KCKPS Points of Pride

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools continues to make significant strides with the number of scholarships awarded, recognitions achieved and special achievements. The following are some of those accomplishments for KCKPS:

  • Built 2 New Schools; 3 Additional Schools are Under Construction; 47 are receiving (or have received) safety and security upgrades4,151 middle school students participated in unique college and career experiences.
  • 2019 Total Dollars Awarded from KC Scholars: $8,373,650
  • 2018 Total Dollars Awarded from KC Scholars: $4,345,500
  • Over $79 million in scholarships earned by 2019 graduates.
  • Whitney Morgan was selected as the 2019 Kansas Teacher of the Year by the Kansas State Department of Education.
  • Kauffman Foundation awards $200,000 grant to support Wyandotte High School in establishing common assessments, strong professional development structures and a culture of data-driven instruction across English language arts and math teams during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years
  • Kauffman Foundation awards $185,000 to support the implementation of a comprehensive approach to address the social, emotional and behavioral needs of students at F.L. Schlagle High School during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years
  • District held its first Honors Celebration to recognize the Valedictorians and Salutatorians of the five high schools
  • Communications & Marketing Department receives Honorable Mentions for Diploma+ Branding and “We Are KCKPS” video from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA)
  • District held its first ACT Celebration to honor those students who scored a 21 or higher on the ACT examination
  • District offers paid, IT Summer Interns for the first time to give students real-world experience in information technology and a chance to earn cash during the summer.
  • Two Schlagle students received the Honeywell Opportunity for Prosperity through Education (HOPE) Scholarship, which is designed to fast-track students??? careers in the manufacturing industry.
  • Sumner Academy is the #1 Ranked School in the state of Kansas according to the 2019 S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools rankings.
  • District debuted K-STEP UP, an exciting initiative that helps the district grow future teachers for the school district. This in a partnership with Kansas State University.
  • Debate-Kansas City Power Rankings league winners were at the following schools: Arrowhead Middle School, Coronado Middle School, Rosedale Middle School, Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, J.C. Harmon High School and Sumner Academy of Arts & Science.
  • District launches a new user- and mobile-friendly website (kckps.org) on Earth Day.
  • District release monthly bond update videos to keep voters up-to-date on projects associated with the 2016 no-tax-increase bond initiative.
  • Sumner Academy’s poetry team, Poetically Explosive, qualifies for Brave New Voices National Poetry Competition in Las Vegas. (July 17 is the competition)
  • A microgravity experiment by four students at the former Coronado Middle School has been selected for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Kansas City, Kansas (SSEP KCK) Mission 13 Flight to the International Space Station (ISS). The experiment, which focuses on the Growth of Mint in Microgravity, was launched into outer space in July. Four Coronado students along with their 8th grade science teacher Erin Morley, and a team from KU GEAR UP, are working together on this once-in-a-lifetime experiment.
  • Noble Prentis Elementary School received a new library. This new space was funded by a $70,000 grant which was sponsored by the Big 12 Conference, College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation and the Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation.
  • Washington High School’s Air Force JROTC program was selected as “Outstanding Organization for 2018” by the United Stated Air Force
  • Wyandotte High School completed their seventh year of partnership between KU Medical Center and the schools Health Academy to provide all Wyandotte students access to a School-Based Health Clinic, staffed by KU doctors, medical students and Wyandotte High School Health Academy Interns.
  • Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and KVC Hospitals are working together to provide training to the school district staff on how to support our students impacted by trauma. The training is made possible through a generous $175,000 grant awarded to KCKPS by the Wyandotte Health Foundation.
  • Growth in English Language Arts (including Reading and Writing): 14.3% (2017-18); 18.6% (2018-19)
  • Growth in Overall Math: Up 6.2% from the Previous School Year
  • Growth in ELA: Up 4.3% from the Previous School Year

Please join our organization in recognizing these achievements. Look for the list to grow as we continue adding achievements for the 2019-20 school year.