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The Midwest Center for Charter
Schools and Urban Education

Lovinger Building Room 2250
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4723
Dr. Victoria Hughes, Director





UCM-Sponsored Schools

Academie Lafayette is a foreign language school. Through a complete immersion program, the school fosters students' language skills to achieve fluency in French and English by the end of their eighth grade year.

  • Academie Lafayette serves students in grades K-2 in one building and grades 3-8 in another building.
  • The student population is 37 percent ethnic minority.
  • Student performance has consistently been above the state average.

Alta Vista Charter Schools focus on dropout recovery and prevention for high-risk Hispanic and other inner-city youth. Alta Vista is supported by the Guadalupe Centers, Inc., a community service organization serving the Hispanic population of Kansas City since 1919.

  • Academia los Ninos serves the kindergarten youth.
  • Alta Vista Middle School serves grades 6-8.
  • Alta Vista High School serves grades 9-12.
  • The student population is 97 percent ethnic minority.
  • The schools are designated as high risk.

Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology provides a student-centered program for high-risk students. Its academic emphasis is on student-centered learning processes through the use of technology.

  • Benjamin Banneker serves grades K-8.
  • The student population is 100 percent ethnic minority.
  • This school is designated as high risk.

Crossroads Academy of Kansas City prepares students to excel in high school by providing an academically rigorous K-8 education. The school's vision is to be the premier school serving Kansas City's youth and a destination for educators seeking inspiration and best practices.

  • Crossroads Academy serves grades K-5.
  • The student population is 79 percent ethnic minority.

Della Lamb Elementary Charter School operates under the umbrella of Della Lamb Community Services, a broad-based service organization serving Kansas City for more than 100 years. The school provides a student-centered program for high-risk students based on a sound educational program, community involvement and comprehensive social services.

  • Della Lamb serves grades K-8.
  • The student population is 98 percent ethnic minority.
  • Nineteen languages, in addition to English, are spoken by the students at Della Lamb.
  • This school is designated as high risk.

Gordon Parks Elementary is a small, family-like school for urban children. The school provides a curriculum rich in art, music and physical education, and strives to maintain, involve and strengthen its community of families.

  • Gordon Parks serves grades K-5, including a transition kindergarten class.
  • The student population is 90 percent ethnic minority.
  • This school is designated as high risk.

Hogan Preparatory Academy has a long history of service to inner-city students of Kansas City as a parochial private preparatory high school. Its mission is to provide individual attention, community service opportunities and preparation for higher education.

  • Hogan Preparatory Academy High School serves grades 9-12.
  • Hogan Preparatory Academy Middle School serves grades 6-8.
  • The student population is 99 percent ethnic minority.
  • 100% of the Hogan Preparatory Academy graduates are accepted to a higher education institution.

Hope Leadership Academy envisions a vibrant, close-knit, neighborhood-based school where all students attain their highest goals. By creating a caring and supportive environment with high expectations, Hope Leadership Academy empowers students to become enthusiastic learners and respectful citizens.

  • Hope Leadership Academy serves grades K-3.
  • The student population is 95 percent ethnic minority.
  • This school is designated as high risk.

Scuola Vita Nuova aims to provide children an opportunity to experience the wealth of the northeast community's vast cultural resources in a supportive educational environment.

  • Scuola Vita Nuova serves grades K-8.
  • The student population is 86 percent ethnic minority.
  • Since 2010, Scuola Vita Nuova student achievement has increased steadily in math and communication arts.