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715 East 19th St
Kearney, MO 64060

(816) 628-4585
(816) 628-3383
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July 25, 2014
Kearney High School and all of the school in Kearney are excellent. We moved here to keep the kids from going to a HS in the NKC district and were so glad we did. Amazing difference.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2013
All schools have good and bad aspects but for an overall quality education, access to a multitude of extra-curricular activities, and teachers and staff that care, you can't top Kearney. My children are not star athletes nor the star students but these teachers have gone out of their way to help each of my children recognize their potential. And the support of this community is amazing! Maybe I shouldn't write this...it may give away the secret of this fabulous district and people will flock here. Scratch everything I just said!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
IMO, this is such a dissappointing school ... Academics and getting kids ready for college and real life just doesn't seem to be a priority, and the decision making within this district baffles me.

- submitted by a community member
March 02, 2013
Very poor school. Caters to Athletics and Gifted students. My children only had 2 teachers that cared about their progress in the 8 years they attended there. Liberty schools are MUCH better, send your kids there.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2011
Both of my son and daughter have attended school Kearney schools and it was a great experience for each one. The community's involvement with the schools and the extra curricular activities is something I've never experienced or seen anywhere before. Not to mention the solid education they received and guidance to continue building on that foundation with their college career. I have nothing to but good things too say about Kearney and am grateful for the positive experience my children had there.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2010
Their "no child left behind" program actually does leave your child behind. Do NOT put your child in these schools if they have any kind of academic problems. Even the smallest learning disabilities are NOT given adequate attention at all of the Kearney schools. I was a transfer student and attended elementry thru 7th grade and no better off when I quit school. I am now learning far more from an online high school program than I ever did in Kearney schools. Additionally, many teachers allow exceptional kids to tease the other kids. Many clicks and favortisim exist in the Kearney School district, and not just among students. There are ample parent clicks as well that exclude certain parents if their kids are not gifted in sports are academically.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 21, 2009
If your child is good academically and/or good/great in sports, then this is the school for you. Otherwise, if your child has any social problems whatsoever, or has any learning problem of any kind--not matter how small-- then this is not the school for you. They do not give even the smallest learning disabled children or tennagers the time that is required to come up to speed. Kearney spends the most time with the smart and gifted students.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
As a former student graduating this year in the class of 2009 I can say that without a doubt this is one of the best schools in the state. Not only do they have great academics but they also have many great sports teams. The atmosphere of the town is fantastic and there are few better public high schools in the nation.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 06, 2009
Wonderful teachers and parents who truly care about the quality of education the children receive.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
i have been in different districts. We have 5 children and have had them in Kearney 6 years. Two graduated 2009. We would not go anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 07, 2009
I think Kearney could make more of an effort to ensure all students are getting the assistance they need to pass their classes with good grades. There seems to be a great deal of who has the most money succeeds. Kearney does not offer the Missouri One opportunity because as I was told it involved too much administrative time. So, because staff apparently does not want to keep records for students who want to take advantage of this opportunity, there are undoubtedly students who have no change to go to college. I was told most of the Kearney students go to 4 year colleges. Well, I have to say if they aren't offered 2 years free at the Metropolitan colleges, then they have no choice except to enroll in a 4 year college. Most of these students are not ready for a 4 year college.

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April 27, 2009
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March 10, 2009
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December 16, 2008
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June 01, 2008
I graduated for Kearney a couple of years ago and truly believe that the Kearney School District has done a lot for me. I am currently in several leadership positions at my university with over 20,000 students and Kearney has helped me with that. I was in sports in junior high but not in high school and I was supported just as much as any athlete by the staff. I am currently an education major because of the teachers and how they have impacted my life. I have come back to substitute teach and the teachers still know my name. Would you get that at any other school? I would honestly raise my kids in Kearney because of the atmosphere and school district. The only problem I have is how the schools are trying to forward themselves and the residents are not supporting them by passing bills.

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May 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 04, 2008
We moved to Kearney almost 3 years ago and our son has been attending the high school. We are not happy with the school system in Kearney and to be quite frank, are sorry we even moved to this town. If you have the opportunity to live on the Kansas side, do so! The schools are much better and so are the taxes. Kearney citizens do not support their schools unless it is sports related. They are in need of new schools and many new things like computers. Taxpayers refuse to step up to the plate and do the right thing for the kids. Looking forward to moving so our son can attend a better school...

