Frontier Schools, Inc.
30 W Pershing Road, Suite 402
Kansas City MO 64108-2531
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 241-6200
Fax 816- 241-6201
Mission Statement

The vision of Frontier Schools is to be the leading charter school in Kansas City, known for its vibrant and innovative educational leadership qualities. 

Toward this vision, the mission of Frontier Schools is to create an academically rigorous Pre-K through 12 educational environment that empowers its students to discover and develop their individual gifts and talents in pursuit of college readiness, productive citizenship and lifelong learning. All of this is accomplished within an atmosphere of academic excellence with a strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus to better prepare for the jobs projected for the future American workforce.  
 
Toward this vision and mission Frontier Schools core values are and remain:
    • High Expectations: We maintain rigorous standards and expectations for our students
      and support them to reach their full potential.
    • Family and Community Engagement: We believe that students are successful when families and the community are engaged with the school.
    • Character Matters: We promote a peaceful, caring and safe community and guide our students to value integrity, be responsible and appreciate diversity.
    • STEM Education: Our students will graduate with an understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the world of tomorrow.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ugur Demircan
Board Chair Eugene Augustine
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
By giving to Frontier Schools you help advance the education of more than 1600 low to moderate students Pre-K through 12 living in Kansas City's urban core. Contributions in both cash and in-kind go to both capital and programmatic needs including instructional technologies, staff development, student enrichment and extra curricular activities.
 
College scholarship funding for Frontier graduates is of particular importance to many of the school's donors as the majority of these families do not have the financial resources to send their children to higher education. Frontier is a participant in the KC Scholars program, a higher education scholarship program initiated by the Kauffman Foundation, which provides a match for contributions made for Frontier graduates. Private contributions help Frontier Schools achieve its mission without complete reliance on public funding. To make a contribution please go to the donation button www.frontierschools.org.
 
Volunteers make a significant impact on the school's daily mission. From very active board members, to corporate and private advisory groups to parental engagement in multi-cultural events and the school's annual STEM Fest, Frontier Schools is a community working together to improve the life of Kansas City youth. If anyone wishes to volunteer they should contact Jennifer Watson Communications and Outreach Director at jwatson@frontierschools.org. 
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

The vision of Frontier Schools is to be the leading charter school in Kansas City, known for its vibrant and innovative educational leadership qualities. 

Toward this vision, the mission of Frontier Schools is to create an academically rigorous Pre-K through 12 educational environment that empowers its students to discover and develop their individual gifts and talents in pursuit of college readiness, productive citizenship and lifelong learning. All of this is accomplished within an atmosphere of academic excellence with a strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus to better prepare for the jobs projected for the future American workforce.  
 
Toward this vision and mission Frontier Schools core values are and remain:
    • High Expectations: We maintain rigorous standards and expectations for our students
      and support them to reach their full potential.
    • Family and Community Engagement: We believe that students are successful when families and the community are engaged with the school.
    • Character Matters: We promote a peaceful, caring and safe community and guide our students to value integrity, be responsible and appreciate diversity.
    • STEM Education: Our students will graduate with an understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the world of tomorrow.
Background Statement

Frontier Schools is the largest charter school system in Kansas City, and the second largest in the State of Missouri. It educates 6% of all students in the boundaries of the Kansas City Public Schools district. Enrollment is by lottery, and 90% of the students come from families below the poverty level. The school is a nonprofit organization, governed by a highly tenured administrative team in concert with a board of directors drawn from local business and civic community leadership. Frontier blends the highest standards and expectations with a well-defined curriculum and dedicated teachers to cultivate excellence and prepare students to succeed in college, careers, and life.

Frontier Schools has grown from 100 students at its opening in 2007, to more than 1,600 PreK-12 today. With a budget exceeding $23 million the school operates three strategically located urban core campuses - all of which are owned by the school. Its fine academic record, strong financial position and steady growth are a testament to solid strategic planning and management. What started as a tiny charter school has grown to a respected small school district of its own; one currently entering a new five-year strategic planning phase.

