Center Alternative School

Welcome to Center Alternative School!

Students who attend CAS have the opportunity to learn and grow. It is readily apparent that a student who chooses to be a learner will be one. Parents, staff and our community are all there to support and encourage them. Students face many challenges to learning. In spite of those challenges, or perhaps because of them, education must be a priority. When education is a priority the evidence is visible. Students who value their education come to school, are prompt, work hard, ask for help, and celebrate their academic success.

Joyce Stokes
Interim Principal

8434 Paseo
Kansas City, MO 64131
PH: 816-349-3440
FX: 816-349-3667
School Hours:
Middle School: 7:35 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
High School: 7:55 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Center Alternative School
Mission Statement

The mission of the Center Alternative School is to provide an education to students who have less success in the traditional school environment. This includes preparing students for life.


We welcome new and returning students to the CAS family. We offer our students a parallel curriculum to CMS and CHS in an environment that is much smaller and more supportive. Many of our students and their families see us as an extension of the student’s own family. We will celebrate their successes, encourage their efforts, and expect their best.

Center Alternative School has a proud history in the Center School District. Our building, the oldest in the district, has housed students of all ages and boasts many successful alumni. Last year, CAS served the educational needs of 150 students in grades 6-12. We offer all core courses including Algebra II and Chemistry plus many electives such as: Physical Education, Career Academy in Technology, Child Development, Nutrition, Marketing, Reading, Art, Personal Finance, Health, Spanish I, Spanish II, and credit recovery.

We are not just about the educational needs of our students, but rather we have a focus on the whole child. Many of our students have struggled due to issues outside of school. Every student at CAS has an advisor that connects with him or her daily. A full time social worker provides additional support and counseling for students. Four parent/teacher conferences provide time for staff and parent interaction. It is a “whatever it takes” kind of place. We look forward to providing your child with a sound education in a caring environment.
With Regards,

Kristian Foster
Alternative School Principal

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