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 100 years later,
Raytown Quality Schools is in its second century of quality education and also an 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 C2 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 a November 2006 $30 million bond issue, the District was able to construct New Trails Early Learning Center and Little Blue Elementary, in addition to adding a multi-purpose room at Blue Ridge Elementary. Renovations from the bond included turning the Raytown Education Center into Raytown Central Middle School, creating the Raytown Schools Education and Conference Center from the former Aquila Building, and moving all Herndon programs into one campus setting.
The District’s commitment to energy conservation can be witnessed in over 1.4 million in savings in the past three years. Regulating building temperatures, installing light and heating and cooling sensors, and continuing underground geo-thermal components have helped create the savings.
The District is fully accredited under the Missouri School Improvement Plan evaluation. In 2013, seventy four percent of graduates indicated they were going to college or a business or technical school. The A+ Program in each high school 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 fifteen years.
· Annual selections to all metro, district and state choirs, bands, and orchestras.
· A model entrepreneurship program at both middle schools.
· All schools involved in Professional Learning Communities.
· Fifteen schools awarded for outstanding Positive Behavior Support initiative
· Superintendent elected President of the Greater Kansas City School Administrators Association
· Middle school counselor named Counselor of the Year by the Greater KC School Counselors Association
· Raytown Educational Foundation annually awards approximately $10,000 in teaching grants.
DISTRICT AT-A-GLANCE, 2013-2014
Full-time employees………………….. 1,293
● 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 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.