Show Me KC Schools
4049 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 301
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 5504298
Mission Statement
Show Me KC School’s mission is to help Kansas City families make well-informed decisions about their child’s education by providing vital information about the school options available
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Tricia Johnson
Board Chair Mr. Ivan Nugent
Board Chair Company Affiliation Krigel & Krigel, PC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer


Show Me KC Schools needs your help to create a thriving Kansas City parent and family community, committed to living in the city and eager to find and improve quality school options for our children.

Your investment will support our work in the following ways:

  • Maintain and enhance the only Kansas City online resource and printed school guide that provides unbiased and current information about all of the school options in our district, as well as a variety of educational resources.
  • Ensure there is a neutral third party which provides parents with relevant information on current education topics.
  • Help us expand our school tours.
  • Encourage parents of school-aged children to meet, connect, and learn about schools at our City School Fair.
  • Provide opportunities for parents and caretakers to engage in meaningful conversations around current educational topics at our Wednesday Workshops. Ensure all families have the opportunity to receive free one-on-one support by working with our School Navigators. 



Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Show Me KC Schools!

Show Me KC Schools Ambassadors

We are currently looking for Show Me KC Schools Ambassadors to represent our organization at parent events on evenings and weekends, as well as local community meetings, related events and festivals. If you have other skills you’d like to share, that’s great, too. 

Walk the Walk

Join our “Boots on the Ground” volunteers and assist at our events, distribute flyers and other materials, drop off information to schools, businesses, and neighborhood meetings.

Talk the Talk

Become one of our Show Me KC Schools “Voices” and take our mission to local meetings where we’ve been invited to share our story. We will provide you with talking points and resource materials.

I'm Interested!

If there’s another way you’d like to help, tell us below. We welcome you to join us!



Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Show Me KC School’s mission is to help Kansas City families make well-informed decisions about their child’s education by providing vital information about the school options available
Background Statement
For more than a generation families have been leaving Kansas City after reaching the conclusion that the right school option does not exist for their children. According to the US Census Bureau, in 1980 there were 47,000 children ages of 5-17 living within the Kansas City Public School District. In 2010, there were less than 30,000 school aged children residing within the district.
Show Me KC Schools is founded on the premise that many of these parents would have stayed in the city and found the right school for their child if information about existing educational options was more easily accessible. For many families living within the Kansas City Public Schools’ boundaries, gathering information about schools can be a confusing and overwhelming process. Students can apply to their local neighborhood school, signature schools, charter schools and private or parochial schools. In fact, the average kindergartner living within the Kansas City Public Schools’ boundaries has 25 public kindergarten options!
Recognizing the need for accessible and aggregated school information, a group of concerned Kansas City parents with school aged children, committed to living in the city and hopeful that someday Kansas City schools will be a point of pride for our city, conceived of the idea for Show Me KC Schools.
In the fall of 2013, Show Me KC Schools launched its online resource featuring comprehensive information about every K-12 school within the KCPS boundaries. Shortly after the website’s launch, however, parents began inquiring about opportunities to meet with fellow parents on a similar school search. In response, Show Me KC Schools incorporated as a nonprofit and rolled out a series of programs designed to build a community of KC parents. Our City School Fair provide parents with the unique opportunity to learn about nearly all of our city's school options under one roof. Our workshop series encourages parent and community conversations around important topics, such as special needs education and transitioning to kindergarten. In partnership with preschools, our school tours provide parents/caregivers the opportunity to select four schools they are most interested in visiting and have customized school visits. Finally, we pleased to offer one-on-one support for families through our School Navigators program.
Today, community members note that Show Me KC Schools is filling an education gap while others comment that such a resource is long overdue in Kansas City.
Impact Statement

Past Accomplishments

  1. In the fall of 2018, Show Me KC Schools hosted its annual K-12 “City School Fair” with the Office of the Mayor and the Kansas City Public Library, featuring 55 district, charter, private and parochial schools. We were pleased to have 705 participants attend the fair, representing over 20 zip codes.
  2. Over the past year, Show Me KC Schools had over 48,000 visits to its online school resource, featuring information about every school in the KCPS boundaries.
  3. During 2018, our nonprofit hosted 12 school bus tours for parents, preschool teachers, community members and realtors. Of those participants 100% stated that these tours were helpful in understanding the school options in the school district.
  4. Last year we produced our first printed 80 page school guide, highlighting every school. We were pleased to distribute 6,000 copies to our city's families and community partners.

