KCNA will anchor a comprehensive effort designed to link school improvement with a holistic neighborhood revitalization plan intended to tackle negative external factors. The school will operate in partnership with the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI), the Kansas City based nonprofit organization coordinating the revitalization effort.


Kansas City Public Schools serves as the charter school sponsor and Local Education Agency for KCNA. In this unique charter arrangement, KCNA maintains autonomy over all school operations and curriculum design, but is able to work with KCPS to provide essential services (such as use of a KCPS building, food services, and IT infrastructure). Additionally, KCNA partners with KCPS to operate a pre-K program in our building.


Purpose Built Schools is an Atlanta-based non-profit committed to breaking the cycle of poverty through high-performing schools. PBS partners with communities around the country to support high-performing neighborhood schools based on the proven Drew Charter School academic model. PBS provides ongoing operational and professional development support to KCNA.

Other Partners Supporting KCNA

Bethel AME Church