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April 03, 2007
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April 25, 2006
I am a 2003 graduate of Kearney High School. I am now on a full ride scholarship at an outstanding research university. While I believe some of Kearney's academic programs lag behind those of our neighbors, overall, the ball is in the student's court. No, Kearney did not offer AP classes; however, by taking dual credit courses such as Calculus and Zoology, a student can basically achieve the same results. Kearney certainly did not offer the variety of science courses some of my new classmates had when they were in high school; it's a school that has an average class of 200 students, what can you expect? I participated in sports, band, and various other extra curricular activities and did not feel as though my involvement in any of these activities influenced the way in which I was treated by the faculty in any way.

- submitted by a former student
February 20, 2006
I am a 2003 graduate of KHS and am absolutely shocked at some of these reviews. Yes, Kearney is very sports oriented, but it also prides itself in being outstanding academically. I went to school with people who are now at Yale, Harvard, MIT and in the Air Force and other military services. I think that says a lot about the academics at KHS. As to the comments about the principal, I wasn't involved in sports and I'm not a 'name' and I always received a 'hello, how are you' or at the very least a smile from Mr. Rinne. He has been in the district for many years and put up with a lot and I applaud his efforts at controlling an unbelievably rude, conceited, unruly bunch of students. I agree that Kearney is not the most friendly place, at first, but that's no reason to steer clear completely.

- submitted by a former student
February 08, 2006
I'm shocked at some comments posted in the Kearney High School reviews. I'm a graduate of KHS and I did participate in athletics and other activities. However, my involvement in them was by choice. It didn't earn me 'extra credit' or help get a better education becasue I participated. I had to earn my grades like every other student whether they participate in athletics or not. Participating helped me prepare for life and college by developing critical skills like time management, teamwork, discipline, and leaderhsip. Also, the academic programs are solid. Just look at the graduation rates compared to other MO schools. My class of approx. 150 had people attend Harvard & MIT on academic scholarships. Pretty good in my book. Summary: Kearney's a great school and provides a solid education that adequately prepares children for lifer after high school. It also provides many extracurricular activities for students.

- submitted by a former student
November 13, 2005
Not an experience I would want to repeat. It lacks behind other schools in academics, so if you are forced to move before the kid has graduated, it will be quite an adjustment (in some cases forcing the kid to stay longer and/or repeat courses just to accrue enough acceptable credits to graduate). If your kid is an exceptional athelete, he/she will be welcomed with open arms. If not, it will be a struggle. Community looks like a friendly small town atmosphere, but the key word is 'looks'. Some of the teachers are true gems, hardworking types that do care very much, engage the students, and do a great job with what materials they're given - but there are some that have been given teaching jobs just to stay on the faculty. This is a sports dominated school.

- submitted by a former student
September 09, 2005
I think overall the school district is good. Could be better, if improvements were made in certain areas. For example,the principal Mr.Rinni needs to be more of a people person he's rude if you don't play sports or if you don't have the correct ' last name'.I have 3 students in 3 of the schools in Kearney. Sports is a big part of Kearney students which I think is great,but the preperation for the real world needs a little work.The teachers are all great for the most part.The town of Kearney itself I really enjoy it.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
I attended Holt Elementary and graduated from Kearney in the 70's. I see not much has changed in all these years. We returned to kearney four years ago. My child faces the same problems that existed 20 years ago. If you are not in athletics,(or connected) you are not accepted and you will be overlooked. My best advice to my freshman:Teachers are paid to teach, you are there to learn. Do the best you can and fight the 'ol' boy network' to achieve your goals. 4.0 is 4.0 popular or not.

- submitted by a former student
June 08, 2005
I am currently a student attending Kearney High School. I felt I should add some comments. I've attended several schools; this school's academic programs are average. I do agree, there is not enough 'real-world' preperation; I have almost no homework, to begin with. I also agree that there is an over-emphasis on sports. The other areas are definitely not as well represented. I'm not sure about parent involvement, but this should be noted: the people attending this school are the most viciously cruel group of kids I have ever met.

