Our Mission and Values

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Our Mission

Develop young women to use their voices, succeed in college, and lead impactful, meaningful lives.


Our Values

  • Community - We trust and support one another.
  • Growth - We are constantly growing to be our best selves.
  • Freedom - We create opportunities to think, speak, and act without restraint.

Our Vision

We seek to address a community need for more opportunities for young women in neighborhoods that have been negatively impacted by segregation. 

When KC Girls Prep welcomed its first students in August 2019, it became the first single-gender, open-enrollment charter public school in Kansas City.

We are now growing one grade per year to form a 5th - 8th grade middle school and a 9th - 12th grade high school.
We are building a small-school atmosphere, where families, students, and staff will build the close and supportive relationships essential to developing young women who are self-directed, high-achieving, and committed to supporting one another.



Our National Network 



KC Girls Prep is an affiliate of the Young Women’s Leadership Schools. Founded in 1996, this national network of all-girls schools has ensured college access for thousands of young women from low-income neighborhoods.


In its 20+ years of operation, these schools have achieved a more than 95% high school graduation rate, a nearly 100% college acceptance rate, and an average of $20,000 pear year in student financial aid for college. 




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Our Approach


We ensure every student, family, and team member shares a high expectations, high support mindset. We offer:

More time. An extended school year and longer day provide 25% more time for learning.
No tuition, fees, or admissions exams. KCGPA recruits and enroll girls of all academic abilities.
Social and emotional learning. A daily advisory ensures a tight-knit, trusting community where young women can become their best selves.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). STEAM classes build understanding and open doors to a vast array of future opportunities for young women.
Rapid reading growth. Students are immersed in rich texts and receive daily, individualized support.
We are all teachers, and we are always learning. All team members engage in constant professional development, coaching, and collaboration. As a family member emphasized, "We are all teachers. We all have a responsibility for bringing forth the best from our girls."