• Hale Cook Elementary
    Hale Cook is a Pre-K through 6th grade neighborhood school and a part of Kansas City Public Schools. Students at Hale Cook walk to school from the surrounding neighborhood or arrive by bus. All students are expected to wear KCPS approved uniform including khaki or navy blue pants and a solid white or navy blue shirt.
  • Hale Cook Orchard
    There is also an orchard on site where fruit from trees is harvested by students and family.
  • Hale Cook Butterfly Garden
    In addition to the playgrounds and open blacktop area, students at Hale Cook have a butterfly garden which is maintained through partnerships with parents.
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    This larger playground is used by older grades during outdoor recess.
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    There are two playgrounds at Hale Cook. This one is used by kindergarten students.
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    Outside, Hale Cook students have a garden that is maintained through a partnership with parents and the Kansas City Community Gardens.
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    In their weekly gym class, these students play dodgeball to burn energy. 
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    Here are examples of student self portraits hanging in the hallway.
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    In art studio, students are exposed to various artistic mediums of expression. All students go to art class weekly.
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    In all classes, students have cubbies assigned to them by their teacher. They hang their belongings there. They also have reading corners where books are organized by subject in each class.
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    Students at Hale Cook have a library that is open and spacious. They are able to select books organized by genre. Students go to the library with their classes weekly.
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    These sixth grade students talk over their math review during work time as well.
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    These sixth grade students are working in teams to complete a math review given to them by their teacher.
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    In fifth grade students are having a class meeting with their teacher to reflect on their day.
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    This student takes time to feed the class pet. 5th grade students at Hale Cook have two pet lizards, Arlo and Heloise that students take care of daily.
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    Here, fifth grade students work in collaborative teams to complete their work while their teacher serves as facilitator.
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    In this classroom, students are again working on their individual assignments and working to improve their literacy and math skills online.
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    In fourth grade, students can work in centers or independently. All students have their own computer at Hale Cook. These are kept at school and used as needed.
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    In this third grade classroom, students are listening to their teacher give instructions before getting started on their work for the day.
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    In third grade, these students are working to complete assignments using their technology skills.
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    In addition to flexible seating, students have the option to work on their own like this student is doing. 
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    First and second grade are combined at Hale Cook. This allows for more supports for students who need it and accelerated instruction for students who could use a greater challenge. Here, students are working on their individualized lessons on their computers. Technology is available to every student at Hale Cook.
  • Hale Cook Elementary
    Younger grades put their learning on display in the hallways. Here, students have written about families and described their own.
  • Hale Cook Elementary
    These kindergarten students are working as a group to look at apples and think about how to make applesauce.
  • Hale Cook Community Volunteer
    Here a community volunteer assists a group of children in completing their sentences about apples.
  • Hale Cook Kindergarten
    In kindergarten, students work in thematic units. This one is focused on apples. These two students are working on a sheet explaining how to make applesauce. (*Note: Students at Hale Cook participate in Red Friday and are allowed to wear Spirit Wear like the shirts shown here on Friday each week.)
  • Hale Cook hallway
    Here Pre-K students are showing each other how to line up quietly in the hallway. In Pre-K students work on school soft skills like lining up, sharing, and working with peers.
  • Hale Cook Dining
    Breakfast and lunch are free daily to students at Hale Cook. Before and After school care are free to all students as well.
  • Principal Julie Lynch
    Julie Lynch is principal at Hale Cook Elementary and is the school’s founding principal. Principal Lynch has worked hard with parents and community to create a school where children thrive.

Hale Cook Elementary (K-6)

Hale Cook Elementary

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7302 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO 64114
816-418-1601 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

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

Quick Facts

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a challenging, engaging curriculum in a safe, inclusive and supportive environment. We promote personal accountability and self reflection with the goal of all students achieving academic excellence and high standards of character.

Points of Pride

  • Our vision is to equip students to be resourceful, critical thinkers who are making a change in their community. We use a set of core values and focus on one a month.
  • Our Pre-K is led by a certified teacher. We are using the same reading material as our other grades so as to provide consistency.  
  • Stakeholders who support Hale Cook are dedicated to our mission. Community members, alumni, current families, Friends of Hale Cook, KCPS, and staff have all come together to collaborate for one purpose…students. Amazing.

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: 2014
  • Total Enrollment: 305
  • Specialized Focus: Community Focus
  • Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
  • School Type: KCPS-Neighborhood

Feeder Schools

  • Middle School: Central Middle School
  • High School: Southeast High School


  • 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

  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

  • N/A

Clubs + Activities

  • Chess Club

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • 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 Hale Cook's boundaries in the South Zone

How to Apply

Students are guaranteed a seat at their KCPS neighborhood school.

Submit applications online or in person at the Board of Education building, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109. Applications CANNOT be submitted at the school.

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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).


On Track

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


Julie Ball, Hale Cook Parent

As parents of three children, all very close in age and very different in ability, we were perplexed by the many school options available. We were looking for a school that would benefit our entire family and were excited to hear about the potential of a neighborhood school reopening less than a mile from our home. We decided that it would be important for us to fully immerse ourselves in the school community; we began attending meetings before the doors to the school opened. We immediately knew that this school would be an amazing fit for our family!

The day the school reopened, we were thrilled to send all three of our children off at the same time (2nd grade, 1st grade and Pre-K). We immediately felt welcomed and accepted. We knew our children were safe and that the amazing staff had our children’s best interests at heart. We have become extremely involved and have put our whole hearts into a school that has given our family so much.

An important aspect of schooling, for our family, is a sense of community. We have not been disappointed with the community Hale Cook has provided. We know all the teachers, administrators and support staff and they know our family. They continually show us that they are committed to our children, excited to teach them and eager to watch them grow.

Our three children are so entirely different, two who learn differently (dyslexia) and one who often tests above grade level; all three of our children have had amazing experiences at Hale Cook. We are surrounded by teachers and a principal who have pushed, challenged deeper learning and tirelessly provided accommodations and suggestions for improved learning experiences. We are so grateful for Hale Cook!

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