About Center School District

Center School District is nestled in the heart of south Kansas City. As a small public school district, Center enjoys the benefits of city amenities and suburban neighborhoods. The neighborhoods of south Kansas City are consistently voted one of the top places to live in greater Kansas City and Center School District is proud to offer top performing schools in the area. We have been described as a “boutique” school district with the advantage of high performance and a diverse student population in a small setting.


Our Vision:

“Ensure each student thrives in a future -focused learning environment as they build their skills becoming responsible citizens.”

Our Mission:

“Each student and every staff member will demonstrate high achievement, character and collaboration in a diverse community.”

Our Core Values:

·High Expectations for Student Success

·Safe and Respectful Schools

·Lifetime Community and Family Centric Relationships

·Highly Qualified, Diverse Staff

·Diversity in Our Schools and Community


Student Demographics:


  • Student population: 2,700 students
  • Graduation rate: over 90%
  • 20:1 student to teacher ratio
  • 70% African American
  • 25% white
  • 5% other
  • 87.5 % qualify for free and reduced-price meals


Staff Demographics:
  • Average more than 12 years experience
  • 65% have master’s degrees or other advanced degrees (state average is 58%)


District Demographics
  • Annual budget of $38 million
  • Per pupil expenditure: $13,300
  • Daily student attendance: more than 94%
  • Fully Accredited: Annual Performance Report (APR): more than 80%
Center School District Schools
  • Yellowjacket Early Learning Center 8817 Wornall Kansas City, MO 64114
  • Boone Elementary 8817 Wornall Kansas City, MO 64114
  • Center Elementary 8401 Euclid Kansas City, MO 64132
  • Indian Creek Elementary 9801 Grand Kansas City, MO 64114
  • Red Bridge Elementary 10781 Oak Kansas City, MO 64114
  • Center Middle School 326 E. 103rd Kansas City, MO 64114
  • Center High School 8715 Holmes Kansas City, MO 64131
  • Center Academy for Success  8434 Paseo Kansas City, MO 64131
  • Center High School Named US News and World Report Bronze Medal Winner in 2018
  • National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists
  • More than $2 million in scholarships offered to graduating seniors (approximately 200 graduates)
  • Blue Valley CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) network partner
  • Missouri Innovations Campus partner
  • Dual-Credit options through UMKC and Rockhurst University
  • Advanced Placement courses
  • Gifted education (elementary – high school)
  • Project Lead the Way Award Winner for offering options for students from K-12
  • Missouri Gold Star schools
  • National Blue Ribbon School nominee

Center School District provides many opportunities for students and teachers to learn and grow. A variety of courses of study are available for our students. From Project Lead the Way in elementary school to dual-credit and Advanced Placement classes at the high school, Center offers a rich college-and-career-readiness program throughout our system.


Our boutique school district allows us to form personal relationships with families and students. A recurring story at Center School District is our ability to connect with our families and provide individual learning opportunities for our students. From trips to South Africa for global science consortiums and to Costa Rica for Spanish students, elementary World Lego League Championship participants, Girls State Attorney Generals, Kansas City Royals Championship parade marching band participants, to Division I college athletes and NFL defensive tackles, Center School District offers our students valuable experiences.