Kansas City has four school districts that provide services to the public and private schools in Kansas City, Kansas; Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, Piper Unified School District, Turner Unified School District #202, and the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Catholic Schools.
The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is the largest school district in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The school district consists of 49 schools including three preschools, 30 elementary schools (grades K-5), eight middle schools (grades 6-8), four senior high schools (grades 9-12), Sumner Academy of Arts and Science (grades 8-12), two alternative schools, and an area technical school. There are approximately 19,561 students enrolled. The staff consists of approximately 3,415 employees with about 1,669 of them teachers.
The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has achieved remarkable success over the past ten years.
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is one of only three districts in Kansas recognized in 2006 by the Academic Development Institute for significant increases in student achievement.
KCKPS has been cited by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as "one of the most significant reforms in urban education today."
KCKPS is a recipient of the National School Boards Association MAGNA Award.
Sumner High School was recognized as #124 on a list of top high schools in the country compiled by Newsweek magazine, the top high school in either Kansas or Missouri.
Reading achievement has increased from 11% of students being proficient in 1996 to 53% meeting the standard in 2007.
Math achievement has increased from 3% of students being proficient in 1996 to 53% meeting the standard in 2007. These gains in academic achievement cannot be matched by any school district, anywhere in the country.
Other educational options in Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas include a diverse selection of prominent colleges and universities just minutes away. Kansas City, Kansas Community College and Donnelly College, which are located in Kansas City, are a two-year college.
Kansas City Kansas Community College is a public, urban, open-door, and comprehensive community college committed to excellence in higher education. Through an accessible and supportive learning environment, the college mission is to provide higher education and lifelong learning to the varied communities, primarily in its service area of Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties.
Donnelly College is an independent, coeducational, Catholic institution founded by the Benedictine Sisters and the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
This proud tradition and history continues today by providing access and affordable education within a culture that promotes student success and by serving as the region's only federally designated Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution. Through a strong general education curriculum integrated with career-oriented majors, Donnelly College offers programs leading to bachelor and associate degrees and certificates.