Garfield Elementary

KCPS-Neighborhood • K-6

Our Mission

Students will achieve growth towards and beyond proficiency goals through the consistent use of data-informed instruction, professional collaboration, and mastery of learning standards. By mastering these learning standards, students will be prepared to further their college and career goals in the 21st century.

Tuition: NO Tuition
Transportation provided
Before and After-Care Available

Points of Pride

Garfield has a very diverse population of students from over 20 different countries.
We are piloting a Trauma Sensitive Schools Initiative to assist students with learning how to cope with traumatic life experiences.
Garfield is a multiple Bronze Award winner from the¬Missouri Positive Behavior Intervention Support.

Garfield Elementary

436 Prospect Ave
Kansas City, MO 64124
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School Details

Year Established: Information not shared with SMKCS
Total Enrollment: 423
School Type: KCPS-Neighborhood
School Hours: 8:20 am - 3:20 pm


Tuition: NO Tuition


Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners

Specialized Programs


  • Orchestra
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)

Clubs & Activities

  • Chess Club
  • Student Government

Social Services

  • School Breakfast
  • School Counselor
  • School Lunch
  • School Nurse

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

Application Details

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

Enrollment Open: Ongoing. More information is available here.
Kindergarten Cutoff: August 31
Residence: Students live within Garfields's boundaries in the North Zone in the KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Enroll online on the KCPS website

Submit applications online or in person at the Board of Education building, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109. Applications CANNOT be submitted at schools.

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Enrollment Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Birth Certificate
  • Current Immunization Record or Religious Exemption Statement
  • Most recent report card/transcript (not required for kindergarten applicants)

Public schools also require:

  • Proof of Address (also called “Proof of Residency”)
  • Parent or guardian photo ID

Standardized Test Results


* Indicates data has been suppressed due to a small student sample.


* Indicates data has been suppressed due to a small student sample.

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


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


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


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).



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).

Andrea Bailey, Garfield Parent

I am the proud parent of five great kids. Each of my children attended Garfield Elementary school. My youngest son is currently in the sixth grade. Garfield is our neighborhood elementary school. Although there are schools in Kansas City, I preferred Garfield Because of the positive experiences I have had at Garfield with my older children. The staff and teachers know my child and his older siblings. Most of the staff I have known since my oldest child attended. Because of that, I know my child is in good hands in a positive and safe environment throughout the school day.

Garfield recently got a new playground. The playground is now bright and safe for the children. My son was so excited when we drove past the school and noticed the new playground. As a parent I like to make sure my child is behaving in school and that he is learning. I am at Garfield regularly checking on my son. Garfield is a school that encourages parents to be involved in their child’s school. Be it parent meetings, school programs, after school events, field trips, or volunteering in your child’s classroom.

Garfield offers after school tutoring. My son stays after school twice a week for the extra help with his school work. My son also receives extra help with reading at school.

As a parent of five children that have attended Garfield elementary, I believe Garfield helped my children be successful students. They have made the past years great years for my children. As a parent I want my child to be in a safe, clean, and positive environment. He has experienced that at Garfield.