices, they can report tips by selecting the USD 500 District or Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers organization on the list. 

  • Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers
  • Harmon Hawks
  • Schlagle Stallions
  • Sumner Academy Sabres
  • Washington Wildcats
  • Wyandotte Bulldogs
  • USD 500 District
    • Report the tip
    • Submit the tip

After the tip is submitted, the information will be reviewed by law enforcement for appropriate action.

For more information about the P3 Tips app, please contact Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Police Department at 913-627-4111.

Recognition Links

  • Employee Recognition

  • Employee of the Month Nomination Form
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    For more than a century, the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) has served the educational needs of students in the community. The district has produced thousands of graduates who have advanced to successful careers, and have become active and productive citizens and leaders in their communities and throughout the nation. They are scientists, doctors, attorneys, political leaders, professional athletes and entrepreneurs. They are advocates, innovators and role models for children of all ages.

    KCKPS graduates are making a difference in the world every day. And many of them still have roots in their home community through family and friends, and through programs and initiatives they choose to support. They are proud to call KCK home.

    Reasons to Believe Nomination Form

  • Student Recognition


    The Student Recognition Program is designed to recognize students for their exemplary academic efforts, community service, citizenship, athletics, volunteer service, etc. If students are nominated for a reason besides academics, they should have demonstrated at least average academic effort, good school attendance and good discipline.

    Student of the Month Nomination Form

  • As we strive to become one of the top 10 school districts in the nation, our aim is to provide 5-Star Service to our internal and external patrons. We judge our service based on our district values:

    • Be a Learner
    • Bring Out the Best in People
    • Be Responsible
    • Do the Right Thing
    • Achieve Results that Matter

    Across the district, there are individuals, buildings and departments that go above and beyond the call of duty, and consistently provide exemplary service to staff and patrons. Please use this form to nominate someone whom you believe should be recognized with the 5-Star Service Award.

    Five Star Service Award Nomination Form


Community Survey

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools recently conducted a facilities study, which details more than $500 million in deferred maintenance needs. The district has been working with members of the community to determine the best way to move forward with addressing these needs. In order to move forward, community input is needed. Please take ten minutes to give us your input, by taking the short survey below. Your responses will be anonymous, and will greatly assist the district in providing for the educational needs of the 22,000 students served in KCKPS. Thanks!





Legislative Information

To keep our parents, students, staff, and patrons informed of issues regarding school finance, we have created this Legislative Information page.  It is important that we, as a community, continue to educate ourselves about the issues involved in funding education locally and statewide to ensure the best futures for our students.

Updates on School Funding

Kansas Supreme Court Decision on Gannon VI School Finance

Posted Monday, June 25, 2018

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The Supreme Court of the State of Kansas released on Monday, June 25, its decision in the Gannon VI school finance case.  “We appreciate the court’s careful and thoughtful deliberation,” said Dr. Cynthia Lane, superintendent of schools. “This is a significant step forward for the education of Kansas children,” said Lane.

Among the decisions of the court today are the following:

  • Equity has been addressed, meaning that all children deserve equality of opportunity and all tax payers deserve similar tax effort to support schools.
  • Adequacy remains unconstitutional, meaning we continue to lack enough funding to support education after the 2018-19 school year. To reach adequacy, we will need additional funding that will account for inflation. As an example, the court pointed to the 2009 school year as a time when funding was adequate and students were progressing. Looking at the funding levels during that time with consideration of inflation may get us to adequate funding levels in future years.
  • The court did find that the funding allocated for the 2018-19 school year met minimum requirements.
  • Kansas schools will remain open for the 2018-19 school year because the funding meets adequate funding criteria.
  • The court will retain jurisdiction as a result of the problems with adequacy.
  • Deadline for the state to submit a remedy for the adequacy requirement is April 15, 2019. The Supreme Court Hearing is scheduled for May 9, 2019.

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“Overall, today’s decision is great news for KCKPS and all schools in Kansas as it validates the hard work to make sure we have the necessary funding to ensure students are successful,” said Dr. Cynthia Lane, superintendent of schools. “Students and families can look forward to the opening of the school year as scheduled and our staff and the board can move forward with planning for the upcoming school year.”

Click here to read the decision.

Click below to view a portion of a news interview with Dr. Lane regarding the Supreme Court decision:


February 12, 2018

The 2018 Kansas legislative session has begun, and as usual, we can expect the debate over school funding to be a primary focus of the Legislature. Unfortunately, and this is also not unusual for this Legislature, the debate over school funding will probably be delayed until the very last possible minute, minimizing the opportunities for public input, and increasing the likelihood that whatever is finally passed will be inadequate to support the educational needs of all Kansas children. 

In October, 2017, the Kansas Supreme Court again declared school funding in Kansas inadequate, while also noting that changes inserted into the new funding formula last Spring violated the equity requirements of the Kansas Constitution. The Kansas State Department of Education believes that it will take a little more than $800 million a year in additional money to reach the goals of the new Kansans Caninitiative, and a consensus seems to be forming in Topeka that at least an additional $600 million will be necessary to meet the adequacy requirement of Article VI of the Kansas Constitution.

