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Sumner Academy Of Arts & Science

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Posted February 6, 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.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted 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 .-.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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 !


Posted 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


Posted 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!


Posted 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


Posted October 1, 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


Posted May 6, 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


Posted February 5, 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!
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted September 3, 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


Posted September 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2012.

228 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

228 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
95%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 78% in 2012.

228 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
0%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2009.

209 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2012.

149 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

149 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2012.

149 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2009.

154 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

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Reading

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Science

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n/a
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2012.

143 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
African American58%
Hispanic66%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander56%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students74%
African American74%
Hispanic72%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander63%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students0%
African American0%
Hispanic0%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander0%
White0%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in English0%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students51%
African American45%
Hispanic45%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students48%
African American41%
Hispanic49%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students24%
African American23%
Hispanic18%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students85%
African American75%
Hispanic91%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 41% 7%
Hispanic 32% 17%
White 19% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Two or more races 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Vocal lessons / coaching
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Language learning

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  • Spanish

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  • Track
  • Wrestling
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  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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1610 North 8th St
Kansas City, KS 66101
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