SchoolSmartKC and Kansas City Public Schools have partnered to identify new opportunities for selected schools that have shown academic improvement.

SchoolSmartKC anticipates providing at least $1.5 million through a Request for Proposals process designed to enable district schools that are showing regular academic improvement to reach statewide performance levels.

In collaboration with Kansas City Public Schools, SchoolSmartKC has identified 12 schools whose principals have been asked to submit proposals about how they would use financial support and technical expertise to bring sustained improvement and elevate achievement in their schools.

Support to schools will occur in two stages:

Evaluation and Strategic Planning: This first stage will provide support to selected schools through the 2017 calendar year.  During this stage, schools will undertake participatory, external evaluations and a rigorous strategic planning process to develop, plan, and prepare for the success of the school for the future.

Implementation: Based on the strategic plan developed in the first phase, two schools will be awarded funds for two years to implement the new strategic plans they have developed.

Over three years, SchoolSmartKC anticipates committing $1.5 million to $2 million to sustain and accelerate the growth of academic performance in these schools.

The 12 KCPS schools invited to submit proposals are:

African Centered Prep Lower Campus

George Washington Carver Dual Language

Gladstone Elementary School

Foreign Language Academy

James Elementary School

John T. Hartman Elementary School

Northeast High School

Phillis Wheatley Elementary School

Primitivo Garcia Elementary School

Trailwoods Elementary School

Wendell Phillips Elementary School

Whittier Elementary School