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 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.

Holistic approach, proven model

Kansas City Neighborhood Academy (KCNA) follows a proven instructional model developed by Drew Charter School in Atlanta. With a combination of motivated teachers, a robust instructional approach using STEAM as a thematic focus, and comprehensive community support programs, Purpose Built Schools is creating a culture that will foster academic success.


Our culture emphasizes empowerment, teacher collaboration across grade levels, strong professional development, student accountability, and high parental and family engagement.


Project based learning with a strong birth – 12 continuum driven by a robust early learning program, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) as a thematic focus, an intentional RtI (tiered) model for literacy and math, and a focus on enrichment opportunities and the development of 21st century skills.


We support our schools with comprehensive community programs and services designed to address those external factors that negatively impact student achievement.


We attract experienced people motivated by high professional standards, collaboration, enrichment, and research-based practices.