Middle School (6-8)

Citizens of the World schools are high-performing free public schools open to all students in the Kansas City Public School District. In fall 2019, Citizens of the World’s new middle school will focus on engaging academics, personal growth, and working across lines of difference to solve complex problems. There are four essential components of our school program: our Learning Fellowship, Explorations, Layered Math Instruction, and Courses.

Learning Fellowship
Our Learning Fellowship gathers small groups of students who stay together throughout all three years of middle school, practicing daily what it means to be part of a community that values difference, equity, and inclusion.  Each fellowship group is facilitated by a trained coordinator who guides students as they collaboratively learn skills and concepts such as mindfulness, leadership, digital citizenship, service, peer coaching, and habits for lifelong learning.

The middle school years are a time when students want to explore creative outlets and extracurricular interests beyond the traditional academic setting.  CWC’s Explorations will allow students to participate in P.E., art, and music classes throughout the week and will offer regular enrichment opportunities at the end of the day.  Our sports program will include basketball, soccer, yoga, and martial arts.  Our arts program will include music, competitive drama, and dance.  And our academic-based offerings will include debate, world languages, and coding.

Layered Math Instruction
Three unique layers of math instruction provide the level of interest, challenge, and guidance that is just right for every student:


  • The Summit Learning Platform provides individual math instruction - no matter what level a student enters - and supports strong math skills, appropriate pacing, and student goal setting, all with a classroom teacher to facilitate and coach students. 
  • Accelerated math students can also take part in a collaborative math program that mirrors real-life work by creating math teams to pursue mathematics investigations - moving through 6th and 7th grade math and on to algebra and geometry. 
  • All students can support their learning through explorations in applied mathematics including computer coding, architecture and design, engineering, and more. 


Interdisciplinary Courses
In interdisciplinary Courses, students dive in to the study and debate of significant global concepts and issues, such as: How do geography, climate, resources and proximity to others contribute to the spread of disease?In this Course, students would research a current global disease to determine how we can improve our chances of staying well. Other courses will include concepts and issues such as identity formation and geography, or scarcity and abundance in the context of political, economic, social, and cultural development. With deep interest and awareness of these complex questions, students develop the ability to tackle real life issues.

Our students will:

  • Possess deep critical thinking and cognitive skills
  • Be prepared to thrive in college, in a career, in our diverse society, and in a global economy
  • Emerge as a new generation of leaders - as trailblazers who are ready to tackle the future challenges in our world and surpass any conceived limitations of what students, communities, parents, and schools can achieve in the world.