Academie Lafayette
6903 Oak Street
Kansas City MO 64113
Cherry Street Campus


Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 361-7735
Mission Statement
To educate the children of Kansas City to become globally minded, locally active, critical thinkers through immersion in world languages and cultures.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Elimane Mbengue
Board Chair Mr. John Otto
Board Chair Company Affiliation Polsinelli
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
Kansas City Foreign Language Charter School
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement To educate the children of Kansas City to become globally minded, locally active, critical thinkers through immersion in world languages and cultures.
Background Statement In 1998 Académie Lafayette received the first charter in Missouri, found a sponsor in the University of Central Missouri (UCM),  and, in August 1999, opened the doors with 250 eager young minds and 20 dedicated teachers at Temple B’nai Jehudah. Today we serve almost 1000 students in two campuses -- a 280% increase over the number served when the school opened. We employ 102 teachers and staff from around the world: France, Belgium, Canada, Corsica, Luxembourg, Senegal, Cameroon, Algeria, Togo, and the United States. Students leave Académie Lafayette fluent in two languages (French and English); conversational in either Spanish or Mandarin; and comfortable with many cultures. In 2002, we purchased the former J.C. Nichols School, now referred to as the Oak Street Campus. We had space to accommodate our 280 students and still had extra room to rent to community organizations such as the Alvin Alley dance company. In 2007, the Oak Street campus was stretched to capacity with more than 450 students. Three classrooms were added in the space formally serving as a cafeteria. Students eat outdoors or at their desks. In 2009, we received a ten-year charter renewal from the University of Central Missouri (UCM) extending our charter until 2019. UCM stated in the renewal letter: “Académie Lafayette stakeholders should be proud of their service to the Kansas City community and the students they serve.” On March 2012, Académie Lafayette purchased the former Ecole Longan school at 3421 Cherry Street. On September 19, 2014 we broke ground on a 6-classroom addition at that campus. Today 475 students in grades K-3 attend classes at the Cherry Campus while 450 students in grades 4-8 attend classes at the Oak Street Campus. Approximately 34 percent are an ethnicity other than white. More than 24 percent of our families live in areas in the metro in which the median annual household income is less than $38,000. In school year 2016-2017, 200 students qualified for free or reduced lunch benefits. In 2017 we turned away 57 percent of the students whose families would like for them to attend because of lack of space. NOTE:NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: Académie Lafayette does not and will not discriminate, or in any way prefer any student over another student based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, national origin, disability, income level, proficiency in English or athletic ability.
Impact Statement
  1. Developed K-12 growth plan to expand K-8 by 65% and add English language high school (grades 9-12) thus doubling enrollment over 13 years. 
  2. Académie Lafayette ranked 6th out of 354 school districts in Missouri in 2016. https://www.schooldigger.com/go/MO/districtrank.aspx 
  3. Continued implementation of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years program for grades 6-8.
  4. Continued a third language, Spanish or Mandarin, for all 6,7,8th grade students. 
  5. Began construction of the secure entrance addition at the Oak Campus. 
Future Goals:
  1. Complete construction associated with the $3.5 million capital campaign to expand and renovate Académie Lafayette’s two campuses. 
  2. Fully implement International Baccalaureate Middle years program in 2017. 
  3. Secure funding for K-12 Growth plan to satisfy the pressing demand for high quality education seats in Kansas City. This includes expand K-8 program to serve 1,540 students an increase of 600 students within 9 years and open English-language High School to serve 500-600 students. 
  4. Under the leadership of the Board of Directors the 2013 Strategic Plan will be reviewed and revised to reflect current priorities and needs.
Needs Statement
  1. Completion of the secure entry at the Oak campus, the last project that is part of the recently completed $3.5 million Give to Grow Capital Campaign. 
  2. Education resources, including computer programs, textbooks and library books in French. 
  3. Support for free after school tutoring, door-to-door bussing, and additional kindergarten staff (international interns) that enhances learning opportunities for all students but especially academically at risk students. 
  4. Funding for two new roofs – one at the Cherry Campus and one at the Oak campus –estimated cost $280,000 for Oak and $85,000 for Cherry. 
  5. Funding for parking lot repairs and paving at Oak campus, $150,000 
Service Categories
Charter Schools
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Primary & Elementary Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
Kansas City Missouri School District. The geographic boundary on the west is the Kansas/Missouri state line, the boundary on the east is Independence and Raytown, the northern boundary is the Missouri River and the southern boundary is approximately at 85th street. It is not contiguous with the boundaries of Kansas City.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
There are exciting changes at Académie Lafayette in the areas of academic excellence, diversity, technology and expansion.
 
