Kansas City Academy
7933 Main Street
Kansas City MO 64114
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 444-5225
Mission Statement
Kansas City Academy is a personalized learning community that respects individuality, encourages independent thinking, and values creativity in all disciplines.
  
Our Philosophy: KCA provides creative, holistic, personalized, college-preparatory education for middle and high school students. The Academy's educational program is uniquely designed to recognize, nurture, and challenge each student's personal and academic potential. By openly accepting and respecting the uniqueness and worth of each individual, the Academy is a place where students feel valued, learn personal responsibility, and experience learning as interesting, challenging and relevant. 
 
Our Vision: Kansas City Academy graduates are active, responsible participants in the world.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Kory Gallagher
Board Chair Jim Doyle
Board Chair Company Affiliation Parent Director
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Former Names
Kansas City Academy of Learning
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Kansas City Academy is a personalized learning community that respects individuality, encourages independent thinking, and values creativity in all disciplines.
  
Our Philosophy: KCA provides creative, holistic, personalized, college-preparatory education for middle and high school students. The Academy's educational program is uniquely designed to recognize, nurture, and challenge each student's personal and academic potential. By openly accepting and respecting the uniqueness and worth of each individual, the Academy is a place where students feel valued, learn personal responsibility, and experience learning as interesting, challenging and relevant. 
 
Our Vision: Kansas City Academy graduates are active, responsible participants in the world.
Background Statement Kansas City Academy (KCA) has always been a school ahead of its time. Founded in 1984, we provide excellent college preparatory education through our creative, personalized approach to learning. At KCA, students are decision makers. They deepen their values, gain a concern for the welfare of others and the environment, and develop a thirst for lifelong learning. In 2007 KCA implemented a project based approach to learning, which focuses on learning by doing and connects with the real world through intensive community service projects.
Impact Statement
PAST YEAR: 
  1. Educational Program Improvements: We continued to advance our educational program in significant ways in the past year. With the goal of improving writing across the curriculum we make improvements to our curriculum in terms of writing instruction, continued to implement measures of assessing writing, and increased professional development for faculty around using tools to teach writing. Additionally, we continued to implement an evidence based assessment system to ensure that students are meeting learning targets at three significant places in their matriculation (8th grade, 10th grade, 12th grade). 
  2. Awareness Campaign: We continued to build awareness of KCA in the community be implementing a new social media strategy, increasing our marketing collateral while staying in-tune with our brand standards, and becoming involved in more community events and organizations.
  3. Arts & Performances: Student performances and art exhibits continued throughout Kansas City area with Showcase performances at L'Ecole Culinaire, The Record Bar, Californos, as well as performances in music and theater held at our campus.
  4. Sustainability: We completed the first phase of a three phase project to update and remodel our restrooms. We also completed a number of projects to increase the aesthetic value of our facility, including painting the main hallway, improving fixtures and displays, as well as significant landscape improvements.
  5. Financial Sustainability: We increased enrollment from 72 students to 77 and continue to grow. We revamped our annual campaign increasing donations by three fold.  
 
CURRENT YEAR GOALS:
  1. Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund provides financial aid support to families whose students would otherwise be unable to afford this type of education. With 50% of our student population on financial aid, Increase to this fund will allow accessibility to more students.
  2. Theater Upgrades: Renovations still needed include sound, seating upgrades, and some structural. This would allow us more community performances.
  3. Healthy Lunches: Currently student lunches are $3.50 / meal. Donations to this program directly affect our ability to reduce this cost for all students and give access to healthy food for all our students.
  4. Outreach: Expanding awareness, we need to upgrade our advertising presence in the community to be inline with other private schools. Estimated $5,000-$20,000.
Needs Statement

KCA's top five funding needs are:

