Hale Cook Elementary

KCPS-Neighborhood • K-6

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.

Tuition: NO Tuition
Transportation provided
Before and After-Care Available

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.

Hale Cook Elementary

7302 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO 64114
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Website: http://halecook.org/
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Apply: http://www.enrollkc.org
Hale Cook Elementary

School Details

Year Established: 2014
Total Enrollment: 278
School Type: KCPS-Neighborhood
School Hours: 9:15 am - 4:15 pm


Tuition: NO Tuition


Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners

Specialized Programs

    Arts Programs

    • Orchestra
    • Visual Arts
    • Vocal Music

    Sports Programs

      Clubs & Activities

      • Chess Club

      Social Services

      • Dental Services
      • School Breakfast
      • School Counselor
      • School Lunch
      • School Nurse
      • Uniform Closet

      Family Engagement

      • Classroom Volunteers
      • Family Appreciation Events
      • Field Trip Chaperone
      • Parent Communication App
      • Parent-Teacher Association
      • 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.

      Enrollment Open: Ongoing. More information is available here.
      Kindergarten Cutoff: August 31
      Residence: Students live within Hale Cook's boundaries in the South Zone in the KCPS boundaries..

      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.

      Enroll at Hale Cook
      Apply: http://www.enrollkc.org

      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


      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).

      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!