Crossroads Academy of Kansas City, Inc.
1011 Central
Kansas City MO 64105
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 221-2600
Mission Statement
Our Mission
Crossroads Charter Schools prepare and inspire students to build a better tomorrow by providing an academically rigorous K-12 education in a creative, collaborative, community-focused environment.

Our Vision
Crossroads Charter Schools will be the premier school system in Kansas City and a destination for other educators seeking inspiration and best practices. Graduates of Crossroads Charter Schools will be scholarly, culturally literate and service-oriented individuals who will pursue their dreams relentlessly and have a positive impact on their family, their community and the world.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Dean Johnson
Board Chair Courtney Hughley
Board Chair Company Affiliation KCP&L
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Our Mission
Crossroads Charter Schools prepare and inspire students to build a better tomorrow by providing an academically rigorous K-12 education in a creative, collaborative, community-focused environment.

Our Vision
Crossroads Charter Schools will be the premier school system in Kansas City and a destination for other educators seeking inspiration and best practices. Graduates of Crossroads Charter Schools will be scholarly, culturally literate and service-oriented individuals who will pursue their dreams relentlessly and have a positive impact on their family, their community and the world.
Background Statement
Crossroads Charter Schools is a network of 3 schools which offer a dynamic K-12 education in the heart of downtown Kansas City.
The network began in 2012 with just one school, “Crossroads Academy” which offered a unique learning model utilizing downtown Kansas City as an extended campus for learning. In its five years of serving children the school has grown academically and nearly tripled in size offering K-8th grades. In 2016 a second school was added, "Crossroads Academy- Quality Hill" opened to 186 Kindergarten through third graders and will eventually grow to 422 students in Kindergarten through eighth graders.
The founding group Crossroads High School students will begin in August 2017. Crossroads High School will be temporarily located inside the Park University Downtown Campus while the permanent campus is under construction. This state of the art facility is located within Commerce Tower at 911 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri. A permanent campus location has not yet been announced but is anticipated to open in 2019.
Crossroads High School will grow to enroll 500 students at capacity. In addition, enrollment at both elementary schools will grow to 422 students at each location. In the year 2025 all schools will be at capacity and collectively serve 1,344 students in grades K-12.
In 2015 Crossroads Academy was rated the highest performing charter school in the state of Missouri on the state's Annual Performance Report (APR) with a score of 98.6%. In 2016 the school matched the APR score of 98.6% for the second consecutive year.
Crossroads Charter Schools offer a unique model that emphasizes community engagement and 21st Century Learning. We bring our students outside into the downtown community whenever possible to experience learning in the real world. As active community members our students go to daily recess at Barney Allis Plaza in downtown, and visit the Central Library every week. We hold student performances at downtown theaters, and we frequent downtown galleries, parks, and businesses. Project-based learning units bring students into real world experiences to solve real problems. Whenever possible we welcome professionals of our downtown community into our school as guest speakers or volunteers to share their expertise with students.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments:
  • In 2016, Crossroads earned 98.6% of eligible points on the Missouri Annual Performance Report (APR) for the second consecutive year. Crossroads Academy of Kansas City received the highest APR score of any charter school in Missouri in 2015.
  • Due to rapid growth the organization was renamed Crossroads Charter Schools in 2016 and is now a network of three schools in Downtown Kansas City. The original school “Crossroads Academy” is now known as “Crossroads Academy – Central Street” and currently has 422 students in Kindergarten through 8th grades.
  • “Crossroads Academy – Quality Hill opened as a second elementary school in August, 2016 at 1080 Washington. The school has 230 students in grades Kindergarten- 4th grade and additional grades will be added each year.
  • In August, 2017 Crossroads High School 9th graders began classes in a temporary location at 911 Main. A permanent location for Crossroads High School is anticipated to open in 2019. Crossroads High School will grow to enroll 500 students in grades 9-12.
Needs Statement
Crossroads Charter Schools sustains a funding model designed to meet core operating expenses with taxpayer funds. However, we annually engage the philanthropic community on specific projects which support our expansion efforts and enhance professional development, instructional technology, student health, enrichment activities and the arts program. These funds enable Crossroads Charter Schools to accommodate our growing student body and achieve a level of excellence that exceeds what is possible by relying on public funding alone.
During the 2016 - 2017 school year, our greatest areas of need are:
  • Enhancing professional development opportunities for teachers and staff.
  • Equipping students and staff with cutting edge technology to support learning.
  • Supplementing the classroom experiences through field trips that will enhance civic, artistic and historic learning opportunities.
Service Categories
Charter Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
All families living within the Kansas City Public Schools district are eligible to enroll at Crossroads Academy. However, families who live or work within the Downtown area (State Line to Prospect, Missouri River to 39th) are given priority. For the 2015-16 school year, Crossroads Academy is serving 351 students in grades K – 8th. Half (55.1%) of these students live in the following 5 ZIP codes: 64108, 64111, 64110, 64106 and 64127.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Equity Statement
