- -IS KCA ACCREDITED?
KCA is accredited through Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
Accreditation is the affirmation that a school or other educational institution is providing the level of quality in its educational programs, services, activities, and/or resources expected by its community of stakeholders and endorsed by the education world. When the Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (CESS) accredit a school, they certify that the school meets the prescribed standards of quality of the Middle States Association.
To become accredited, or have its accreditation renewed, by the Middle States Association, a school must demonstrate that it meets the appropriate Standards for Accreditation. Recognizing the unique characteristics of schools and other educational institutions, the Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools have adopted Standards for Accreditation appropriate for each type of member institution: Standards for Accreditation 2016
- -WHAT IS EXPEDITIONARY LEARNING (EL) EDUCATION?
KCA is one of 165 schools across the country with the honor of being included in the EL Education Schools network, an educational collaboration stemming from The Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound, USA.
EL Education is a nationwide education network of K-12 schools with a focus on mastery of knowledge and skills, character growth, and producing high-quality student work. EL Education inspires growth in students in these three areas through hands-on project-based learning, moving learning beyond classroom walls and instilling in students a send of confidence through exploration and adventure.
KCA is the only independent school in the Kansas City area offering a curriculum built around EL Education. With support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, we are a part of a strong community serving young people with a bountiful educational experience.
Faculty receive intensive professional development that emphasizes curriculum, best teaching practices, and building a strong school culture. EL Education supports and enhances “the KCA way” of learning as it combines rigorous academic content with active teaching and community service, along with real-world projects.
As a result, our unique education is designed to recognize, nurture, and challenge each student’s personal and academic potential. EL Education brings about significant improvements in the whole school and student achievement.
- -DEFINE “INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM.”
In Middle School, English, social studies, and science are presented in a coordinated curriculum. Each core subject retains its identity and particular skill set, but teachers take every opportunity to establish, broaden, and deepen connections among the disciplines. The three coordinated subjects are presented within the context of an overarching topic of study that may last from an academic quarter to an entire semester.
- -HOW OFTEN WILL MY STUDENT PARTICIPATE IN OFF-SITE FIELD WORK?
It varies, but generally the middle school students leave campus about every other week. The high school students do field work and off-site learning on a project basis. Additionally, experts and community partners are often invited to join the students on site at KCA.
- -WHEN WAS KANSAS CITY ACADEMY FOUNDED?
KCA was founded in 1984 as a commitment to continue the Loretto School’s unique philosophy of education. In 1985, KCA was granted accreditation as an independent, college preparatory school, grades six through 12, by the North Central Association. Subsequent annual reviews have resulted in full accreditation through Middle States Association of Colleges and School Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. For more than 30 years KCA has successfully educated students in the Kansas City community.
- -HOW MANY KANSAS CITY ACADEMY GRADUATES GO ON TO COLLEGE?
Ninety percent of KCA graduates go on to attend higher education within two years of graduation.
- -WHERE DO KCA STUDENTS COME FROM?
KCA draws students from all over the Kansas City metropolitan area.
- -IS THERE AN ENTRANCE EXAM?
Prospective students are asked to visit KCA, as well as take an assessment test, and interview with our principal. It is important that both parents and students understand our philosophy. Following the visit, admission is based on a composite evaluation of academic potential, past academic performance, personal goals, attendance records, test data, evidence of personal responsibility (job, community service, past school activities), special needs, interests, talents, and evidence of intellectual curiosity.
- -MAY I VISIT KANSAS CITY ACADEMY?
Yes. Please call us at 816-444-5225 to schedule a tour. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- -IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?
Yes. Families who qualify may receive need-based assistance up to 45% of the cost of tuition. To be considered for financial aid, families must apply online through the FACTS system.
- -IF I TRANSFER FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL, WILL MY CREDITS BE ACCEPTED?
Most credits transfer if the student has attended an accredited high school. Students may be asked to make up course work required for graduation.
- -WHEN DO STUDENTS REGISTER?
Enrollment opens December 1. Priority enrollment ends May 1. Enrollment is open year-round on a space available basis.
- -WHAT COURSES ARE AVAILABLE AT KANSAS CITY ACADEMY?
KCA offers a variety of courses for both Middle School and High School in English, social studies, science, mathematics, art, music, business, foreign languages, physical education, nutrition, theater and many more.
- -WHAT ABOUT TECHNOLOGY?
KCA is powered by Google Fiber and students use Chrome Books throughout the day to conduct school work and research for various projects they may be working on. There are also desktop PCs in the computer lab and library for students use.
We also have a Mac lab for student and coursework in publishing, media creation, and art collaboration.
- -DOES KANSAS CITY ACADEMY OFFER LUNCH?
KCA partners with Bistro Kids to provide an amazing farm-to-table lunch program. Each day Chef Mark and his team prepare a full salad bar, main course, vegetarian entree and two soups, one of which is vegetarian. Ingredients are locally sourced as frequently as possible, with some items coming from our own garden out back. The lunch program is available for $195/semester or $5/day.
- -WHAT FINE ARTS PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED?
KCA has excellent music, theater and arts programs.
Music: Music at KCA ranges from studio band, song writing, and KCA Singers (an after school A capella group), to a community concert series.
Theater: The KCA Theatre Department provides a process-based arts education, with the goal of helping students discover their passion, self-expression, and confidence.
Art: Courses are offered in art history, ceramics, drawing, animation, photography, and so much more. The art department works in collaboration with places like The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, and community art exhibits.
- -WHAT ADDITIONAL STUDENT ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE?
KCA offers student activities ranging from student representative positions on the Board of Directors to Student Council, social justice expeditions, Music Theory, KCA Singers and student-created clubs such as anime, chess, and ping pong.