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Charter Schools Program Office

Charter Schools are independent public schools that are free from some rules and regulations that apply to traditional public school districts as specifically identified in charter school law.  In exchange for flexibility, charter school sponsors are to hold the schools accountable for results. Charter schools are non-sectarian, do not discriminate in their admission policies and may not charge tuition or fees.

Any student residing in the Kansas City 33 School District or the St. Louis Public School District may choose to attend a charter school if they reside within either city.  There is no cost to parents for sending their children to a charter school. Any student residing in an unaccredited school district may transfer to an approved charter school in the same or an adjoining county.  See here for additional information. 

As of August 2018, there are 20 LEAs in Kansas City operating within 40 buildings and 16 LEAs in St Louis within 36 buildings.

Charter Schools Office Contacts

John Robertson Coordinator 573-751-2453
Stacy Morse Virtual Learning Administrator 573-522-3651
Heather Murphy Supervisor 573-751-5882
Courtney Duncan Virtual Operations Assistant 573-751-2453
Kristin Davis Administrative Assistant 573-751-8247
Walt Brown State Supervisor of Instruction (KC area) 816-439-5223
Maureen Clancy-May  State Supervisor of Instruction (STL area) 314-800-9290