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4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City

United States

About Us

SchoolSmartKC is a newly formed non-profit collaborative fund (currently incubated within the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation) that seeks to dramatically improve the performance of schools in the Kansas City Public School system. With significant funding from key supporters including the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Hall Family Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation, SchoolSmartKC aims to close the performance gap between local students (charter and district alike) and their higher performing peers across the state of Missouri and the nation. Within ten years, SchoolSmartKC seeks to more than double the percentage of schools and students that show performance on par with the state in basic assessments and college and career readiness measures. Its efforts are designed to build common purpose with the district, charter schools, resource providers, and other key stakeholders around three key strategies:

Starting Smart: SchoolSmartKC seeks to build the critical foundation for an educational system that generates sustainable, quality outcomes for youth by catalyzing a robust, “SchoolSmart” constituency of parents that are informed about school quality and empowered to take action.

Investing for Success: SchoolSmartKC will make substantial, coordinated investments to develop, expand and fortify quality school offerings, while also supporting the improvement of schools that can and should do better.

Demanding Quality, No Exceptions: SchoolSmartKC will serve as a constant and unyielding voice demanding a quality education for all students within the Kansas City Public School system, bringing forward practical, system-wide policy changes that foster sustained and widespread improvement.