Community Launch Party for Downtown Elementary School

Crossroads Academy of Kansas City will have a Community Launch Party on Saturday, February 4, 2012.

Kansas City, MO, January 25, 2012 --( Momentum is building for a new academically rigorous charter school in Downtown Kansas City by the fall semester of 2012, including plans for a Community Launch Party on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Crossroads Academy of Kansas City is designed to be a tuition-free elementary charter school in Downtown. The Crossroads Academy mission is to prepare students to excel in high school by providing an academically rigorous K-8 education. The school’s vision is to be the premier urban school serving Kansas City’s youth and a destination for other educators seeking inspiration and best practices.

The last several months have been very eventful for the school, founded in July 2011 by experienced charter school leaders Dean Johnson and Tysie McDowell-Ray. In recent months, the University of Central Missouri voted to sponsor Crossroads Academy; an outstanding group of educators has been convening on a regular basis to design and write the Crossroads Academy curriculum; and the Downtown Council’s Education Committee voted to endorse the school.

To celebrate these accomplishments and to further prepare for the coming school year, the Community Outreach Task Force, a dedicated group of parent and neighborhood volunteers, is planning the Crossroads Academy Launch Party on Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-12 noon at Studio B; 2016 Main Street. Parents seeking to enroll their children and everyone interested in elevating public education in Downtown Kansas City are encouraged to attend.

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