Ewing Marion Kauffman School


  • Ninth-grade students achieved 98 percent proficiency on the 2016 state biology end-of-course tests, outscoring peers across Missouri.
  • Students also excelled in math, scoring 96 percent proficiency on the 2016 Algebra I end-of-course assessment, the second-highest score among districts in Missouri.
  • Named one of 100 schools worth visiting in the U.S.
  • Named 2015 Missouri Charter School of the Year.
  • Mathematica Policy Research concluded a study of the Kauffman School’s first five years and found that student academic growth was on par or exceeded growth in the highest performing charter schools across the country.

The Kauffman School is a free public charter school open to all students living in the Kansas City Public School District.

The purpose of the Kauffman School can be summed up in three words — create college graduates.

Our expectation is that every single child who walks in our door is being prepared to succeed in and graduate from college.
— Hannah Lofthus,
Chief Executive Officer, Ewing Marion Kauffman School

The Kauffman School is a rigorous college preparatory school founded in 2011 by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The school design is based on inspiring examples of charter schools throughout the country that are helping urban students achieve at very high academic levels.

The Kauffman School is among the highest-performing public schools in the state of Missouri and will serve over 1,100 students in grades five through twelve by 2020.

Watch a short video to learn more about the Kauffman School.