Academics: As a result of meeting our strategic goals for Student Achievement and Excellence in Teaching, our academic program continues to excel.
  • Highest performing charter school in Missouri as measured by the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test 
  • MAP scores surpassed surrounding high-performing suburban school districts in English and Math. 
  • 100% of our 8th graders who took the separate End of Course exams in English and Algebra I scored “advanced” or “proficient” 
  • Increased its Annual Performance Report (APR) 12.58% in 3 years from 86.6% to 97.5%. The APR is used to show how well a school is doing in meeting the Missouri School Improvement Program standards. 
Technology: Our strategic goals to integrate technology into the classroom and infuse technology into instruction were supported by completion of the $247,552 SMART Board Initiative.
  • All classrooms now have SMART or TEAM boards installed. 
  • In addition, 88 Chromebooks were purchased for use at both campuses. 
  • A $20,000 training program funded by the McGowan Foundation is underway. 
Construction: The strategic goal to provide facilities to achieve excellence in teaching while providing safe and comfortable facilities for students and staff comes closer to reality as construction for the secure entry addition at Oak continues. In addition, funding for the $100,000 Oak auditorium renovation project was secured from the Linda Rubin Watson Foundation, the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation, The Kemper Family Foundations, our sponsor University of Central Missouri, Kay Callison, the Fund-a-Need auction at the PTSO’s An Evening in Paris gala, and generous gifts from parents, grandparents, staff and friends of the school. This project is now complete.
 
Expansion/Strategic Planning: To meet the goal of responsible growth consistent with the school’s mission, vision and values, a feasibility study for growth of both the K-8 program and expansion into grades 9-12 was developed by Head of School Elimane Mbengue, Business Manager Jacque Lane, and accounting firm Westbrook & Co. PC. This plan, when implemented, will expand the K-8 program to serve 1,540 students (an increase of 600 students) within 9 years and open English-language High School to serve 500-600 students. Chad Phillips, President, Board of Directors and Elimane Mbengue, Head of School
Programs
Description
Globally focused academic instruction provided to 960 K-8 students that includes:
  1. FullFrench language immersion instruction in all core subject areas: math, science, history, literature, language, grammar, writing, computer, art, physical education. 
  2. English language instruction (grammar, literature, and writing) provided to all grade levels daily. 
  3. Third Language instruction (Spanish or Mandarin) begins in 6th grade. 
  4. International teaching-interns, college graduates and native speakers of French are placed in kindergarten classrooms to assist children during critical first year of 2nd language acquisition. 
  5. Free summer school provides students at all grade levels an un-interrupted exposure to a 2nd language throughout the year that strengthens student learning and provides cost-saving childcare for families. 
  6. Study Abroad 6th graders engage in a 4-week exchange program with students and teachers in Bayonne, France, and travel internationally for 2 weeks. French students come to Kansas City for 2 weeks as part of the exchange.
Program Budget $7,900,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Delivery
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • 90% of AL 8th grade students will score at the proficient or advanced level in the core subject areas of the Missouri MAP tests.
  • 80% of AL 5th grade students will score at the proficient or advanced level in the core subject areas of the Missouri MAP tests.
  • 70% of AL 2nd grade students will score above the 50th percentile in reading and math on the NWEA Spring tests.
  • Classes in grades 2-8 will gain an average of 1.25 grade levels of growth each year as measured by the NWEA spring tests.
  • Académie Lafayette will offer and rich and varied extracurricular program.
  • Every teacher will integrate technology in the classroom to accelerate learning and student proficiency in all subjects.
  • Every division will develop and implement an integrated service-learning initiative that fosters caring and responsible members of the community.
Long-Term Success

At eighth grade, students graduate with full language (written and oral) proficiency in French, conversational fluency in a 3rd language (Spanish or Mandarin Chinese), advanced cognitive and reasoning ability, thorough foundations in reading comprehension, math, science, social studies, computer technology, an awareness of global cultures, the responsibility of global citizenship, a thorough understanding and acceptance of difference, and an ability to adapt to different cultural norms.

