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1610 North 8th St
Kansas City, KS 66101

(913) 627-7200
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February 06, 2014
It is definitely harder than other schools. But something that you need to keep in mind is it is a college PREPARATORY school. If you can't make it here how do you expect to make it in college??? The work load is a little bit more demanding but there is a much better environment. There are almost no fights (last year had first fight in 10 years!!!) because you get in a fight and you are expelled no exceptions. There is almost no bullying here and everybody just wants you to do your best. I don't want to think about where I would be right now if I hadn't went to and stayed at Sumner. Because I know the path that I was headed on before I would either be in juvie right now or in a gang or dead. This school supports everybody we even have a GSA club. It truly is a great environment. You have to apply and be accepted to 3 colleges before you can graduate but that is only because they want you to think about your future and you are more likely to attend college if you know you are already accepted.

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January 23, 2014
i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i dont know... yeah... my school is fuckery .-.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2013
This school is great and it comes with many challenges. Those challenges are life lessons that you will use in the future and in college. Come and join the Sumner Sabres and you will never want to leave.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2013
My school is Sumner Academy of Arts & Science. it is a great school with many programs, clubs, and teachers who care. Sumner does not get as may benefits as other schools in USD 500. The school can use improvement in the restrooms and school equipment . They could use better learning materials and educational field trips. Thank you for letting me state my opinion.

- submitted by a community member
February 22, 2012
As a former student, I have to say, I loved it here. The coursework was very challenging, the teachers were very competent (even the subs usually knew what they were doing!), and there was plenty of support for those of us who needed a little more help. It was a very diverse school (don't take that to mean trashy or ghetto, like some of the other high schools in the district). We were required to maintain a 2.5 GPA to attend Sumner, something which I was happy about (even if it caused some trouble for some of us). It sounds mean, but it really helps for a school to do this. The music program was very nice, students all worked very hard. Athletics (what I knew of them) were also very good. The art department was excellent, and you can see the years of students' art decorating the hallways and library. The classes offered were a little minimalistic, but was made up for by very competent teachers. Overall, it was a very excellent school, and I highly recommend anyone able to to attend.

- submitted by a community member
October 27, 2010
I am currently a student at Sumner Academy. It is a very great school.My first year was very challenging, i had a hard time getting use to all of the homework and finding time for my friends. Though we do receive plenty of homework i believe its all worth it in the end !

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August 12, 2010
Great school going into my freshman year. Eighth grade was simple. It is a review year. This school is by far the best in the district

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2010
I am currently a Sophmore at Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences. My point of view on this school is that it is the best school in the district. Teachers at this school encourage us to do our best ALL the time. Many people leave just because they are lazy and don't want to do the homework. I flew through my eighth grade year and got out with a 4.0 GPA. My ninth grade year I got a 3.7. I'm going to be going full IB next year, and I chose it because I already have been challenged by this school, but I want to see what Sumner throws at me! I will try my best at this school, just as I already have these past two years! SUMNER ROCKS!

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May 06, 2010
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February 20, 2010
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November 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Well if summer is challenging cos of hours of keeping late just to get home work done.I think its a sacrifice done not in vain but to regain later in College.Remember a stitch in time saves nine

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
After reading through the reviews I would like to say this: To the parents: If your child had a good experience at Sumner Academy it is probably because you are a supportive parent. One that realized that your child was not getting what they needed at the other schools. One that realized that test scores do help students get scholarships (millions of dollars of scholarships offered to Sumner Academy students this is not true of the other USD 500 school). On the other hand, if your child did not have a good experience at Sumner Academy it was probably because they were not prepared to be there in the first place, or maybe you are a parent who's child is an angel and can do no wrong and will always make excuses for them. Thanks

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2009
I graduated from Sumner recently and as my first year of college comes to an end, I can say I am so glad I went to Sumner. This first year was a breeze for me, but I always here other students at my university complaining about all the homework and stress. Sumner prepared me totally and now all of the homework and papers given in college are no challenge. It taught me how to manage my time. I also learned I need to be self-motivated and disciplined. Plus, I graduated full I.B so I came to college with a semester worth of credits under my belt! Thank you Sumner! Also, if you ever get pulled over for speeding or anything, cops just LOVE you once you say you went to Sumner.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 05, 2009
I have family that go to sumner academy. They tell me that it is challenging. They have been incouraged to do their homework and work harder in school. I think Sumner is a challenge but a good one. It incouragees you to better in school!

