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The African-Centered College Preparatory Academy is not just a school, but the result of 24 years of hard work and dedication by the Kansas City community. The school offers innovative, college prep instruction to students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade according to the principles of Ma'at and the Nguzo Saba. However, the story began much earlier.

African-centered education in the Kansas City Public Schools began in 1988 with the J.S. Chick African Shule, providing a unique cultural education to nearly 350 students. Since then the program has evolved into a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade program servicing more than 920 students.

The latest evolution of the program, African-Centered Prep, continues the strong cultural aspects of the existing program with a revamped curriculum and the support services offered to all KCPS students. AC Prep Lower service pre-kindergarten student through 8th grade. The school is led by a principal and SAC that offers input and guidance on every aspect of school operations.

School Hours:

9:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.



AC Prep Lower’s Key Features:

  • Cultural Arts: Dance Drumming Visual Arts
  • Detroit / Motown Performances
  • Free Before & After School Care
  • Greenhouse
  • Ma’at Principles
  • Nguzo Saba Values
  • Pylons Program
  • STEM Makers Room
  • Student Council
  • Success Mentors
Student dancers of AC Prep

6410 Swope Pkwy.
Kansas City, MO 64132
(816) 418-1175
Twitter: @KCPS_ACPrepLower