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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Sumner Academy of Arts & Science is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Kansas City, KS. It has 981 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 35% of students are at least proficient in math and 46% in reading.
Address
1610 N 8th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
Telephone
(913) 627-7200
Website

Sumner Academy of Arts & Science Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
46%
Percent Proficient - Math
35%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1180
21 responses
Average ACT
24
253 responses
AP Enrollment
7%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$41,671
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$820
National
$949
Median Home Value
$89,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
77%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.43 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.43 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 135 responses
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  • Spirit Week
    27%
  • Zambia Fundraiser
    17%
  • Pep assemblies and other similar events
    17%
  • All fundraiser we do to help the homeless sick
    12%
  • School Dances
    7%
  • Blood Drives
    5%
  • Homecoming
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
981
Free or Reduced Lunch
76%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.48 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.48 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.48 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,949
Teachers in First/Second Year
19.9%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.64 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.64 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.64 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,291/ year
National
$12,239
77%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.65 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.65 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.65 responses
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My experience at Sumner Academy of Arts & Science has overall been an amazing experience. The school has overcame many changes that have taken place including administration changes including a new principal this past year. The administration give a positive environment for students. I believe that Sumner's IB Program specifically gives student an opportunity to expand their education. Sumner offers a variety of courses including extracurricular activities including sports and programs outside of school. Our college counselor, Shannon Shelton, is always on the students about applying for scholarships and getting things done!
Although, while attending the school can be viewed as a hardship due to stress. Being a member of 20/20 Leadership, we are aware of problems like such and are working with our 20/20 Olympics project to support students and make improvements within our school.
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I love Sumner! Sumner has an amazing IB program and has an excellent level of college readiness. I will be taking pre-IB courses soon. Graduation rate is 100%, and currently Sumner is transforming into a full-IB academy. Diversity at Sumner is just amazing. We work together as a community. The teachers are just amazing. I really appreciate the fact that they would go beyond their way to teach advanced education to those who get on quickly, but for those who struggle they make sure you know every detail before moving on to the next subject. We are all like family. The sports here are pretty good! The football team has an above average record every year, cheerleading moves are sharp, and the dance team makes you want to get up and dance as well. My favorite has to be the symphonic orchestra. They are the best of the best and recently won 1st place in the Orlando national competition.
Although Sumner Academy currently has an excellent academics program, it lacks significant funding to the school itself. The school is almost a hundred years old with original classrooms and bathrooms from the early twentieth century, which leads to a multitude of problems when it comes to teachers trying to teach their subjects properly. With proper funding, I personally believe that the academics of the students couldn't be rivaled anywhere in the state of Kansas. The student body is very active in politics and involved within the local community, which administration strongly encourages, leading to a truly positive student experience at Sumner.