The 117-square-mile Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is recognized as one of the top educational systems in the state and nation. Located in the southeast portion of the Kansas City metropolitan area, the district serves the communities of Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana and Lake Winnebago as well as unincorporated areas of eastern Jackson County and also includes a small portion of Blue Springs and Kansas City municipalities. The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District has gained an annual average of 368 new students since 1990, with enrollment for 2013-14 at 17,600. Recognized nationally for its quality educational programs and a commitment to success for all students, the R-7 School District has good reason to attract its many new residents.
R-7 History from 1949 to Today
Involved parents and a supportive community are key in the school district’s ability to provide excellent educational opportunities in a caring learning environment. Lee’s Summit R-7 citizens understand that quality schools are the foundation of a strong community.
The district currently includes 18 elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, an alternative secondary school, a secondary technology academy, an early education center and a special-education, day-treatment center. Recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding school districts, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District has received SchoolMatch’s What Parents Want Award for many years. In addition, the R-7 School District has won Missouri’s Distinction in Performance Award, the state’s highest recognition for academic achievement. The district exceeded the criteria for this prestigious award by earning a perfect score on the Missouri performance indicators every year since the program began. Lee’s Summit was recently featured in BusinessWeek magazine as Missouri’s “Best Place in America to Raise Kids.” Only one town was selected from each state, and most important factors in this analysis were school performance, affordability and safety. Money magazine named Lee’s Summit R-7 schools as seventh best in the nation in its annual “Best Places to Live” issue focusing on the nation’s top 100 small cities.
Lee’s Summit R-7 Mission, Vision and Commitment Statements
- Approved by the R-7 Board of Education July 21, 2011
- Developed by the R-7 Comprehensive School Improvement Plan Team
We prepare each student for success in life.
Lee’s Summit R-7 is an exemplary school district, graduating students who are college and career ready with the competitive advantage necessary to be successful.
Lee’s Summit R-7 reflects a culture of respect and acceptance. Collaboration is an expectation that fosters mutual understanding and a focus on student achievement and staff development.
Lee’s Summit R-7 encourages innovation and creativity, recognizing student learning as our fundamental purpose.
We commit to:
- Engaging students in research-based programs in a technology-rich environment.
- Embracing open, honest two-way communication.
- Promoting continuous improvement through data-driven decision-making.
- Sustaining positive relationships among students, staff, families and community members.
- Ensuring a rigorous and relevant learning experience that leads to success for each student.
- Partnering with students in identifying and achieving their learning goals.
- Continuing a safe and caring environment.
R-7 Comprehensive School Improvement Plan for 2011-16
The Lee’s Summit R-7 Comprehensive School Improvement Plan or CSIP provides a guide for our school district with its major emphasis on student achievement. Developed by a community team and approved by the Board of Education, the CSIP focuses on five areas — governance; student performance; highly qualified staff; facilities, support and instructional resources; and parent and community involvement. The five-year plan includes a number of components to enhance accountability and is also part of the district’s evaluation process through the State of Missouri.