Private Schools in Kansas City

If you are looking for private schools in Kansas City, we’re here to help. Check out this comprehensive guide, divided by geographic area of the metro, to find the best fit for your family.

Looking for education options for younger kids? Check out our Guide to Preschools in Kansas City.

The Farm School KC

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Adolescents crave authentic, meaningful work and opportunities to learn. We guide our students as they are growing into problem-solvers, not just problem-doers. Our students gain far more from solving an actual problem than reciting a series of answers found in a textbook. Large projects are often created by the needs of the farm, or the interests and explorations of the student that require lessons, expertise, and adult-sized work to be able to conquer. These real opportunities create context for the important lessons in life. These wonderful opportunities are supplemented by additional lessons and academic benchmarks in Mathematics, Language Arts, Humanities, and Science to keep our students on track for success in life.

Oakhill Day School

Oakhill Day School

Oakhill Day School is a non-parochial independent private school celebrating 75 years of serving students in PreToddler (18 months) – 12th grade in the Kansas City Northland. Located in the heart of Gladstone, Oakhill students discover themselves as learners in an environment where teaching and administrative staff make them feel valued and known every day. Oakhill graduates are confident leaders prepared for success in high school and beyond. Schedule a visit to our 4.947-acre campus to experience Oakhill’s unique academic programming in a warm traditional school environment. Merit scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available.

St. Paul's Episcopal Day School

St Paul's Day School

St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School serves toddler (age 2) through eighth grade students in the heart of Kansas City, MO. The school’s mission is to develop confident learners, ethical leaders, and engaged citizens in a community full of compassionate teachers, diverse voices, and innovative programming.

Episcopal schools pride themselves on openness and flexibility while nurturing students in their own spiritual development. In addition, our curriculum integrates concepts like societal equity and justice. Community service is an integral part of school life.

Our caring teachers continually receive training to ensure they are experts in instruction for their grade levels. Recent advances in our curriculum include Project-Based Learning, Project Lead the Way for STEAM, and RULER for social emotional learning.

St. Paul’s Fast Facts

  • 38 renovated classrooms and science/maker labs
  • 1:8 teacher to student ratio
  • 77% of staff with advanced degrees
  • 20% of students receive tuition assistance

Private Schools in Kansas City

Academy Montessori Internationale

Grades: 18 months – 12 years old
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Academy Montessori Internationale is an explorer’s paradise in a suburb of Kansas City, providing children with prepared classroom environments and a natural playground. It is located on a rolling, wooded ten-acre tract with a pond and small creek, giving opportunities for observing and exploring the wonders of nature on a daily basis.

The Barstow School

Grades: Preschool – 12th grade
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Barstow combines innovative academics, individualized learning and an emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) to provide the best independent school education in the region. Forward-looking instruction responds to changing times and the changing needs of students and families for more than 135 years.
We begin with rigorous academics and add opportunities to create, compete, perform, and lead at every grade level. With so much to offer, Barstow students don’t have to choose one path. Instead, we encourage them to explore every interest. From the start, a Barstow education is designed to propel students to go anywhere they choose.

Calvary Lutheran School

Grades: infant – 8th grade
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Calvary is a Christ-centered environment where students become successful, life-long learners. Our families are impressed by the quality of education their children receive, the confidence students gain in their years at Calvary, and the feeling that God is truly at work in this school.

Citizens of the World

Grades: Pre-K – 8th grade
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Citizens of the World Kansas City was born out of a grassroots effort led by Midtown Kansas City families known as the Midtown Community School Initiative (MCSI). MCSI hoped to create high-performing, diverse neighborhood schools that would provide quality options for the growing number of families who wanted to stay and raise their children in Midtown. The mission of Citizens of the World Kansas City is to provide an excellent public education focused on developing and demonstrating understanding while building connections within a diverse community.

Cristo Rey Kansas City

Grades: 9-12
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Cristo Rey Kansas City provides a Catholic, college and career prep education enhanced by an innovative corporate work study program to culturally diverse, ambitious students with economic need.

Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy

Grades: 5th-7th with grade levels added each year.
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Our students are ready to lead. We give them the space to do it. We engage with rich literature, accurate and multicultural history, intensive learning in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), and meaningful enrichment opportunities.We affirm young women of all backgrounds and ensure they approach academics with confidence.

Lutheran High School

Grades: 9-12
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The Lutheran High School of Kansas City is designed to educate students and guide students to grow fully into the person God created them to be. We believe that each student is unique. God gave each student different talents and skills. Our faculty and staff are prepared to work with every student in the classroom. Our teacher-student relationship is considered vital to the success of our students and school. Our school community also plays a complimentary role in the success of our students and school.

