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January 03, 2008

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Buddy

Academie Lafayette outranks 90% of the schools in the state on the Missouri Aptitude test. Plus the kids learn to speak french at a native level. The teachers don't even speak english to the kids for the first 2 years. And the kids still can read/write english better than their suburban counter parts.

There are plenty of decent schools in KCMO. Even a handful of good district schools. You just have to really shop around.

The big problem is muffy and donny don't want their little girl to go to a "diverse" school.

And yes, I have actually had Brookside parents tell me that. A schools academic credentials be damned, "diversity" was the key issue to many folks.

Brent

Buddy, sadly I have heard the "diverse" thing some too. Unfortunately, I think that being around that type of diversity for kids is a really important part of the learning process. My nieces live out in rural KS - -not exactly the mecha of diversity, and I often wonder if that will hurt them socially when they move into more diverse environments (which would be pretty much anywhere).

eric

I've never understood why so many people equate moving out of the KCMSD with moving to Kansas, like it's just assumed.

There are over 10 school districts within the KCMO city limits, most of them equal to anything in Johnson County. Center is a good district just south of Waldo that is a natural choice for many. The NKC and Park Hill districts offer top notch suburban schools in areas that are actually closer to Downtown than much of South KC.

And those idealized Johnson County schools a having a tough time now as the state government screws them on funding. Plus Shawnee Mission is in a long decline as the affluent folks move further south and the population in NE Joco shrinks.

People moving to the Shawnee Mission district today might find that it looks more like Raytown in a few years.

Chewy

^^ Raytown is right. I live right of 77th & Troost and I like the area. Moved back from Lee's Summit and I don't regret it one bit. I don' really cre for the private school my daughter attends so I've been really looking at the Charter Schools. University Academy and Gordon Parks are 2 that I've heard alot of positive things about. My daughter attended Academie Lafayette the summer of 2006. She didn't like it- she was going to enter the 1st grade but by that time the children have already been immersed in French that she felt behind. However, I am not knocking the school, it is well put together. But children are only admitted in Kindergarten or 1st grade- after that the child has to wait until 6th grade. Who knows- maybe she'll go back in a few years.

KC Sponge

Diversity is what drove me to put my daughter in school at Academie Lafayette - diversity in race, culture, religion, political skew, and nationality - in everyone: the founders, the board, the administration, the faculty, staff, and students. There is not an option for an elementary school within the district that has a population that reflects the same diversity of my neighborhood - let alone the high academic achievement - or the chance to have my daughter be able to curse me out in a language I don't understand!
It's working . . . the most successful high school in the district, Lincoln Prep, has the same diversity - if just in the student population.
I would be fearful of creating too many 'specialty' schools - with waiting lists and admissions guidelines, however. I think the trick is making an attractive curriculum and opening it to everyone. There are many solutions - but not enough people willing to risk their children's education to try them out.
That's why we need a school board with people in place that have a plan for action to build confidence in our schools.

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