Raytown Quality Schools
6608 Raytown Rd.
Eight independent elementary schools consolidated in order to provide the best education for their community in 1903, and more than 110 years later,
Raytown Quality Schools has renewed its vision for quality education during an ever exciting time of growth and change. Staff and parents challenge students to strive to reach their academic and social potential, and the district helps provide the programs they need to succeed. Raytown is a fully accredited District by both state and national standards.
Throughout the Raytown community, residents have come to “Expect the Exceptional” in both student and teacher performance, and they have continued a strong tradition of community support. This includes a wide range of academic programs as well as extra-curricular activities.
While the focus is on K-12 education, the Raytown C-2 School District has programs that reflect the community’s commitment to education at any age. From early childhood education to adult education, nearly everyone can find a quality program of interest and value.
From the April 2014 Refresh Bond Issue, the District was able to upgrade the stadium at Raytown South High School to become a playable varsity field with added seating on both the home and visitors sides, as well as restroom and concession facilities; replace plumbing and wiring in numerous buildings; provide security upgrades and line of sight entries at elementary schools; replace roofs on many buildings; as well as enhance technology systems. Bond projects will continue into the 2016-2017 school year.
The opening of a Quality Care Clinic and Raytown Schools Wellness Center at the site of the former YMCA is an important initiative for the district. District employees will use the clinic free of co-pay charge. When finalized, the Wellness Center will be a showcase for not only the district, but the community.
The District’s commitment to keeping students and staff safe can be witnessed through the use of the Raptor system, which checks in visitors to the school by scanning a ID and obtaining a background check almost immediately.
The District is fully accredited under the Missouri School Improvement Plan evaluation. In 2015, seventy seven percent of graduates indicated they were going to college or a business or technical school. The A+ Program in the district is assisting students in obtaining post high school education at a reduced rated at state universities and junior colleges.
One of the hallmarks of the District’s quality is the ability to offer specialized programs designed to meet a variety of student needs. The Herndon Career Center prepares students for immediate employment after graduation or a head start on college hours and has recently obtained its North Central Accreditation. The Raytown Success Academy ensures that students struggling in conventional classroom situations will be provided other opportunities for success. Complete special education services are available to students requiring these programs, with many mainstreamed into the regular classes. Additionally, Northwood School serves students with multiple handicaps from the Raytown district.
The District is also known for its quality support systems for teachers both new to the profession and experienced. Extensive staff development with a research base is prevalent throughout the academic areas, and Early Release Professional Development Wednesdays allow teacher planning and preparation without time out of the classroom and away from students. Collaboration among educators, parents, and others who live and work in the district boundaries have created a sense of community, with the common goal being student success.
Raytown has a small town feel with its welcoming and safe environment, while being located in a predominantly suburban area. Those who have attended Raytown Quality Schools or sent their children to the schools remain its best supporters.
• Nineteen students named as National Merit semifinalists and ten chosen as finalists in the last seventeen years.
• Annual selections to all metro, district and state choirs, bands, and orchestras.
• A model entrepreneurship program at three middle schools.
• All schools involved in Professional Learning Communities.
• Nineteen schools awarded for outstanding Positive Behavior Support initiative
• Superintendent elected Treasurer of the Missouri Association of School Administrators
• Guidance Coordinator named administrative advocate of the year by the Missouri School Counselors Association
• Raytown Educational Foundation annually awards approximately $10,000 in teaching grants.
DISTRICT AT-A-GLANCE, 2015-2016
● 10 elementary schools
● 3 middle schools
● 2 high schools
● 1 alternative school
● Early childhood services
● A school for multiple handicapped students
● Vocational school serving seven districts
In addition to the Raytown Quality School District, several private and parochial schools serve the community. Students from Raytown and the surrounding areas benefit from the high quality of education these schools provide.
Archbishop O’Hara High School
9001 James Reed Rd., Kansas City 64138
Blue Ridge Christian School
8524 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City 64138
Heart of America Christian Fellowship
7600 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City 64138
Islamic School of Greater Kansas City
10007 James Reed Rd., Kansas City 64134
Saint John Francis Regis School
8941 James Reed Rd., Kansas City 64138
Colleges and Universities
Located in the southern metropolitan area, Metropolitan Community College-Longview is a 15-minute drive for students from the area. Boasting more than 6,000 students, Longview has built a tradition of excellence that includes exceptional liberal arts, human services, and engineering programs. It is also the first community college ever selected as a TIME/The Princeton Review College of the Year. Only the best colleges and universities in the nation receive this honor.
University of Missouri, University of Central Missouri, Avila University, Rockhurst College, Columbia College, DeVry Institute of Technology, Aviation Institute and ITT Technical Institute all have campuses within driving distance of Raytown.