Brimming over with academic excellence, the metroplex is home to highly rated public schools, private and parochial schools, diverse technical and vocational programs, specialty institutes, and private and state-affiliated colleges and universities. Innovative programs involve parents, community members and local businesses in their dedication to supporting high academic standards throughout the educational system.
Excellent student-teacher ratios, highly educated instructors, progressive programs, a dedicated staff and modern classrooms characterize the Greater Kansas City school districts. Many of the area public schools and their educators have achieved state and even national recognition. The area is known for its Teacher of the Year honorees, Triple-A rated schools, Blue Ribbon awards from the U.S. Department of Education, National Merit Finalists, and above-average performance on ACT and SAT tests.
A strong network of community colleges offers area residents an affordable way to launch a four-year degree, update skills or start a new hobby. Institutions of higher education are scattered throughout Greater Kansas City, from the state-affiliated University of Missouri-Kansas City to the intimate atmosphere of small-town private colleges that excel in individualized attention. Career and vocational institutes dot the region with opportunities for specialized study.
Outstanding healthcare facilities include leading research and treatment centers that have achieved national and even international recognition. An abundance of hospitals, medical centers, rehabilitation centers, clinics, fitness centers, social service organizations and three medical schools are all a short drive from home. Many hospitals operate wellness and fitness centers and serve as innovators in community health education.