The KCA Experience
The education at KCA goes beyond traditional school and creates an accepting, encouraging, supportive and nurturing community. Academics, community service and Crew (it's like home room, but more) combine to create students who observe, question, create, analyze, and evaluate.
Within the walls of the school, students are empowered to find their voice, encouraged to question, and prepared to shape the future. Students who are eager for a very different school experience meet teachers who are equally eager to open their eyes to a new way of learning.
Outside the walls of KCA, even greater learning happens. A student's education at KCA combines rigorous academic content with active teaching and community service, along with real-world projects.
"Today was my daughter's first day at KCA. It was also the first day she has
ever come home from school happy." ~KCA Parent
The KCA Difference
KCA is the only independent school in Kansas City offering a curriculum built around Expeditionary Learning (EL Education), 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. This curriculum inspires growth in students in these three areas through hands-on, project-based learning, moving learning beyond classroom walls, and instilling in students a sense of confidence through exploration and adventure.
- -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.
- -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.
- -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 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.