• Front of Melcher Elementary School
    Melcher Elementary is a K-6 neighborhood school and a part of Kansas City Public Schools. Students at Melcher generally walk to school but several are bussed in as well. Melcher students are expected to wear uniforms including khaki or navy pants with a white or navy top daily.
  • Melcher principal Dr. Patricia Hayes
    Dr. Patricia Hayes is principal at Melcher Elementary. She wants every student and every family to feel included every day.
  • Bulletin board featuring Melcher families.
    Families at Melcher Elementary are always welcome. Here is a bulletin board showing some of the parents that attended Open House night.
  • Ms Gutierrez in the front office.
    At Melcher, parents and students are greeted by Ms. Gutierrez when they walk in the door.
  • Cafeteria at Melcher where students eat breakfast and lunch.
    As a part of Kansas City Public Schools, students at Melcher Elementary get free breakfast and lunch each day.
  • Mural and bulletins board with anti-bullying messages
    Dr. Hayes wants kids and families to know that bullying is not allowed at Melcher. This reminder is painted on the wall in the front hallway.
  • First grade students work with a teacher.
    n first grade, students work on literacy skills in a small group with their teacher.
  • First grade students working independently.
    These first grade students are working independently on writing. Notice that they have the option of working from their most comfortable position.
  • Students working on assignments
    This student, wanted to work on her own while another selects a computer to complete his work. Technology is available to all students at Melcher when they need it.
  • Student hanging belongs in their assigned space.
    In every classroom, students have closets like these where they hang their belongings on hooks assigned by their teacher.
  • Bulletin board displaying student lesson work.
    Students display their work on a bulletin board outside of their classroom. This one shows how students would save for a chair like the character in the book they are reading.
  • Second grade students working independently.
    In second grade, these students are working on a writing assignment independently.
  • Second grade students working on laptops to learn vocabulary.
    These second graders are logging onto their computers to practice their sight words. They play a game that helps them to learn their vocabulary.
  • Third grade students reviewing math work with a teacher.
    In third grade, math achievement is a big focus. Here, students are reviewing a recent math assessment with their teacher and practicing math skills online.
  • Third grade students practicing math skills.
    In this third grade classroom, students are practicing their math skills with one another.
  • Bulletin board showing student progress on learning math standards.
    Students show their math thinking on bulletin boards like this one outside of their classroom. Notice that their teacher put a Missouri state math standard on the board and the work shows students’ understanding of the learning standard.
  • Fourth grade students reading independently.
    In fourth grade, these students are taking time to read independently at their desks.
  • Individual classroom libraries for student reading.
    In all classrooms, students have a library like this one sorted by subject, author, or genre. Students select these books to read on their own.
  • Student reading area in a classroom.
    Students also have reading areas like this one in each class where they can choose to sit and read quietly.
  • Fourth grade students playing computer games to work on reading skills.
    In this fourth grade class, students are playing games that help with their reading skills while their teacher gives support to a small group of students at her table. 
  • Fifth grade students working on a technology and design project.
    These fifth grade students are working to build a machine in their iSparks class. iSparks is a technology and design thinking class that all classes go to each week.
  • Sixth grade students listening to their teacher.
    These sixth grade students just returned to class from lunch and are listening to their teacher give instructions before they begin their lesson.
  • All grade playground during kindergarten recess.
    On the playground, these kindergarten students run and play during their recess time. The playground is used by all grades. 
  • Large paved play area
    In addition to the playground area, students at Melcher have a large paved area to play organized games.
  • Kindergarten students practicing mindfulness to focus.
    Students at Melcher have a focus on mindfulness. After their time on the playground, these kindergarten students go back to their room to refocus with low lighting and calm breathing.
  • Melcher elementary school gym.
    In gym class, Melcher students focus on physical fitness. The school also offers free exercise classes to members of the community to promote whole family wellness. Students go to gym class once each week. 
  • Melcher elementary school art studio
    The art studio is where students explore various mediums. All classes go to art once each week. 
  • Melcher elementary school auditorium
    Melcher Elementary has a classic auditorium. This one still has original seats. Classes, students, and families gather here for special performances or announcements each year. 
  • Melcher elementary school library with colorful artwork.
    In the school library, students have artwork hung from the walls, their choice of seating, and their choice of books. All classes go to the library weekly
  • Melcher school vocal music room.
    Here is the vocal music room. At Melcher, students go to music class weekly.

George Melcher Elementary (K-6)

George Melcher Elementary

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3958 Chelsea Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64130
816-418-6725 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Patricia Hayes, Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available

Quick Facts

Our Mission

Our philosophy is based on meeting the needs of the total child. We are concerned with all areas of development: academic, social, physical and emotional. While our focus is on increasing student achievement, this is not at the exclusion of children's social, physical or emotional well-being.

Points of Pride

  • Melcher has a philosophy that "You can when you believe you can."
  • They have an array of diverse community partnerships.
  • They offer many activities for students after school.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 9:15 am - 4:15 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: 7:00 am
  • After Care Hours End: 6:00 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: Information not shared with SMKCS
  • Total Enrollment: 334
  • Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
  • School Type: KCPS-Neighborhood

Feeder Schools

  • Middle School: Central Middle School
  • High School: Central Academy of Excellence


  • 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

  • N/A

Sports Programs

  • Basketball (Boys)

Clubs + Activities

  • Robotics
  • Yoga

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent Education Programs
  • 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: December 5, 2019
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: July 31, 2020
  • Offer Date: March 1, 2021
  • Residence: Students live within Melcher's boundaries in the Central Zone.

How to Apply

Enroll online on the KCPS website

Applications for signature and neighborhood schools open on December 14, 2020

The initial round of applications deadline is February 15, 2021

The week of March 1st, initial seats will be offered, and parents will need to complete the registration form.

You can still apply after the deadline, seats will be offered at a later date.

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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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


Ciera Allen, Melcher Parent

My daughter, Aubrey, currently attends Melcher. I also have a two-year old I plan to send to Melcher.

This is my daughter’s second year at Melcher. Every week I receive a newsletter with classroom and building events. I chose Melcher because I live in the vicinity and want my children to attend their neighborhood school. Also, my mother has subbed in the building and always has good things to say about the school. I’ve noticed that Melcher principal and teachers have good control of the students. I don’t see a lot of behavior problems. The building is decorated nice and pretty with a calm environment.

I like Melcher because the principal helps to match the students up with their teachers. She really cares about the students there. My daughter talks a lot and her teacher has good control over her talking habits. I teach my daughter structure at home and her teacher works with me on that. My daughter has grown a lot since being in Melcher.

As a parent I have the opportunity to attend SAC meetings and school programs. Parent meetings are each month as Muffins-with-Mom or Donuts-with-Dad meetings or after school dinners.

Melcher also offers a dance team. My daughter can’t wait until next year so she can be a part of it! My daughter also goes to the before/after school program (LINC). They have girl scouts, basketball, cheerleading and robotics.

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