Program Success Monitored By Student performance at Académie Lafayette is measured each year by two principal assessment methods: the MAP (Missouri Assessment Program, a test administered state-wide to all public school students at grade 3 and above) and the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association, an individualized, adaptive, computer-based assessment which provides comprehensive data and immediate feedback to teachers regarding each student’s abilities and learning).
Examples of Program Success Academie Lafayette Middle School students continually rank among the top schools in Missouri as determined by the MAP test. in 2016 Académie Lafayette's middle school ranked #5 out of 437 public middle schools in Missouri (www.schooldigger.com/go/MO/schoolrank.aspx?level=2)
Description Free after-school tutoring for approximately 25 students who are at risk academically, as determined by test scores and teacher recommendations. We provide in-school tutoring for approximately 150 students.  Annual cost is paid through Title 1 funding.
Program Budget $100,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Tutorial Programs
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Students receiving academic support will show steady improvement in classroom performance and test scores.

Long-Term Success

It is the goal of the program to have every student attending tutoring sessions regularly and performing at grade level or above. In addition, students receiving this additional support will show fewer discipline problems in the classroom.

Program Success Monitored By
To determine the success of this program the following outcome measures will be used:
  1. Students’ academic progress will be documented monthly using student progress in the classroom. Student attendance at the academic support sessions will also be measured monthly. It is expected that students participating regularly in the program will either not fall any further behind or will show steady improvement.
  2. There will be fewer discipline problems among the students who are receiving academic support. It is expected that negative or disruptive student behavior, as measured daily in class and on the quarterly report card, will decrease or will show steady improvement.
Examples of Program Success

Some of the students who have received a steady dose of academic support were able to progress to the next grade with much stronger skills and confidence creating a platform for even greater academic achievement. We believe that this program is primarily responsible for the school’s low attrition rate of approximate 4%.

Description
Académie Lafayette currently offers after-school activities that allow for a variety of opportunities for students to choose further learning opportunities in self-selected areas such as sports, performance art (drama and music), or robotics. This program is in English and includes:
  1. Athletics: volunteer-led sports activities including basketball (girls and boys), volleyball, soccer, track, cross-country. 
  2. Arts & Music: students may select to participate in the choir of school band. 
  3. First LEGO League Junior Robotics for grades 6, 7, 8. 
  4. YMCA After-Care offers working families a fee-based, structured after-care onsite daily.
Program Budget $55,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Activities
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed No
Short-Term Success Program success will be determined by active participation in after school program by Académie Lafayette families; the number and type of activities offered; and the evaluation of these activities by school staff and parent and student evaluations.
Long-Term Success

In the future, Académie Lafayette will offer and rich and varied extracurricular program in French. According to the Strategic Plan, we will:

  • Develop an extracurricular activity feasibility plan to assure its self-sustainability
  • Hire an after school coordinator to manage all aspects of the program 
  • Develop and market a quality after school program
  • Hire the necessary instructors in various areas of interest
  • Launch the after school program

Program Success Monitored By Program success will be monitored by attendance in the after school program and the results of staff, parents and student evaluations.
Examples of Program Success
After school activities at Académie Lafayette are very popular. We are pleased to report that our volunteer led co-ed track team, in their first season participating in the Interscholastic League Middle School track and field competitions, placed second! Our girls team placed 4th out of 9 teams and our boys team placed 3rd out of 6 teams.   Participation in Robotics has also grown. For school year 2015-2016 we offered Robotics after school activities to all grades and at both campuses. Both of these after school enrichment activities are funded through grants provided by AL's PTSO.
Description The school recognizes the relationship between student wellness and student achievement and provides and supports a healthy environment where children learn and participate in positive, developmentally appropriate, dietary and lifestyle practices. Head-to-toe physicals are performed by Cerner's Healthekids program for K-6 students. We provide onsite nurses (RNs) and social workers (LCSW) to provide immediate physical and mental health services as needed for students and faculty. Physical activity is a key element of this program. K-5 students have daily recess and PE once a week; middle school students have recess daily and PE twice a week.  With regard to nutrition, there are no vending machines on site and fresh fruit is available to students all day at both campuses. Raised bed gardening takes place at both campuses, and fresh produce, tomatoes, peas, peppers, are often added to the daily fruit cart offerings. We have an active sports program as well.
Program Budget $117,000.00
Category Education, General/Other School Health Services
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success In addition to learning about nutrition, sports, emotional coping skills, good food choices, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles, the student's opportunity to utilize language and vocabulary in the 2nd (target) language is expanded considerably because of participation in these activities.
Long-Term Success This program will support the overall development of the target language -- French -- as well as help children learn about sports and develop healthy lifestyles.
Program Success Monitored By

The short-term success of this program will be evaluated by monitoring individual student health, academic grades and frequency of behavior referrals. Our goal is to concretely demonstrate the link between on-going focus on developing a healthy life-style, positive personal relationships and academic success.

