The City School Fair: Bringing Kansas City Schools and Families Together!

November 9, 2017 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI


Kansas City, MO – Show Me KC Schools, a nonprofit with a mission to help families find the right school for their children, is co-hosting Kansas City’s second annual “City School Fair” with the Kansas City Public Library & the Office of the Mayor on November 11. The event will feature 55 K-12 district, charter, private and parochial schools. The City School Fair will also feature musical acts from two local schools, a performance by the Stone Lion Puppets, free food, and library fine forgiveness for all who attend!

  • Event: City School Fair
  • Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Central Library, 14 W. 10 St., Kansas City, MO 64105

With nearly 90 district, charter, private and parochial schools in KCPS’ boundaries, navigating the school options can be overwhelming. The City School Fair gives families the opportunity to learn about Kansas City’s many elementary, middle and high schools – asking questions of school administrators, parents and student representatives. “The City School Fair is a high energy event. Parents and caregivers can have one-on-one conversations with school administrators and current school families,” says Tricia Johnson, Show Me KC Schools Executive Director.” Families can have their questions answered and use this opportunity to collect – and, for some schools, even complete – applications.”

For too many years, families have been leaving Kansas City after reaching the conclusion that the right school option does not exist for their children. Show Me KC Schools believes that great school options are available to KC families, and that these options will only increase as more parents dedicate themselves to finding the right school, right here in Kansas City.

“Investing in our children is our first and most important responsibility as parents and as a City. I want Kansas City parents to be well informed of the great options we have so they can find the school that is the best fit for their children. City School Fair is THE event to inform parents of their options” states Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

Kansas City parent, Melissa Horak-Hern, attended the City School Fair last year and is eager for other families to have the same opportunity. “It’s hard to figure out which school is the best fit from brochures and websites. The school fair allowed us to speak with parents and students, teachers and principals. We got all the answers we needed to find the right spot for our family. I’m truly grateful that the school fair is happening again as I want all KC families to have that chance, too. I’m not confident we would have been able to make the best choice without it.”

A diverse group of schools and nonprofits partnered on the City School Fair’s task force, sharing ideas and strategies to create a meaningful event for families from every neighborhood in the school district’s boundaries. The task force includes representatives from the Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Public Schools, Operation Breakthrough, Académie Lafayette, Jumpstart, Hogan Preparatory Academy, The Pembroke Hill School and Rockhurst University. These organizers and the event’s co-hosts hope that this annual fall tradition will continue growing every year to encourage even more parents to learn about the many unique schools in our city.

An updated listing of participating schools can be found on our website at Free parking is available in the Library Parking Garage on Baltimore.

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About Show Me KC Schools:

Show Me KC Schools, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to help Kansas City parents find the right school for their children, launched on October 31, 2013. The website, provides an individual profile for every district, private, parochial, and charter school serving families living within the Kansas City Public School boundaries.

Contact: Joni Wickham: (o) 816-513-6582 or (c) 816-572-2152 (e)