Providence School of Arts
6422 Woodland Ave
Kansas City MO 64131
Elementary Students with guest artist Sasha Groshang Principal Cellist with St. Joseph Symphony
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 287-0411
Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower children to discover their value and pursue their purpose in life by providing holistic education opportunities to children from all backgrounds.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Marcus Oatis
Board Chair Mr. Blaine Kauk
Board Chair Company Affiliation Insider Responce
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower children to discover their value and pursue their purpose in life by providing holistic education opportunities to children from all backgrounds.

Background Statement

What would it look like to seek renewal and transformation in our city in the context of an elementary school?

What would it look like to empower a diverse group of learners to become successful contributors in their communities for the glory of God?

What would it look like to blend the gospel, the arts, and academics in a multi-sensory education that develops the whole child?

Those were the questions burning on the mind of Marcus Oatis, founder of Providence. As a professional dancer who grew up in inner city Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Oatis knew firsthand the educational disparities that divide our city and the many benefits of the arts. Mr. Oatis longed to impact the lives of children residing in the urban core.

In 2012, those questions became a dream to make a private education accessible to children from all backgrounds. Undergirding this dream was the belief that the gospel of Jesus should be central to learning, and the conviction that teachers should instruct the whole child. In 2013, Mr. Oatis visited a school with a similar vision called The Potter’s House in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their story and success helped catalyze the birth of Providence.

In the Fall of 2013, Providence officially formed as an organization operating under New City Church. Under their sponsorship, Providence launched its first program, a Summer Arts Camp. In November of 2015, Providence began operating independently as a registered 501(c)3. In the Fall of 2016, the dream of launching an urban Christian school with a diverse population became reality. Along with the elementary school, Providence continues to offer summer arts camps, and a full arts enrichment program is on the near horizon.

