• Brookside Charter Elementary.
    Brookside Charter Elementary is a pre-K to 4th grade elementary school in Kansas City, MO. Students living within the Kansas City Public Schools boundaries are eligible to attend. Note: Uniforms are not required for students at Brookside Charter Elementary.
  • Brookside Play Spaces
    In addition to the play spaces, students also have a large blacktop area where they can play organized games (when it’s not pouring down rain!).
  • Brookside Charter PreK
    This smaller play area is for PreK students and is located just outside of their classroom.
  • Brookside Charter playground
    Outside, students have two playgrounds to choose from. This larger one is for K-4th grade students. 
  • Brookside Charter Physical Education
    In Physical Education, students are typically divided into two classes but today they played a game of tag together. Students visit PE weekly.
  • Brookside Charter Cafeteria
    In the cafeteria, a teacher waits to host students who have been nominated by their teachers as leaders of the month. They will get a special breakfast and recognition from staff for their efforts.
  • Brookside Charter Art Class
    In the art studio, students work on learning more about texture, shape, and mediums of expression. All classes go to art weekly.
  • Brookside Charter music
    In addition to library, students go to Music where they practice with keyboards and drums among other instruments. 
  • Brookside Charter Library
    In the library, students work on special projects with the school librarian and check out books they are interested in reading. Here, students are leaving the carpet where they have read a book with the librarian and moving to the work tables featured on the left. All students go to the library weekly.
  • Brookside Charter
    After the check-in these  fourth grade students begin class with a morning meeting where their teacher gives them an overview of the day ahead.
  • Brookside Charter
    These young ladies say hello to one another by slapping high five during carpet time.
  • Brookside Fourth Grade
    In fourth grade, students begin each day with a handshake for their classmates. Students walk to the middle of the carpet and say good morning to one another while shaking hands. Teachers use this opening to help students build positive relationships with each other.
  • Brookside Charter Literacy Lab
    Brookside Charter Elementary partners with Literacy Lab to provide areas like this one where reading interventionists work with students one-on-one to improve their skills. Brookside also has teachers trained in trauma informed care to support student success.
  • Brookside Charter students
    These third grade students have flexible seating options including a ball and stools and are listening to their teacher give instructions before beginning their work. 
  • Brookside Charter
    These students work together at one of the many collaboration tables in the room. Students in third grade have flexible seating options and can choose to work independently or with a partner most days.
  • Brookside Charter
    In third grade, students work on the assignment given to them by their teacher. 
  • Brookside Charter school supplies
    In upper grades students store their school supplies in individual bins with their names on them. This way all of their supplies are in one place and they can carry them around the room as needed.
  • Brookside charter
    Here, a student stops to ask his teacher for one to one help with an assignment. 
  • Brookside Charter Pledge of Allegiance
    In this second grade class, students stand to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Brookside Charter classroom
    In second grade, students complete morning work with their teacher. Morning work gives teachers time to review the previous day’s learning and to check to be sure that students are ready to proceed with the day’s lesson.
  • Brookside Charter Elementary partner
    Brookside Charter Elementary has partners like this Foster Grandparent who come into class daily to support student learning. Foster grandparents read with children and help them with class assignments.
  • Brookside bulletin
    Students at Brookside Charter Elementary are members of the Leader in Me program. It is a behavior management program aimed at having students take personal responsibility for their choices and display leadership in all situations. The habits are posted all over the school and on this bulletin board.
  • Brookside hallway
    In the hallway, student work is displayed. Here, short stories complete with illustrations are on display for all to read.
  • Brookside classroom
    These students help their teacher finish a project while their classmates finish their breakfast. Note there are two teachers in this classroom. Brookside Elementary uses the co-teaching model. This means that there are two fully certified teachers in every classroom. This allows teachers to better support student learning needs.
  • Brookside first grade students
    In this class, first grade students work together on a computer game that helps with their reading skills. Technology is available to all students who need it. 
  • Brookside first grade students
    These first grade students welcome one another to class with a hug before getting started on their day.
  • Brookside reading nook
    During choice time, students can take advantage of spaces like this one where they can read alone or with a partner.
  • Brookside Student
    This Kindergarten student has decided to work alone to practice with basic shapes.
  • Brookside students
    Here, Kindergarten students show off a tall tower of blocks that they built together.
  • Brookside students
    In Kindergarten, students are free to select their own activity and take it to the carpet during choice time. These students have selected tubes and connectors to use. They were previously working on describing different seasons (see cards bottom right). All students eat breakfast in their classrooms and leftovers are returned to the cooler (shown upper right).
  • Brookside Student area
    In all classrooms, students hang their bags and coats on hooks like these assigned by their teacher. In PreK and kindergarten, students also get cubbies to hold their blankets for nap time.
  • Brookside students
    In this PreK center, students draw on their whiteboards and talk to one another. 
  • Brookside Students
    After putting their belongings away, these PreK students chose to complete puzzles as one activity available to them.
  • Brookside Students
    On this day students finish their breakfast before starting their work. Breakfast and lunch are free to all students at Brookside.
  • Brookside Charter Elementary.
    Families are always welcome in the PreK classroom. Here, students and teachers have created a “family tree” with students and their parents as leaves.
  • Brookside Charter Elementary.
    Brookside houses an elementary and middle school in a single facility. Middle school classrooms are separate from the elementary school and all visitors must sign in here with Mrs. Ervin (shown here at the Welcome Desk) before being admitted to either school. 
  • Brookside Charter Elementary.
    There are no busses for students at Brookside Charter. . All students are dropped off by parents daily. School staff help students safely enter the building and have a chance to do a quick check-in with parents.
  • Brookside Charter Elementary.
    Emily Twyman is Head Principal at Brookside Charter Elementary. 