  1. Healthy Lunch Subsidy. Funding to enhance and subsidize our healthy lunch and nutrition curriculum program to ensure all students have healthy lunches. $10,000 annually.
  2. Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund provides financial aid support to families whose students would otherwise be unable to afford this type of education. $150,000 annual goal.
  3. Arts Program Fund. This fund allows the continuation, support and expansion of our thread of providing creative education programs in fine arts, music, theater and culinary arts. $50,000 annual goal.
  4. Community / Student Expeditions. This fund allows our students to learn and connect in the community and is the foundation of our learning. Experiential learning better prepares students with necessary skills for the modern world. $10,000 annual goal.
  5. Theater. Funding for our black box theater structural and sound upgrades. $10,000
Service Categories
Secondary & High Schools
Arts Education
Secondary & High Schools
Areas of Service
International
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Kansas City Academy provides a creative, holistic, personalized, college-preparatory education for middle and high school students. The Academy's educational program is uniquely designed to recognize, nurture, and challenge each student's personal and academic potential. By openly accepting and respecting the uniqueness and worth of each individual, the Academy is a place where students feel valued, learn personal responsibility, and experience learning as interesting, challenging and relevant, encourages uniqueness and creativity, while preparing students for life. In this ever-changing 21st century. I am proud as well as honored to serve the Head of School. We take a holistic approach to education that values the worth and uniqueness of each individual student. Students are encouraged to be part of the decision making process by serving on the Board of Directors, on the Student Discipline Committee, and on committees during the faculty hiring process.
Programs
Description

Middle School Expansion: In 2015-2016 we began expanding our middle school curriculum by enhancing our project based curriculum in grades 6 and 7. The goal is to enhance the curriculum, and have a dedicated middle school staff, increasing projected based learning opportunities within our core curriculum, as well as within the community. We have increased access to all potential middle school students, and to Kansas City Academy, with a significant tuition decrease.

Program Budget $75,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Adolescents Only (13-19 years), At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The enhanced project based curriculum gives middle school students a more applied learning education. The successes we have already experienced in refocusing on our middle school curriculum has led to a significant increase in our middle school population.

Long-Term Success

Studies show students who engage in project based learning for longer periods of time will gain the most benefit - increasing their education up to 10 months. More curriculum focus starting in the earlier years of their Kansas City Academy education will only enhance their educational experience, and better prepare them for college and their future. (www.elschools.org)

Program Success Monitored By

The success of the program will continue to be measured through curriculum measures and student achievement.

Examples of Program Success

In our first year of middle school enhancements our enrollment increased over 200%.

Parents and students are saying the program and teachers offer more academic engagement and attention than most schools. 

"Today was my daughter’s first day at Kansas City Academy. It was also the first day she has ever come home from school happy."

~2015-16 Parent

 
Description

Kansas City Academy encourages creativity throughout a student's education, often partnering the arts with our core curriculum. We offer diversified arts programs, collaborating with many community partners. As schools are letting go of the arts, we have been expanding.

MUSIC
is taught by national musicians –in areas of theory, songwriting, publishing, world drums and live performance. Our school band writes, produces and records their own music, as well as live performances.

ART program collaborates with many partners, including guest professors from Kansas City Art Institute. Students have access to many mediums, such as painting, drawing, kilns, and media and design. Students explore art within the community, and exhibit in shows. Students gain awareness of design in the world, make more informed higher education and career path choices.

THEATER and trained theater instructor continually brings in unique one of a kind performances, crossing relevance, learning and interest to our students. Program is open to all who want to participate.

Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Adolescents Only (13-19 years), At-Risk Populations
Short-Term Success We continue to seek new community partnerships and funders to enhance the student music experience.
Long-Term Success  We continue to seek new community partnerships and funders to enhance the student music experience.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by student participation, community events, student participation, and the music curriculum. 
Examples of Program Success In 2015 KCA Studio Band was honored to perform their original music at several places in the community above and beyond the school events and music program, such as: Union Station and Country Club Plaza Waterfire.
Description

At KCA, students prepare for life academically, and holistically. We teach the whole student, which includes making and teaching healthy choices.

NUTRITION. To rave reviews, KCA has built a greenhouse, planted a vegetable garden, started a farm-to-table style healthy lunch program with local foods, daily fresh fruit, nutrition curriculum, cooking classes and contests. We subsidize healthy lunches to allow access for all students.

