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 111 years later,
Raytown Quality Schools has renewed its vision for quality education during an ever exciting time of growth & change. Staff & parents challenge students to strive to reach their academic & social potential, & the District helps provide the programs they need to succeed. Raytown is a fully accredited district by both state & national standards.
Throughout the Raytown community, residents have come to “Expect the Exceptional” in both student & teacher performance, & they continue a strong tradition of community support.
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 to adult education, nearly everyone can find a quality program of interest & value.
The 2014 Refresh bond issue has continued the District’s efforts to keep buildings updated & looking like new. The District built a playable varsity stadium at Raytown South High School including seating upgrades & the addition of restroom & concession facilities. Other projects include: fresh paint at most schools, updates to plumbing & wiring in numerous buildings, security upgrades & line of sight entries at all elementary schools & Northwood School, new roofs on many buildings, digital sign boards at all schools, & enhanced technology systems. Bond projects will wrap up in the summer of 2017.
The Quality Care Clinic & Raytown Schools Wellness Center opened during the 2015-2016 school year. District employees use the Clinic & Wellness Center free of charge. In the past year, the District has saved more than $940,000.
The District’s commitment to keeping students & staff safe can be witnessed through the installation of the Barracuda Intruder Defense system & the use of Raptor, a visitor monitoring system, which checks in visitors to the school by scanning a valid state ID & obtaining a background check almost immediately.
During this school year, the District will become one of a handful of K-12 school districts in the entire country to send a payload into orbit. High school students are partnering with Interorbital Systems, teachers, administrators, & Raytown community groups to build & launch a low-orbit satellite. Students will develop hands-on experience & skills relating to project management, engineering, programming, HAM Radio Operation, marketing, & photography. The satellite will collect data to enhance Raytown’s K-12 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) curriculum.
The District’s 1 to 1 computer program is currently in grades 7-10 & will expand to grades 11-12 in the next few years. Thanks to a unique partnership with the Raytown Educational Foundation, the class of 2019 will be the first to take their devices with them after graduation.
One of the hallmarks of the District’s quality is its ability to offer specialized programs designed to meet a variety of student needs. Herndon Career Center prepares students for immediate employment after graduation or a head start on college hours. Raytown Success Academy ensures that students struggling in conventional classroom situations receive 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 severe disabilities from the Raytown district.
The District is also known for its quality support systems for teachers both new & experienced. Extensive staff development with a research base is prevalent throughout the academic areas, & Early Release Professional Development on Wednesdays allows teacher planning & preparation without time out of the classroom & away from students. Collaboration among educators, parents, & others who live and work in the District boundaries, has created a sense of community, with the common goal being student success.
Raytown has a small town feel with its welcoming & safe environment. Those who have attended Raytown Quality Schools or sent their children to the schools remain its best supporters.
DISTRICT AT-A-GLANCE, 2016-17
Enrollment ………approximately 8,979
Full-time employees …………… 1,381
- 19 students named as National Merit semifinalists & 10 chosen as finalists in the last 17 years.
- Annual selections to all metro, district & state choirs, bands, and orchestras.
- A model entrepreneurship program at 3 middle schools.
- National participation & placement at the National Speech & Debate Tournament.
- All schools involved in Professional Learning Communities.
- 17 schools awarded for outstanding Positive Behavior Support initiative.
- Superintendent selected as President Elect for the Missouri Association of School Administrators, President-Elect of the Missouri School Investment Program, & Director of the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City.
- Elementary teacher nominated for national life-changer award.
- Early childhood program named 3rd in the state for Early Childhood Education Program of the Year.
- Raytown Educational Foundation annually awards approximately $10,000 in teaching grants.
- Development of a Southland Center for Advanced Professional Studies to be house in the district & to begin serving students in fall 2017.
- One of seven districts in the nation to receive the Consortium for School Networking Trusted Learning Environment seal for student data privacy.
- Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certification for dedication to prepare students to use the immense power of digital media safely & responsibly.
2 high schools
1 alternative school
Early childhood services
Vocational school serving 6 districts
A school for severely disabled students
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
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
Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic High School
2901 NW Lee’s Summit Rd. LSMO 64064
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.