KCNA is the education component of a larger, community-driven neighborhood revitalization effort focused on breaking the cycle of poverty. KCNA is working with committed partners and a proven academic model to help students acquire 21st century skills and develop into tomorrow’s leaders.

The vision for KCNA was born out of a community desire to eliminate the academic achievement gap for children in the urban core in Kansas City. It is modeled after Atlanta’s Drew Charter School, a school that has effectively done so in its own community.

During the revitalization of Atlanta’s East Lake community, Drew Charter School was created to provide a cradle to college education pipeline for the community, and it has proven to be a very successful approach. KCNA is seeking to replicate this model by establishing an arena for student growth, learning, and achievement at every level. By implementing a rigorous and relevant curriculum, the goal is to help ensure successful futures through college and beyond.

The academic model at Kansas City Neighborhood Academy (KCNA) is aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards. KCNA will extend student performance within the standards, by adapting resources designed to promote critical thinking, develop writing skills, and encourage interdisciplinary application. The instructional leadership team will build upon this model to strengthen the school’s curricular and instructional programs, and provide opportunities for all students to be highly successful learners.

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