Impact Statement
  • The launch of the Elementary School has been a significant milestone towards the fulfillment of the mission and vision of the organization; enabling all children to flourish. Within the first year of this program, we have seen a tremendous amount of academic growth in all of our students. 
  • With the expansion of the Summer Arts Camps, we have seen a significant increase in both the general awareness of the organization and the number students participating in this program.
  • Our Leadership has grown which has included 3 additional members. This increase has spurred an increase in our general network and fundraising capabilities. 
  • Our goals for the coming year include increased brand awareness, continued academic and artistic growth, and increased philanthropic support.
Needs Statement
  • Increase individual contributions to support educational programs.
  • Increase number of households enrolled in Elementary program.
  • Engage more community organizations for partnership opportunities.
Service Categories
Primary & Elementary Schools
Arts Education
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The successes of the organization have been possible due to the vision and passion of our founder, who has willed the progress of the organization at great personal cost- not letting any obstacle stand in the way of impacting a single child. We have shown a singular commitment to our mission, which provides a unique type and caliber of service to the community. Our offering is personal, affordable, and high quality, considering the whole child. This has been proven out through clear unbiased outcomes and parent satisfaction. Then, we have established a stable and diverse board of directors to oversee and support progress while helping to extend reach into the community.
The challenges would primarily center on the difficulty to gain momentum in the donor community as a startup school with little operating history, a small size, and with our accreditation in progress. Professional fundraising capabilities would assist with this. Through the recruitment process, we have also found that parents can be cautious without a history of success, so it is our challenge to give families a vision for something greater.
We believe education is about developing the whole child and empowering children to discover their value and pursue their purpose. We have intentionally crafted our program to challenge children academically, develop them spiritually, and gift them with a lifetime love of learning. Our holistic approach has three core components:
  1. Gospel-centered education: We integrate faith into every subject, helping children learn to see the world through a biblical lens.
  2. Visual & performing arts: We teach children the true art forms, allowing them to discover their creativity and talents and develop confidence.
  3. Multi-sensory academic curriculum: We craft individualized learning pathways for each child, teaching an innovative, multi-sensory curriculum that targets all learning styles.
The end result is a generation of faithful servants and confident leaders who will contribute to their communities for the glory of God.
Program Budget $80,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Within one year, we have seen a tremendous amount of growth in each of our students. These students are performing at our above grade level expectations in all subject matters. Additionally, we are pleased to welcome Debbie Chapman as a classroom teacher. She bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise. 
Long-Term Success Providence School of Arts long term vision is to see all children flourish. We believe that college readiness is an important part to achieving this goal. In light, we have develop a comprehensive and engaging educational experience that will give the students the knowledge and skills they need for college and future endeavors. 
Program Success Monitored By
  • Student Evaluation - Teachers assess students using formative and summative evaluations in order to determine if students are meeting grade level standards as deemed by the Missouri Department of Education. Additionally, students academic achievement will be measured against national benchmarks through standardized testing.
  • Teachers Evaluation - Teachers are informally evaluated regularly and are formally evaluated quarterly. Teachers are evaluated based on five criteria: instructional planning and preparation, classroom environment, instructional process, professional responsibilities, and student achievement.
  • Enrollment Numbers and Demographics - Benchmark enrollment goals are set annually.Additionally, student and family demographics will be captured annually.
  • Accreditation - Providence is pursuing accreditation through Christian Schools International, their standards for accreditation crossover with other accreditation institutions like AdvanceEd.
Examples of Program Success Celeste R. is a student of Providence School of Arts. Prior to joining our program, she struggled to develop a strong foundation of knowledge and skills that would prepare her for future learning. After her first year with us, Celeste is now academically meeting grade level expectations, discovering new creative abilities, and is developing a love for learning. 
Description Summer Arts Camp provides high quality Fine and Performing Arts experiences for children ages 3-11 during the summer months. Participants are exposed to one or more of the art forms: Music, Dance, Theatre, and Visual Art. All classes are taught by highly trained performing arts professionals. Students in this program not only get to discover their personal creativity, but are able to discover and develop a life-long connection with the arts.
Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Students follow a predefined curriculum that develops basic skills for the arts. In addition to learning these key elements, students gain a deeper understand of their creative, physical, and intellectual potential and deeper appreciation for the arts.
Long-Term Success The arts are pivotal to the growth of communities. Our long-term goal is to build awareness of the arts through hands on experience and ultimately develop life-long supporters of the arts and creatively minded professionals.
Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored in several ways: enrollment numbers, pre and post surveys for students and parents that evaluates program satisfaction, uniqueness of experience, and future goals.
Examples of Program Success Our success story comes from Rishon G. Rishon has participated in every Summer Arts Camp since its origination. Prior to his involvement, Rishon had little to no experiences to theatre. At first glance, the staff had identified his acting abilities and subsequently encouraged him to continue his studies. This year, Rishon announced that he was cast in his first commercial. It goes without being said, the impact that the Summer Arts Camps have made on Rishon in bringing to light, his natural talents and desires for the arts. 
CEO Comments
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Marcus Oatis
Term Start June 2013
Experience Marcus has spent his career dedicated to the arts. He has spent the last several years as an administrator and instructor for the Kansas City Ballet School. As a former professional dancer with Kansas City Ballet, Mr. Oatis firmly believes in the cognitive, physical, and emotional benefits of arts education and believes in providing families with viable educational opportunities. He has worked with Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey in their educational outreach programs; providing performing arts exposure and character development to school age students in their local schools. Mr. Oatis has also served in a management capacity for New City Church and Hyatt Hotel and Resorts. As a native resident of Kansas City Missouri, Mr. Oatis is committed to contributing to the development and growth of the Metro area.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Classroom Teacher

Debbie Chapman holds a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from Emporia State. Debbie brings over 30 years of teaching experience to Providence School of Arts. She has taught in Bonner Springs School District, Blue Springs School District, and Allen Village.

Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 15
Paid Contractors 0
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 2
Caucasian 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 3
Male 1
Formal Evaluations
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
New City Church (Fiscal Sponsor 2013-2015)
Christian Schools International2015
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Blaine Kauk
Company Affiliation Insider Responce
Term June 2013 to June 2018
Board Members
Mr. Andrew Conard Larkin Lamp Rynearson
Mr. Blaine Kauk Inside Response
Mr. Marcus Oatis Providence School of Arts
Mrs. Stephanie Oatis Stony Point North Elementary
Ms. Karis Parker Spring Valley Elementary
Mr Joshua Reynolds Cerner
Mrs. Edina Robinson State Street
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Multi-ethnic
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $60,058
Projected Expenses $84,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.  No balance sheet information provided.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$13,442$3,226--
Administration Expense$4,127$240--
Fundraising Expense$0$85--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.001.44--
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%91%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%2%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$11,769--
Current Assets$0$11,769--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$0$11,769--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
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 Providence School of Arts
Address 6422 Woodland Ave
Kansas City, MO 64131
Primary Phone (816) 287-0411
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Marcus Oatis
Board Chair Mr. Blaine Kauk
Board Chair Company Affiliation Insider Responce
Year of Incorporation 2012