Examples of Program Success There have been many benefits to the Health and Wellness program including improved eating habits and increased awareness of healthy snacking.  One unexpected benefit is the improvement in our sports program. Over the past four years we have added cross country and track, track and field, girls volleyball and cheerleading.  In 2016-2017 our girls volleyball, girls soccer, girls basketball, boys and girls track and field, and boys and girls cross country all earned championship trophies in the Metro League.  We also added Cheerleading in 2015-2016 not only to support our teams but also to provide another physical activity for girls and boys. Our sports teams are supervised by our Athletic Director but the coaches are almost exclusively volunteers. 
Description

 According to its founders intent and current charter, Académie Lafayette is a public charter school which seeks to serve any child living within the boundaries of the Kansas City, Missouri public school system. It is specifically not intended to be a neighborhood school.  

In order to ensure that children living a distance from either of the two campuses have an opportunity to attend the school, door-to-door busing has been a long-standing though expensive priority.  
 
Door-to-door busing is offered to all students who live two miles or more from the campus location which they attend. This program which receives very little financial support from public sources (i.e. state or federal funds) is the single most expensive program at the school with a daily cost of $2800.
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success 100% of students who need transportation will use the school provided transportation.
Long-Term Success This program ensures high daily student attendance by providing reliable transportation to and from school. High student attendance encourages high academic achievement. We have achieved these goals. Student daily attendance is 95%; our students score in the top 10% of all schools on the statewide Missouri Assessment program (MAP) tests.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by student attendance and academic achievement. Student attendance is 95% and students regularly score in the top 10% of all Missouri public schools on the MAP tests.
Examples of Program Success More than 400 students, almost half of our student body, participate in the daily bus service at a cost of $1,436 per student.  
CEO Comments Académie Lafayette has consistently demonstrated the exceptional potential of a well-defined and well-managed charter school with the support of a dedicated and supportive cadre of stakeholders. Académie Lafayette meets the needs of a diverse student body through a rigorous language immersion curriculum allowing all students to develop their potential. The impressive state assessment (MAP) scores indicate that the school is maintaining a tradition of overall academic excellence while producing bilingual students prepared for the best high schools in the area. However, to succeed in the 21st century, our students must have a strong, basic education in the traditional subjects of math, communication arts, science, and social studies. But they also need much more than that. They must become critical thinkers and life- long, engaged learners who have a global outlook, are able to communicate in multiple languages, and adapt quickly to change. They must understand and respect differences and know that citizenship brings rights and responsibilities. Because we know this, the Board, School staff, parents and stakeholders participated in a lengthy strategic planning process.This three-year strategic plan will direct our governing team as we prepare our students for the 21st century and move our school from good to great by achieving goals and objectives in seven key areas: Student Achievement Excellence in Teaching School Culture Finance and Facilities Community Governance Growth This plan is our road map for the next three years. It sets forth our vision, mission, and values. It spells out the actions that will be taken to drive school improvements. It will drive the annual budget and operational plans. Progress toward achieving strategic objectives of the plan will be assessed by the board and administration on an ongoing basis and reported on to the community annually. In addition to the strategic plan we are looking to the future with the desire to serve more students.To that end our long-term plans include: ·Complete expansion and renovations at Académie Lafayette’s two campuses ·Open an international high school ·Replicate the highly successful language immersion program at two K-8 schools Our largest challenge to achieving these goals is funding. We have successfully completed the $3.5 million Give to Grow Capital campaign to fund the expansion and renovations at our two campuses. Funding for the high school and future replication are longer-term goals that will be addressed in the future.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Elimane Mbengue
Term Start July 2012
Experience Elimane Mbengue joined Académie Lafayette as Head of School and 3-8 principal in 2012. He was born and raised in Senegal and was graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Dakar, Senegal as an Inspecteur de l’Education - a school district administrator in the Francophone system. He has an M.A. and a DEA (Advanced Study Degree = Postgraduate 1 year after Master) in English and American Studies from Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal and a Certificate of Business Management from the Center for Professional Development at Portland (Oregon) State University. Mr. Mbengue has been a primary and secondary school teacher in Senegal and the United States, and a French Lector at the University of Exeter in England. He has been school administrator since 2003 in a French immersion school accredited by the French government and in a charter school in Oregon.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms Gerry Lukaska Aug 2005 - July 2008
Mr. Eric Nelis 2008 - 2011
Senior Staff
Title Business Manager
Experience/Biography Jacque Lane has over 20 years experience in various settings, including fiscal, operations and administrative management prior to joining Academie Lafayette as Business Manager. Ms Lane has been instrumental in implementing processes to assure regulatory compliance, program development and systems that facilitate the growth of Academie Lafayette Charter School.
Title Vice Principal
Experience/Biography Mr. Eric Roskam is from Belgium, where he grew-up and graduated as a Teacher of Foreign Languages ( English & Dutch) & Social Studies. Since he started his teaching career in 1981, Mr. Roskam has worked in Belgium, in Louisiana, in Zaire and in the Seychelles Islands and in Missouri. He arrived in Kansas City in 1988 to work with the Foreign Language Magnet Schools. Mr.Roskam holds a Missouri Teacher’s certificate and a Master’s degree in Computer and Education from Lesley College. Mr. Roskam joined Académie Lafayette in 2000. He first worked as a Computer Teacher for three years, then as a Middle School Social Studies Teacher. Mr. Roskam is now in his third year as Assistant Principal and Middle School Team Leader.
Title Principal, Cherry Street Campus
Title Vice Principal
Title Vice Principal
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 102
Paid Part-Time Staff 6
Volunteers 150
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 95%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 77
Hispanic/Latino 1
Other 22
Other (Please Specify) African
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 Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations