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January 27, 2009
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no rating December 27, 2008
I think Sumner treats the students like they are already in college and they are not, 3-5 hours of home work a night is too much! The % of students that remain at Sumner will surprise you. Many return to other schools and are just as successful as a Sumner Student. Things need to change Teachers need to remember they are kids and need to sleep rather than stay up till 1:00 A.M. doing home work.

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December 23, 2008
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December 04, 2008
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November 19, 2008
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November 18, 2008
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October 31, 2008
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October 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2008
Excellent school within an urban setting which offers sound academic, atheletic and extra curicular programs. I defintely disagree with the post dated 8/14/08. Students are challenged and the expectations are always high. Staff support has been excellent. Some draw backs however are the small size of the school and the buildings age, which although historic, requires necessary upgrades.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
Sumner Academy offers a rigourous, academic schedule while offering sports, music, debate, forensics, etc for students to develop other skills.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2008
Great School, great teachers and I love the way my two sons are challenged academically and socially. I would not trade the experiences of Sumner for any other school district in the KC metro area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 28, 2008
I am a graduate of Sumner Academy and can say nothing negative about my experience as a student. Sumner set me apart from other students once in college. I was more prepared than my peers for the coursework and level of discipline that it took to get through college succcessfully and with minimal stress. For those who have negative things to say about Sumner, in my experience, it has been students who could not handle the responsibility, or parents who were upset that their child was unable to make it.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 14, 2008
Sumner is very tough for students going from no homework to tons of homework. I asked for a tutor and was told there was an after school study hall. This study hall is not tutoring, it simply take the place of a library. There is suppose to be help available, most times help wasn't available for a particular subject matter. The state of Kansas offers free tutoring I later found thru another district. Most teachers don't reply to emails on school loop. Teachers are so busy with other obligations that they have very little time to spend with there students outside of class for extra help. In my opinion Sumner is no different from the other schools in USD 500. I was told great things about Sumner and once there I was very disappointed. It's surprising how many parents send their kids outside of USD 500 to complete their education. I would think twice before sending my child to Sumner.

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April 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 29, 2008
This is a terrible school. the students leave stressed and totally unprepared for college. Sumner is just the district's bastion of high test scores, nothing more.

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March 07, 2008
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February 19, 2008
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December 14, 2007
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December 01, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
November 23, 2007
The best school in the world! It has a very hard curicculum but they make it so that it is not too hard but so that it pushes you to do your best! The teachers are awesome and are there to help you if you are having trouble

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August 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 21, 2007
This is the very BEST that you could hope for in KC.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2007
I am a graduate of Sumner, and I can affirm there isn't a better school for your children to attend in USD 500, or with which you as a parent can be involved. The coursework is difficult, but not impossible, and it provided the challenges I needed to grow and discover how much I could accomplish as a student, and a person. Sumner gave me tools that not only helped me succeed in high school, but continue to serve me through my adult life and my journey through graduate school. The excellent teachers there inspired me to become a teacher myself, and I hope to return to teach at Sumner in the future, giving back to the school that has given me so much.

- submitted by a former student
January 24, 2007
I am a Full International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate at Sumner Academy. I believe that Sumner prepares its students well for the future. Throughout the IB Programme, the students are given a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum that, indeed, prepares students for the lucubration that is awaiting after graduation. I believe that the teachers will go out of their way in order to help the students. The school can seem monotonous at times, but to stand back and realise that our future is in our hands, makes us persevere. Moreover, I believe that Sumner should start to raise its standards; they have been slipping in the past years. All-in-all, I believe that Sumner is a perfect school to send one's child for a rigorous college-prep curriculum; especially if one has a choice between any other USD 500 school.

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November 22, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 30, 2006
Sumner is a great school. I love it here. I know that Sumner will help me out in the near future thats why I am trying my hardest to do everything I can do to better my education. I wouldn't trade Sumner for another school in the world. The teachers are great and I love the emviornment. Since my eoght grade year I have changed a lot and I give that to Sumner as to why I have!

