Bishop Ward High School
708 North 18th Street
Kansas City KS 66102
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 371-1201
Fax 913- 371-2145
Mission Statement
Bishop Ward Catholic High School educates each individual body, mind and soul in Christ, enabling students from a diverse family community to be servant-leaders in right relation with God, self and others.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jay Dunlap
Board Chair Mr. Damian Brandenburg '96
Board Chair Company Affiliation Honeywell
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1946
Former Names
Catholic High
Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Contact Kerry Stein via our Development Office at 913.229.3819.  Volunteer opportunities are available through board membership, special events and individual student mentoring.  Guest speakers are also an important part of our curriculum.  Volunteer speakers enhance students’ knowledge of real-world applications via our Academy of Finance and Science Lecture Series. 

Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Bishop Ward Catholic High School educates each individual body, mind and soul in Christ, enabling students from a diverse family community to be servant-leaders in right relation with God, self and others.
Background Statement
Organized in 1908, Bishop Ward High School was originally known as Catholic High. During the height of the Great Depression, area families and churches worked together to construct the current facility. It was opened in 1932 on 18th Street and remains a historic, beautiful functional building. Bishop Ward (named after Bishop John Ward) has an illustrious place in Kansas City history, graduating more than 10,000 alumni. Bishop Ward recently celebrated its centennial year.

With the strong support of Archbishop Naumann, he has affirmed that this historic school will remain at this location, serving as a place of quality, college preparatory Catholic education for the next 100 years.
Impact Statement

Accomplishments from the 2018-19 school year include: 
  • A capital remodel of our St. Francis of Assisi STEAM Lab and enhancements including 3-D printing capabilities, garden plant towers and Project Lead the Way Curriculum.
  • Successful launch the one-to-one Chromebook initiative , providing all urban core students with a device in which to utilize. This works hand-in-hand with additional teacher training on classroom strategies and management with Chromebooks.
  • Continued growth of the BWHS endowment at $10 Million +, and launching phase 2 which includes growing our endowment to $20 Million.

The goals for the upcoming 2019-20 year include:
  • Develop more active learning centers for student use, including classroom of the future (open collaborative classroom/ work spaces) for students throughout the building.
  • Continued growth in our enrollment.
  • The addition of a College and Career Specialist to assist students.
Needs Statement
  1. Scholarship support to ensure that every child that desires a Catholic education can attend. 
  2. Assistance with technology needs. 
  3. Contributions to the endowment. 
  4. Contributions for capital improvements.
  5. Guest speakers for our Science Lecture Series.
Service Categories
Secondary & High Schools
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Jackson County
KS - Johnson County
Description Project Lead the Way will strengthen STEAM and science curriculum.  We've chosen biomedical studies as our focus for Project Lead The Way (PLTW) , in which courses provide a high rigor, project based curriculum that focuses on building problem solving, teamwork, communication and leadership skills.  Our recent renovation of the biology room compliments this curriculum. 
Program Budget $180,000.00
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Biological & Life Sciences
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Short-term success includes successful launch of each year of curriculum.  Human Body Systems (launched in 2017), Principles of Biomedical Science (slated to launch in 2018) , Medical Interventions (slated to launch in 2020) , Biomedical Innovation (slated to launch in 2021).

Additionally, teacher training and support is scheduled yearly.
Students will additionally benefit from hands-on out of school activities.  This includes trips to KU Med to the Zamierowski Institute for Experiential Learning.
Long-Term Success Students will graduate with a well-rounded, college prep coursework focusing on biomedical studies. 
Program Success Monitored By School leadership.  Specifically the President, Principal and Curriculum Specialist. 
Examples of Program Success

Counselors will report increased numbers of students earning college credit during high school.  Additionally, students will earn more competitive scholarships as reported by counselors.

Description Bishop Ward's premier offering for motivated students: The Academy of Finance. As a specialized financial literacy training program that prepares students for college and careers in business and finance, students receive classroom instruction in core business and finance subjects. The traditional classroom work is complemented by hands-on, out-of-school experiences, including: paid summer internships with local businesses, banks, nonprofits and other financial service companies; community service as student ambassadors; and operating a small business as required through the Entrepreneurship curriculum module. Bishop Ward is the only high school in Kansas and the first private school in the United States to be selected for participation in the AOF program. This national program offers students’ academic instruction and practical work experience in a variety of financial service careers.
Program Budget $180,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Computer Literacy
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success As our Academy of Finance students leave Bishop Ward High School, they will have a resume, job internship experience, interviewing experience, contacts within the area banking and business community, soft skills (such as how to dress for an interview, shake hands, look a person in the eye when meeting for the first time) and finally, a list of personal references from faculty and Academy of Finance Advisory Board Members.This is impressive for any high school graduate.
Long-Term Success

Students need a knowledge of personal finance and the way finance works--budgeting is critical for homemakers, entrepreneurs, college students, etc.  Long term, our students are successful is they have been exposed to a variety of financial literacy topics including predatory lending practices and the realities of credit card debt. 

Program Success Monitored By
  •  Student and teacher surveys are performed yearly. 
  • Graduation Rate and College Acceptance Rate (including scholarships) are tracked.  
  • Participation in clubs, retreats, and special events is tracked. 
Examples of Program Success

As we enter into our 12th year, our Academy is finding new ways to reach out and bring real-world workplace skills into the classroom.  Students getting real-world experience via job shadows and internships is critical to our program success. 