Notre Dame de Sion

Grades: preschool – 8th grade co-ed; 9-12 girls only
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Sion’s vision is to empower all students to be enthusiastic, lifelong learners – confident, courageous, and compassionate people prepared to meet the challenges of a complex and diverse world. For over a century, Sion has been devoted to academic excellence, social justice, interfaith inclusion, and global connections, and committed to preparing students to become agents of positive change.

Pembroke Hill

Grades: preschool – 12th grade
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The Pembroke Hill School is a college preparatory school where the emphasis is on the whole child. The four divisions of the school – early childhood, lower school, middle school and upper school – provide excellent educational programs appropriate for the children in that division.

Rockhurst High School

Grades: 9-12, boys only
An education from Rockhurst High School is unlike any other in the Kansas City area.  A holistic, faith-based education, in the best traditions of the Catholic Church and the Jesuit Order, is at the heart of the student experience.  From what is taught, to how we teach it, everything at Rockhurst is geared to preparing young men for college and as leaders for the rest of their lives as men of competence, conscience, and compassion.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School

Grades: toddler – 8th grade
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St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School serves toddler through eighth grade students in the heart of Kansas City, MO. Our community is full of compassionate teachers, diverse voices, and innovative programming. St. Paul’s offers excellent academics coupled with character development and service learning to prepare the leaders of tomorrow. We foster a community that supports physical, spiritual, and emotional wellness while integrating concepts like societal equity and justice.

St. Teresa’s Academy

Grades: 9-12, girls only
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St. Teresa’s Academy, Kansas City’s premier Catholic, college-preparatory high school, educates and empowers young women to change the world.

Saint Therese School

Grades: K-8
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It is through a broad-based, challenging curriculum integrated with Catholic Christian values that the total life experience of the child is enriched. St. Therese School develops our students’ ability to reason and make responsible decisions. We provide the foundation for our K-8th students of all denominations to make a contribution to the community and the global society as they enrich their relationship with God.

St. Pius X High School

Grades: 9-12
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St. Pius X High School builds a foundation in faith, academic excellence, and lifelong learning, partnering with families to enhance Catholic morals and authentic truth for the greater glory of God.

Visitation School

Grades: Kindergarten – 8th grade
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Visitation, a community of communities, is committed to a way of life based on Christ’s teaching and our Catholic tradition by being dedicated to lifelong conversation in faith, healing sanctuary in our sacraments and relationships, an educational environment for our children which emphasizes Catholic values and is committed to excellence, awareness and responsiveness to the needs of our neighbors and our society.

Whitefield Academy

Grades: Pre-K – 12th grade
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Whitefield Academy’s mission is to build a Christ-centered school that equips students to be Christ-honoring critical thinkers, clear communicators, and compassionate leaders, through the pursuit of academic excellence, in the tradition of classical Christian education.

Bethany Lutheran School

Grades: preschool – 8th grade
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At Bethany Lutheran School we: 1. Share Christ’s love through words and actions; 2. Are a school of academic excellence; 3. Provide a supportive, caring community; 4. Partner with parents to nurture each child’s unique gifts. At the heart of all that we do, our goal is to lead others to a saving relationship with Christ.

Bishop Miege High School

Grades: 9-12
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Bishop Miege High School, a Catholic community of faith, strives to develop the potential of our students through spiritual growth, academic success and stewardship.

Horizon Academy

Grades: 1-12
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Horizon Academy is the area’s premier school and education center for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities, as well as a valuable training resource to the community.

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy

Grades: Kindergarten – 12th grade
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At HBHA, a K-12 school, students are encouraged to succeed on their own terms. Our whole-child approach helps students discover who they are, and gives them the freedom to determine how they can have the most beneficial impact on our society through a strong academic foundation, individualized attention, and a community rooted in Jewish values.

Kansas City Christian

Grades: Pre-K to 12th grade.
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Kansas City Christian is a PreK-12 school in Prairie Village, Kansas that offers a Christ-centered learning environment where students experience the transformational love of God and grow in their faith in the context of education. Through academic excellence, solid biblical teaching, fellowship and mentoring, students are prepared to hear and respond to God’s call in their lives, sharing His Truth and love wherever they go.

Maranatha Christian Academy

Grades: Kindergarten – 12th grade
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Maranatha is a great college preparatory school that prepares students for life and college through excellent academic skills and a Biblical worldview.

Overland Christian

Grades: preschool – 12th grade
At Overland Christian Schools, our mission is to provide a strong educational foundation from a biblical perspective and to prepare young people for service as they pursue God’s will for their lives.  It is our desire to educate the whole child: academically, emotionally, physically, and most importantly, spiritually.

Shawnee Mission Christian School

Grades: Pre-K – 12th grade
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The primary goal of Shawnee Mission Christian School is to assist the families of Olivet Baptist Church and other local fundamental churches in the education and nurture of their school-age children by providing a Christ-centered, academically sound Christian School environment.