The Kansas Supreme Court has set an April 30, 2018 deadline for the State to pass legislation to meet the adequacy requirements of the Constitution, and for both sides in the school funding case to prepare their briefs (arguments) for the court. Attorney General Derick Schmitt, who is responsible for arguing the state’s case in front of the court, told the Legislature that he needed to have legislation passed by March 1, in order to have time to adequately prepare briefs to support the state’s case. 

With that said, you might expect the Legislature to be hard at work, drafting legislation to meet the demands of the Constitution. If you did, you would be sadly disappointed. What the Legislature HAS done is to commission a study of school finance, to be completed by a researcher out of Texas. The scheduled completion date for that study is March 15, 2018. This will give the Legislature three weeks before the end of the regular session on April 6, 2018 to solve the school funding crisis. 

So, obviously, time will be a significant obstacle in the way of solving the school finance challenges in Kansas. Another will be Legislative leadership, which to this point has indicated no interest in providing additional money for schools, to meet the requirements of the constitution. The study they commissioned is expected to provide support for their arguments, since the researcher they hired has consistently come up with a relatively low number for funding, particularly for districts like KCK, who serve large numbers of At-Risk students. 

What most observers expect is that about a week before the April 6 end of the regular session, leadership will magically produce a school finance bill which, supported by the results of the “study” they commissioned, will provide a little additional money for schools, but nothing close to what the Supreme Court is expected to require to solve adequacy. Leadership will insist that, given the time remaining in the session, that this bill is the “only train leaving the station,” and they will push hard to force it through. Whether they will be able to muster the votes to succeed with that strategy remains to be seen, and may be somewhat dependent on the pressure they receive from supporters of public schools.

Unfortunately, this strategy will necessarily provoke a confrontation with the Supreme Court, and will increase the possibility that the Legislature will fail to come up with a constitutional funding formula. Without a constitutional funding formula, schools would be forced to shut down in early July.

Of course, much of this is speculation at this point, and we are in the early innings of what promises to be a very long game. We will continue to update you, and will let you know when it will be important to add your voice to the conversation, especially with the legislators who represent you. Meanwhile, keep focused on the work you are doing, because you are changing the lives of kids, and that is what we are all fighting for!

David A. Smith

Chief of Public Affairs

Latest Supreme Court decision, Gannon v. State of Kansas (re: adequacy) (PDF - 10/2/17)

KCKPS at the Capitol

Click below for copies of our testimony on state education bills.

Education Legislation and Our Testimony - 2015-16 School Year

Public Comment on Potential School Funding Changes in Response to the May 27, 2016, Gannon Order - Comment by David A. Smith (PDF copy - 6/23/16)

Public Comment on Public School Funding Changes in Response to the May 27, 2016, Gannon Order - Comment by David A. Smith (PDF copy - 6/16/16)

Ways and Means Committee Follow-Up from Dr. Cynthia Lane (PDF copy - 4/18/16)

HB 2740 (read the bill here) - Testimony from Dr. Cynthia Lane (PDF copy - 3/23/16)

SB 505 (read the bill here) - Testimony from David A. Smith (PDF copy -3/11/16)

SB 515 (read the bill here) - Testimony from Dr. Cynthia Lane (PDF copy -3/23/16)

Education Legislation and Our Testimony - 2014-15 School Year

HB 2170 (read the bill here) - Testimony from Bill Reardon (PDF copy - 3/11/15)

HB 2393 (read the bill here) - Testimony from Dr. Kelli Mather (PDF copy - 3/5/15)

HB 2403 (read the bill here) - Testimony from Dr. Cynthia Lane (PDF copy - 3/9/15)

SB 273 (read the bill here) - Testimony from Dr. Cynthia Lane (PDF copy - 3/10/15)

SB 294 (read the bill here) - Testimony from Dr. Cynthia Lane (PDF copy - 3/24/15)

Legislative Goals

Click the image below for a PDF Version of our legislative goals.

2016 legislative goals

Wyandotte County Legislators:

Click on the legislator's name to open his/her webpage at www.kslegislature.org.

Dist. Title Name Address Phone (913)
4 Senator David Haley 936 Cleveland Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101
5 Senator Pat Pettey 5316 Lakewood St.
Kansas City, KS 66106
6 Senator Steve Fitzgerald 3100 Tonganoxie Rd.
Leavenworth, KS 66048
37 Repre. Stan Frownfelter 4527 Gibbs Road
Kansas City, KS 66106
31 Repre. Louis Ruiz 2914 W. 46th Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66103
33 Repre. Tom Burroughs 3131 S. 73rd Ter.
Kansas City, KS 66106
34 Repre. Valdenia Winn PO Box 12327
Kansas City, KS 66112
35 Repre. Broderick Henderson 2710 North 8th St.
Kansas City, KS 66101
36 Repre. Kathy Wolfe Moore 3209 North 131st St.
Kansas City, KS 66109
32 Repre. Pam Curtis 322 N. 16th St.
Kansas City, KS 66102
39 Repre. Charles Macheers 21704 W. 57th Terr.
Shawnee, KS 66218

A complete list of legislators for the state of Kansas is available at www.kslegislature.org