2019 Goals

  1. We will successfully coordinate a new simple online application for Kansas City's charter schools - SchoolAppKC. This one application and one deadline will make applying to schools more equitable - and significantly easier - for our city's families.
  2. We will support over 200 parents/caregivers with direct school navigational assistance through phone calls or in person support.
  3. We will launch 3.0 of our online school resource -- - which will not only include additional information about schools, but will also serve as a tool to help parents consider what they are looking for in a school for their child. 
Needs Statement
  1. Outreach: Because we serve all families in the KCPS boundaries, we need a strong cadre of volunteers to help us connect with some of the hardest to reach families. 
  2. Text Messaging Service: Keeping families updated about our events and the support available is critical. We would love to regularly connect with our families through a text messaging service.
  3. Data Management System: We make multiple connections with families over a school year. Keeping track of families' concerns, schools they're applying to, and success finding a school requires a data management system. 
  4. Marketing Plan: 

    Unlike many nonprofits, marketing for Show Me KC Schools isn’t just necessary for funders or volunteers, it is critical to reach our families. The majority of families who use our programs and resources do so during their school search journey. Therefore, every year we are encouraging new families to use our online school resource, attend our school fair, contact us with questions, and participate in our other programs. We want to be more deliberate and thoughtful with how we reach families, helping us to expand our trusted brand and become a more ubiquitous resource reaching even more KC households.

Service Categories
Educational Services
Parent & Teacher Groups
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
Geographic Area Served Narrative

Show Me KC Schools serves all the families living in the Kansas City Public Schools boundaries. Currently, there are close to 35,000 children in these boundaries attending district, charter, independent-private and faith based schools.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement


For decades, our community has worked to improve Kansas City’s urban schools, but we have left out an important stakeholder in these conversations – parents. Research shows that when parents have the opportunity to participate in the school choice process, the outcomes are positive for families and schools. But with nearly 90 district, charter, private and parochial schools in the KCPS’ boundaries, navigating the school options can be confusing and overwhelming. Parents need to have meaningful school information to ask the right questions on school tours; identify schools that are right for their children; and demand more from under performing schools.

Show Me KC Schools is the only nonprofit in our city that bridges the gap between families and schools. Every child deserves an opportunity to attend a high-quality school. We level the playing field for families, helping low income parents gain the same level of information and access to schools that many middle and upper income families enjoy. 

Since our initial launch, we have seen a steady increase in our online users, increased participation in programs, and greater demand for our services. We are bridging a gap between families and schools. But the recently concluded report by Hazley & the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium (KC-AERC), “A Mixed Method Approach to Study the Parental School Choice Process in Kansas City,” finds that many Kansas City parents still struggle to understand the school options and determine the right school for their children. Slightly over half of the parents who participated in the study were familiar with Show Me KC Schools’ resources and noted its usefulness, but survey results demonstrated that parents want more. They want additional information about schools, more opportunities to visit prospective schools, clearer enrollment information, and more opportunities for in-person communication. As the report states, “Schools, community organizations, and civic leaders have the opportunity to improve the choice process by improving the quality, depth and comparability of resources available to parents.” Show Me KC Schools is eager to continue expanding its programs and resources to meet these needs. 



Show Me KC Schools guides parents through a multi-step school selection process:

  • SchoolAppKC – Now KC families can apply to 16 schools on a mobile device in just minutes, making the process more equitable.
  • Online School Guide – Visit us at to find accurate information about every school in the KCPS boundaries.
  • Printed School Guide - Pick up our 80 page School Guide KC at libraries and community centers around KC to learn all about our school options.
  • City School Fair - Learn about school options at the only school fair in KC that features KPCS, charter and private schools - under one roof.
  • School Tours KC - Hop on a bus with other community members to tour 4 unique KC schools and meet our city's education leaders.
  • Wednesday Workshops - Join us for discussions of essential school search topics, from how to begin your journey to navigating application season.
  • One-On-One Navigation - Reach out to one of our School Navigators for support on your school search journey.
Program Budget $500,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Online School Guide:
  • 70% of eligible families will utilize SMKCS for navigating school options
KC School Guide:
  • 90% of key community partners are distributing the KC School Guide
City School Fair:
  • 80% of City School Fair participants who responded to our survey will indicate that the fair was a valuable part of their family’s school search.
School Tours KC:
  • 85% of parents participating in the school tours will identify kindergartens where they feel their child will succeed.
  • 85% of early childhood educators participating in the school tours will increase their knowledge of high quality kindergartens and kindergarten expectations.
  • 50% of community participants will indicate that they have a better sense of how to get engaged in our schools as a result of the school tours.
One-on-One Navigation Services:
  • 85% of families who received one-on-one navigation services will report having successfully identified a school where their children will succeed.
Long-Term Success
As we look to increase the quality and scope of our work, the following two goals will guide our organization’s programs and strategic decisions:
  1. Parents are empowered with information that drives their demand toward increased quality across the system
  2. The Kansas City Public Schools System (KCPSS) experiences a significant increase in engagement & enrollment
Program Success Monitored By
Show Me KC Schools monitors our program success in the following ways:
  1. Monitoring the number of schools operating at capacity.
  2. Surveying parents about the value of meetings and workshops and whether or not school fairs or tours influenced their decision to enroll their child in a school within KCPS’ boundaries.
We will know if our program is successful if:
  1. There is a yearly increase in the number of schools operating at capacity.
  2. 50% of parents surveyed indicate that Show Me KC Schools’ website and programs informed their decision about enrolling their child in a school within KCPS’ boundaries.
Examples of Program Success
Since our launch in the fall of 2013, we have seen a steady increase in the number of students enrolled in our schools.
Testimonials about the helpfulness of our programs, like this one from a mom, makes our work so worthwhile. "Thank you, thank you, thank you for this amazing city school info fair. I was able to collect vital dates/info for every single school I have in mind for my son, Joey, and was introduced to several more outstanding options I didn't know we had. If this event hadn't happened, it would have been impossible for me to gather what I needed to make informed decisions for my family on my own. I never would have had the opportunities to make the personal connections with staff, parents, and students from the schools. I am simply overwhelmed with gratitude, as are my sister who attended and our six neighbor families (you're batting 1.000 in Troost Plateau families with kids!)
Thank you a million, billion times. This was so incredibly helpful and inspiring."
CEO Comments