Crossroads Charter Schools was founded to address a long standing need for high quality public education in the heart of Kansas City. Our founders believed in creating school options for kids in the urban core and in communities which have historically lacked that access. As an organization, we continue to devote significant resources of time and energy in order to develop our equity lens to better identify, discuss, and address equity issues impacting our students and our schools. The following equity statements provide unequivocal direction and guidance to our team as we go forth on our journey to define who we are and how we approach our work.
At Crossroads Charter Schools we…
  • Understand the significant difference between equity and equality. Every student deserves to receive what he/she needs to succeed (equity), not that every student receives the same amount of resources, instruction, attention, etc. (equality).
  • Develop school environments where all students are actively and meaningfully engaged in rigorous instruction.
  • Interrupt the “school to prison pipeline” – policies and practices that are directly and indirectly pushing the most at risk students out of school and on a pathway to the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
  • Engage families as partners in meaningful ways
  • Build the capacity of diverse teams that are more reflective of our students.
  • Nurture an open, collaborative, and trusting environment because the work is enormous, deeply personal, emotional and often difficult.
We are committed to putting these beliefs in action and living by them. Every Crossroads Charter School staff member is accountable for applying these statements in every decision, use of resources, and management of talent. The power of our collective and individual commitments to these beliefs is reason enough to be hopeful as we pursue our mission and create a more just and equitable world.
Approved by CCS Board of Directors 8/24/17
Statement Adapted from Aspire Public Schools
Programs
Description
Crossroads Charter Schools Achievements
Each year the State of Missouri rates all charter schools and public school districts by an Annual Progress Report (APR) score. In 2015, the first year eligible, Crossroads Academy received 98.6% of its eligible points which rated Crossroads Academy with the highest APR score of any charter school in the state.
In 2016 Crossroads maintained the same exact score for the 2nd consecutive year.
Crossroads Charter Schools maintains full enrollment with a waitlist for each grade. In March 2017 when we held our enrollment lottery, there were nearly 400 applications for approximately 115 open seats. These numbers speak to the high demand and genuine desperation for high quality education in Kansas City. Since opening in 2012, the top question from Crossroads parents has been, “What about a high school?”
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success The Missouri Learning Standards and Common Core State Standards grounded in the Framework for 21st Century Skills serve as the baseline for learning outcomes in the school's Academic Program. Assessment of student progress at different points in time is critical to Crossroads Charter Schools' ability to drive academic growth and ensure graduating students are adequately prepared to excel in high school. The school assesses progress toward mastery within the school year, annual academic growth and gains over multiple years. Assessment data serves as a cornerstone for professional development and collaboration among teaching staff.
Long-Term Success
A Crossroads Charter Schools graduate ...
  • Is prepared for the academic and social rigors of high school.
  • Possesses the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century.
  • Understands the range of college and career opportunities available.
  • Is accustomed to working hard and earning positive results.
  • Demonstrates relentless pursuit of their dreams and excellence in all endeavors.
  • Is a role model in their family and their community.
  • Serves as a lifelong ambassador for Crossroads Charter Schools
Program Success Monitored By The Missouri Learning Standards and Common Core State Standards grounded in the Framework for 21st Century Skills serve as the baseline for learning outcomes in the school's Academic Program. Assessment of student progress at different points in time is critical to Crossroads Charter Schools' ability to drive academic growth and ensure graduating students are adequately prepared to excel in high school. The school assesses progress toward mastery within the school year, annual academic growth and gains over multiple years. Assessment data serves as a cornerstone for professional development and collaboration among teaching staff.
Examples of Program Success
Each year the State of Missouri rates all charter schools and public school districts by an Annual Progress Report (APR) score. In 2015, the first year eligible, Crossroads Academy received 98.6% of its eligible points which rated Crossroads Academy with the highest APR score of any charter school in the state.
In 2016 Crossroads maintained the same exact score for the 2nd consecutive year.
Crossroads Charter Schools maintains full enrollment with a waitlist for each grade. In March 2017 when we held our enrollment lottery, there were nearly 400 applications for approximately 115 open seats. These numbers speak to the high demand and genuine desperation for high quality education in Kansas City. Since opening in 2012, the top question from Crossroads parents has been, “What about a high school?”
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Dean Johnson
Term Start Jan 2012
Experience
Dean Johnson was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 1993 and joined the Jesuit International Volunteers, teaching at Xavier High School in the Pacific Island nation of Micronesia. In 1996 Dean returned to Chicago and became a Teaching Assistant at The Anixter School, which serves students with intensive special needs, and began studies that led to a M.A. in Multicultural Education from Columbia College Chicago.
 
