After a decade without full accreditation, the Kansas City Public Schools regained accreditation after a unanimous vote by the Missouri State School Board of Education last week, potentially affecting the future value of homes within district lines.
“Half of recent buyers with children under the age of 18 living in their home cited quality of the school district as an influencing factor in their neighborhood choice,” according to the National Association of REALTORS® 2021 Profile of Buyers and Sellers.
With over 5,000 homes within the Kansas City, Mo. School district, this reinstatement of accreditation may lead to more options for local buyers with school-aged children.
Kansas City Public Schools lost its accreditation in 2011, but its improvements in student academic growth were presented to the board, who ultimately voted to grant full accreditation to the district. Among those improvements was the district’s graduation rate, which has increased from 68.7% in 2016 to 77.8% in 2021.
“This accomplishment will be impactful for the city at large, advancing the local economy,” said Manny Abarca, Kansas City Public Schools Board Treasurer, “and now we have a renewed invitation to families to come back over and see how we are outpacing the state and some of our local peers in our academic gains.”
Read more about the progress of the district on kcpublicschools.org.