Bishop Ward High School
708 North 18th Street
Kansas City KS 66102
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 371-1201
Mission Statement
Bishop Ward High School provides a quality Catholic, college-preparatory education in a Christ-centered community that nurtures the body, mind, and soul of each student.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mark Madsen
Board Chair Mr. Marc McCarty
Board Chair Company Affiliation Gilmore & Bell
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1946
Former Names
Catholic High
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Bishop Ward High School provides a quality Catholic, college-preparatory education in a Christ-centered community that nurtures the body, mind, and soul of each student.
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 2017-18 school year include: 

  • Ensuring a Catholic education to families regardless of their ability to pay.  Bishop Ward High School is one of the few remaining urban core Catholic schools in the nation.  Our students continue to earn college credits via our alliance with Donnelly College.  Finally, students are growing in their faith through a robust Theology Department and community service.  
  • With regard to financial sustainability, our growing endowment is poised to cross over the $10 Million dollar mark.


The goals for the upcoming 2018-19 year include:  
  • Regularly revise the curriculum guides to reflect alignment with appropriate Catholic, state or national standards
  • Launch year 2 of the Project Lead the Way STEM initiative.
  • 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.
  • Make capital improvements to our existing biology lab. 
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
Located in Wyandotte County, KS we serve students from the urban core (both Kansas and Missouri).  Students come from Wyandotte, Jackson, and Johnson Counties to attend.  It is worth noting that we are the only Catholic high school in Wyandotte County.  A majority of our students come from ten zip codes .  Almost one-third of our students come from 66102-- the zip code in which Bishop Ward is located.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Description Project Lead the Way will strengthen STEM 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. 
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 2019) , Biomedical Innovation (slated to launch in 2020).

 Additionally, teacher training and support is scheduled yearly. 

Finally, we are making two immediate changes that will directly assist PLTW. 
  1. We are launching a one-to-one Chromebook environment for each student.  We are taking away what makes this cost prohibitive for our urban core students and providing a Chromebook to each student for a reasonable cost. 
  2. We are beginning a capitol renovation of our current biology lab.  
Both of these immediate improvements will impact PLTW's success and effectiveness.   
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 Academy of Finance director Lori Dowd is taking the AOF to the next level.  Dowd, with more than 30 years of teaching experience, now brings her leadership sills to the AOF.  We want our graduates out in the world making a positive leadership impact. 
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 11th year, our Academy is finding new ways to reach out and bring real-world workplace skills into the classroom.  For the current and upcoming school year, we have partnered with JP Morgan Chase to offer a tablet computer to each AOF student.  With the tablet, each student will practice practical time management skills and have access to business information in both English and Spanish. 

Description The Alliance: Bishop Ward students can earn up to 24 Donnelly College credit hours while still in high school.These credit hours come at no additional cost to the student. College credits can be earned in the areas of Calculus, College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology, Honors Spanish and Spanish Authors and Theology.These are Donnelly College credits that appear on the student’s transcript.Announced in 2013, the Alliance allows students to ‘hit the ground running’ when they enter university. From freshman year, students begin to self-identify as college bound! Additionally, working hand-in-hand with our ACT Prep courses, it furthers our college prep atmosphere. It begins the process for parents to navigate issues pertaining to college enrollment.Finally, this is free for the students—it comes as part of the tuition a family pays.Parents view high school tuition as an investment in their child’s future.
Program Budget $60,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Short term success includes increasing current student awareness of the Bishop Ward High School & Donnelly College Alliance.  Additionally, it is a benefit when recruiting potential students to our school.  This program is for all Bishop Ward students and comes at no extra cost to the family.

Long-Term Success
  • 100% students graduate and can articulate and execute a solid plan for the future.
  • Students that begin the process of planning in high school with regard to the Bishop Ward- Donnelly College Alliance are identifying as college bound early in their high school career.  They are also taking advantage of our college preparation programs such as the Academy of Finance.  
  • Students are exposed to challenging coursework in high school.  
  • At the same time, they are also beginning to navigate the process of college admissions, financial aid, the ACT and other aspects of being college bound. 
  • For students that earn 24 credit hours, they are realizing about $6,960 in value-- at no cost to the family.

