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As a public charter school, the Kauffman School is free and open to all students residing within the district boundaries of the Kansas City Public Schools. The Kauffman School begins with 5th grade, and that is the primary age at which the school will accept enrollments. Limited enrollments are accepted in 6th through 8th grades.
As a public charter school, the Kauffman School cannot selectively admit students based on academic aptitude, race, ethnicity, income level, special education needs, prior school record, or almost any other personal characteristic. The school will admit students until its enrollment threshold is met. In the event there are more applications than seats, the school will use a lottery process to give every applicant an equal chance of admission.
The Kauffman School will provide a geographical enrollment preference to students living in six ZIP codes: 64123, 64124, 64127, 64128, 64130, and 64132. The school will also provide an enrollment preference to siblings of enrolled students and children whose parents work at the school and also reside within the district boundaries of the Kansas City Public Schools.
The Kauffman School will establish and announce an initial enrollment period beginning in December of each year and lasting until March. The Kauffman School now accepts 240 5th-graders every school year and limited students in 6th through 8th grades.
If fewer than the targeted number of students entering 5th grade and residing within the district boundaries of KCPS submit enrollment forms during the initial enrollment period, all students are enrolled and the school continues to enroll students until the enrollment target is met.
If the school receives more than its target number of enrollment forms for students entering 5th grade and also residing within the boundaries of KCPS, the school conducts an enrollment lottery. All students who submit enrollment forms during the initial enrollment period are assigned numbers and are randomly selected for admittance.
Students who are not randomly selected in the first lottery selections, and students who submit enrollment forms outside the initial enrollment window, are placed on a waiting list and will be offered seats as they become available prior to the start of school.