Crossroads Academy of Kansas City is a tuition-free charter school located in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Our mission is to prepare students to excel in high school by providing an academically rigorous K–8 education. It is our vision to be the premier urban school serving Kansas City’s youth and a destination for other educators seeking inspiration and best practices. We opened in 2012 with 190 students in grades K–5 and at full capacity will serve 422 students in grades K–8. Graduates of Crossroads Academy will be scholarly, culturally literate and service- oriented individuals who will pursue their dreams relentlessly and have a positive impact on their family, their community and the world.
Immersed in the civic, artistic, financial and historic heart of Kansas City, Crossroads Academy embraces the exceptional learning opportunities of our urban setting. Our curriculum is aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards and grounded in the Framework for 21st Century Learning. Our highly-qualified teachers establish the expectations, structure, accountability and creative environment necessary for truly exceptional learning.
As an independent charter school, Crossroads Academy is accessible to any family living within the KCMO School District. Among these families, those living or working within the Greater Downtown Area (State Line to Prospect, the Missouri River to 39th Street) receive priority in our admissions lottery. All parents who are personally committed to high-expectations and want their child to learn in an academically rigorous environment are encouraged to apply.
Downtown Kansas City is experiencing a renaissance of profound magnitude! Since 2000, the Downtown Council has documented more than $6.0 billion invested in Downtown revitalization and a 31% increase in the number of Downtown residents. With the grand opening of The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the momentum of Downtown revitalization has the potential to accelerate. Yet a growing consensus among civic leaders is that Downtown’s manifestation as a complete urban community is dependent upon an expansion of high-quality educational opportunities.
A 2010 study commissioned by The Kauffman Foundation, “Putting Performance on the Map,” indicates that 18,103 people, including 1,629 elementary school children, reside in the five primary ZIP codes comprising Downtown Kansas City (64101, 64102, 64105, 64106 and 64108). The study examines student achievement and divides schools into four levels, with Level I schools being those with the highest achievement. The study found that there were no Level I or Level II elementary schools in the Downtown area and only one Level III elementary school, with a capacity of 413 students. Simply stated, the quantity of exceptional Downtown elementary schools is presently insufficient.
With its high-expectations, focus on 21st Century Learning and community engagement, Crossroads Academy will be a source of gravity and pride for the Downtown community.