Impact Statement Accomplishments from last year and goals for the coming year include first scoring a 92.4% on its annual performance review for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), a 20% improvement over the prior year, all while continuing to maintain a 100% college acceptance rate. Goals for the next five years are to improve the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) which tracks core academic competencies in science, math, social studies and communication arts. Second, in an effort to build community and family engagement in the student's academic performance Frontier Schools has a home visit program run by the faculty that personally saw more than 50% of the more than 1600 students and their parents. The goal for the coming year is to visit even more the student homes in a continuing effort to improve academics, behavior, attendance and parental engagement. Third, Frontier Schools became the only charter in Kansas City Missouri to attain the status of a Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) a nationally recognized STEM program secondary school network. In the new school year plans call for the development of a new 2600 square foot STEM "makers space" attached to the STEM High School for ever larger STEM- related projects (ex: solar cars). Fourth, in 2018 the board retained a nationally recognized academic consulting firm (Bellwether Education Partners) to assist the school in forming its strategic plan. Receiving high marks the school intends in the new year to activate many of the reports recommendations for school operational improvements. Finally, last year Frontier achieved its annual five year renewal of its charter from the State of Missouri and welcomed the University of Missouri-Columbia as its new charter sponsor.
Needs Statement

Frontier Schools' most pressing need is facilities. Frontier is actively searching for a location to start a feeder elementary school that will serve to complement the Frontier School of Excellence on Troost. The feeder elementary will allow for the creation of a holistic, Pre-K thru 12th grade STEM environment. This will greatly improving STEM education outcomes for students that begin their education at Frontier. The school has also initiated a fundraising campaign in order to construct a state-of-the-art Innovation Lab, a “maker’s space” where students can put theory to practice and software to hardware. The space will enable tactile, interdisciplinary STEM education, as well as greater participation in regional and national STEM competitions

Frontier is also looking to enhance its Pre-K Program, its Gifted Program, and its Special Education Program. Three years ago Frontier launched a proprietary Special Education program using internal assets, having previously worked with vendors for its Special Education needs. The Pre-K and Gifted programs were launched more recently, and thus far all three programs have been successful and well received. The Pre-K program is looking to expand its capacity and its classroom resources. The Gifted Program is interested in creating enrichment classes that will help identify additional gifted students and prepare them to participate in the program. And the Special Education Program is interested in hiring additional qualified educational professionals to greater serve the needs of its sizable student population.

Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
Geographic Area Served Narrative As a charter school all of Frontier Schools students must reside within the boundaries of the Kansas City School District. All families within the District are eligible for enrollment at Frontier and all are provided transport to the school's multiple campuses. The three campuses are the Frontier School of Innovation (PreK-3 and 4-8) located at 6700 Corporate Drive, Frontier STEM High School located at 6455 E. Commerce Avenue and the Frontier School of Excellence (Grades 6-12) are located at 5605 Troost. Due to campus locations the bulk of the students enrolled reside either within the Troost/Prospect corridor or in the city's northeast neighborhoods. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

In our ever-increasingly fast paced world it seems the only thing one can count on is that things will change. This is especially true when it comes for planning the best methods for educating our children.

The question educators across the spectrum constantly grapple with is, given the rapid pace of technological change how do we provide a comprehensive learning experience that will serve the student in a world that ten or twenty years from now may be unrecognizable from the one of today?

Among forward-thinking schools, the answer seems to be that curriculums which enable the student to actively participate in the learning experience, build critical thinking skills, focus on team problem solving and emphasize leadership qualities are the ones that will more likely develop the confidence and proficiencies that will continue to serve the student best throughout their lives. Further, while all academic disciplines are important, a special focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) seem of critical importance for both college and career development in that world of tomorrow.

Frontier Schools is one of these forward-thinking schools. With a budget exceeding $23 million and more than 1600 Pre K-12 students Frontier is the largest charter school in Kansas City, serving predominately the urban core. Our strongly STEM focused curriculum is designed to empower the student to see a potential they never realized they had, provide the parent a peace of mind their children will have a better life and deliver our community a productive citizen ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century workforce.

