• guadalupe centers elementary school building
    Guadalupe Centers Elementary School is a PK-5 tuition free charter school. Guadalupe Centers is a social services agency that serves the Latino community and also has a middle school and a high school on separate campuses. The elementary school is housed among three buildings on the campus of a former theological seminary.  All students living in Kansas City Public Schools boundaries are eligible to attend.
  • principal elizabeth marentes
    Elizabeth Marentes is the principal of the elementary school. Here she is getting ready for the 5th grade graduation ceremony.
  • students arriving at school in uniforms
    At Guadalupe Centers Elementary School, parents can drop kids off or they can take the school bus. All students wear uniforms of khaki pants and turquoise or gold polo shirts. 
  • receptionist at desk
    Inside, children and families are greeted in English or Spanish by the receptionist. She has all parents sign in before they get a visitor’s pass.
  • first graders leading meetings
    In Mrs. Bauer’s first grade class, morning meetings are led by her students. Here a young lady does roll call and checks in with her classmates before starting their day.
  • first graders reading a book aloud
    In Ms. Kosnac’s first grade class, students begin the day with a book read aloud. She uses it to frame the day’s class work.
  • second graders playing games on ipads
    In second grade, these students work on learning games during center time.
  • students in small work group
    These students are doing small group math work with their teacher…
  • students working independently
    ...while these work on an assignment independently in the same classroom.
  • ipads and headphones for students
    Technology is available to all students in grades K-5. It is used to support their learning in reading and math.
  • book bags in hallway
    In this building, students hang their backpacks on hooks outside of their classrooms. They collect them at the end of the day.
  • cultural club poster and elevator
    The 1st and 2nd grade building is designed with accessibility and inclusion in mind. If you look to the right, you will see the elevator which allows students in wheelchairs to access all floors, and this poster advertises the cultural club designed to embrace the multiple cultures present at Guadalupe Centers Elementary School.
  • posters of behavior intervention support team philosophy
    Walls in the first and second grade building are also adorned with posters reminding students of the key principles of the BIST philosophy. Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) provides specific steps so educators, parents, and mentors have the ability to know when and how to intervene. These steps create a consistent, supervised, safe environment in order to teach and protect all students.
  • books in cubbies
    All first and second grade students have access to leveled readers. Teachers select a set of books and read them with their classes during story time. It is a shared resource for first and second grade teachers. 
  • sensory deprivation room for kids to calm down
    In addition to reading supports, students at Guadalupe Centers Elementary School also have a sensory deprivation room where they can go to calm down when needed. The school employs a social worker who helps kids to manage emotions and a speech pathologist to assist with speech concerns. This room is located in the first and second grade main building.
  • school nurse at desk
    This is Adrianna Vilane. She is the school nurse for all three buildings and is located in the first and second grade building. She supports students and families at Guadalupe Centers Elementary School by checking on kids, partnering with community organizations like First Hand Foundation and Big Smiles to get kids medical and dental services.
  • cafeteria for students
    The cafeteria is shared by all buildings and is located in the first and second grade building. Lunch at Guadalupe Centers Elementary is not free. Each student gets a lunch account and parents pay for meals based on income.
  • gym and auditorium
    The gym and auditorium are one and the same. Here is Principal Marentes giving instructions to fifth grade students as they practice for graduation in the spring. The gym is also used for PE. In addition to PE, students at Guadalupe Centers Elementary school also take art and music.
  • students walking outside
    Although they use the gym/cafeteria in the 1st and 2nd grade building, Guadalupe Elementary School has a separate building for Pre-K and kindergarten classes. Students are escorted between buildings by their teachers.
  • kindergarten students passing out papers
    In Ms. Lopez’s kindergarten class, students are assigned a daily job. This student is passing out papers so that her peers can begin their work for the day.
  • kindergarten students playing a word game
    In Ms. Shawver’s kindergarten class, students play a word game to help them with learning vocabulary. 
  • pre-k students cleaning up
    In Pre-K, Ms. Jessica’s and Ms. Christina’s students clean up and get ready for circle time.
  • teacher resolving conflict
    Ms. Jessica stops to help these two students resolve a conflict by reminding them of BIST strategies.
  • cubbies of book bags
    In the Pre-K classroom, all students have a cubby to store their book bags and other items.
  • sight words and numbers on wall
    Pre-K students practice sight words and numbers. Technology is not used with children in this age group
  • inside pre-k/kindergarten building
    The Pre-K/Kindergarten building is also designed with accessibility in mind for students who have mobility support needs.
  • books in baskets
    Students also have their choice of books to read. In Kindergarten and Pre-K, books are sorted by subject to invite student exploration.
  • pre-k/kindergarten work in hallway
    In the Pre-K and kindergarten building, student work lines the hallways. Here students have worked on identifying character and setting in a book they read.
  • students on the playground
    During recess, Pre-K and kindergarten students have access to this playground. It is surrounded by a fence to keep them safe and supervised by teachers.
  • older students in grassy area
    Upper elementary students have a large grassy area where they play soccer and kickball. The play space for upper elementary is currently under construction. Students play organized games in this green space and in the gym instead. 
  • building for third thru fifth graders
    The third grade through fifth grade building stands on its own as well; however, they too share the same gym/cafeteria located in the 1st and 2nd grade building.
  • third graders working independently
    In Ms. Bankston’s third grade classroom, students are using triangles and squares to create complex shapes.
  • jalapenos, beans, and pumpkins growing in classroom window
    In Ms. Benefeld’s class they are growing jalapenos, beans, and pumpkins to take home.
  • math work displayed in hallway
    Upper elementary students have tracked how high their plants grow and used the data to create line plots for math. They hang their work in the hallway for all to see.
  • flexible classroom for quiet time
    Flexible classroom spaces allow third through fifth grade students to find a quiet corner when they need one
  • fourth graders in hallway
    These fourth graders were excited to see a visitor in their building during their transition from lunch and back to their building.

Guadalupe Centers, Elementary (PK-5)

Guadalupe Centers, Elementary

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5123 East Truman Road
Kansas City, MO 64127
816-994-0396 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

April Soberon, Principal Joe Palmer, Superintendent
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • After-Care only
  • Participating SchoolAppKC School

Quick Facts

Our Mission

The vision of the Guadalupe Elementary school is a family of critical thinkers who celebrate our culture and empower our community. We believe our students are the first priority ensuring a culture of success. Our school provides a rich bilingual environment promoting academic excellence in all content areas.

Points of Pride

  • Guadalupe is a culturally centered school that prepares students for college and careers through a variety of community partnerships including the Early College Program through MCC, Manual Tech Career Center, STEAM Village, and MindDrive.
  • They take a whole child approach by addressing students’ and families’ needs and providing wrap around health and social services through the Guadalupe Centers and other agencies.
  • In 2013, Alta Vista High School received the ‚”The Missouri Charter of the Year" award.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: 5:00 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 1999
  • Total Enrollment: 579
  • 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

  • Culturally Centered

Arts Programs

  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

  • N/A

Clubs + Activities

  • N/A

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • 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 13, 2021
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: July 31
  • Offer Date: March 7, 2022
  • Decision Date: March 14, 2022
  • Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Guadalupe Centers 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.

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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

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