FITNESS. KCA has an individualized fitness and assessment program. Our students incorporate fitness into their curriculum by taking class walks, using area parks, exercise on school grounds, cross fit, and  bicycle safety and rides on the Trolley Trail.

SUSTAINABILITY. Students, staff and community work together to make the school more environmentally sustainable and engage students in reducing their carbon footprint . The school has recycling, rain run-off watering, school gardens, compost, solar panels, lighting upgrades, as well as future projects.

Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Adolescents Only (13-19 years), At-Risk Populations
Short-Term Success
Based on personal testimony, and quantitative surveys, the programs have been highly effective for students, faculty, and families. It is strongly encouraged by the entire school community that we continue and expand the health and wellness programs. The teachers and students see the potential to operate in a green environment as the way of the future, preparing our future leaders for the world as it will be.
Long-Term Success At KCA we have an obligation to be the environment where effective learning happens. We expect to enhance our students’ environment and health, both physical and mental. Current research indicates there is a link between hands-on learning experiences and long-term healthy eating habits.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by student participation, nutrition and fitness assessments and curriculum, and the ongoing greenability project success within our school environment.
Examples of Program Success

In 2015-2016 our nutrition curriculum program and culinary art students increased 200%.

Our healthy lunch program participation has almost doubled from last year, through student participation and supportive donors. 
 
In 2015 student chefs catered several events such as 200 person dinner at Union Station, American Royal BBQ meetings, KC Community Gardens fundraiser.

Two 2015 graduates went on to culinary school - Johnson & Wales and L'ecole. One 2016 graduate has already been offered a four year scholarship to Johnson & Wales.

CEO Comments Kansas City Academy offers a college-preparatory curriculum which enables students to qualify for the college-preparatory studies certificate awarded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The academy has a writing intensive English department as well as writing across the curriculum with a class on writing for publication. Classes are small and interactive with emphasis on high order thinking skills as opposed to repetition and memorization. Middle School students are placed in Math classes according to their abilities and may be placed in a high school math class. Math in Middle School is taught conceptually with manipulatives to lay the groundwork for higher-level mathematical thinking in high school. Students may choose elective courses in music, theater, or high school art class. In addition to classroom learning, much of the learning extends beyond the walls of the school. Students participate in various expeditions and community service activities.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Kory Gallagher
Term Start July 2015
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Experience Kory Gallagher serves as KCA's Head of School as well teaching Economics and Debate.  Kory’s previous experience at KCA consisted of five years of teaching history, government, and economics, as well as serving as president of the Board of Directors. In addition to teaching at KCA, he has also taught courses in American history at UMKC, the University of Missouri, and the Pembroke Hill School. Kory holds a Bachelors degree in History, a Masters Degree in History, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration all from UMKC. He is in the process of completing his dissertation for a PhD in American Cultural and Intellectual History at the University of Missouri.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Kathy Baldwin-Heitman 2011 - 2015
Mary J Statz July 1998 - July 2011
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 10
Paid Part-Time Staff 14
Volunteers 150
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 95%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 13
Male 11
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 No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

We have enjoyed recent collaborations with many local and regional organizations like the Kansas City Art Institute, the Kansas City Community Gardens, Crossroads Church, Bistro Kids Healthy Lunch Program,  the Loretto Community, the Waldo Business Association, and the American Friends Service Committee.

