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    KIPP Endeavor is a K-8 charter school in Kansas City, Missouri and is open to all families within Kansas City Public School district boundaries. KIPP stands for Knowledge Is Power Program and belongs to a US network of college-preparatory charter schools. Students at KIPP Endeavor are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and to persist when things get hard.
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    Kurt Bunelle is principal of KIPP Elementary. He came to the school from Teach for America.
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    Students at KIPP Endeavor are bussed to school or dropped off by parents every day. As a college preparatory school, students at KIPP Endeavor are given 24/7 access to teachers and exposed to a rigorous instruction.
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    When students walk in, they are greeted by staff before being sent to class.
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    In the elementary school, students have individual cubbies in the hallway where they place their bags and coats.
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    In class, these first grade students work in table groups on a writing assignment. Students at KIPP Endeavor are encouraged to work together to complete tasks. All students at KIPP Endeavor are required to wear uniforms that consist of khaki pants with blue or green shirts.
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    These 3rd grade students work quietly to improve their reading on their own during class.
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    In this kindergarten classroom, one student finishes his snack while others begin their classwork with input from their teacher.
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    Students at KIPP Endeavor get one on one support when needed. Here a student reads to a teacher.
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    While these students work to have their reading levels assessed by their teacher. As a college preparatory school, teachers at KIPP provide support for learning during the school day and after hours via phone and email.
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    In this upper elementary classroom, students are beginning to sit in individual rows. Here, they are having an interactive conversation with their teacher.
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    These students are working on writing and sentence composition.
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    In this elementary school classroom, students are working in table groups with their peers to practice reading skills.
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    Parents are encouraged to be involved at KIPP Endeavor. Here is a mom coming out of the school book fair with her daughter.
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    In the middle school, students have lockers to store their personal items between classes.
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    Students in middle school are able to take advantage of large open collaborative spaces like these. Classroom teachers can bring students out of their rooms to hold class or students can use the space to study on their own. There are three common areas like this one at KIPP Endeavor.
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    At KIPP students are held to high expectations for learning. In this math class, 7th grade students learn about angles and exponents.
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    These middle school students are doing a Think Pair Share that gives each student a chance to share their answer to a question with a partner. Students at KIPP are encouraged to work together in class.
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    Here, two middle school students share a joke while discussing their lesson.
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    Students at KIPP Endeavor focus on keeping a positive mindset while they work on complex assignments. Here they have a student-created wall of things they are grateful for to look at during the day.
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    This bulletin board shows students comparing fiction and non fiction texts while integrating math and art into their work.
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    These middle school students share a laugh and take a break with their teacher in another common area.
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    While these students get materials from their lockers on their way to class.
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    To keep with their theme of positivity and personal responsibility for learning, this anchor chart is used as a note catcher for student reflection.
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    At KIPP Endeavor, students are taught to view themselves as members of a big family. One where every child is supported and held to a high standard of performance.
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    Here, a staff member talks with two boys between classes.
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    In PE, students spend time listening to music and playing team games. In this photo, students are playing kickball. Students go to PE and other electives like music and dance once each week.
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    Here, the football team has a special space to train for their games. Their coach says that he uses the equipment here and high impact workouts to keep the team in shape. KIPP Endeavor offers students in grades 5-8 many sports options including soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country, and track & field.
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    In music class, students are able to try a range of instruments. All students at KIPP Endeavor go to music class weekly.
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    In the library, books are sorted by interest area so that kids can find them easily.
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    Computer lab at KIPP Endeavor is made up of laptops. All students at KIPP Endeavor have in class access to technology when they need it. They also go to computer class weekly.
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    In this Social Studies class, 6th grade students are discussing the Kalahari Desert.
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    Outside, students have a playground that is used by the elementary students. Students go to recess once each day.
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    At KIPP Schools, the national motto is “Work hard. Be nice”. KIPP Endeavor supports that idea with a motto of their own “Find a Way or Make One”. With this motto, KIPP Endeavor pushes students to persevere and problem solve together no matter what.

