James Elementary

KCPS-Neighborhood • PK-6

Our Mission

James Elementary students will attend school regularly, believe in their academic abilities, work hard to achieve individual goals and be prepared academically, socially, emotionally and intellectually to make positive changes as members of their diverse community by being responsible, respectful and safe.

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

Points of Pride

Active participation in recycling and environmental programs.
Rich, culturally-diverse community and climate.
Involved, supportive and encouraging families.

James Elementary

5810 Scarritt Ave
Kansas City, MO 64123
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Website: http://www.kcpublicschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=43
Enroll at James
Apply: http://www.enrollkc.org

School Details

Year Established: Information not shared with SMKCS
Total Enrollment: 188
School Type: KCPS-Neighborhood
School Hours: 8:20 am - 3:20 pm


Tuition: NO Tuition


Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners

Specialized Programs


  • Orchestra
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

Clubs & Activities

  • Student Government

Social Services

  • BackSnack Program
  • Dental Services
  • Interpreters
  • Learning Support Specialists
  • School Breakfast
  • School Lunch
  • School Nurse
  • Uniform Closet
  • Vision Services

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • 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 James' boundaries in the North Zone in the KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Enroll online on the KCPS website.

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

Enroll at James
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).

Phyllis Hernandez, James Elementary Parent

My daughter is currently enrolled in the 5th grade at James Elementary. This is her fifth year attending the school. We chose this school because it has an exceptional staff that is dedicated to the success of every student. Teachers work with each student in identifying their strengths and weaknesses. The teachers realize that not all students learn the same way. They have a system which allows teachers and their aids to work with students in small groups. This system allows students that are struggling in a particular subject to get the extra support they may need.

I also enjoy the positive attitude the staff has towards their students. Every morning the students and staff meet in the auditorium for morning announcements. Dr. Mary Bachkora, the principal, does an amazing job at encouraging the students to stay positive. Their motto “If I believe, and I work hard, I will achieve” can be heard echoing throughout the hallway every morning! The students love the enthusiasm!

I’m very impressed with how well the staff work together. Ms. Nayeli Murillo is the bi-lingual secretary. She does a wonderful job at maintaining a very busy and sometimes hectic front office. She’s a wonderful liaison between the parents and staff.

I strongly believe that the teachers work so well because they have a strong leader. With a hard working and dedicated principal such as Dr. Bachkora, it produces a dedicated staff that enjoy their jobs. Dr. Bachkora works hard to make sure students are meeting attendance goals, increased test scores and positive behaviors.

The school has a large gym, library, computer lab, art room, and well maintained classrooms.

The school provides volunteer opportunities for parents. They also encourage and welcome parent involvement during their monthly SAC (School Advisory Council) meetings.

James Elementary provides a LINC after school program. The LINC program allows students to participate in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Chess club. The LINC staff work with the students in creating craft projects, science experiments, Lego projects, sports, and dance groups. Every year the LINC staff put together a Cinco de Mayo celebration. The staff spends several months teaching students Folklorico dances which the students perform at the festival.

James Elementary is rich in diversity. It’s located in the Historic Northeast community where there are many different cultures and backgrounds represented at the school. It provides a fun and a safe environment. I highly recommend this school. My daughter loves James Elementary and their superb staff!