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School

Grades: Kindergarten – 8th grade
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School exists as a learning institution based on Gospel principles as handed down by our Catholic tradition. We are a Catholic school offering the St. Michael the Archangel Parish community the opportunity to educate their children in a Catholic environment. We recognize and hold sacred the teachings of the Catholic faith and we believe that reinforcing these teachings is essential in all life situations. Our school is committed to the total education of each child. We recognize that individual learning styles are important to each student’s success. Curriculum and teaching methods are adjusted continually to meet students’ varied needs. St. Michael the Archangel CatholicSchool strives to be progressive in the programs we offer by focusing on the core subjects, art, music, physical education, foreign language and technology.

St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Grades: 9-12
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The mission of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School as a Catholic Faith Community is to challenge and nurture young men and women to develop their God-given spiritual, intellectual, social and physical potential, and to help them become life-long learners and responsible citizens guided by Catholic values.

Lee’s Summit Academy

Grades: Kindergarten – 12th grade
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Our vision at Lee’s Summit Academy is to provide a safe environment where students can excel academically. It is no secret that students have different learning styles and to ensure each student gets the attention they need we keep our classes to a smaller size so we can help the children advance quicker with more one on one interaction.

Plaza Heights Christian Academy

Grades: Kindergarten – 12th grade
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Plaza Heights Christian Academy is an independent non-denominational private Christian school that serves the Blue Springs and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to striving toward academic excellence as we teach from a Christ-centered perspective.

Summit Christian Academy

Grades: preschool – 12th grade
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Summit Christian Academy is an independent, nondenominational Christian school located in the Kansas City, Missouri, area serving over 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade. Summit Christian Academy is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and Cognia.

Clay-Platte Montessori School

Grades: birth – high school
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Clay-Platte Montessori School (was founded in 1966 and has been at its current location since 1974. CPMS offers authentic Montessori programs for children from birth through high school. Exploring nature and its inhabitants amidst a meandering creek, open meadows, and wooded trails are favorite activities of the students. Nature is an important component of the Montessori philosophy, and the campus was designed specifically to embrace this need. To stay true to the method and design of the campus, the indoor/outdoor classroom is embraced everyday.

Eagle Heights Christian School

Grades: Kindergarten – 12th grade
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Using the platform of quality Christian education, Eagle Heights Christian School exists to partner with parents to love, educate, and disciple their children by prayerfully speaking God’s Truth into their lives in order to prepare them for life and eternity.

Faith Christian Academy

Grades: preschool – 12th grade
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The principles of parental involvement and classical training lead Faith Christian Academy. The three-day-a-week model combines classroom instruction with the benefits of homeschooling under the guidance of experienced educators.

Harvest Christian School

Grades: 6 weeks – 12th grade
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Harvest Christian School is a Christ-Centered School whose emphasis is to evangelize children into a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Children receive excellent instruction combined with the Word of God. The educational emphasis is placed on the Abeka and Bob Jones Curriculum, which prepares the students for future leadership. Harvest Christian School is irrevocably committed to “Training up Leaders who will Impact Generations!”

Northland Christian

Grades: preschool – 12th grade
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NCS partners with Christian families and churches to provide a God-centered, discipleship-based school with academic excellence and a biblical worldview, equipping students to serve and influence our world for Christ.

Oak Hill Day School

Grades: preschool – 12th grade
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Students at Oakhill Day School in Gladstone discover themselves as learners in a community where they feel known and valued. Our teachers take on the role of guides, as well as instructors, who facilitate active learning in their students while nurturing the natural gifts each student brings – developing the whole child. Oakhill students are 21st century learners who embrace environmental education, rapidly changing technology, and globalization awareness… they are prepared for what future holds.

Outreach Christian

Grades: Pre-K – 12th grade
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Outreach Christian Education is known for it’s small school, family feel with an individually prescribed academic plan for each individual student. Students are designed with particular gifts and talents and are encouraged to discover and use their gifts and talents in the community they belong. Outreach focuses on the whole students, body, mind and spirit.

St. Charles Borromeo Academy

Grades: Pre-K – 8th grade
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St. Charles Borromeo Academy is a scholarly educational institution which provides a Catholic, Classical Education focused on the integral human formation and the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty. The teachings and beauty of our Catholic faith is not only a subject of academic study in each grade but is woven through all of what we do at Borromeo Academy, providing unity and cohesiveness to the curriculum.

St. James School

Grades: preschool – 8th grade
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St. James believes in educating the whole child through a curriculum enriched in our faith values. At St. James, we recognize that children vary in learning styles, talents, and abilities, and we foster growth through a variety of teaching methods, learning activities, and practical experiences. We provide children with opportunities to develop their potential for knowledge, self-inquiry, and self-esteem.

Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!

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