KIPP: Endeavor Academy (PK-8)

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2700 E 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64127
816-241-3994 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Jana Cooper, Executive Director Julie Cook, MS Principal Kurt Bunnelle, Elementary Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2020-2021
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available
  • Participating SchoolAppKC School

Quick Facts

Our Mission

KIPP Endeavor Academy is part of a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory charter schools with a track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and in life. KIPP Endeavor Academy in Kansas City has created a powerful, urgent, learning and teaching environment that helps each student and adult to be their best self every day.

Points of Pride

  • Last year, KIPP students outperformed the local district by 10% in reading and math.
  • Typically, students enter KIPP two to three grade levels behind in reading and math but make impressive gains during their time at our school. After just one semester at KIPP, our students demonstrated average growth of more than a year in math and almost a year and a half in Language according to the NWEA assessment.
  • After one year of implementing the Guided Reading LLI system in grades 5-8, our results indicate that students demonstrate more growth when they receive instruction at their level. In the first 6 weeks of our school year, 19 students grew more than one year on the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:15 am - 4:15 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: 7:00 am
  • After Care Hours End: 5:30 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 2007
  • Total Enrollment: 545
  • Specialized Focus: College Prep
  • Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
  • School Type: Charter

Charter Sponsor

  • University of Missouri - Columbia


  • Tuition: NO Tuition

Our Demographics


Receive Special Ed Services


English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • College Prep

Arts Programs

  • Band

Sports Programs

  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Cheerleading (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • Student Government

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
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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 9, 2019
  • Application Close: March 2, 2020
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: July 31, 2020
  • Offer Date: March 4, 2020
  • Decision Date: March 22, 2019
  • Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

KIPP Endeavor 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.

*Note: If KIPP does 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).


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


Dawn Scott, 6th and 8th grade parent

I am very honored to write this parent testimonial for KIPP: KC! My 2 kippster’s have been at Kipp since the 2016-2017 school year. I was so amazed and happy with the care, concern and dedication to help students learn and grow. Teachers, staff and the principal are always patient. They use positive words and give hugs every time I enter the doors. Teachers and staff sometimes give rides to students to make sure they can get to school to receive their education. There is a washer and dryer to make sure every child can have a clean uniform.

I see teachers at the school even on Saturday and before and after school to help students keep up on their education. My family went through a tough time and they stepped up to help and even volunteered to watch my kids if I needed it. Since being at KIPP my boys have excelled so much in reading and writing! They come home happy and excited to go back to school each day. I am a very involved parent.

I like that the teachers are available after school, until 9 pm if needed, for questions and help with homework. If I have any questions or concerns, many of the staff members and teachers openly communicate with me on the phone, which is something I really appreciate. It’s wonderful as a parent to know that when my boys enter those Kipp doors, I don’t have to stress or worry because I know they’ll be well taken care of. They encourage parent involvement and also openly listen to ways where they can improve.

At KIPP, there are many sports programs for the kippsters to participate in. Thanks to Kipp, my son was accepted to one of the #1 high schools in Kansas City! Once a kippster, always a kippster. The KIPP: KC alum are given support through high school and college. This school has so much to offer and I am so blessed to have found Kipp Endeavor Academy.

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KIPP: Endeavor Academy offers off-site Pre-K at St. Mark Center. To enroll, families must qualify for free and reduced lunch. The application opens on November 9, 2019 and the deadline to apply is March 2, 2020. Families will be notified of their acceptance or waitlist status on March 4, 2020. If you qualify for and receive a spot, you will be guaranteed a kindergarten spot at KIPP: Endeavor Academy.

About St. Mark Center

St. Mark Center is a program of United Inner City Services and is Head Start affiliated. Poverty guidelines are used to determine eligibility. It annually serves more than 100 very low and low-income families.

Points of Pride

  • NAEYC-accredited comprehensive approach to the family
  • Special curriculum-integrated art activities
  • Open year-round

School Hours

  • School Hours: 6:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Days Open: M, Tu, W, Th, F
  • Before Care Hours Start: 6:30 am
  • After Care Hours End: No After Care available

School Details

  • Total Enrollment: 102
  • Specialized Focus: Arts Intensive


  • Tuition Amount: None for families who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch


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