A successful alliance strengthens ties to neighboring Donnelly College.  It furthers fundraising options for Bishop Ward High School, as local funders see this as an investment in the Wyandotte County Community as a whole.   

Program Success Monitored By The Principal monitors all aspects of the Alliance, reviewing trends and projecting future utilization.  
Examples of Program Success

Students will graduate of 24 credit hours that will be transferable to any Regents University in Kansas.

Description In the last four years, significant changes were made to our Spanish Language Department--with an added focus on our growing enrollment of Heritage Spanish Speakers (those that speak Spanish in their home). 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. 
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Promote relationship with Donnelly College regarding college credit.  High School Graduation rate of 95% in combination with students applying knowledge to real-world settings. Students utilize technology and teacher instruction to maximize Spanish listening, speaking, reading and writing.  
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 In the school year 2016-17, 84 students are enrolled in Spanish courses earning college credit.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Mark Madsen
Term Start Aug 2017
Mark Madsen has served the Catholic Church for 38 years as a teacher, coach and administrator. He has served as Principal of St. John Francis Regis elementary school in Kansas City, Missouri (1995-98), Our Lady of Guadalupe elementary school in Topeka, Kansas (1998-2000), and Hayden Catholic High School in Topeka, Kansas (2000-2016).
  • B.A. History, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee
  • M.Ed. Educational Administration, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Fr. Michael Hermes - June 2014
Fr. Tom Schrader O.Carm.June 2014 - Aug 2017
Senior Staff
Title Principal
Experience/Biography Doctorate in Educational School Leadership, Saint Louis University
Master in School Administration, UMKC  
B.S. Education, Emporia State University
Title Dean of Students
B.S. Education, University of Kansas
Master in School Administration, Baker University
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 Network Administrator
B.A. in Spanish; Minor in Business Occupation/Computer Applications, Wayne State College; 
M.S.ED  Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Kansas
Title Athletic Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 40
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 125
Paid Contractors 0
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


  • Donnelly 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. Marc McCarty
Company Affiliation Gilmore & Bell
Term June 2017 to June 2020
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Damian Brandenburg '96
Term June 2017 to June 2020
Board Members
Mr. Donald E. Bozich '59Bozich Architects Inc.
Mr. Damian Brandenburg Honeywell
Ms. Caroline S. Brown Waddel & Reed Financial, Inc.
Mr. John Caufield '64Photographer
Mr. William H. Dunn Jr. Campione Interior Solutions
Mr. Tim Evans '61Evans & Mullinix
Mr. Chris Martin John Hancock Life Insurance
Mr. Marc McCarty Gilmore & Bell, P.C.
Fr. Mark Mertes Christ the King Parish, Blessed Sacrament Parish
Msgr. Michael Mullen '54St. Patrick Church
Dr. Kathleen O'Hara Ph.D. Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Catholic Schools
Mr. Joseph Privitera Mark One Electric Co. Inc.
Mr. Jeff Pyle Verizon
The Honorable Judge Aaron Roberts '96Unified Government of Wyandotte County
Mrs. Nancy Wilson Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 3
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, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $4,193,000
Projected Expenses $4,349,000
Endowment Value $9,800,000
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,494,698$1,758,732$1,782,439
Investment Income, Net of Losses$702,068($39,136)($50,662)
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$276,214$245,407$307,670
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,954,684$1,946,292$2,097,113
Administration Expense$2,018,233$1,793,075$1,673,989
Fundraising Expense$112,624$151,698$140,329
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.611.401.41
Program Expense/Total Expenses48%50%54%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%4%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$13,454,875$10,931,288$9,412,289
Current Assets$1,439,222$856,055$789,145
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$396,393$366,098$386,204
Total Net Assets$13,058,482$10,565,190$9,026,085
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.632.342.04
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
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
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. Mark Madsen
Board Chair Mr. Marc McCarty
Board Chair Company Affiliation Gilmore & Bell
Year of Incorporation 1946
Former Names
Catholic High