Blue Valley School District (south Johnson County)
Academic achievement is at an all-time high in Blue Valley. Blue Valley’s 2015 graduates posted
the highest ACT and SAT composite scores of Kansas City metropolitan area school districts.
Graduates averaged an ACT composite score of 25.4 and a SAT composite score of 1864,
both of which exceed the state and national averages. From these record breaking scores to
recognition for innovative school programs, the efforts of Blue Valley students and the dedication
of staff, aligned with the goals of the district’s strategic plan are making Education Beyond
Expectations a reality in classrooms throughout the district.
Shawnee Mission School District (north Johnson County)
Located in suburban northeast Johnson County, Kansas, ten miles from downtown Kansas City
the district is the third largest school district in the state of Kansas. As of the 2015-16 school year,
approximately 27,695 students attend 33 elementary schools, five middle schools and five high
schools. The district has consistently been ranked among the finest school districts in the nation
earning praise locally, regionally, and nationally for its commitment to providing excellent
educational programs and services for students. The district has a graduation rate of
approximately 91 percent. Shawnee Mission seniors in the class of 2015 earned more than
$32 million in scholarship offers.
Let us introduce you to the fastest growing school district in the area, and to the community that has been listed among America’s Top 25 Places to Live and Go to School. From Global Education Excellence Award winner from the EF High School Exchange Year to 17 Blue Ribbon School Awards and an impressive $50.8 million in scholarships offered to 2015 graduates. In addition, Olathe’s rich activities and athletics programs create a well-rounded student population. Serving most of Olathe and portions of the cities of Lenexa, Overland Park and Shawnee, you will find innovative and quality education at every level.
The 117-square-mile Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is recognized as one of the top educational
systems in the state and nation. Located in the southeast portion of the Kansas City metropolitan
area, the district serves the communities of Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana and Lake
Winnebago as well as unincorporated areas of eastern Jackson County and also includes a small
portion of Blue Springs and Kansas City municipalities. The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District has
gained an annual average of 345 new students since 1990, with enrollment for 2015-16 at 17,739.
Recognized nationally for its quality educational programs and a commitment to success for all
students, the R-7 School District has good reason to attract its many new residents.
Kansas City Missouri Public Schools (central KC metro)
From early childhood, through the middle years and into college, we are cultivating excellence
and graduating greatness. We are the new Kansas City Public Schools and we are asking that you
consider joining us as we forge the great schools that Kansas City deserves. The purpose of Kansas
City Public Schools (KCPS) is to ensure that every school provides a quality education that prepares
ALL of our students, regardless of background or circumstance, for success in college, career, and life.
Just north of Kansas City’s vibrant downtown, North Kansas City Schools is a district of nearly 19,500
learners who benefit daily from an academically rigorous curriculum for grades pre-K to 12. NKC
Schools has earned both state and national accreditation and is recognized throughout Missouri
as a leader in academic innovation. NKC Schools is among the largest districts in the KC metro
area with 21 elementary schools, 5 middle schools and 4 high schools. In addition, the school
district offers optional Pre-K and before/after school programs, expansive gifted/honors opportunities,
career and professional academies, A+ certified high schools, as well as nationally recognized adult
and community education programs for learners of all ages.
The mission of the Blue Springs School District is to create an educational community in which each
individualacquires knowledge, develops skills,and functions as a literate citizen to achieve personal
goals. The Blue Springs School District is dedicatedto providing our students the greatest educational
opportunities. We strive to assure all our students are prepared to take their place as productive,
informed, and caring members of society.
We want our children to receive an education in schools where they are unconditionally supported,
respected, and challenged so they can develop their God-given talents. If this is what you want for
your child, we invite you to learn more about the Catholic Schools. Our teachers and schools partner
with our parents to help shape children both academically and spiritually. We do this by providing an
environment and a curriculum that is infused with the Catholic faith and committed to forming
young disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Kanas City metro area offers a wide variety of highly acclaimed private schools. Following are just
just a few of the many options.
Pembroke Hill – The Pembroke Hill School is Kansas City’s largest independent college preparatory
school serving students ages 2 years through 12th grade. www.PembrokeHill.org
Barstow – The Barstow School is a secular, coeducational, independent preparatory school in
southern Kansas City with an enrollment of approximately 700 students. www.BarstowSchool.org
Heritage Christian Academy – Heritage Christian Academy is a Christ-centered, Pre-K through
Grade 12, college preparatory school that challenges students to reach their highest potential
in a Christ-centered environment. www.hcakc.org
Legends Outlets Kansas City is the city’s premier outdoor shopping and entertainment center and the only designer outlet center in the market. With a diverse and exciting tenant line-up satisfying every style, every age and every price range, Legends Outlets is a true shopping destination since nearly half of the stores and restaurants have their only location at Legends Outlets. While the shopping and dining are sure to please, Legends Outlets architecture will not go unnoticed. The 150-foot-tall Smokestack Tower is an icon of the center, designed with the theme of a historic warehouse district. Visitors are sure to enjoy a two-tiered fountain in the center courtyard with water that rises over 60-feet in the air. Designed by world-renowned WET Design of the Bellagio Fountain, the fountain is heated, allowing it to operate much of the year.
