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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    C-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Kearney R-I School District is an above average, public school district located in Kearney, MO. It has 3,605 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 64% in reading.

Kearney R-I School District Rankings

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Middle Schools in Kearney R-I School District

High Schools in Kearney R-I School District

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
64%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1080
7 responses
Average ACT
26
227 responses

Students

Diversity
C-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,605
Free or Reduced Lunch
14.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,581
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.3%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$11,259/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$78,152
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,033
National
$949
Median Home Value
$175,400
National
$184,700

Kearney R-I School District Reviews

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The teachers and staff were all very friendly and approachable. I felt like the school took education very seriously and made sure all students understood the subject. Teachers would stay after school longer just to make sure a student who is struggling gets the help he/she needed. I never noticed whether or not teachers treated a student differently, they always treated me the same as every student unless there were special circumstances.

There’s a lot I like about this school district but there’s also a lot they can improve on. I think high school should have better prepared us for the real world. They should have taught us about health insurance, how to change a tire, how to file taxes, things like that. They did offer a few classes related to finances, but not much about filing taxes.

Overall, I was very satisfied with the school district and how they prepared us for college and made sure we all graduate.
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Kearney has a great educational program, but some teachers’ priorities are off. They care more about if you check your phone than if you are understanding the content or mentally and emotionally OK. However, there are teachers that do a phenomenal job explaining things in different ways so that no student is left behind, and they take notice when a student’s mood seems to be off. The students are very clique-y and new friends can be hard to make. The teachers also tend to favor the “popular” students in class, and cheating is quite common among them. Another thing the district could improve upon is hiring more teachers of different ethnicities, which would hopefully invite more diversity into the town and school district. Kearney has done a great job improving technology and expanding the schools, but it would be nice for students to get their own laptops or iPads, since many do not have access to them at home and much of the schoolwork is done online.
I loved the high quality education, the safety of the community and the school itself, I had a great experience participating in a wide variety of extracurriculars, and I had all of the support I needed from teachers and staff to succeed. I would like to see Spanish and Health classes be offered from K-12 like Liberty School District. I would like to see more shadowing opportunities for high schoolers to get an idea of what being an engineer, nurse, restaurant manager, pipe fitter, union laborer, etc. would really be like. Real life education opportunities to help prepare students for real life after high school - including or excluding a college education.