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2005
Kearney has some excellent teachers, but it is not really a challenging school. It still thinks within a tiny box, and students that fall either above or below the bar that Kearney sets do not have a way to reach their full potential. As a past transfer student into the district myself, I can say that Kearney schools do not help their new students assimilate to their surroundings. Kearney could be a great school, but there are some major changes to make.

- submitted by a former student
February 13, 2005
I agree with the majority of these postings. Particularly that Kearney does not challenge the students enough compared to students from other districts. In addition, 'out of the box' thinking is not encouraged. As a past student of Kearney, I was in the top 10% of my class in academics, however, my last name just wasn't the right one. You can be the most outstanding student, the best in a sport, or the best in chorus; but it doesn't matter if your last name isn't right. You will be left behind and not get the advantages and opportunities that they do. Another comment had made reference to the 'principals principles', well, when I was there (Mr. Rinne), he didn't give a second look at you, or say 'hi' in the hall if you weren't on a sports team. He didn't even know who you were.

- submitted by a former student
February 12, 2005
The kids in the district are not given enough credit. The students maintain good character while getting good grades, taking athletics to a top notch level, and even other extracurriculars. The students are what makes this a great school. They have more school spirit and town pride than the any of the administrators. Especially the principal who hates for students to express themselves at baskeball games and during school.

- submitted by a former student
November 10, 2004
I attended Kearney Schools from the mid 70's to 1990. Having been through their school system then i would have to say that they inadequately prepared me for the real world and for college. They had the atttitude that if you werent a good student we wouldnt bother with you. I have a feeling that after reading these other reviews that things havent changed much. It was ashamed that the school focused more on athletics than academics and especially those who arent good students should have more emphasis and attention to prepare them. Thank god when i got to college my teachers and advisors there helped me learn how to study and how to prepare. It's something that teachers should do more of as well.

- submitted by a former student
October 12, 2004
Many of you simply do not have the foresight to see where problems inherent in all school systems pop up in kearney as well. I graduated Kearney in 2004 and loved all my time there. I even went to public advanced academy my junior year then chose to return to my school. If problems do exist in this district, they are priority issues. We have two new buildings (one in progress) and yet still only have one 1985 theatre running with largely original equipment, a shame for all the talent in the district. Many music students also juggle a sport, for which facilities are updated regularly, especially football. Including field resurfacing each of the last three years. Great principal standing on principles, though. Also, many great teachers preparing students for higher ed, not for vocational positions. -William Ryczek IV

- submitted by a former student
September 03, 2004
We moved to Kearney from Iowa. We were looking for a school that was large enough to offer all the correct classes yet small enough to have a 20 to 1 teacher to student ratio. We searched all through the Kansas City area and found several good schools, however none of them had the school pride that is demonstrated at Kearney. We have been in Kearney for 2 years and our high school student has made several good friends and really likes his teachers and coaches. Our youngest is in grade school. He loves every second of his school life an is challenged and rewarded for his efforts. We never thought we could find a school as good as our previous school in Iowa. To our surprise we found one better. Kearney may not be the best school, but there are none better.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
My son does not want to immediatly go to college and the academic programs at Kearney High School did not prepare him for that. No business and management classes were offered, he's 18 years old and he doesn't know anything about how banks work, checking accounts, credit, mortgage or other real life situations. I'm not saying to take away from the kids that want to take thier education to the next level, but the ones who aren't quite ready for it are ignored and 'do not fall' into the Kearney High School Academic program.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2003
I am extremely dissatisfied with Kearney High School. We moved to the area so that our children could attend Holt Elementary. It was an excellent school, led by an excellent principal. Our children blossomed there. When the children were old enough to enter the Kearney School system, however, I began to see some very ugly things. Any progress that has been made by my children has been made very much in spite of, not because of, the Kearney schools. There are a few wonderful people in the system, but over all, I'm very disappointed with the schools.

- submitted by a parent
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Kearney High School
715 East 19th St, Kearney, MO  64060
(816) 628-4585
Last modified Kearney High School is a Public school that serves grades 10-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kearney High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top