Académie Lafayette collaborates with its sponsor the University of Central Missouri (UCM) to provide hands on teaching experience for UCM students.  UCM sponsors 9 charter schools in Kansas City. “Since 2003, 2,063 UCM students have acquired field experience in UCM-sponsored charter schools.” (http://www.ucmo.edu/charterschools)

Académie lafayette collaborates with Cerner to provide the HealtheKids health screenings for all students.  
Académie Lafayette partners with Research Medical Center, Brookside campus, to provide nursing supplies, health club memberships for staff, and other services including flu shots for staff and  growth and development classes for students. 

Académie Lafayette partners with our Cherry Street neighbor, Trinity United Methodist Church, to provide services for students. Church members provide hours of volunteer time reading to children; and the church made a generous donation to our uniform closet which allows our low income families to have school uniforms at no charge.

External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Central Missouri State University (CMSU) Annual Charter School Review2003
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Sparkle AwardSouthtown Council2004
Award of DistinctionUniversity of Central Missouri2000
Lewis & Clark Conservation GrantMissouri House of Representatives2004
Gold Star AwardMissouri Dept of Elementary & Secondary Education2009
Urban Hero AwardKansas City Downtown Council2009
Missouri Charter School of the YearMissouri Charter Public School Association2009
Missouri Charter School of the YearMissouri Charter Public School Association2009
Missouri Charter School of Excellence AwardMissouri Charter Public School Association2011
Excellence in Food SafetyMissouri Health Dept.2011
School of Distinction in PerformanceMissouri Dept of Elementary & Secondary Education2012
Philly Award's "Best in Show" RecipientNPConnect2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments
Académie Lafayette has consistently demonstrated the exceptional potential of a well-defined and well-managed charter school with the support of a dedicated and supportive cadre of stakeholders. Académie Lafayette meets the needs of a diverse student body through a rigorous language immersion curriculum allowing all students to develop their potential. The impressive state assessment (MAP) scores indicate that the school is maintaining a tradition of overall academic excellence while producing bilingual students prepared for the best high schools in the area. However, to succeed in the 21st century, our students must have a strong, basic education in the traditional subjects of math, communication arts, science, and social studies. But they also need much more than that. They must become critical thinkers and life- long, engaged learners who have a global outlook, are able to communicate in multiple languages, and adapt quickly to change. They must understand and respect differences and know that citizenship brings rights and responsibilities. Because we know this, the Board, School staff, parents and stakeholders participated in a lengthy strategic planning process in 2012. This plan is currently being reviewed and updated with an emphasis on increasing our racial and socio-economic diversity. This strategic plan will direct our governing team as we prepare our students for the 21st century and move our school from good to great by achieving goals and objectives in seven key areas:
  • Student Achievement 
  •  Excellence in Teaching 
  •  School Culture 
  • Finance and Facilities 
  •  Community 
  •  Governance 
  • Growth
This plan sets forth our vision, mission, and values. It spells out the actions that will be taken to drive school improvements. It will drive the annual budget and operational plans. Progress toward achieving strategic objectives of the plan will be assessed by the board and administration on an ongoing basis and reported on to the community annually. In addition to the strategic plan we are looking to the future with the desire to serve more students. To that end our long-term plans include:
  • Complete expansion and renovations at Académie Lafayette’s two campuses.
  • Expand our K-8 school and open an English language international baccalaureate high school 
Our largest challenge to achieving these goals is funding. We have successfully completed the $3.5 million Give to Grow Capital campaign to fund the expansion and renovations at our two campuses. Funding for the K-12 expansion is being studied this year.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John Otto
Company Affiliation Polsinelli
Term Aug 2017 to July 2018
Email otto.jon@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Crissy Dastrup Dastrup Creative
