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  • gordon parks elementary building
    Gordon Parks Elementary is a K-4th grade public charter school in Kansas City, MO. Students at Gordon Parks wear uniforms that consist of khaki or navy bottoms and school issued tops.
  • Gordon Parks quote "I think people can do a whole lot more if they just try"
    At Gordon Parks Elementary, teachers and students do all they can to live up to the principles practiced by Gordon Parks himself. 
  • blacktop area for play
    In addition to the playground, students have a large blacktop area to play.
  • playground
    Outside, students have a playground that all grade levels share during recess.
  • view of the gym
    The gym at Gordon Parks is a multi-use space. All students start each day here in an all-school meeting designed to help kids transition from home to school. The gym also serves as a gathering place for families as well as a place for students to play. Students go to gym, art, and music weekly.
  • books in library
    In the library, students have a variety of culturally responsive books to choose from. Students go to the library weekly.
  • licensed therapist on staff
    Gordon Parks has a licensed therapist on staff. He conducts groups with students, meetings with families, and individual check-ins here in his office each day.
  • fourth graders working independently
    While in this fourth grade class, students have designed gingerbread houses and are working on persuasive essays to convince people to buy them.
  • fourth graders working with teacher at table
    In fourth grade, students are working on math fluency with their teacher.
  • third graders work independently
    In this third grade room, some students work independently to complete math practice while others get help from their teacher.
  • third graders in gym
    In gym class, third grade students take advantage of the stations created for them by their teacher. All students go to gym class weekly.
  • second graders listening to a story
    In a different class, these second grade students are listening to a story with their teachers.
  • second graders on rug listening to a book
    In class, these second grade students read a book on the carpet with their teacher.
  • students in cafeteria
    n the cafeteria, these students are supervised by their teachers. Breakfast and lunch are provided free to students at Gordon Parks daily, but some students choose to bring their own lunch from home.
  • flexible seating and household furniture in classroom
    At Gordon Parks, the staff works to ensure that students feel at home in class. Many classrooms feature household furniture like this comfy bench and chair, natural light, and flexible seating.
  • coats and book bags in the hallways
    In the hallway outside of each classroom, students have hooks like these where they hang their belongings.
  • teacher supporting group of students
    On the other side of the classroom, their second teacher is supporting another group of students with math instruction.
  • first graders working in groups on math
    In first grade, students are working on math practice in table groups while their teacher provides more targeted support to students in a small group.
  • student artwork in the hallway
    In the hallway student artwork and teacher talent help to make Gordon Parks a welcoming place for kids.
  • kindergarten classroom
    On this half of the same Kindergarten classroom, another teacher works to help students identify numbers.
  • kindergarten students working in a group
    In Kindergarten, these students practice writing their numbers in table groups with one of their teachers. At Gordon Parks, each classroom has two teachers making a ratio of 12 students to one teacher.  
  • mrs diaz greets students
    Mrs. Diaz greets students and families daily in English and Spanish.
  • students featured as superheroes
    Inside, portraits of students as superheroes are featured in the hallway.
  • dental care with Big Smiles
    Students at Gordon Parks get free dental care twice each year thanks to a partnership with Big Smiles. Here a student is getting a routine cleaning during the school day while peers wait their turn.
  • community garden
    Outside of the front door, Gordon Parks students and families enjoy a community garden complete with seating area. Here students learn to grow their own food and the importance of healthy eating habits. This garden is maintained through community partnerships.
  • principal jennifer hagemaster
    Jennifer Hagemaster is principal of Gordon Parks. She believes that all students deserve a balanced and individualized education as well as a school that is responsive to their needs.

Gordon Parks Elementary (K-4)

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3715 Wyoming St
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-753-6700 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Jennifer Hagemaster, Academic Officer/Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2020-2021
  • Transportation provided
  • After-Care only
  • Participating SchoolAppKC School

Quick Facts

Our Mission

Acting on the conviction that every child has promise, Gordon Parks Elementary provides urban core children, including those who are at-risk, with an individualized education balanced to develop character, intellect, creativity and physical well-being.

Points of Pride

  • We have two teachers in each classroom and 18-20 students per class which allows us to individualize our education plan for each and every student.
  • Free door-to-door bus transportation helps to insure the safety of our students and to guarantee that each student is in school everyday.
  • 63% of our faculty and staff have their masters degree or higher, and our Principal and Executive Director have a combined 50+ years of public school experience.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 7:45 am - 3:45 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: 5:30 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 1999
  • Total Enrollment: 180
  • Affiliation: Charter
  • School Type: Charter

Charter Sponsor

  • University of Central Missouri - Warrensburg


  • 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

  • N/A

Clubs + Activities

  • N/A

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
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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 9, 2019
  • Application Close: March 2, 2020
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: July 31, 2020
  • Offer Date: March 4, 2020
  • Decision Date: March 22, 2019
  • Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Gordon Parks is one of 18 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.

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

On Track

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


Charmeka Breckenridge, Gordon Parks Parent

Gordon Parks Elementary School has been an amazing support system for our family as my girls’ progress through their academic growth. As a single mother, the support that Gordon Parks provides is second to none including the teachers in the classroom, the CARE team who provide support beyond any other charter school in Kansas City, MO, the specials teachers including art, music, physical education and computers and the support staff. Everyone in the building is willing to be on your student’s team to help them grow and achieve.

The leadership and staff at Gordon Parks have created a culture of inclusiveness and respect. I always feel welcome and I feel encouraged to have open conversations with teachers and staff about the education my girls are receiving. The minute you walk into the building, it’s likely you feel a moment of nostalgia as the building has been well taken care of and reminds me of my childhood school house.

The school offers a variety of opportunities for the students to explore a few different interests they may have including Girls on the Run, a boys’ basketball team for 3rd and 4th graders and a photography club. There are always new ideas and new programs popping up.

I know my girls are in the best hands in Kansas City, MO. The decision I made to be part of the Gordon Parks family was one of the best and most rewarding decisions I’ve made as a mother.

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Gordon Parks offers off-site Pre-K at St. Upper Room. 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 at Gordon Parks.

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  • Tuition Amount: None for families who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch


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