Award Year: 2013

Lee's Summit West High School

2600 Southwest Ward Road
Lee's Summit, MO, 64082-2107

(816) 986-4000

David Sharp Ed.D., Principal at time of Nomination

Lee's Summit R-7 School District

School Website


Lee’s Summit West strives to provide a rigorous education that empowers each learner to become a responsible, productive member of a diverse, and changing world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 13%
  • White: 78%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Lee’s Summit West High School (LSW) is one of three high schools that serve the students of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. LSW serves the students of Western Lee’s Summit, Rain-tree Lake, Lake Winnebago, and the residents of Greenwood Missouri. Lee’s Summit West opened in the fall of 2004. Current enrollment is 1860.

Lee’s Summit West students consistently achieve high marks on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) & End of Course Exams (EOC). Based upon 2011-2012 data, Lee’s Summit West was second in the Kansas City area in Mathematics and Communication Arts. Additionally, following the 2012-2013 school year, 82% of LSW seniors tested, scored a composite average of 23.5 on the ACT. This data ranks LSW among the top three high schools in the Kansas City area.

Also, in 2012-2013, LSW was only one of eight schools in the state to be recently named a "Gold Star School" of Missouri from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MODESE) for excellence in education. LSW operates under the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) model. Beginning the 2011-2012 school year, the characteristics of a Professional Learning Community soon became a permanent fixture in LSW culture:

  • Fundamental Purpose is Student Learning
  • Balanced Assessment
  • Collaborative Culture
  • A Results Orientation

The culture of Lee’s Summit West is to focus on learning rather than teaching. Essential standards & clear learning targets aligned with the Common Core provide students what they should know and be able to do. Lee’s Summit West strives to provide each student with a guaranteed and viable curriculum developed through collaborative processes that enables us to foster a results orientation in our most critical area---student learning.