Description Along with traditional Spanish coursework (for non-native speakers) we've expanded the curriculum to offer college level Spanish courses for native Spanish speakers. An emphasis is placed on higher-level reading, writing, and grammar skills in Spanish.  Spanish literature and tradition is a focus in this increasingly popular college level coursework.   In order to accommodate this growth, we have devoted another classroom, hired extra teachers and are currently finalizing technology upgrades in our Spanish Language lab. 
Program Budget $0.00
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short-Term Success Students are enrolling in classroom coursework that is challenging in Spanish with regard to culturally relevant novels,  poetry, history and artwork.  
Long-Term Success

Students attain professional-level proficiency. 

The major goal is to develop academic language skills through materials and activities specifically designed for Heritage Spanish speakers. These classroom activities focus on developing oral and written abilities in a emphasis will be given to higher-level reading, writing, and grammar skills in both languages. Students will further develop reading skills by study of authentic literature in Spanish. Reading aloud strategies will assist in comprehension. Students will have opportunities to read for personal enrichment. Particular emphasis will be given to utilizing their Spanish skills to facilitate their increased success in reading and writing English.  In addition, each course incorporates specific materials and projects to develop greater familiarity with U.S. Hispanic cultures.
Program Success Monitored By

Program monitoring is ensured by the Spanish Language Department Chair.   Increased numbers of students participating in advanced Spanish coursework.  Maintain ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language) standards.

Examples of Program Success

Student graduates are being approached by recruiters in the growing field of healthcare that desire high level Spanish and English speakers. 

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jay Dunlap
Term Start July 2018
Mr. Dunlap's previous experience included eight years as President of the Madonna School, in Omaha, Nebraska. He was extraordinarily successful in enlisting the support of the entire community to build new school facilities, increase enrollment and provide scholarships for students each year. In 2016, he was named Archdiocese Administrator of the year.

Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts from Notre Dame University and a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University. In addition to teaching in Catholic secondary schools, Jay spent several years as a broadcast journalist and has written a book on raising children in the "media age."
Former CEOs
Fr. Michael Hermes- June 2014
Fr. Tom Schrader O.Carm.June 2014 - Aug 2017
Senior Staff
Title Instructional Coach
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Kansas
MAEd. in Learning and Teaching, University of San Diego
B.S. in Education, Loyola University New Orleans
Title Principal
Experience/Biography Dr. Olson secured the position of Principal of Bishop Ward High School in 2018. She brings 25 years of experience as a school administrator, 20 as principal of Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City, MO. She has spent the past five years in her current role as principal of Holy Trinity Catholic School in Paola, KS. Dr. Olson upon completed doctorate from Saint Louis University.
Title Director of Development
Paid Full-Time Staff 40
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 125
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes

  •  Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • AdvancED 
  • National Academy of Finance
  • Project Lead the Way


Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Damian Brandenburg '96
Company Affiliation Honeywell
Term July 2018 to June 2020
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Ms. Nancy Grasse
Company Affiliation UMB Financial Corporation
Term July 2021 to June 2024
Board Members
Mr. Damian Brandenburg '96Honeywell
Dr. Vincent CasconeSuperintendent of Catholic Schools
Mr. John B. Caufield '64Freelance Photographer/ Retired COO, Cleaves-Bessmer-Marietti, Inc.
Mrs. Emily CisnerosParent/ Liberty Mutual Insurance
Mr. Jay DunlapPresident, Bishop Ward High School
Mr. William H. Dunn Jr.Campione Interior Solutions
Ms. Nancy GrasseUMB Financial Corporation
Dr. Brian McKiernan '74University Professor, Unified Government Commissioner
Fr. Mark MertesSt. Patrick's Parish, Kansas City, KS
Msgr. Michael Mullen '54Honorary
Mr. Joseph PriviteraMark One Electric Co., Inc.
Mr. Jeff PyleVerizon
Mr. Patrick RespeliersPartner, Stinson Leonard Street
The Honorable Judge Aaron Roberts '96Unified Government of Wyandotte County
Mr. Paul RodriguezRodriguez Mechanical Contractors
Fr. Oswaldo SandovalCathedral of Saint Peter/ All Saints
Sister Diane Steele SCLUniversity of Saint Mary
Mr. Ernie Straub IIIStraub Construction
Mrs. Nancy WilsonParent/ Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 4
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments    

Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $4,447,089
Projected Expenses $4,400,000
Endowment Value $10,200,000
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$912,398$1,494,698$1,758,732
Investment Income, Net of Losses$573,058$702,068($39,136)
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$305,361$276,214$245,407
Revenue In-Kind--$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$2,080,579$1,954,684$1,946,292
Administration Expense$2,107,798$2,018,233$1,793,075
Fundraising Expense$0$112,624$151,698
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.611.40
Program Expense/Total Expenses50%48%50%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$13,961,530$13,454,875$10,931,288
Current Assets$1,274,176$1,439,222$856,055
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$364,119$396,393$366,098
Total Net Assets$13,597,411$13,058,482$10,565,190
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.503.632.34
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
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? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Organization Name Bishop Ward High School
Address 708 North 18th Street
Kansas City, KS 66102
Primary Phone (913) 371-1201
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jay Dunlap
Board Chair Mr. Damian Brandenburg '96
Board Chair Company Affiliation Honeywell
Year of Incorporation 1946
Former Names
Catholic High