Jackson County and its surrounding area has dozens of community colleges to serve traditional and non-traditional students seeking academic studies and work-preparation programs.
Jackson County has a number of large private schools in the area.
Kansas City residents are served by 74 school districts. At least 7 of the area's districts rated "gold medal," the highest of the 5 Expansion Management composite cost-performance categories.
The Kansas City area is home to numerous universities serving the entire metro population offering technical, associate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs.