Crossroads Academy of Kansas City

Crossroads Academy Enrollment Off to a Fast Start

Kansas City, MO, March 09, 2012 --( Crossroads Academy of Kansas City, an academically rigorous charter school opening in Downtown Kansas City, has seen a steady stream of applications since enrollment opened on March 1. “We had 25 applications by the end of the first day, and we receive several more each day. The response is outstanding and parents are very enthusiastic,” says Co-founder and Principal Tysie McDowell-Ray.

Crossroads Academy will open in the fall of 2012 with 170 students in grades K-5. The open enrollment period will continue until March 31. The school will host an “Enrollment Fair” on Saturday, March 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1015 Central, the school’s new location. The Crossroads Academy application is available on the school’s website: Prospective parents can also call the school for additional information: (816) 221-2600.

The school has been fielding phone calls and emails from interested parents for the past several months. These inquiries increased dramatically in February as the school achieved critical milestones. On February 21, the Missouri State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the Crossroads Academy charter application. The prior week, Crossroads Academy reached an agreement with DST Realty for the use of 1015 Central as the school’s home. The company, long-known for its civic stewardship, agreed to rent the building to Crossroads Academy for $1 a month. Phil Kirk, the retired President of DST Realty and a strong advocate for Crossroads Academy has been pivotal in getting the school established and ideally situated.

“Our location at 1015 Central is perfect,” explains co-founder and Executive Director Dean Johnson. “Our proximity to the Central Library, Kauffman Center and other Downtown amenities will give our students unparalleled access to the region’s premier cultural, artistic and civic resources.” Further expounding on the school’s educational model, McDowell-Ray explained how its Downtown location is aligned with its commitment to community engagement, “Downtown Kansas City will be an extension of the Crossroads Academy classrooms. Students will study government at City Hall, the arts at Mattie Rhodes Center and American history at the museums at 18th and Vine.”

That Downtown is a “crossroads” for the greater Kansas City community was not lost on the founders when selecting a location. McDowell-Ray explains, “As a tuition-free school in a highly-accessible location, Crossroads Academy itself is accessible to everyone, regardless of neighborhood, income or race. The common denominator for all parents is that they want a great education for their children.” Added Johnson, “We all learn from people who are different from us. Education is much richer at a school that truly reflects our community.”

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.

Crossroads Academy of Kansas City
Tysie McDowell-Ray