New Downtown KC Charter School

Academically Rigorous Charter School Preparing to Open Downtown

Kansas City, MO, December 10, 2011 --( Crossroads Academy of Kansas City is a new K-8 charter school coming to Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The school’s mission is to prepare students to excel in high school by providing an academically rigorous K-8 education. It aspires to be the premier urban school serving Kansas City’s youth and a destination for other educators seeking inspiration and best practices.

The University Of Central Missouri Board Of Governors voted on December 7th to sponsor Crossroads Academy of Kansas City. The school is preparing to open in August 2012 with 140 students in grades K-6. Crossroads Academy will serve 370 students in grades K-8 when it reaches full-capacity.

Crossroads Academy is focused on high expectations, community engagement and preparing students to succeed in the 21st Century. Co-founder Tysie McDowell-Ray states that the curriculum will engage students intellectually, creatively and socially. “Mastery of core subject matter is the foundation of a strong education. A truly exceptional education goes further - it inspires students to actively seek knowledge, think independently, reason critically and embrace challenges. Crossroads Academy is preparing students to thrive in the 21st Century,” states McDowell-Ray.

Crossroads Academy is deliberately located in Downtown Kansas City, explains co-founder Dean Johnson. “The school is immersed in the civic, artistic, financial and historic heart of Kansas City. Crossroads Academy will extend the classroom to embrace the exceptional learning opportunities in our neighborhood. Our students will benefit from and contribute to the resurgence in Downtown.”

The Downtown population has expanded considerably in recent years. A 2010 study commissioned by The Kauffman Foundation, “Putting Performance on the Map,” indicates that 18,103 people, including 1,629 elementary school children, reside in the five primary zip codes comprising Downtown Kansas City (64101, 64102, 64105, 64106). The Downtown Council of Kansas City has documented a 31% increase in the number of Downtown residents since 2000. Yet a growing consensus among Downtown leaders and residents is that an expansion of high-achieving schools is needed to sustain and expand this growth.

As a free, public school, Crossroads Academy is open to all families living in the Kansas City Missouri School District, however, priority will be given to those families living or working in the Greater Downtown Area (State Line to Woodland; Missouri River to Linwood). In the event that there are more applicants than available seats, students will be selected by lottery.

To learn more about Crossroads Academy of Kansas City, please visit the school’s website at

Crossroads Academy of Kansas City
Tysie McDowell-Ray