- submitted by a student
December 12, 2005
I know that I am not a parent yet. However, I did graduate in 2002 and as a result of my time spent there and what I have accomplished since graduating, I would do everything in my power to assure that Sumner remains the quality institution that it is. Any curriculum, structure, or activity changes that could be usefull to Sumner get caught up in the red tape of public funding through taxes. More important than knowledge, students walk out of those doors prepared to handle the quantity and quality of a college curriculum on a college pace. I was by no means at the top of my class. I am in my 4th year of college sine I left, and it has been my experience that the skills of gleaning and retaining knowledge have set me apart from students of other districts in the metro and those of other states. Proudly and respectfully, ~McKenzie S.

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October 16, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 21, 2005
I've just graduated Sumner this last year of 2005. I feel great in college because Sumner has helped me so much, I am greatful that I had the chance to attend such a great school.

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August 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
I am less than two weeks from graduating from Sumner Academy and it has been nothing but great. I feel that it has prepared me very well for the things I will encounter in the future. Everyone who puts forth the time and effort can go to Sumner with minimal difficulty. I don't feel that Sumner is a school designed for geniuses, but a school there for students that have dedication and need a challenge. Sumner is not for those who don't care about school, or who aren't committed to bettering their education. Overall, I feel that if used to its full potential, Sumner can be the best challenge for any student.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 16, 2005
As an graduate of SA I would have nothing but praise for my alma mater. Sumner is what you make of it. For those students who want to learn and are willing to make studies a priority they will succeed. The teachers are the best in the area. They are there because they want to impart their knowledge to those willing to accept the challenge. The curriculum is tough but the children who attend Sumner should expect a challenge. If I still lived in the area I would send my child there in a heartbeat.

- submitted by a former student
January 22, 2005
Very excellent school. With high standards and classes that prepare it's students for college. While still allowing students to enjoy their overall high school expireance.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2005
I graduated from Sumner in 1994. Granted, it is a wonderful school and prepared me for college. But, eighth graders and seniors do not belong in the same building. It is torture on a 13 year old 'rookie' to be bullied by an 18 year old. Also, Sumner puts a lot of undue pressure on young people. What 14 year old knows what they want to be when they group up? The teachers I had did inspire me to be a teacher myself, though. There are a lot of ups and downs to Sumner. It just depends on your child.

- submitted by a former student
December 28, 2004
Sumner was an outstanding school for my daughter. The staff was strict but fair. She is very pleased with the level of education she obtained while attending school here. She credits the good grades she is making in college to the education and skills she learned while attending Sumner.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2004
Sumner was an EXCELLENT school for me. I am currently in college and just breezing right through it and its all thanks to the education I recieved at Sumner. The staff was always very kind to me and helped me in any way they could, while not being too generous or easy on anyone. Every year the graduates are the proudest looking young men and women I have ever seen because this is by NO means an easy school to get through so it really makes them see how great of a task they have accomplished by graduating from such an excellent school. To this day I brag that I am a graduate of Sumner Academy.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2004
Sumner is way overrated. All the teachers are pompous and think they are above the system. THe only two good teachers are Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Taft. However, there is one courageous man who does teacher there. His name is Bill Leafblad. He is a great teacher and motivator.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2004
Summner Academy is overated in Kansas City. Their are some great teachers at Sumner Academy such as Mr.& Mrs. Parra, Mr. Clark and many others. The only problems I had was that when a child struggles they are too quick to try to 'kick you out'. I believe that it is a privelage to go to Sumner but I don't believe that they prepare the students well enough to succeed especially ones that are entering in the 8th grade. I am glad that they finally decided to put in a Pre-Algebra 1 class for children that struggle as well as a regular Algebra 1 program for those students who succeed in mathmatics but it was a year too late for me.

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April 01, 2004
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August 10, 2003
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Sumner Academy Of Arts & Science
1610 North 8th St, Kansas City, KS  66101
(913) 627-7200
Last modified Sumner Academy Of Arts & Science is a Public school that serves grades 8-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sumner Academy Of Arts & Science Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 55 reviews. Top