Barstow School, 11511 State Line Rd., is celebrating its 135th Anniversary this year. With that celebration comes the extension of its campus into Leawood. Barstow is adapting the former HyVee supermarket, 121st and State Line Rd, into a 62,680 square foot learning environment. The building will be called IDEA*Space (Innovation, discovery, entrepreneurship and arts). The facility will have a series of workshop-style areas where students of all ages can transform their ideas into reality, an e-sports facility, a blackbox theater, dance/yoga studios, multi-purpose indoor courts and an early education center. Constructions plans are being nailed down. It is expected to open in Fall 2020. The campus at 11511 State Line Road in Kansas City will continue to serve as the primary home for all divisions.
Calvary Lutheran School, a K-8 private school at 124th and Wornall, has been educating students for more than 70 years. Their annual gala will be held at the school on October 19th, with a theme of Calvary’s Greatest Show. Calvary Lutheran School also provides an Early Education Center for children from 6 weeks through pre-K.
The Daniel Academy, 310 W. 106 St., is a private Christian school. Established in 2007, it serves students in preschool through 12th grade who meet in classrooms with instructors 4 days per week (Monday through Thursday). Students work at home with parents on Fridays.
Nestled in the town of Grandview is a small, private Christian school committed to providing children with academic excellence and educating them to ‘serve God and impact the world through biblical thought and action’. And for over 44 years, Grandview Christian School has
done exactly that. GCS is a fully accredited, non-denominational school that provides a Christian education to students ages 3 years through 12th grade. They also offer their students dual enrollment with Calvary Bible College and Metropolitan Community College.
Grandview Christian School was first opened in 1975 and is located at 12340 Grandview Rd.
Lutheran High School of Kansas City, 124th and Wornall, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. The school is looking for several host families for its international students this fall.
A new English teacher joins the staff. Rachel Rodriguez taught the last four years at Living Word Lutheran High in Jackson, WI. She will be co coaching the volleyball varsity team. She is a graduate of Concordia, NE.
New shadow days are offered to 7th and 8th grade students who will have the opportunity to shadow a current 9th or 10th grade student.
The all-girls Catholic high school at 10631 Wornall Rd. welcomes a new Director of Innovation, Michelle Nebel. Nebel served as the Chief Innovations Office for the Excelsior Spring School District for the past five years.
Sion students will start school at 8:45 am next year. This “late-start” schedule is based on research into the sleep cycles of adolescents and still allows for maximum class time.
Sion is launching several new programming initiatives this year including daily Math and Writing labs where students can seek extra support or enrichment, partnerships with Avila University in physics and journalism, women’s health, college application workshops, and several new theology courses that integrate leadership, social-emotional learning, the arts, and nature.
Over the summer, Sion renovated two of restrooms and invested in new landscaping in the front of the school.
St. Thomas More, 11800 Holmes Rd., looks to increase their enrollment this school year by welcoming over 500 students for the upcoming school year. An additional Pre-school Room has been added and St. Thomas More is still enrolling any students from age 3 through 8th Grade. New electives for Junior High have been added this year, including Introduction to Performing Arts and Lifeskills for the Catholic Teen. After coming off a successful school accreditation last Spring, second year Principal Randy Smith welcomes six new Staff Members for the 2019-20 school year.