“We are a blended family with 8 children in 4 different public schools. We have 5 children at Crossroads Charter Schools, 1 at KIPP Endeavor charter school, 1 at Lincoln College Prep Academy, 1 that lives in Liberty and attends a traditional public school there. As you can see, for us as parents, choosing the public school model that best works for each one of our children is something we take very seriously.
Our daughter at KIPP, who is a 7th grader, has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and we chose KIPP for her for their strong partnership with Truman Behavioral Health. She receives therapy services and has a case manager assigned to her to provide her with the best possible support for her PTSD diagnosis. Academically she’s doing great! And the fact that her mental health needs are always considered and met, means the world to her...and to us as her parents.
We teach our kids to be in tune with their emotions and that their spirit is constantly speaking to them; these are values that are very important to our family and to us their socio-emotional-mental health is as important as their academic learning experience.
Our son at Lincoln is there because he was seeking an athletics program that met his interests.
Our 3rd and 1st graders at Crossroads receive socio-emotional support services in partnership with Synergy to help them navigate their emotions, which has been so good for them. These services are completely covered by the school. During the pandemic and with virtual learning, they’ve been thriving (one more than the other due to their unique personalities) but they’ve had positive experiences and have stayed motivated.
Our 5th grader, also at Crossroads Charter Schools, had brain surgery as a baby after suffering a 24 minute seizure, and against all odds, he survived. The truth is he should not be living, talking, walking, but here he is...thriving and loving to learn! His needs were a huge factor in choosing a school model with “moving classrooms''-- this means he has the ability to find the workspace that helps him focus and learn; a dedicated space of his choice. For example he has access to sitting on a bouncy ball, a recliner, reading inside a tent or finding a quiet space to work through whatever his moment is about to find the level of comfort to get his work done.
Meeting our children where they are at every moment of their school day is very important to us, and these things we haven’t found in the traditional public schools. I had school options growing up and attended a variety of schools here in the KC metro area. These experiences have helped me navigate and find the best school options for my children.
As you see, I’m an advocate for my children, and also for the children of others, and I believe that all parents must choose the school that’s right for their kids. I don’t understand why some people, including elected officials, have issues with parents having school choice, and I certainly don’t understand how we even question and debate funding equity for all our children. As a parent with children in multiple public schools, I stand with all of my children being funded equitably. My children with IEPs, my children with athletic talents, my children with unique learning styles...they all deserve an equitable shot at education. To our lawakers, at what point do we actually stand up for what we believe in and not just talking points or statistics?”