Quality Schools

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.


SchoolSmartKC is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap in the Kansas City Public School system in the next 10 years that was incubated originally at the Kauffman Foundation.

It works with local district and charter schools, as well as the communities they serve on three key strategies:

- Starting smart

- Investing for success

- Demanding quality

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Ewing Marion Kauffman School

The Ewing Marion 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.

Among the highest performing public schools in the state of Missouri, the Kauffman School will serve over 1,100 students in grades 5-12 by 2020.

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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.