The Plaza Academy
3930 Broadway Boulevard
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 561-0770
Mission Statement
Plaza Academy's mission is to provide academic, therapeutic, and civic education to an ownership- based environment that empowers our non-traditional learners to graduate high school and become successful young adults. 
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ward Hugh Worley MA, LPC
Board Chair Ms. Zola Gordy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Metropolitian Community Colleges
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1977
Former Names
The New School for Human Education
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Plaza Academy's mission is to provide academic, therapeutic, and civic education to an ownership- based environment that empowers our non-traditional learners to graduate high school and become successful young adults. 
Background Statement

The Plaza Academy was founded in 1974 as an alternative high school with an emphasis on addressing the academic, psychological, and social development of the adolescent. We are a school in which our licensed mental health professionals and state licensed teachers, students, and parents work together to achieve academic, social, and familial success for teenagers who have been unsuccessful at traditional schools. As a Missouri Approved Private Agency as well as North Central Association/Advanced ED accredited high school, we offer rigorous college preparatory academics in an environment that encourages critical and creative thinking through both verbal and written expression. The Plaza Academy designs curricula to meet the needs of teenagers and their families as we prepare students for college and other post-high school environments. Our civic education model and therapeutic curriculum teaches our students to take control and have ownership over their own livelihood. The Plaza Academy prepares our non-traditional learners for their type of adult success whether they matriculate to college and/or enter the workforce directly to begin providing for themselves.

Impact Statement

The Plaza Academy has successfully purchased and remodeled it first very own building. We have successfully moved into our new building at 3930 Broadway Boulevard in April 2017. This building will increase our capacity to work with more at risk youth in Kansas City. Our new building will provides our students and their families new opportunities, more services and a sense of permanence that we didn't not have before. Our annual fundraiser is another source of pride for us at Plaza Academy. With the help of a very active fundraising committee, our annual fundraiser has grown over the last five years from $7,500 to an over $194,000 annual event last year. 

Thanks to generosity from our local civic foundations and individual donors including  the Kauffman Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, Margaret H. Silva Foundation, the William and Laura Frick Foundation,  American Century Foundation, Bank of America Trusts and Jackson County COMBAT as well as our many generous individual donors, we have been able to accomplish the following:
  • Formalize and expand our after school tutoring and extended school year programs.
  • Add a special education coordinator who works closely with our contract schools to ensure all special education services are being administered to best serve our students and their families.
  • Turned our part-time  Principal position to a permanent, full-time position to ensure our students are receiving the best education possible. The principal also works closely with our teachers on professional development with new standards and practices in teaching.
  • Add a communications and arts position, who last year alone designed and launched the Plaza Academy’s new website, logo, digital newsletters, community outreach and alumni programming, as well as the school’s arts education curriculum.
  • Partnered with Jackson County COMBAT to implement an Assessment, Screening and Prevention program (ASAP) as an outpatient substance abuse program that provides services for adolescents, identified to be at risk for substance abuse.
Needs Statement
  • Academic Services–Our academic teaching method, based on established research, increases our students’ attention to lectures, encourages critical thought and discussion, provides opportunities to complete lessons during class with daily tutorial support, and fosters and encourages rapport. The cost to hire and train our teachers is $200,000 a year.
  • Mental Health Services–The Plaza Academy delivers a comprehensive treatment model to our students and their families throughout the entire year. The cost to for our mental health staff and services is $200,000 a year. 
  • Summer School–The Plaza Academy is unique in that it offers both academic support as well as psychological support throughout the summer months.The cost to run this program is $50,000 a year.
  • Supplies–The cost for school supplies, including science and art materials, is $5,000 per year.
Service Categories
Special Education
Mental Health Treatment
Youth Development-Citizenship
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
We provide services for families throughout the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. All services are delivered at 3930 Broadway Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

As a graduate of the Plaza Academy myself, it was always my dream to come back and work at the place that saved my life. I believe that it is my life’s mission to help Kansas City’s at-risk youth via the hard work we do at the Plaza Academy.  I am proud of the Plaza Academy’s significant accomplishments since I joined the staff in 2010. Over the last seven years we have taken our annual fundraiser from a $7,500 annual event to an over $194,000 event last year. We have increased our partnerships with local school districts.  These partnerships allow us to enroll and graduate students that other school districts can no longer help. I am also pleased to announce that this year Jackson County COMBAT is funding the Plaza Academy's Assessment, Screening and Prevention program (ASAP) which is an out patient substance abuse program that provides services for 7th-12th graders identified to be at risk for substance abuse. Our most significant accomplishment is the purchase of our own building.  This will solidify and establish our place in the community for years to come. Our new building gives us the ability to bring on more students, increase programming and provide more outreach services to the community. None of our success would have been possible without the support of our many generous donors, fundraising committee, our advisory committee and our Board of Directors.  

Our short-term challenges with the building are centered on the cost associated with the purchase and remodel of the building. The purchase of a building will allow us to save money and increase the number of students we are able to serve. This is an important year for us as our short term expenses to purchase remodel and equip our new building  are extremely high. It is critical that we continue to increase and expand our fundraising endeavors. 
Our college preparatory curriculum is delivered to our students by a professional, state certified staff all of whom have undergone specialized training.


