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  • hope leadership academy building
    Hope Leadership Academy is a K-4th grade charter school located in the heart of Kansas City, MO. Students who live within the boundaries of Kansas City Public Schools are eligible to attend. Students can walk to school from the surrounding neighborhood or they can ride the bus.
  • outdoor blacktop area with basketball court
    Students also have a large blacktop area complete with basketball hoops that they can use during recess.
  • playground
    Outside, students have a playground for sunny days.
  • empty cafeteria set up as gym
    At Hope Leadership Academy the gym is a multi-purpose room. It also serves as the cafeteria and auditorium. *Note the cafeteria tables in the back and the lunch window on the left.
  • fourth graders in gym class
    In gym class, these fourth grade students do cardio drills with their teacher.
  • third graders decorating bookmarks
    These third grade students have already designed their own bookmark and have now selected a classmate’s design to decorate.
  • students creating bookmarks in art class with teacher
    In Art class, these third grade students are designing their own bookmarks along with some help from their teacher.
  • music class playing swat the musical fly
    Here, two classmates rush to the board to “swat” the musical fly. The team with the most points wins. Students at Hope Leadership are a close knit community. Because there is only one class per grade level, students bond with one another and stick together year to year.
  • second graders in music class
    In music class, these second grade students are playing a game with their classmates.
  • individual desks for upper elementary
    In the upper elementary grades, students move from working in collaborative table groups to individual desks. Technology (note the laptops on the student desks) is available to third and fourth grade students only. Teachers use the lower elementary years to reinforce basic skills. 
  • first graders finishing assignment at table
    These first grade students work to finish their assignment after getting input from their teacher. At Hope Leadership, as students get older, teachers emphasize them working more independently. This focus is reflected in teacher student interaction and classroom organization.
  • first graders working independently
    These first grade students work on an assignment from their teacher independently while their teacher supports another group.
  • teacher at desk
    Hope Leadership has safety nets in place including pull out reading and math teachers like this one for students who need additional help. The school also partners with organizations like Lead to Read where adults take their lunch break and come help students improve their reading skills.
  • poster of first grade goals
    In first grade, students are encouraged to set goals for themselves. Here, students wrote down things that they are not good at...yet. To support students, teachers are trained in trauma-informed care and focus on holding all students to high expectations while providing the additional tools they  need for learning.
  • poster reminding students how to behave
    Posters like these are found in rooms reminding students of how to sit during circle time. Students are also taught what a whisper voice and an inside voice sound like so that they can manage their voices effectively.
  • reading area with books
    In all classes, students have areas of the room designated for reading. Here, the kindergarten classroom has a library of books for students to choose from. They also can come to this area to get small items for individual choice time. 
  • kindergarten students working in groups
    While some kindergarten students are working on holiday decorations, their teacher has a small group of students at her table to practice their handwriting. 
  • kindergarten students creating decorations
    In kindergarten, these students are working in a group to create decorations for Dia de los Muertos.
  • book bags and coats in hallway
    Outside of all classes, students hang their belongings on hooks like these. Classroom space is reserved for learning materials only.
  • view of transitional kindergarten classroom
    The transitional kindergarten classroom also has areas for realistic play. Here is a kitchen area and there are other structured play areas around the room as well.
  • students writing their names
    Hope Leadership Academy has a transitional kindergarten class specifically for four year old students. In this class, students who are not quite ready for kindergarten are taught soft skills like working together, sharing, listening, and following directions along with kindergarten basics. These students are working on writing their names.
  • counseling office
    Hope Leadership has an emphasis on student responsibility and control. When students are having a rough day, they come here to the counseling office where they learn techniques for managing their emotions before heading back to class.
  • front office receptionist
    In the front office, Mrs. Walker welcomes students and families to Hope each day. Students at Hope Leadership Academy wear uniforms daily including khaki or navy bottoms and green, gray or white shirts. 
  • principal annelise london
    Annelise London is the Principal at Hope Leadership Academy. She wants families to know that Hope students are safe and kind to each other.

Hope Leadership Academy (K-4)

Hope Leadership Academy

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2800 E. Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64128
816-921-1213 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Robert N. Milner, Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available
  • Participating SchoolAppKC School

Quick Facts

Our Mission

To provide a world-class neighborhood school whose students excel in a culture of academic rigor, character development, and caring relationships.

Points of Pride

  • Nurturing a culture of high expectations while developing leaders of tomorrow who are conscientious, focused, and compassionate.
  • Restorative justice - personal accountability.
  • Low student teacher ratio 18-1.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: 7:30 am
  • After Care Hours End: 6:30 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 2010
  • Total Enrollment: 118
  • 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

  • Drawing
  • Painting

Sports Programs

  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Softball
  • Volleyball (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • N/A

Family Engagement

  • 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
  • Application Close: March 1, 2022
  • 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

Hope Leadership Academy is one of 18 Kansas City charter 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.

Note: If they do not have space, you may choose to remain on their waiting list.

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


Santesa Gentry, HLA Parent

My daughter started out another local charter school and honestly I’ve always worried about her going to school because she is very selective with those she opens up to. When you think extreme introvert you would think of her. But from the first day at HLA in the TK classroom has been anything but a struggle. She loves going to school and loves her teacher. Since starting Hope Leadership Academy she has not had one bad thing to say about it. This school has restored my sense of security. If they can get through to my baby girl, I know any child can succeed in this community (school). I am truly grateful for this wonderful school right in the heart of our city.

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