KC International Academy (KCIA) is a kindergarten through 8th grade charter school located in the Kansas City, Missouri School District. KCIA originally opened as Della Lamb Charter School, the very first charter school in the State of Missouri in 1999.
KCIA’s focus is creating a world class school with an international focus. Many of KCIA’s students are members of families who have immigrated to Kansas City from more than 25 different countries. Approximately 60% of our students are English Language Learners, who speak over 15 different languages. We embrace the diversity of our student body and we are honored to make a difference in the lives of our vibrant international community of students every day.
KCIA has an extensive, rigorous, and robust K-8 English Language Program. We have highly trained and experienced English language development teachers/specialists equipped to support our students’ language needs. Translators support newcomer students who need enriched language instruction.
All of us at KCIA are excited about the continual academic success of our students. KCIA is a very special place for our students and staff as we continue to become one of the state’s exemplary charter schools. KCIA is a special place that offers a community of love and care to our students, and an adult culture of substantial, personalized instructional support.