Brookside Charter School (PK-8)

Brookside Charter School

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1815 E 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64130
816-531-2192 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Emily Twyman-Brown, Elementary Principal etwyman-brown@brooksidecharter.org Ryan Blake, Middle School Principal Roger Offield, Superintendent
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2022-2023
  • NO Transportation provided
  • After-Care only
  • Participating SchoolAppKC School

Quick Facts

Our Mission

We empower students to be leaders of their tomorrow. We develop leaders who bravely make the world a more just place. We nurture the whole child, instill a growth mindset, and foster cultural competence.

Points of Pride

  • Brookside Charter School is proud to have MCPSA's Charter Leader of the Year, MCPSA's KC Teacher of the Year, and DESE's Teacher of the Year on staff.
  • Brookside Charter School provides leadership opportunities for all of their students. From clubs to internships to sports, all students can find their greatness.
  • Because Brookside Charter School does not provide transportation to their students, staff and families get to interact daily to truly build a successful support system for all students.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:15 am - 3:30 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: 6:00 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 1956
  • Total Enrollment: 760
  • Affiliation: Charter
  • School Type: Charter

Feeder Schools

  • Middle School: Brookside Charter School

Charter Sponsor

  • The Missouri Charter Public School Commission


  • Tuition: NO Tuition

Our Demographics


Receive Special Ed Services


English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • N/A

Arts Programs

  • Band
  • Drawing
  • Drum/Percussion
  • Instrumental Music
  • Literature
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Cheerleading (Boys)
  • Cheerleading (Girls)
  • Football
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)
  • Yoga

Clubs + Activities

  • Book Club
  • Coding
  • Debate
  • Environmental Club
  • Math Team
  • National Honor Society
  • Peer Counseling
  • Robotics
  • Spirit Squad
  • Student Government
  • Yoga

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent Education Programs
  • Parent-Community Association
  • Parent-Teacher Association
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Schoolwide Volunteers
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Application Process

Application Details

Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.

  • Application Open: November 13, 2021
  • Application Close: March 1, 2022
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: July 31
  • Offer Date: March 7, 2022
  • Decision Date: March 14, 2022
  • Residence: Students must live within KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Brookside Charter is one of 19 Kansas City schools working together to simplify their initial application process into one easy 8-question form  – SchoolAppKC – that you can fill out on any electronic device.

*Note: If Brookside Charter does not have space, you may choose to remain on their waiting list.

Admission Preferences

Siblings , Alumni

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Student Performance

Standardized Test Results



Why It Matters

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests are scored (or graded) according to four achievement levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The number shown here is the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced. When comparing scores between years, please remember that the test Missouri gives has changed several times.

Please note that private schools are not required to participate in these exams.

In 2019, the average English score in Missouri was 48.7%; the average Math score was 41.9%, source

Attendance Rate 90/90


Why It Matters

Schools strive to have at least 90% of their students achieve a 90% attendance rate because kids learn best when they’re in school.

In 2019, 87.3% of Missouri students were in attendance at least 90% of the time, source.

Third Grade Reading Scores


Why It Matters

Third grade is the important time when kids switch from learning to read to reading to learn and is an important benchmark for a student’s educational development.

In 2019, the average 3rd grade reading score in Missouri was 48.7%, source

Student Growth

English Language Arts


Why It Matters

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in English Language Arts.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).



Why It Matters

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in Mathematics.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).

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Parent Perspective


Raelyn Douglas, Brookside Parent

My daughter is in 1st grade at Brookside Charter School. She’s been at Brookside since the summer before her kindergarten year. She loves Brookside because everyone is so friendly and helpful. Sending your child to school is scary, but when we walked into Brookside, I automatically knew my daughter was in a safe and secure place. We met teachers, toured the classroom, and I knew she was going to be just fine. My daughter has loved all of her teachers! They always communicate and ask parents to be involved in what’s going on. They want you to participate in everything from the classroom to events and even Brookside Bear games.

Brookside Charter has always been welcoming and patient, which is very important and for you and your child. Someone is always there to support you and your student. Before and after school care is very helpful, too. Mornings and afternoons can be a little busy for me! Brookside is always clean and organized. It shows they care about the building and teach the students to care as well. Brookside Charter staff makes sure they are fully aware of who is in and out of the building. It’s safe for all of our kids and staff.

I love Brookside!! The staff is dedicated. The curriculum is rigorous, too.  I mean, I wasn’t reading like these students when I was in kindergarten! I have recommended Brookside Charter to a lot of my friends and they have enrolled their kids, too. It’s a great school community!

We are proud Brookside Bears!!

Jana Jackson, Brookside Parent

“My sons Avery and Malcolm (currently grades 5 & 8 respectively) have been Brookside scholars since pre-K, and I am proud of my choice. I love the partnership I have forged with Brookside staff members and other parents. Class instructors contribute daily to the personal and academic development of my children. Malcolm required intervention for speech development concerns and Avery struggled with reading confidence during 1st and 2nd grade. Their teachers empowered them to choose their approach to adversity and celebrated with them as they overcame their individual obstacles. Children are referred to by name and are held accountable by ALL staff members during and outside of class time, which instills the sense of community I remember from my early school days. I am continually thankful for Brookside’s investment in the future of my young leaders!! “

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