Education Resources

Adult Basic Education

The Kansas City, Missouri School District’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) program serves older youth and adults who need basic skills to get a job, enter a training program, or pass the GED examination. Each year, ABE enrolls more than 6,000 students in day and evening classes designed to teach basic academic skills and prepare for the workplace.

Programs offered

  • Adult Basic Education
    ABE’s core curriculum covers reading, mathematics, language, writing, spelling, vocabulary, literature, science, social studies, and workplace and life skills. Many courses are specifically designed to help students prepare for the GED examination.

  • Parent Power Institute
    The goal of the PPI is to offer parents of students attending the KCMSD an opportunity tp prepare for a successful college experience. Click here to download the complete flyer.

  • Evening High School
    This program is geared for public high school students who need additional credit to complete the requirements to obtain a high school diploma.

  • English as a Second Language
    The English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum teaches language skills for everyday life. Courses cover Grammar, Conversational English, American idioms, and language-related issues associated with the naturalization process and U.S. citizenship preparation.

  • Workforce Preparation
    ABE’s Workforce Academy provides foundation skills in three basic areas: basic literacy, problem solving, and personal responsibility. Learning activities focus on core competencies needed to succeed in the job market, such as resource allocation, teamwork, information gathering, understanding complex systems, and applying technology.

  • Family Literacy
    The Family Literacy Program helps adults and children work together to develop basic reading and writing skills. The agenda covers adult education, early childhood education, parent education and support, and parent-child interaction.

  • GED Options
    The GED Options program of the Kansas City, Missouri School District is designed to offer eligible students a viable second opportunity to stay in school and acquire the necessary high-school-level knowledge and skills to pass the GED Test and earn a high school diploma within the same time frame as their peers. Students must be 17-18 years old and too far behind in credits to graduate with their peers. Participating High Schools are Central, Northeast and Anderson Alternative.

  • Fresh Start
    The Fresh Start program is designed for persons 18 years or older to earn a diploma in non-traditional ways. Students work to complete standard academic curriculum using computer-based instruction and applications.

Adult Basic Education, Kansas City Missouri School District
2121 Charlotte
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Alta Vista Charter High School

AVHS provides culturally appropriate and comprehensive educational services to at-risk high school students. The main feature of the school is small classroom sizes with a ratio of 16:1 that maximize instructional contact time. Special services are available for students who are limited English speaking or have learning disabilities. The school maintains bilingual administrative and instructional staff to assist students and parents where language may pose barriers. The school understands that incoming students arrive with reading and math proficiencies that are at a minimum three years below grade level, yet the instructional design stresses preparedness for post secondary education and training.

Alta Vista Charter High School
1722 Holly St
Kansas City, MO 64108

Archdiocese of Kansas City

The Archdiocese of Kansas City overlooks 45 Catholic elementary schools and 7 Catholic high schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area.

Archdiocese of Kansas City Schools
12615 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, Ks. 66109

Head Start

Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Children from birth to age five from families with income below the poverty line are eligible for Head Start (preschool age children) and Early Head Start services (birth to age three and pregnant women). Children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are also eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services regardless of family income. Foster children are also Head Start and Early Head Start eligible regardless of their foster family’s income. There may be children in each program (up to 10%) who are enrolled without meeting the criteria listed above.

To find a Head Start or Early Head Start program in your area by phone, please call the Head Start Knowledge and Information Management Services at
1-866-763-6481 (toll free)

For a detailed list of Head Start or Early Head Start programs in your area, use website listed below.

Job Corps

Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 get a better job, make more money, and take control of their lives.

At Job Corps, students enroll to learn a trade, earn a high school diploma or GED and get help finding a good job. When you join the program, you will be paid a monthly allowance; the longer you stay with the program, the more your allowance will be. Job Corps provides career counseling and transition support to its students for up to 12 months after they graduate from the program.

Job Corps
U.S. Department of Labor
Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210

Kansas City Public Libraries

The Kansas City Public Libraries offer an extensive collection of books, periodicals, reference materials, as well as internet access and other educational materials.

To find a library location near you, contact
Kansas City Public Library
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

Kansas City, Kansas Public School District

Provides information, updates and news to students, parents, teachers and the community.

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
625 Minnesota Ave
Kansas City, KS 66101

Kansas City, Missouri Public School District

Provides information, updates and news to students, parents, teachers and the community.

Kansas City, Missouri School District
Board Of Education Building
1211 McGee St
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
Phone: 816-418-7000

Kansas State Board of Education

The governing body which overlooks all public schools in Kansas, including primary and secondary education. The Kansas State Board of Education develops standard of curriculum, and provides funding to each of the school districts.

Kansas State Department of Education
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1182
Phone: (785) 296-3201

Missouri State Board of Education

The Missouri State Board of Education governs public school education in Missouri by

  • Defining academic performance standards and assessment requirements for public schools.
  • Accrediting local school districts. The Board accredits school districts through the ‘Missouri School Improvement Program,’ which includes minimum standards for high school graduation, curriculum, student testing, support services and other areas of school operations.
  • Establishing requirements for the education, testing, assessment, certification and recertification of all public school teachers and administrators.
  • Operating the Missouri School for the Blind (St. Louis), the Missouri School for the Deaf (Fulton), and the statewide system of State Schools for Severely Handicapped.
  • Overseeing federal education programs and the distribution of federal funds to school districts.
  • Establishing regulations for school bus safety and for fiscal management in local school districts.
  • Submitting annual budget recommendations for education to the Missouri Legislature.
  • Administering the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Sheltered Workshop programs, which provide services for adult Missouri citizens with disabilities

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-4212