Schools We Support

The Kauffman Foundation invests in individual schools that demonstrate the capacity to deliver strong academic outcomes for students in Kansas City. Schools supported include district, charter, and private schools serving lower-income students in the six-county metro area.

Academie Lafayette
With the Kauffman Foundation's support, Academie Lafayette will become only the second school in Missouri authorized by the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program to provide 6-8 grade students with a strong, international curriculum that is highly regarded throughout the world.

Bishop Ward High School
The Foundation supports Bishop Ward’s Project ForWard initiative, which includes ACT preparation and college readiness support; Spanish language initiatives; and a series of extracurricular programs intended to enhance students’ postsecondary preparation experience.

Citizens of the World
The effort to bring Citizens of the World (CWC) charter school to Kansas City was led by the Midtown Community Schools Initiative to provide quality education opportunities to the economically and racially diverse student population in Kansas City’s Midtown neighborhood. In partnership with the Hall Family Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation is supporting CWC’s development of a four-school network of charter public schools in Midtown KC.

Cristo Rey Kansas City
Cristo Rey Kansas City is a non-selective, college preparatory, private high school serving 9-12 grade students, and is part of a network of 30 Cristo Rey schools in urban areas across the country. The Kauffman Foundation supports Cristo Rey’s work to improve literacy instruction to ensure students have the literacy skills necessary for success beyond high school.

Crossroads Academy
The Kauffman Foundation provides Crossroads Academy with development support to help the school expand its capacity to provide a high-quality education for more students in Kansas City.

Franklin Smith Elementary
The Kauffman Foundation grant provides support for staff professional development and afterschool math intervention at Franklin Smith Elementary to improve mathematics outcomes for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Gordon Parks Elementary
This grant will help to fund Gordon Parks’ efforts to enhance schoolwide culture and implement literacy programming that will contribute to improved teacher effectiveness and support students in gaining reading fluency and comprehension.

Gladstone Elementary School
The grant will support the expansion of the New Americans Academy pilot program at Gladstone Elementary School to improve academic results for a growing number of English Language Learners in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Holy Cross School
This grant provides support for English Language Learners to improve academic outcomes for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

James Walker Elementary School
The Foundation’s grant will support staff professional development and after-school literacy tutoring at James Walker Elementary to improve English Language Arts outcomes for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Kansas City Neighborhood Academy
Opening in the 2016-17 school year, Kansas City Neighborhood Academy is the result of a three-year, community-driven effort to bring a new, academically rigorous, free public charter school to the Wendell Phillips neighborhood. The school will initially serve pre-kindergarten through second grade and will expand each year to serve 660 pre-kindergarten through sixth grade students by 2024-25. The Kansas City Neighborhood Academy grew out of a partnership with the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, Kansas City Public Schools and Purpose Built Communities and is part of a holistic neighborhood revitalization initiative.

KIPP Kansas City
KIPP Endeavor Academy is part of a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. In 2016-17, KIPP Endeavor Academy is expanding to serve students in grades K-8 and from every zip code in Kansas City, with a focus on bringing quality education to students living in areas with limited access to high-performing schools.

University Academy
The Kauffman Foundation grant provides support to increase internal capacity and strengthen the school’s curriculum, teacher development, college counseling, and alumni support at University Academy.