In 1997 Dean became an 8th grade teacher at San Miguel, a neighborhood Catholic school on Chicago’s Southside serving a predominantly immigrant community. Dean was principal of San Miguel from 2000-2003 and led the school through the Archdiocese School Improvement Process and major revisions in its curriculum.
 
Dean received a M.A. in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University in 2005. During his internship in Zimbabwe with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the government began burning and bulldozing many urban poor neighborhoods. Dean organized emergency food relief for several of these communities. For three years Dean worked with CRS in Aceh province, Indonesia, which was devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. He managed a $25 million humanitarian relief, reconstruction and redevelopment project and supervised a final impact evaluation.
 
In 2009, Dean returned to Kansas City and became Executive Director of Gordon Parks Elementary School. Academic achievement increased dramatically during his two years of leadership. Students reading at grade-level increased from 29% to 80% and MAP scores increased by 14.2% in Communication Arts and 13.3% in Math. Under Dean’s leadership Gordon Parks raised nearly $1.2 million and increased its operating reserves by 86% from $400,000 to $746,000.
  
In 2012 together with Tysie McDowell-Ray, Dean founded Crossroads Academy of Kansas City. The school has quickly built a strong reputation for academic excellence in the heart of downtown Kansas City. 
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Chief Academic Officer
Experience/Biography

Tysie McDowell-Ray founded Crossroads Academy of Kansas City together with Dean Johnson in 2012. The two shared leadership previously at another charter school and together developed a vision of a school in Downtown Kansas City. Tysie is currently the principal of the school and will move to position of Chief Academic Officer in July 2016. 

Tysie McDowell-Ray has many years of experience as a leader in the field of education. She has a Masters Degree in School Administration from Baker University in School Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa. Tysie has spent five summers studying at Columbia University’s Reading and Writing Institute and shares her knowledge through teaching adjunct at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Tysie founded and manages Nia Educational Consulting to further her passion of nurturing the growth of teachers. Tysie is a mother of three children who all attend Crossroads Academy.
Title Principal, Crossroads Academy
Title Principal, Quality Hill Academy
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 87
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 146
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 87%
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
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2014
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2013
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Cornerstone Redevelopment AwardEconomic Development Corporation2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Courtney Hughley
Company Affiliation KCP&L
Term July 2014 to June 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ron Cattelino Retired, Kansas City Art Institute
Diane Charity Community Volunteer
David Francis Heartland Golf Development
Courtney Hughley KCP&L
Richard Moore Retired, Commerce Bank
Beth Sweetman DST Systems, Inc.
Patsy Vichareli-Crawford Park Hill School District
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 84%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Academic Affairs
Board Governance
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Shelli Allen Metropolitan Community College - Maple Woods
Ron Cattelino Kansas City Art Institute (Retired)
John Crawford Economic Development Corportation (Retired)
Jamie Kapke American Century Investments
Albert Mauro Kansas City Southern (Retired)
Sean O'Byrne Downtown Council of Kansas City
Albert Ray Moody Nolan
Tim Sweeny Praxis Nonprofit Strategies
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $9,606,010
Projected Expenses $9,474,807
IRS Letter of Exemption
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
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$3,231,648$2,529,416$1,902,168
Administration Expense$814,848$581,971$489,474
Fundraising Expense$0$0$22,598
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.091.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%81%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$6,757,280$801,291$681,188
Current Assets$951,940$218,056$158,428
Long-Term Liabilities$5,209,792$0$118,404
Current Liabilities$13,349$16,589$51,792
Total Net Assets$1,534,139$784,702$510,992
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities71.3113.143.06
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets77%0%17%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountHall Family Foundation $275,000 --11th St. Corridor Neighborhood Coop $287,010
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $260,000 --Sosland Foundation $25,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam T. Kemper Foundation $150,000 --Individual Donor $25,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Crossroads Charter Schools is currently seeking Capital Funds for the permanent campus for Crossroads High School.
Dates 2017 to 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Name Crossroads Academy of Kansas City, Inc.
Address 1011 Central
Kansas City, MO 64105
Primary Phone (816) 221-2600
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Dean Johnson
Board Chair Courtney Hughley
Board Chair Company Affiliation KCP&L
Year of Incorporation 2011