Click through to take a virtual tour. Genesis School is a tuition free K-5 elementary school in Kansas City, Missouri. All students living within the boundaries of Kansas CIty Public Schools are eligible to attend. Genesis provides bus transportation for any student that wants it and many families take advantage of this option. Genesis school shares its space and some services with the Thornberry Boys and Girls Club.
Kevin Foster is Executive Director and he wants parents to know that Genesis School welcomes families. In order to be sure students have the best outcomes, Mr. Foster wants parents to see Genesis as a partner in their child’s education.
When students and parents walk into the building, they go directly to the front office. The receptionists help to keep the environment secure by asking visitors to sign in and present identification.
Students and parents are always greeted by a friendly face. The front office staff takes pride in making all feel respected and appreciated.
A big focus at Genesis School is making students feel like they are welcome. Student work is on every wall and so are quotes like these.
Genesis School school has social workers, literacy tutors, and math tutors. They also have volunteer grandparents from the Foster Grandparents Program. These volunteers help read with children and keep them on task in the classroom.
At Genesis, students work individually and in small groups with their teachers at every grade level. These fourth graders are working with their teacher on math. Their peers are working individually and will check in later.
Here students are working in a small reading group with their teacher. Several upper grade classes, like this one, meet in a trailer that is adjacent to the school building.
These first grade students are practicing sight words with their teacher. She makes it into a game and it is one of their favorites.
In Kindergarten, students can work in centers with friends. These guys are playing a numbers game.
These students are enjoying the art center. Choice is built into every day of kindergarten.
Kindergarten students also have a center where they can build and make.
Every student at Genesis School also has access to technology that they can use at school when they need it. Technology is also used to support student reading and math learning.
Literacy tutors come in and help students who need it. Genesis School guarantees parents that when they enroll kids in kindergarten they will be reading by the end of the year.
Teachers keep track of what students learn in every class and share that data with parents.
Student projects line the hallways and show what they have learned. Here is a project first grade students did where they learned how the body functions.
Kindergarten students learned all about frogs and their life cycles.
Students at Genesis School also look for ways to be kind. Here third grade generated list of ways kids can help each other.
At Genesis School, students are guided by four key ideas: be respectful, be responsible, be resourceful, and be responsive. These concepts are embedded into every part of school.
Here is a poster in a classroom that explains what the character traits look like in action. When students meet expectations they get incentives from the staff.
This teacher has reminder posters up explaining the incentives system to kids. It is intended to help them to keep track of their behavior and its impact.
Some classroom spaces are designed to allow kids to collaborate and to make them feel at home. This upper elementary room allows students to stretch out on the sofa or even use pillows on the floor.
In this second grade classroom, teachers use teacher tables like these for small group instruction with their students.
The school library is a favorite for students especially when the school holds their book fair. There are just over 200 students at Genesis School and they raise over $2000 every year selling books at the fair.
Every staff member pitches in at Genesis School. Here the Executive Director, stops to help kids with their class work.
And here he is explaining student work in the hallway.
Genesis School shares this cafeteria space (as well as the gym and some other spaces) with The Thornberry Boys and Girls Club next door. They also offer year round before and after school care for free through The Boys and Girls Club.
Kids at Genesis School had community partners help build this playground for them. Genesis School wanted the playground to be a community hub and it has become one. All are welcome. Children from the school and the community play here often.
They share it with the neighborhood and walk across the street to get there. The school is an extension of the community which contributes to a safe environment where everyone looks out for each other.
Here is another volunteer helping kids push past their goals. Each child gets his or her own personal learning plan at Genesis School.
Positive messages and college flags in every hallway remind students that their efforts have an end goal.
Hallways have positive and encouraging names that are reflected in the individual attention given to each student.
Hustle and Heart was the motto one month at Genesis School. Staff get together and decide on a monthly theme to guide their work with kids.