Raytown Quality Schools

6608 Raytown Rd.
(816) 268-7000
www.raytownschools.org

raytownschoolsEight independent elementary schools consolidated in order to provide the best education for their community in 1903, and more than one hundred eleven years later,

School buses

Raytown Quality Schools continuously renews 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 continue a strong tradition of community support.

While the focus is on K-12 education, Raytown Quality Schools 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 and value.

Over the past few years, the April 2014 Refresh Bond Issue continued the District’s efforts to keep buildings updated and looking like new. The District was able to create a playable varsity stadium at Raytown South High School through seating upgrades and the addition of restroom and concession facilities. Other projects included: fresh paint at most schools, updates to plumbing and wiring in numerous buildings, security upgrades and line of sight entries at all elementary schools and Northwood School, new roofs on many buildings, digital signboards at all schools, and enhanced technology systems. Bond projects wrapped up in the summer of 2017.

The 2017-2018 school year began with the reinvention of Herndon Preschool, now called Three Trails Preschool. Part of a five-year plan to offer no cost, half-day pre-kindergarten (pre-k) services to all four-year-olds in Raytown, Three Trails Preschool is opening with 170 new seats in addition to the 68 Head Start and 17 fee-based seats offered when it was Herndon Preschool.  Fall 2017 also marks the start of the Southland Center of Advanced Professional Studies (Southland CAPS) program. Southland CAPS features two different strands of learning opportunities for students, Animal Health Sciences (taught at the Kansas City Zoo) and Technology Solutions. Students work with industry partners hands-on, learning more about problem-solving and meeting deadlines.

The Quality Care Clinic and Raytown Schools Wellness Center opened during the 2015-2016 school year. District employees use the Clinic and Wellness Center free of charge. In the past two years, the District has saved more than $1.4 million.

The District’s commitment to keeping students and staff safe can be witnessed through the installation of the Barracuda Intruder Defense system and the use of Raptor, a visitor monitoring system, which checks in visitors to the school by scanning a valid state ID and obtaining a background check almost immediately.

The District’s 1 to 1 computer program is currently in grades 2 through 12. 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 to the profession and experienced. Extensive staff development with a research base is prevalent throughout the academic areas, and Early Release Professional Development on Wednesdays allows teacher planning and preparation without taking time out of the classroom and away from students. Collaboration among educators, parents, and 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 and 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 9,476
Full-time employees ………….approximately 1,381

SCHOOLS

Ten elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, one alternative school, early childhood services, a school for students with severe disabilities, and a vocational school serving six districts.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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.

Heart of America Christian Fellowship
(816) 356-6380
7600 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City 64138

Islamic School of Greater Kansas City
(816) 763-0322
10007 James Reed Rd., Kansas City 64134

Saint John Francis Regis School
(816) 763-5837
8941 James Reed Rd., Kansas City 64138

Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic High School
(816) 763-4800
2901 NW Lee’s Summit Rd. Lee’s Summit, MO 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 of Maintenance all have campuses within driving distance of Raytown.