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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. We also accept new students in 6th grade. Limited enrollments are accepted in 7th and 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.
Here at the Kauffman School, our dedication to academic excellence for our students and families is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is central to our mission as an education institution to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment, as we believe that diversity is key to students flourishing, educational excellence and the advancement of knowledge. The Kauffman School is committed to ensuring our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging. To that end, we have made intentional decisions to support families joining our community by:
- Providing special education services for students (more information here)
- Employing full-time school nurse so that students have physical health needs met at all times during their time on campus
- Providing free college counseling, ACT courses, and college application support to 100% of students (more information here)
- Providing counseling and therapy services from a team of 4 full-time school counselors (more information here)
- Offering free and reduced-price meals for families (more information here)
- Providing free transportation to all students living in the Kansas City Public School boundaries.
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, enrolls new 6th graders as space allows, and enrolls limited students in 7th and 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.