Sincerely,

Ugur Demircan, M.Ed

Superintendent

Programs
Description

The Frontier School of Innovation (FSI) Pre-K program located at 6700 Corporate Drive was begun in August 2018. The program was designed to create a safe, high quality, nurturing and stimulating environment for all Pre-K students through a balance of educational, social and physical opportunities, thereby preparing them to enter kindergarten with the bedrock skills for lifelong learning. Instruction is built around individual learning stations where children can focus on one subject at a time, such as reading or art or mathematics.

Currently the Pre-K program is limited to one classroom of 20 students, with one lead teacher and one teacher’s aide. At the end of this academic year, the teacher’s aid will loop to kindergarten with the students to maintain the momentum of learning. FSI has a large population of English Language Learners, so the Pre-K program focuses on ELL instruction at this crucial educational juncture in their lives.

Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Examples of Program Success Because the Pre-K program is only in its second year of operation, there are no extant statistics or datasets to draw from However, the program has been very received by both the faculty and the parents. Currently the program is looking to expand. 
Description

Frontier created their own Special Education Program in the fall of 2016. Previously all Special Education needs had been provided by outside contractors. Special Education Director Lindsay Harvey is responsible for the creation of the program and has overseen its development since day one. The program began with six teachers, one speech language pathologist and one paraprofessional. In the three years since it has grown to nine teachers, one full-time speech language pathologist, one part-time speech pathologist, and six paraprofessionals. In that same time period, the student population within Frontier identified as Special Needs has grown from 78 students to more than 90.

Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Examples of Program Success
Given the average rate of growth over the last three years, and other research, estimates are that the program’s enrollment could conceivably double over the next three years. Independent reviews of the program by DESE indicated the level of quality and consistency far exceed statewide educational norms.

Prior to and throughout the development of its Special Education Program, Frontier has contracted with 21st Century for its special education needs. Under the leadership of Director Harvey, the program has become both individually directed and self-reliant.
Description

The Gifted Education Program currently serves 61 gifted students across all four Frontier Schools. The program was created three years ago by Megan Sturges, who currently serves as its director. Gifted students are technically classified as a part of the Special Education Program, since their unique cognitive advantages require specialized methodologies in order for them to be properly engaged. Inside the gifted program, students receive a minimum of 150 minutes a week of specialized education with a certified gifted teacher, in this case Ms. Sturges. Specific instruction protocols are divided by age group. The youngest group (K-5) receive their instruction in the “Creativity Garden”, a tactile, interdisciplinary educational environment. Middle school students (6-8) participate in a once-a-week pullout program. High school students (9-12) meet weekly with the certified gifted instructor to discuss college and career exploration, counseling and readiness topics in a mentorship program.

Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Examples of Program Success

The earlier a student is identified as gifted, the sooner they begin receiving gifted instruction, the sooner they are able to begin receiving the lifelong, potentially life changing benefits that gifted special education can impart. These benefits include increased college acceptance, higher standardized test scores, increased chances of post-graduate and doctoral studies acceptance, and better opportunities for mentorship.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ugur Demircan
Term Start Jan 2014
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 222
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Volunteers 40
Retention Rate 80%
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Eugene Augustine
Term Feb 2019 to Feb 2022
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Eugene Augustine
Bob Bartunek
Dennis Davis
Anthony Springfield
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Finance
Board Development / Board Orientation
Capital Campaign
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$18,333,260$15,652,583$14,075,775
Administration Expense$2,851,770$3,183,675$2,897,906
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.141.241.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%83%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$28,053,635$24,545,111$19,641,792
Current Assets$9,575,095$8,787,183$5,621,958
Long-Term Liabilities$2,419,278$4,241,734$4,488,313
Current Liabilities$3,996,088$1,565,610$1,009,820
Total Net Assets$21,638,269$18,737,767$14,143,659
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.405.615.57
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets9%17%23%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose 2016To raise funds for the construction of an Innovation Lab, an interactive, tactile STEM makers space. 
Dates Nov 2018 to
Other Documents
Organization Name Frontier Schools, Inc.
Address 30 W Pershing Road, Suite 402
Kansas City, MO 641082531
Primary Phone (816) 241-6200
CEO/Executive Director Ugur Demircan
Board Chair Eugene Augustine
Year of Incorporation 2009