External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS)2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments Kansas City Academy, rooted in the education tradition of Loretto, was started in 1984 by the principal and seven teachers from Loretto to continue the progressive educational philosophy of Loretto that touted creative, brain-related, educational techniques, multiple intelligences, constructivism (hands-on), and "one size does not fit all". Governance philosophy is "those most affected by decisions should help make them"; the Board is democratically elected with students, parents, faculty, and community members. KCA's biggest challenge has always been one of finances due to the strong desire to remain a small community with small class sizes, to provide reasonable faculty salaries, and at the same time maintain affordable tuition.
Board Chair
Board Chair Jim Doyle
Company Affiliation Parent Director
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Email jdoyle@kcacademy.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Noreen Bridgham Community Director, Nonprofit Connect
Jim Doyle Parent Director, Truman Medical Center
Max Doyle Student Director, Kansas City Academy
Dr. Martha Fly Emetritus Director, Retired
Kory Gallagher Ex-Officio Member, Kansas City Academy
Anne Goldkamp Emeritus Director, Kansas City Academy
Cathy Graham Community Director, Truman Medical Center
Ben Hutchinson Faculty Director, Kansas City Academy
Kendall Kerr Faculty Director, Kansas City Academy
Deep Medhi Community Director, UMKC
Loretta Mentzer Community Director, Black & Veatch Corporation
Jennifer Pate-Pitzel Community Director, MCCKC-Longview
Dave Poncez Community Director, Retired
Mary Statz Emeritus Director, Retired
Jeanne Steinberg-Bolinger Parent Director, IBM Corporation
Tomomi Summers Community Director, Nonprofit Connect
Jamie Tadlock Student Director, Kansas City Academy
Sheri Thomas Ex-Officio Member, Kansas City Academy
Jeff Weis Parent Director, Americo Life
Andy West Faculty Director, Kansas City Academy
Case Williams Student Director, Kansas City Academy
Mary Yzon Community Director, Federal Reserve Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 Multi-Racial
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Board Governance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Technology
Building
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Kathy Baldwin-Heitman Retired
Ron Bronstein McDowell, Rice, Smith & Gaar
Linda Cordes Red Hot Teaching
Paula Dunn Retired
Sally Firestone Sally Firestone Foundation
Barbara Herrin Community Volunteer
Pat Housh Community Volunteer
Laurie Ingram The Independent Magazine
Cheryl Minor NAIC
Don Reck Bridging the Gap
Steve Robertson UMB Bank
Kelly Ruppelius H&R Block
Fred Slough Slough, Connealy, Irwin & Madden
Michael Thomas Community Volunteer
Penny Wade Retired
Jody Wilkins Community Volunteer
CEO Comments Kansas City Academy began in 1984 by the principal and seven teachers from Loretto to continue the progressive educational philosophy of Loretto that touted creative, brain-related, educational techniques, multiple intelligences, constructivism (hands-on), and "one size does not fit all". Governance philosophy is "those most affected by decisions should help make them"; the Board is democratically elected with students, parents, faculty, and community members. The main challenge for KCA has always been one of finances. With the strong desire to remain a small school, with adequate teacher salaries and benefits, and at the same time attempting to maintain affordable tuition.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $884,534
Projected Expenses $884,534
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$79,603$82,000$85,725
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
$0$2,775$2,932
$780,878$617,411$619,997
Investment Income, Net of Losses$12,991$16,249$8,852
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$56,628$61,066$35,444
Revenue In-Kind$50,887$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$745,222$619,804$652,477
Administration Expense$168,348$158,383$175,905
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.000.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%80%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$508,788$411,043$413,098
Current Assets$87,831$72,817$50,832
Long-Term Liabilities$3,507$4,702$5,862
Current Liabilities$253,430$216,954$207,813
Total Net Assets$251,851$189,387$199,423
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.350.340.24
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%1%1%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $40,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $16,400
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Junior League of Kansas City Missouri $10,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose With an increase in student enrollment we are anticipating needing to add space to our facility. Additionally, with many years of deferred maintenance, the current facility will require a number of upgrades and repairs in the next five years.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments The Academy, being founded by educators, struggles as a small, tuition-driven not-for-profit. However, it is well managed with an outstanding CPA firm doing the financials and an outside yearly audit. It is indeed the "little school that could." Because of our unique educational philosophy, and methods for accomplishing academic success, the Board has intentionally limited the size of the student body. The maximum number of students that the school can reasonably handle is 100, without compromising our philosophy or teaching methods. Being a small community of students, with tuition only covering about 78% of expenses, it is important to attract supporters outside our immediate community.
Organization Name Kansas City Academy
Address 7933 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64114
Primary Phone (816) 444-5225
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Kory Gallagher
Board Chair Jim Doyle
Board Chair Company Affiliation Parent Director
Year of Incorporation 1984
Former Names
Kansas City Academy of Learning