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OUR SCHOOL

Kansas City Academy is an independent middle and high school serving the Kansas City community since 1984. 

At KCA, our student-centric education goes beyond a traditional school. We create an accepting, encouraging supportive, and nurturing community.

Students are empowered to find their voices, encouraged to question, and prepared to shape the future. Students learn in collaboration with teachers who challenge them and treat them with mutual respect. 

A Kansas City Academy education combines rigorous academic content with active, engaged teaching and community service, along with real-world projects.

Though our community is small, we are always looking for others to join us. We hope you will. What happens here is transformative.

Mission Statement

Kansas City Academy is a personalized learning community that respects individuality, encourages independent thinking, and values creativity in all disciplines. 

Vision Statement

Kansas City Academy graduates are active, responsible participants in a diverse world. 

Core Values

Kansas City Academy's core values are the foundational beliefs and principles that guide our actions, shape our identity, and influence our decisions. They serve as a compass, providing a moral and philosophical framework for the school and our community.

Responsible Freedom

Exploration with personal accountability.​

​Co-Learning

In an environment of mutual respect, students can teach and teachers can learn, all can be empowered.

Creative, Critical Thinking

Challenge us, each other, and the norm.

Invention

Resourcefulness, curiosity, perseverance, entrepreneurship.

Social Responsibility

Understanding your place and value to the global community.

Creative Expression

No matter the medium, no matter the message, your creativity is priceless.

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Principal's Message

Kansas City Academy is a school that strives to recognize each person as an individual and respect them as a human. We work hard to create and maintain a sense of belonging by valuing the inherent self-worth of each member of our community. When I first arrived at KCA I was in a meeting and listened as teachers discussed the needs of students for an upcoming school year. Each teacher knew every student in the building, whether they had that student in class or not. This only happens in a place where the staff cares more about students as people than test scores. It solidified my decision to join the school and I hope it tells you what we are all about. Whether you are a current or former student, a family member, one of our directors, or a community member who wants to learn more about our school, please reach out to me with any questions. I am always happy to talk to you about Kansas City Academy!

STAFF DIRECTORY

Meet the Kansas City Academy Faculty and Staff

Brian McDavitt

PRINCIPAL

Betty Bremser

TEACHER

French/Foreign Language

Martha Sanders

ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR

Margaret Chaffee

TEACHER

English Language Arts

Jeanne Troxell

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Dana Davenport

TEACHER

Health & Fitness
 

Katie Wells

DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Anne Goldkamp

TEACHER Science & KCA Founder

Ben Hutchinson

TEACHER

Music

Fazila Patel

TEACHER

Mathematics

Tara Varney

TEACHER

Theater

Kendall Kerr

TEACHER

Art

Jessica Plake

Amilia Winter

TEACHER

MS Humanities

Brad LaPlante

TEACHER

Social Studies

Janet Porter

TEACHER

Science

Bing Yzon

TEACHER

Mathematics

Adam Murphy

TEACHER

Philosophy

Melissa Riebe

TEACHER

Humanities

Mark Zukaitis

TEACHER

Culinary

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