Ms. Sheila Dougherty Kansas City Southern
Ms. Pam Gard Reese and Nichols
Mr. Tracey Lewis Commerce Trust Company
Mr. Marvin Lyman President, Black Economic Union
Mr. Jon Otto Attorney, Polsinelli Shugart
Mr. Chad Phillips American Academy of Family Physicians
Ms. Harriett Plowman Realtor ReeceNichols
Mr. Kevin Sansberry UMKC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Capital Campaign
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Board Development / Board Orientation
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Harriett Charno Community Volunteer
Mr. Kirk Farmer Real Estate Investor / Manager
Ms. Sarah Guthrie Consultant
Mr. Herbert Hardwick Attorney
Mr. Ed Rucker City Attorney, Osage Beach
Ms. Ruth Terrell Development Professional
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $10,581,961
Projected Expenses $10,324,748
Endowment Value $358,000
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,785,749$717,309$664,062
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
$0$0$0
$9,337,872$8,466,715$7,945,233
Investment Income, Net of Losses$6,010$36,720$9,957
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$187,212$179,159$124,756
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$39,578
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$8,091,497$7,448,712$7,351,047
Administration Expense$1,275,232$1,170,119$866,397
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.211.091.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$8,975,599$6,355,720$5,684,717
Current Assets$2,541,678$1,451,804$853,764
Long-Term Liabilities$4,185,480$3,526,189$3,606,575
Current Liabilities$38,509$28,035$57,718
Total Net Assets$4,751,610$2,801,496$2,020,424
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities66.0051.7914.79
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets47%55%63%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $500,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $500,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $150,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
The financial stability of the school over the past 17 years has been demonstrated in a number of ways not limited to but including:
  1. Outright purchase of the J.C. Nichols and Ecole Longan school buildings from the KC, MO District 
  2. Accommodate a growing program by systematically improving facilities and supplying all classrooms with instructional materials 
  3. Systematic improvement of professional development opportunities to support ongoing curriculum articulation and acquisition of instructional best practices 
  4. Provide door-to-door transportation for students who live 2 miles or more from the campus they attend 
  5. Recognizing the need for and benefit of staffing the school with a full-time nurse, social worker
  6. Implement a comprehensive technology plan to embed technology in the instruction, learning, and integrated school-wide management program (attendance, parent communication, grades and more)
  7. Offer experiential learning and real-life application of second-language skills via a school exchange and family stays abroad in Francophone countries 
  8. Reduce kindergarten class size by implementing a teacher intern program allowing Francophone students to spend a year in the US as part of their University studies 
  9. Completion of a strategic planning process in which multiple level stakeholders are present and provide input. However, there are also been financial challenges. 
In school year 2016-2017 every public school in Missouri received a reduction in state funding. In our case, this has caused us to change door-to-door transportation for children living 1 mile or more from the school to children living two or more miles from the campus he or she attends. In addition, we have increased the size of kindergarten classes from 20 students to 22. This change will bring in more revenue but should not affect student learning. Because of our intern program, the kindergarten teacher-student ratio is 1:11. All of these initiatives come to fruition through responsible management of resources and ongoing fund-raising activities. There are many layers of financial support that contribute to the success of this charter school given that the state funding is never adequate to meet the needs of the students served.
Organization Name Academie Lafayette
Address 6903 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64113
Primary Phone (816) 361-7735
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Elimane Mbengue
Board Chair Mr. John Otto
Board Chair Company Affiliation Polsinelli
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
Kansas City Foreign Language Charter School