The Kauffman Foundation funds initiatives that are working to improve systemic enrollment patterns and growth of public K-12 options within the boundaries of the Kansas City Public School system.

Real World Learning

The Kauffman Foundation prioritizes closing achievement and equity gaps, while also exploring the integration of Real World Learning approaches into the K-12 grant portfolio. Ultimately, we invest so that all students are prepared and graduate high school ready for college and/or career.

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Individual Schools Grants

The Individual Schools Grants program supports improvement and enhancement efforts in Kansas City-area district, charter, and private schools that demonstrate proven or promising academic and life outcomes while serving a significant percentage of lower-income students. School leaders are invited to apply for a grant of up to $225,000 per year, which will support initiatives that take place within an individual school or set of schools.

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Linden West Elementary School, an Individual Great Schools Grants recipient, hosts TraumaSmart training, 2018.

Great School Visits

The Great Schools Visits trips inform critical community partners about regional and national approaches aligned with the Foundation funding priorities in education. Community members travel across the United States to see innovative education models in practice.

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Kansas City community leaders, parents, and education stakeholders visit a school during a Great Schools Visit in 2017.

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Kauffman School

The Ewing Marion Kauffman School is a mission-driven, college preparatory, free public charter school open to all students living in the Kansas City Public School District focused on student achievement and strong character.

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Incubated at the Kauffman Foundation and now an independent organization, SchoolSmartKC works with schools, resource providers, and other key stakeholders on three key strategies to empower families: starting smart, investing for success, and demanding quality.