• Genesis School
    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.
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    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.
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    Hallways have positive and encouraging names that are reflected in the individual attention given to each student.
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    Positive messages and college flags in every hallway remind students that their efforts have an end goal.
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    Here is another volunteer helping kids push past their goals. Each child gets his or her own personal learning plan at Genesis School.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    And here he is explaining student work in the hallway.
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    Every staff member pitches in at Genesis School. Here the Executive Director, stops to help kids with their class work.
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    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.
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    In this second grade classroom, teachers use teacher tables like these for small group instruction with their students.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Students at Genesis School also look for ways to be kind. Here third grade generated list of ways kids can help each other.
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    These kindergarten students enjoyed learning all about frogs and their life cycles
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    Student projects line the hallways and show what they have learned. Here, first grade students did a project where they learned how the body functions.
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    Teachers keep track of what students learn in every class and share that data with parents.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Kindergarten students also have a center where they can build and make.
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    These students are enjoying the art center. Choice is built into every day of kindergarten
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    In Kindergarten, students can work in centers with friends. These guys are playing a numbers game.
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    These first grade students are practicing sight words with their teacher. She makes it into a game and it is one of their favorites.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Students and parents are always greeted by a friendly face. The front office staff takes pride in making all feel respected and appreciated
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    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.
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    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.

Genesis School (PK-8)

Genesis School

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3800 E 44th St
Kansas City, MO 64130
816-921-0775 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Kevin Foster, Executive Director
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available
  • Participating SchoolAppKC School

Quick Facts

Our Mission

Endow students with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary to be successful in a college preparatory high school.

Vision: To transform the Kansas City educational landscape by demonstrating that all students in an open-enrollment community school can achieve at the highest levels.

Points of Pride

  • Literacy: Strong focus on reading and literacy instruction throughout grade levels and curriculum. Additional reading support for all learners, particularly elementary students.
  • Community School - School builds community and leverages partners to meet the needs of students and families.
  • Positive Approach to Behavior-Award winning behavior management program that teach behavioral strategies and character development in order to create a positive, fun environment.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 7:45 am - 3:20 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: 6:30 am
  • After Care Hours End: 7:00 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 1975
  • Total Enrollment: 271
  • Affiliation: Charter
  • School Type: Charter

Charter Sponsor

  • University of Missouri - KC


  • 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

  • Drum/Percussion
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Tennis (Boys)
  • Tennis (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • Chess Club
  • Student Government

Family Engagement

  • N/A
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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, 2022
  • Offer Date: March 7, 2022
  • Decision Date: March 14, 2022
  • Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Genesis School is one of 18 Kansas City charter working together to simplify their initial application process into one easy 8-question form – SchoolAppKC – that you can fill out on any electronic device.

Admission Preferences


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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


Crystal Robinson, Genesis Parent

As I went to many kindergarten round ups years ago I asked them all one question: “How would you help my child if they were having difficulty learning?” Most gave the generic answer we strive to make sure that every child has every resource to be successful. Genesis gave me a different answer. They said, “well, Mom that’s up to you. We provide many workshops and tutoring to assist your child. We will do everything in our power, together, to make sure your child is successful.”

My children don’t have learning difficulties and I am very involved with their academics, but I know that some parents just don’t have the time. I wanted to make sure that if there ever was a time that I couldn’t come to the school, that someone would be there helping my child through difficulties. I took a chance with Genesis, I allowed them to nurture and teach my children.

At first Genesis was a building on a street with a name, the teachers’ faces were unrecognizable now it’s so much more. It’s a community that strives to inspire students that there more than their circumstance. There more than what the world says they are. They are responsive, resourceful, responsible, and most of all respectful.

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Genesis offers off-site Pre-K at Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center. To enroll, families must qualify for free and reduced lunch. The application opens on November 9, 2019 and the deadline to apply is March 2, 2020. Families will be notified of their acceptance or waitlist status on March 4, 2020. If you qualify for and receive a spot, you will be guaranteed a kindergarten spot in at Genesis.


About Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center

The mission of Emmanuel Family & Child Development Center is to provide comprehensive, high-quality early care in a safe nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children ages’ birth to seventeen and their families.


EFCDC cares each weekday for more than 400 children, ages 6 weeks to 13 years. More than 91% of the enrolled families live below the federal poverty guidelines, most far below the guidelines. About 15% of the children are homeless or near homeless. Many live in battered women’s or homeless shelters or transitional living programs. Often, these families sleep on the sofas of friends or relatives, sometimes even living in cars, rundown hotels or abandoned buildings. There are several critical services no person should live without. EFCDC provides educational programs, healthcare, parent programs and emergency services to the children and families we serve. The Early Childhood Program at EFCDC provides hands-on learning experiences, supportive teacher interactions, and language-rich environments for over 200 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years. We also provide educational services to children 5 to 13 years through our Before- and After-School Program. In our Before- and After-School Program, children receive tutoring, homework help, supervised outdoor play, peer support groups, and more.

Points of Pride

School Hours

  • School Hours: 6:00 am – 12:00 am
  • Days Open: M, Tu, W, Th, F
  • Before Care Hours Start: 6:00 am
  • After Care Hours End: 12:00 am

School Details

  • Total Enrollment: Information not shared with SMKCS
  • Specialized Focus: Children learn through exploration


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