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sankofa bird

The “Sankofa” is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress.  What poem or speech inspires you to reflect on your history and helps to provide direction for your successful future?



The mission of Early College Academy is to provide an opportunity for highly motivated high school students to participate in the rigor of being college students while earning high school and college credits on a college campus.

Students are given the care and support needed to meet high expectations and be prepared for the early college experience of completing college courses during their junior and senior years.

With the first two years paid for by KCPS, students can then finish their Bachelor’s degree at minimal cost.


The Early College Academy Program is a partnership between KCPS and Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley for highly motivated high school students who are ready to leave the high school environment and participate in the rigor of being full-time college students. Students will earn high school credits while also earning college credits as they attend classes, full-time, on a college campus. The ultimate goal is for KCPS students to graduate with both their high school diploma and an associate’s degree. Applications are accepted from sophomores starting January of their Spring semester.



KCPS Early College Academy Office
3201 Southwest Trafficway, Humanities Building, Room 008A
Kansas City, MO 64111
Office: 816-604-4059

School Hours:

7:30 AM – 4:00 PM


11th and 12th


- Current 10th grader (Attend KCPS, charter, private or home-schooled)

- Live within the Kansas City Public Schools District boundaries

- High School transcript with at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA in 10th grade 

Graduates of ECA