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
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Tricia Johnson
Board Chair Mr. Ivan Nugent
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kansas City Public Schools
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
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Statements
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 over 30 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 Parent-to-Parent School Fairs provide parents with the unique opportunity to learn about school options through one-on-one conversations with fellow parents. Our ParentConnect Series encourages parent and community conversations around important educational topics, such as bullying and transitioning to kindergarten. In partnership with Headstart centers and preschools our “5 Schools in 5 Hours” program provides parents/caregivers the opportunity to select five schools they are most interested in visiting, board a bus with fellow parents, and experience different school cultures through customized school tours.
 
 
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 2016, Show Me KC Schools hosted its first K-12 “City School Fair” with the Office of the Mayor and the Kansas City Public Library, featuring 50 district, charter, private and parochial schools. We were pleased to have 475 participants attend the fair, representing approximately 30 zip codes.
  2. Over the past year, Show Me KC Schools had over 28,000 visits to its online school resource, featuring information about every school in the KCPS boundaries.
  3. During the last 12 months, our nonprofit hosted eight school bus tours for parents, community members and realtors. Of those participants 100% stated that these tours were helpful in understanding the school options in the school district.
  4. Our nonprofit was pleased to increase its fundraising efforts, allowing for increasing programming, in addition to one full-time staff salary and one full-time AmeriCorps VISTA Community Outreach Coordinator.

2017 Goals

  1. 85% of program participants state that their understanding of schools increased because of Show Me KC Schools.
  2. We will support over 200 parents/caregivers with direct school navigational assistance through phone calls or in person support.
  3. Our online school resource will be greatly enhanced through the addition of enrollment filters, eligibility maps and parent perspectives of every school and will have over 40,000 visits, averaging over 2 minutes per visit.
  4. We will grow to a paid staff of three, including an Executive Director, a Community Outreach & Program Coordinator and an Online Resource & Marketing Manager, in addition to an AmeriCorps VISTA.
Needs Statement
  1. Capacity Building: Show Me KC Schools is seeking financial assistance to hire an online resource and marketing manager to keep our school data, news articles and community resources updated while also adding new website upgrades. In addition, we would like to hire a full-time Community Outreach and Program Coordinator to help us reach our city’s most disadvantaged families with critical school resources, while increasing the number of parent programs and direct school navigational services offered throughout the year.
  2. Marketing: We are eager to reach families in every neighborhood in KCPS’ boundaries and are seeking a creative volunteer who can increase our social media presence, in addition to financial support for marketing materials, such as videos, audio transit ads, household mailers and billboards.
  3. Website Enhancements: One of the biggest challenges for parents navigating our city’s many school options is understanding which schools they are eligible to attend. We want to create a filter on our website that will allow parents to quickly see which schools are still enrolling. Additionally, a school eligibility map will also help parents easily identify their neighborhood school, as well as which signature and charter schools their children are eligible to attend.
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair 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 over 30 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, including our school fairs, tours and ParentConnect series.

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.

Programs
Description
Show Me KC Schools helps KC families with their school search in three distinct ways. Our website allows families to navigate every K-12 school within KCPS boundaries. Each school has a profile with school hours, transportation, demographics, application processes and test scores. Our site also features FAQs, an enrollment calendar, education news and upcoming events to help families understand KC’s unique educational landscape.
 
Our second level of engagement connects KC parents during their school search. Our Parent-to-Parent School Fairs give parents the opportunity to learn about district, charter and private schools through one-on-one conversations with fellow parents. Additionally, Show Me KC Schools’ parent workshops encourage parent conversations around important education topics, such as bullying and test scores.
 
Our third level of engagement, our “5 Schools in 5 Hours” program, gets parents into schools and helps them discover the school qualities they want for their children.
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
During the 2014-2015 school year, our programs identified positive results in parent knowledge, satisfaction and behavior:
  1. Knowledge: 94% of parents surveyed at our Parent-to-Parent School Fairs and 5 Schools in 5 Hours program noted that the events were either helpful or very helpful in helping them understand the school options in the KCPS boundaries.
  2. Satisfaction: 89% of parent participants in the Parent-to-Parent School Fairs and 100% of the parent participants in the 5 Schools in 5 Hours program made them feel more confident about the kindergarten options available for their child.
  3. Behavior: When our website first launched we averaged 500 visits a month. Nearly two years later we are averaging over 2,000 website visits a month.
Long-Term Success
Show Me KC Schools ultimately wants to see the schools in KCPS’ boundaries become a “point of pride” for our city. Recognizing that family engagement plays a critical role in the success of our local schools, our vision statement states “every parent is confident about the school choices available for their child.” Our three program goals are the following:
  1. Families are empowered with accurate and critical information to truly make the best school choice for their child
  2. KC parent enthusiasm for school options in Kansas City is increased
  3. Schools’ achievement data and performance records are transparent
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 (now that our parents have enrolled their children in kindergarten we can send out this survey to program participants).
  3. Tracking the number of schools that have fully updated profiles on Show Me KC Schools’ website.
 
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.
  3. Schools are fully participating in our programs, as well, with 80% of schools’ profiles are fully updated by the fall of 2015.
Examples of Program Success
A few months after Show Me KC Schools’ “5 Schools in 5 Hours” programs, one of the parent participants made it a point to express her enthusiasm and gratitude for our program. Prior to these school tours, she noted that she did not know she had options and was resigned to send her daughter to a nearby school that she felt was not a good fit for her child. When she visited the five schools on her tour, one school’s kindergarten really stood out as a classroom where she felt her daughter could find great teacher support and success. She thanked Show Me KC Schools for helping her enroll her child in a “great Kansas City school.” 
 
More and more frequently, parents are calling Show Me KC Schools and asking for assistance finding a school. Most of these families have recently moved to KC and do not know where to begin their school search. It is truly a pleasure when the conversation ends with the parent asking why all cities do not have such a helpful school resource.
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 have received funding from six foundations, hosted multiple parent events, built an engaged and passionate board, received media attention from The KC Star and KCUR, and average over 2,500 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.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ivan Nugent
Company Affiliation Kansas City Public Schools
Term Apr 2016 to Apr 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Shelly Doucet UMKC Foundation, School of Education
Ms. Alicia Douglas Rockhurst University
Ms. Amanda Garbach Gould Evans
Mr. Anthony Martinez Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Mr. Ivan Nugent Kansas City Public Schools
Mr. Erik Wullschleger Live KC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 6%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $132,000
Projected Expenses $125,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial review completed using the organization's internal financial documents.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$22,895$2,538--
Administration Expense$12,079$4,808--
Fundraising Expense$5,672$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.692.50--
Program Expense/Total Expenses56%35%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$39,668$11,155--
Current Assets$39,668$11,155--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$656$0--
Total Net Assets$39,012$11,155--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities60.47----
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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 Kansas City Public Schools
Year of Incorporation 2014