Click through to take a virtual tour. Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School is a PreK through 3rd grade charter school in Kansas City, MO. Students who reside within Kansas City Public Schools boundaries are eligible to attend. Students are bussed to school and are required to wear uniforms daily. Uniforms are khaki, black, or navy pants with red striped shirts. Shirts are only available for purchase at the school office.
Lisa Lamb is principal of Frontier Elementary and has been with Frontier schools for many years. At her school, students respect each other and teachers work well together.
Students and families are greeted in English and Spanish each day at Frontier.
Each day, every student at Frontier Elementary receives free breakfast and free lunch. All students qualify.
In this PreK classroom students practice fine motor skills during small group time.
These PreK students practice cooking during group time in class.
Children at Frontier are given a cubby to store their belongings. These sit in the hallway outside of some classrooms and inside of others. All are labeled with their first names.
In first grade, students move from open play to more table based group activities. These students are completing a written assignment from their teacher.
Each class at Frontier also has a book library and kid-sized reading space. This one is organized by topic. Others are organized by student reading level.
This hallway display shows off first graders writing about how they are supposed to treat friends at school.
Frontier has four full time teachers to support English Language Learners (ELLs). Here is one of those teachers working with students in a small group. ELL teachers also come into classrooms and work with classroom teachers to help kids succeed.
Students at Frontier Elementary are also tested for the Gifted and Talented Program. Students who score in the 90th percentile in three tested areas are eligible to participate. Gifted and talented classes meet 2 to 3 times each week. Here students are working on their passion projects including a science experiment in the front and work with a 3D printer in the back.
Students at Frontier help to create a community in their Gifted Education class. Here, they have hung photos of themselves and their families.
In third grade, students move from large table groups to individual work desks. Here, two third grade students are working independently to complete a reading assignment.
While some third grade students work independently, others work in small groups with help from their teacher.
Principal Lamb jumps in and work with students when needed!
Teachers at Frontier are encouraged to work together. Here, the second grade team is spending time planning learning experiences for kids.
At recess, these second grade students run and climb on the playground equipment.
While these second grade students play kickball and basketball on the blacktop.
In art class, these second grade students show off their latest project. They have begun making pictures of trees in preparation for Fall. Students go to Art class weekly.
In music, students sing a song with friends. Students at Frontier Elementary go to music once each week.
In PE, students play a game that their teacher has just taught them. Every student goes to PE once each week.
In computer class, students are treated to a view of the treetops each week. In addition to computer class, students at Frontier Elementary also have iPads that are available for each class when they need them.
Here are students working quietly in the school library. Teachers bring students to the library once each week as a class. Kids are also able to come to the library on their own with permission from their teacher.
Character education is a big focus at Frontier Elementary. Ms. McCarthy is the Character Education Instructor and she meets with all classes each week to discuss ways that students can be kind to one another.
Character education is infused into all parts of life at Frontier Elementary. Students are encouraged to identify and taught to manage their feelings.
Frontier Elementary uses a discipline model that requires students take ownership for their own mistakes. They have supports in place to help them do just that.
Frontier Elementary also has a social worker to support families with their needs outside of school. In addition to a social worker students have reading and math interventionists to support their learning needs during school.
There is also a full time nurse on staff at Frontier Elementary. Here, she is helping a student who came to her office.