Educational Institutions

The Plaza Academy

  • Kansas City, MO
  • www.plazaacademy.org

Mission Statement

Plaza Academy's mission is to provide academic, therapeutic, and civic education to an ownership- based environment that empowers our non-traditional learners to graduate high school and become successful young adults.

Main Programs

  1. Plaza Academy
Service Areas

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Missouri

MO

ruling year

1978

Principal Officer since 2010

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Mr. Ward Hugh Worley

Keywords

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Special Education, high school, Mental health care, adolescents and families, Aspberger's Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Giftedness, ADD, ADHD, Social skills, civility training, Research institute, adolescent learning strategies, Plaza

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EIN

43-1056670

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Plaza Academy has successfully transitioned from the founding executive director to new executive director and a new generation of leadership. We are proud that our board is diverse as the community it serves. With the help of a very active fundraising committee, our annual fundraiser has grown over the last four years from $7500 to an over $140,000 annual event last year.Thanks to generosity from our local civic foundations, including the Kauffman, Curry Family and Hall Family Foundations, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, as well as our many generous individual donors, we have been able to accomplish the following:Formalize and expand our after school tutoring and extended school year programs.Add a special education coordinator who works closely with our contract schools to ensure all special education services are being administered to best serve our students and their families.Increase our Principal position to a permanent, full-time position to ensure our students are receiving the best education possible. The principal also works closely with our teachers on professional development with new standards and practices in teaching.Add a communications and arts position, who in this year alone has designed and launched the Plaza Academy's new website, logo, digital newsletters, community outreach and alumni programming, as well as the school's arts education curriculum. The Plaza Academy is looking forward to solidifying its place in the community, through the purchase of our first very own building. Our goals for next year are focused around a successful transition into our new building at 3930 Broadway. This building will increase our capacity to work with more at-risk youth in the Kansas City area, providing our students and their families' new opportunities and more services, as well as give us a new sense of security.

Programs

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Program 1

Plaza Academy

Our college preparatory curriculum is delivered to gifted and otherwise exceptional students by a professional, state certified staff all of whom have undergone specialized training. We deliver a family therapy sequence that includes weekly parent meetings, training in contingency management, expressive-evocative therapy to reduce parent's emotional responses to their teen's symptoms, and self management training for their teens. We conduct weekly group therapy, social skills training, group and individual contingency management learning strategies which strengthen and improve the academic performance and citizenship of our teenagers. We conduct daily tutorial sessions with our teens at the end of each 50 minute class session the focus of which is to remediate academic deficits seen in learning disabilities and the deficits created by a teen's other disabilities. We implement Individual Education Plans under contract from 8 local school districts as well as implement IEPs for parents from the general public.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

MO

Funding Needs

Building-Although the school has been around since 1974, this year is more important than ever as we are raising funds for our first-ever, very own building! The cost to purchase our new building is $275,000 and the build out to make it ADA compliant and a warm and inviting environment costs $250,000.Academic Services-Our academic teaching method, based on established research, increases our students' attention to lectures, encourages critical thought and discussion, provides opportunities to complete lessons during class with daily tutorial support, and fosters and encourages rapport. The cost to hire and train our teachers is $200,000 a year.Mental Health Services-The Plaza Academy delivers a comprehensive treatment model to our students and their families throughout the entire year. The cost to for our mental health staff and services is $200,000 a year. Summer School-The Plaza Academy is unique in that it offers both academic support as well as psychological support throughout the summer months.The cost to run this program is $50,000 a year.Supplies-The cost for school supplies, including science and art materials, is $5,000 per year.

Accreditations

North Central Association of Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement - Accreditation

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PLAZA ACADEMY
Fiscal year: Aug 01-Jul 31

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The Plaza Academy

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Ward Hugh Worley

BIO

Mr. Worley is a native of Kansas City, MO and a 1985 graduate of the Plaza Academy. Mr. Worley obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in 1990, from the University of Missouri. Upon graduation Mr. Worley worked for a diverse group of politicians including United States Senator Christopher S. "Kit" Bond and Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Emanuel Cleaver. Mr. Worley was also the founder and president of a successful mortgage brokerage, before embarking on his current career in social service. Mr. Worley graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas in 2006. Upon graduation Mr. Worley spent over three years in community mental health at Swope Health Services before joining the Plaza Academy in 2010. Mr. Worley was appointed Executive Director by the board in January 2013.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"At the University of Kansas' Institute for Research in Learning Disabilities our task was to develop learning strategies that would teach special education teenagers self-management skills in academic and social behaviors. In order to methodologically isolate the components of an empirical research design it was necessary to control familial, social, and pedagogical variables. Thus, the curriculum components of individual and family therapy, daily reports home, a school-wide individual, group, and home based contingency management system, a classroom instruction protocol, and careful management of the social milieu were combined to form a comprehensive treatment model. We sought to isolate the three categories of school failure: rebellion, academic disability and academic deficits. Once these variables were isolated we then delivered therapeutic care, learning strategies, and other curriculum components which we monitored daily within an empirical research design. This research paradigm allowed us to adjust treatment, expand and add programs, and report outcomes to those people responsible for our teen's welfare. The Plaza Academy's motto: civilitas philologus, "civility and scholarship", is the guiding principle of our social mission. Our first students were tough and streetwise whether they were gifted or learning disabled. In order to gain instructional and therapeutic control over these teens it was important to establish a firm but loving social environment. This was done, initially, through self-defense training, and, on alternate days a therapeutic group meeting. These curriculum components provided the foundation for our student's sense of respect, gratitude, belonging, and institutional ownership. Today, our legacy is further supported by three decades of communication with parents, our incentive systems, and the good peer models presented by our teenagers"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Robert W Million

PUMA FC Founder, Executive Director

Term: Jan 2013 - Dec 2016

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