  • We deliver a family therapy sequence that includes weekly parent meetings, training in contingency management, expressive-evocative therapy to reduce parent’s emotional responses to their teen’s symptoms, and self management training for their teens.  
  • We conduct weekly group therapy, social skills training, group and individual contingency management learning strategies which strengthen and improve the academic performance and citizenship of our teenagers. 
  • We conduct daily tutorial sessions with our teens at the end of each 50 minute class session the focus of which is to remediate academic deficits seen in learning disabilities and the deficits created by a teen’s other disabilities.   
  • We implement Individual Education Plans under contract from 8 local school districts as well as implement IEPs for parents from the general public.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Delivery
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
  1. Students and parents stop blaming each other for lack of success in school and familial dysfunction.
  2. Students go to class on time, follow teachers instruction, and refrain for classroom disruption on a daily basis. 
  3. Students feel a sense of ownership and belonging which contributes to their success in school. 
  4. Students achieve academic success.
Long-Term Success
  1. To ensure a quality education to all special education, underserved adolescents to prepare them for universities and other post high school environments. 
  2. Energize and heal relationships within families who have children with specialized needs.
Program Success Monitored By Single subject design methodology is used to assess the effects of our treatment model daily. Each student is awarded 24 points a day for attendance, punctuality, lesson completion, and a measure civil behavior in the classroom. This measurement system is sent home with the teenager daily and is kept as a permanent part of the institutional record. From there, incentives at both school and in the home are provided based on this measurement system and these empirical measures are used to monitor the effects of our comprehensive treatment model.
Examples of Program Success All of the students who attend Plaza Academy have been failing in their previous environment.  Our treatment model has been proven effective, turning these teens life around. Students who once thought they were going to fail or drop out of high school are now graduating high school and enrolling in college, joining the military, or beginning a vocation. Our graduation rates and matriculation to college approach 90% for the last 10 years. We award up to  college scholarships through the Metropolitan Community Colleges. Our graduates attend colleges and universities across the country many of whom attend graduate schools.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Ward Hugh Worley MA, LPC
Term Start Mar 2010
Mr. Worley is a native of Kansas City, MO and a 1985 graduate of the Plaza Academy. Mr. Worley obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in 1990, from the University of Missouri.  Upon graduation Mr. Worley worked for a diverse group of politicians including United States Senator Christopher S. "Kit"  Bond and Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Emanuel Cleaver. Mr. Worley was also the founder and president of a successful mortgage brokerage, before embarking on his current career in social service.  Mr. Worley graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas in 2006.  Upon graduation Mr. Worley spent over three years in community mental health at Swope Health Services before joining the Plaza Academy in 2010. Mr. Worley was appointed Executive Director by the board in January 2013.    
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Dr. Gary Ogle Seabaugh Aug 1973 - Dec 2012
Paid Full-Time Staff 10
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 5
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 80%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 4
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 5
Male 5
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaboration partners include KCMO, Independence, Raytown, Ft. Osage, Crossroads Academy, North KC, Tolbert Academy, and Center school districts. Through our contracts with them we have been able to implement some of their students’ Individual Education Plans. Other collaborative partners include local community mental health centers, including Swope Health Services and Truman Behavioral Health. We have also partnered with UMKC, Rockhurst University and Avila to provides their students with supervision while the seek their licensure.
External Assessment and Accreditations
North Central Association of Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement - Accreditation2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Zola Gordy
Company Affiliation Metropolitian Community Colleges
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Ms. Zola Gordy Educator
Mr. Steve Marzullo Workday
Mr. Grant Ramsey JD
Mr. Terry M. Riley Transformation Consultants Founder, President
Ms. Celia Rodriguez US Postal Service
Ms Margaret H Silva Founder of Grand Arts
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 40%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 60%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Michael Bell American Century
Mr. Nick Bloch
Bill Frick Lockton Companies
Dr. Patricia Henley
John Petrow
Don Wagner
Dr. William H Worley
CEO Comments The Plaza Academy is proud to have the support of a very active Board of Directors, who has had the vision and leadership to get us where we are today. We are also thankful for the tireless work and generosity of our fundraising committee which turned a $7,500 annual event into a over $194,000 event.
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End July 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $604,000
Projected Expenses $590,000
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 7/31/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.   
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$481,541$378,172$387,091
Administration Expense$90,289$68,230$38,520
Fundraising Expense$30,097$22,743$4,931
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.281.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%81%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%7%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$118,723$138,789$22,774
Current Assets$110,282$127,885$13,185
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$338$0
Total Net Assets$118,723$138,451$22,774
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--378.36--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Hall Family Foundation $50,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Kauffman Foundation $50,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --41668 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To purchase and renovate very own building.
Goal $750,000.00
Dates Sept 2016 to Sept 2018
Amount Raised to Date $650,000.00 as of June 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments The Plaza Academy is very excited that after 43 years we have been able purchase our own building and solidify our place in the community. Two years ago, our Board of Directors and leadership team started the process of looking for our own building. Finally, two years later the vision is complete and we have moved into our new building at 3930 Broadway Boulevard. The Plaza Academy staff and students are very excited about our new building and the many opportunities this new building will give us to serve more youth in the Kansa City area.  None of this would have been possible without the generosity of our many donors, local foundations, parents and students.
Organization Name The Plaza Academy
Address 3930 Broadway Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 561-0770
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ward Hugh Worley MA, LPC
Board Chair Ms. Zola Gordy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Metropolitian Community Colleges
Year of Incorporation 1977
Former Names
The New School for Human Education