For decades, we have been working to improve KC’s urban schools, but we have left out an important stakeholder in these conversations – parents. Research shows that when parents participate in the school choice process, the outcomes are positive for families and schools. But parents need to have clear and useful data to make well-informed choices about schools.

Show Me KC Schools is committed to providing our families with unbiased, transparent information about all of the schools within KCPS’ boundaries. Positioning ourselves as a neutral education source, however, is not always easy. Some community members and schools have discouraged us from posting test results on our website, while others feel we should create a ranking system for schools and allow the community to post reviews on our website. These conflicting ideas about what school information Show Me KC Schools should post only reinforces the need for an unbiased education nonprofit, committed to sharing transparent information about all of our schools.

Additionally, some have questioned why our organization serves all of the families in the KCPS’ boundaries and not just those with the fewest resources. We recognize that all parents want great school options for their children. And time and time, again, parents, representing many different neighborhoods, have shared that they want school options with a diverse student body. But the reality is the majority of KC’s schools are not diverse. Families have the capacity to reverse this. For this reason, we are actively encouraging families from all of the neighborhoods in KCPS’ boundaries to attend our events, talk with one another, and learn about schools they might not have otherwise considered. Our last school fair was a great example of this, with participants representing 30 zip codes.

While we have our challenges, we are proud of our accomplishments. Our advisory council includes both Mayor James and Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell, we receive funding from several local foundations, we have created a unique scope of parent focused programs, built an engaged and passionate board, received media attention from US News & World Report for our work in KC, and average over 3,500 monthly visits to our website.

This is an exciting time for education in our city. Parents are responsible for the opening of several of our newest schools. Schools are seeking unique partnerships with one another. And families are recognizing their critical role in supporting and improving the schools in the heart of our city.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Tricia Johnson
Term Start Aug 2014
Experience Tricia Johnson, originally from Southern California, has taught middle school in Chicago and internationally. She earned her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and worked in Indonesia in support of post-tsunami development before moving to Kansas City in 2009. In seeking out a school for their two children, Tricia realized that many KC parents were struggling to find answers to their school-related questions and ended up moving from the city. Tricia founded Show Me KC Schools to help parents find the right information and the right school for their child, right here in Kansas City.
Paid Full-Time Staff 4
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Paid Contractors 5
Volunteers 50
Retention Rate 80%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 2
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 6
Male 1
Formal Evaluations
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
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
Show Me KC Schools believes in the power of collaboration. We partner with the Kansas City Public Library and the Office of the Mayor on our annual City School Fair. We partner with Early Childhood Centers, the Housing Authority and Amethyst Place on our school tours for families. We informally partner with a number of organizations to disseminate information about our education landscape, including Mattie Rhodes, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Phoenix Family Housing, to name a few. Our work wouldn't be possible without our partners.
Up and ComersSouthtown Foundation2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ivan Nugent
Company Affiliation Krigel & Krigel, PC
Term Apr 2016 to Apr 2020
Board Members
Mr. Patrick AmeyKHC Wealth Management
Ms. Shelly DoucetUMKC Foundation, School of Education
Ms. Alicia DouglasRockhurst University
Ms. Tanesha FordKauffman Scholars
Ms. Amanda GarbachGould Evans
Mr. Anthony MartinezShook, Hardy & Bacon
Mr. Ivan NugentKansas City Public Schools
Mr. Erik WullschlegerLive KC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 8%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 8%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $450,000
Projected Expenses $45,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016: Financial review completed using IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2015: Financial review completed using the organization's internal financial documents.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$18,958$27,496$22,895
Administration Expense$42,965$79,547$12,079
Fundraising Expense$23,412$2,572$5,672
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.021.121.69
Program Expense/Total Expenses8%25%56%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$344,479$55,206$39,668
Current Assets$344,479$55,206$39,668
Long-Term Liabilities$6,870$0$0
Current Liabilities$12,950$2,760$656
Total Net Assets$324,659$52,446$39,012
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities26.6020.0060.47
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam T. Kemper Foundation $150,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSchool Smart KC $133,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSherman Family Foundation $50,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
SMKCS Overview of Programs2018View
Organization Name Show Me KC Schools
Address 4049 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 301
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 5504298
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Tricia Johnson
Board Chair Mr. Ivan Nugent
Board Chair Company Affiliation Krigel & Krigel, PC
Year of Incorporation 2014