Charming and eclectic, this neighborhood began to come into its own as a specialty shopping district as early as the 1920s. These days, independently-owned retail shops and restaurants pepper the area, some retaining their original storefronts. For a pleasant afternoon, stroll the streets and pop in to stores like Cosentino’s Market (gourmet groceries and wines) and Fiddly Fig Gifts & Flowers. Belle Napoli (an Italian market) and Pickelman’s Soup and Sandwiches are great choices for a relaxed lunch.
A textbook example of successful urban revitalization, Crossroads is celebrated for its winning blend of galleries, shops, cafes, and restaurants, all tucked comfortably into one-time industrial spaces and warehouses. Art lovers and those looking for a unique gift will marvel at the 60+ studios and galleries. Take a break with a cup of coffee and a game of Ms. Pac-Man at The Coffee Girls cafe, or opt for more upscale eats at New American gem, 1924 Main Bistro.
Crown Center wears many hats, functioning as exclusive shopping center, residential community, concert and festival venue, lodging, and office complex. Home to the Hallmark greeting card company, Crown Center houses more than 50 specialty shops and a handful of restaurants and leisure facilities. Dining options include fine restaurants like the American Restaurant, Benton’s Steakhouse, and the Brasserie, as well as more casual, family-friendly places like Crayola Cafe, d’Bronx, and Fritz’s Railroad. During the winter months, Crown Center offers an indoor ice-skating rink, and the Kaleidoscope play area is a terrific place to challenge kids’ creativity. The Hyatt Regency and the Westin provide some 1400 hotel rooms for visitors to the area.
One of Kansas City’s oldest institutions, City Market dates from the late 1850s, when farmers from all around would gather to sell produce and livestock, pick up supplies for the trip west, or just socialize. Today, the market is one of downtown’s hotspots, and vendors still sell everything from fresh gooseberries, nectarines, and cantaloupes to Southwestern pottery, flowers, and clothing. In addition, the market boasts a variety of dining options — Winslow’s BBQ, Succotash Bistro & Café, and Habashi House, to name but a few.
Country Club Plaza is the heart and soul of Kansas City. Boasting Victoria’s Secret, Barnes & Noble,
Pottery Barn, and lots of designer shops, the pedestrian-friendly area along the banks of Brush Creek
is a true shopper’s haven. At night, after boutiques close, the plaza hums with new energy as scores
of locals and tourists head over, looking to take advantage of the many dining and nightlife options.
Each year during the Yuletide season, thousands flock to the plaza for the simultaneous lighting of
the 14-block area.
One of the area’s more attractive shopping destinations, Town Center offers a European-style setting, complete with red brick facades and open-air walkways. Several popular retailers operate stores here,
making the place extremely popular with 20-something shoppers. Representative venues include
Barnes & Noble, Banana Republic, Gap, Williams-Sonoma, and Coldwater Creek. Dining options
include Panera Bread, Coyote Grill, Dean & Deluca and Bristol Seafood Grill.
Designed to evoke the look and feel of a community-within-a-community, Zona Rosa mixes retail shops, restaurants, offices, and even residential space. Carefully avoiding a cookie-cutter layout, the center features architecturally unique storefronts and plenty of green space. Shoppers can expect to find New York & Company, Ann Taylor LOFT, Hollister Co., Bath & Body Works, Express, and more. Plentiful
dining options include Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Hereford House, and Mimi’s Café.
This three-story shopping mall serves Independence admirably, thanks to 130-plus retail shops, a food
court, and a children’s play area featuring a double-decker carousel. Shops like Abercrombie & Fitch, Chico’s, Sears, Macy’s, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Dillard’s and Coldwater Creek appeal to the entire family. If you work up an appetite, stop at Applebee’s or the food court for a
quick bite. Since undergoing a major renovation, the mall is a superb shopping destination.
Located southwest of Kansas City, this shopping center has been around for more than a quarter of a decade and continually reinvents itself to meet modern needs. The mall’s most recent incarnation unites aesthetics and utility, featuring ample lighting, cozy common areas, and scattered greenery. Anchor stores include Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney, and Nordstrom. In addition, Oak Park offers more than 185 specialty shops, a food court, and a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year.