Non-Traditional Education

Students Desiring an Early Start on College

Children on Laptops

Early College Academy is a partnership between the Kansas City Public Schools and Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley for highly motivated high school students who are ready to participate in the rigors of college. Students earn high school credits while also earning college credits as they attend classes, full-time, on a college campus.

Contact KCPS Coordinator of Early College Programs at

Students Looking for Career and Technical Training

Manual Career and Technical Center (MCTC) is a center for KCPS high school students and charter school students. Students generally attend MCTC for a portion of the day during their 11th or 12th grade years in addition to taking classes at their high schools. MCTC offers career and technical programs at three sites that are taught by professionals who are experts in their fields and often include partnerships with local companies.

Sometimes referred to as vo-tech education, MCTC prepares students to enter a highly educated workforce or to begin post-secondary education. Manual Career Technical Center is a designated “Technology Center that Works” site.

Contact MCTC Director at

MCTC Main Campus Programs
Culinary Arts, Computer Programming, EMT, Construction Technology, Health Science, Teacher Education Preparatory, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Automotive Technology, and Automotive Collision

East Campus Program

Paseo Campus Programs
Fashion Design and TV Production

Students Requiring an Alternate Setting to Achieve School Success

Students Graduating

Success Academies at Knotts (K-6) and Anderson (7-12) offer enrollment to students who are moving into KCPS and have attended alternative schools outside of the Kansas City Public Schools, as well as to students already in KCPS who will benefit from a consistent school environment.

Both schools encourage reaching academic goals, improved attendance rates, increased parent involvement, transformed behavior, and developing citizenship. The Success Academies do not graduate students, rather they prepare them to return to other schools in the district.

Contact Success Academy at Knotts (K-6) at
Contact Success Academy at Anderson (7-12) at

DeLaSalle Education Center is Missouri’s only alternative charter high school dedicated to serving urban core students at risk of not graduating. Their unique combination of small class sizes, wrap-around support services and workforce development programs give their students the tools they need to succeed and graduate.

Contact DeLaSalle (9-12) at

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