Gordon Parks Elementary

Public Charter • K-4

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.

Tuition: NO Tuition
Transportation provided
Before and After-Care Available
Participating SchoolAppKC School

Points of Pride

Year Round Academic Calendar and 8:1 student to staff ratio.
Our Project Based Learning pedagogy integrates all content areas including S.T.E.A.M and Social Emotional Learning and offers students opportunities for real-world applications of learning.
Free door-to-door transportation and free breakfast and lunch for all students, a CARE Team providing wrap around services for students and families, and a one-to-one student mentoring program.

Gordon Parks Elementary

3715 Wyoming St
Kansas City, MO 64111
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Website: http://www.gordonparks.org/
Enrollment Assistant : Mercy Diaz
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Apply: http://www.schoolappkc.org

School Details

Year Established: 1999
Total Enrollment: 126
School Type: Public Charter
Sponsor: Kansas City Public Schools
School Hours: 8:00 am - 3:15 pm


Tuition: NO Tuition


Feeder Schools

Gordon Parks Pre-K

Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners

Specialized Programs


  • Visual Arts

Sports Programs

Clubs & Activities

Social Services

  • BackSnack Program
  • Learning Support Specialists
  • School Breakfast
  • School Counselor
  • School Lunch
  • School Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Therapist

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Schoolwide Volunteers

Application Details

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

Application Open: November 11, 2023
Application Close: March 1, 2024
Kindergarten Cutoff: August 1
Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Gordon Parks is one of the Kansas City schools working together to simplify their initial application process into one easy form – SchoolAppKC – that you can fill out on any electronic device.

Admission Preferences

  • Siblings
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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

On Track

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).

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.