• lee a. tolbert community academy building
    Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy is  a tuition-free K-8 charter school located in midtown Kansas City, Missouri. Students must live within the Kansas City Public Schools boundaries in order  to attend. Although adjacent to a church, Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy is not a religious school.
  • principal dr. laquanda carpenter and ms bowens
    Principal Dr. LaQuanda Carpenter (pictured right) and Ms. Bowens (left) along with the rest of the staff work to make every parent feel welcomed and every child feel safe at LATCA.
  • banner of The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation
    LATCA is accredited by The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.
  • students working on tablets
    Every student at LATCA has a tablet computer or laptop to use when they need it. Many are not yet performing at grade level in reading and math and spend time on their devices to practice skills that will help them to close the gap
  • third graders working on computers
    These third grade students are completing math assignments with the help of their computer program. 
  • fifth grader working on laptop
    In the upper grades, students use devices  to write papers and complete assignments. This fifth grade student is working on an English assignment. 
  • students at computers
    Students also have computer lab as an elective class and they learn things like how to use Excel and how to write computer code. 
  • calendar of elective classes
    At LATCA students also have a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) elective class where they can go and work on projects that interest them. Students are enrolled in a new elective class every 4 weeks. Other electives include choral music, art, Spanish, and Band for grades 5-8.
  • students picking up drums and drumsticks
    LATCA has a drill team and marching band program for students. They compete and have won several trophies. Drill team and band are only for students in grades 5-8. They are both electives and after school clubs as well. 
  • literacy night family photos displayed in hallway
    Families are welcomed to school on literacy nights where they read with students and learn strategies to support their growth.
  • game night family photos displayed in hallway
    LATCA parents also come to game night. There is no technology allowed; families have dinner provided by the school and play board games together.
  • classroom books in baskets
    In addition to the school library, here a teacher has organized her classroom books by subject and reading level. Every classroom has a selection of books for students to read.
  • kindergarten classroom glass house
    Teachers have the freedom to teach content using innovative ideas. This kindergarten teacher built a glass house for her reading “chicks”. She has turned the room into a learning village complete with centers like this one to make learning a more interactive experience for young students.
  • hallway decorated as street
    Teachers decorated this hallway to look like a street as they celebrated students’ road to the state’s MAP testing.
  • cubbies and artwork in kindergarten hallway
    Students are given a cubby or locker to store their belongings. This artwork decorates cubbies in the kindergarten hallway. 
  • foster grandparents program
    LATCA welcomes volunteers. These women are part of the Foster Grandparents Program and are at school to spend time helping students to learn to improve their reading and writing. 
  • positive message "sometimes a mistake is just an opportunity to learn" plaque
    Positive messages to students are on teachers’ desks and in the hallway. LATCA uses Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) a behavior system that focuses on highlighting positive behaviors to encourage kids to make good choices.
  • students eating in cafeteria
    At lunch, students sit in a large cafeteria with their classmates. They are served free breakfast and lunch daily at LATCA or they may choose to bring their own from home.
  • empty cafeteria set up as auditorium
    The cafeteria also doubles as the school auditorium. Students gather here in the mornings for breakfast before they are dismissed to class and in the afternoon before they are released to go home.
  • playground
    When students need to let off some energy, there is a fenced in playground on the side of LATCA. This space is shared by all grade levels and monitored by teachers at all times.
  • outdoor black top space
    Students also have a large black top space outside to use when the weather is nice.
  • teacher and student modeling how to play a game
    PE is the only elective that students have weekly for the entire year. Here the gym teacher and a student are modeling how to do a relay race without using  hands to hold the ball. 
  • kindergarten students lining up
    These kindergarten students are lining up to audition for the school talent show. 
  • student using a smart board in classroom
    Students spend time working on learning in whole groups before being sent to their desks to work on their own. Here a student answers an English question on the SMART board while her classmates watch.
  • students in uniforms working together
    Students wear uniforms at LATCA which include navy or white tops and navy or khaki bottoms. These students stop to have a chat before going back to their individual work in class.
  • student reading in classroom corner library
    In class students can work with partners or in spaces like this classroom library where they can focus on their own. This student has selected a book from the library based on her interest and will write about it after reading. 
  • posters about expected school behavior
    Students are taught to self regulate using the Goals for Life. These posters describe expected school behavior.
  • bicycles for drawing
    These two bicycles are an incentive Dr. LaQuanda Carpenter, principal of LATCA gives out every year. Students who have perfect attendance have their names put into a drawing and two win and get to take these home.
  • teacher taking with upset student
    Teachers like this one conference individually with students when they need support. When they face challenges with student behavior, LATCA has systems in place to help kids adjust including conferences like this one and a room for kids to cool off when needed.
  • bulletin board about MAP testing
    Messages like this bulletin board remind students of the progress they are making preparing for MAP testing.

Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy (K-8)

Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy

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3400 The Paseo
Kansas City, MO 64109
816-561-0114 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Tracy Abbott, Interim Principal Dr. Carnest Mitchell, Superintendent
  • NO Tuition
  • No space available for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available
  • Participating SchoolAppKC School

Quick Facts

Our Mission

At Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy, we understand that all children have the potential to be successful. We also believe that children learn in different ways. We consider our community responsible for providing our students with the skills to be successful leaders and entrepreneurs in the 21st century. Our methodology reflects our pride in our children.

Points of Pride

  • Entrepreneurship focus and theme
  • Culturally responsive instructional practices
  • Award-winning scholar debate team

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:00 am - 3:20 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: 7:00 am
  • After Care Hours End: 6:00 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 1999
  • Total Enrollment: 450
  • Specialized Focus: Entrepreneurship
  • Affiliation: Charter
  • School Type: Charter

Charter Sponsor

  • University of Missouri - KC


  • 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

  • Band
  • Instrumental Music
  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

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

Clubs + Activities

  • Chess Club
  • Debate
  • Entrepreneurship
  • National Honor Society

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent-Community 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: 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

Lee A. Tolbert is one of 19 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.

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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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Lee A. Tolbert offers off-site Pre-K at Operation Breakthrough. To enroll, families must qualify for free and reduced lunch. To apply please visit Schoolappkc.org If you qualify for and receive a spot, you will be guaranteed a kindergarten spot at Lee A. Tolbert.

Our Mission

The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to provide a safe, loving and educational environment for children in poverty and to empower their families through advocacy, emergency aid and education.

Points of Pride

  • Center of excellence
  • Innovative site and leadership
  • Community of cultural support

School Hours

  • School Hours: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Days Open: M, Tu, M, Tu, W
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: No After Care available

School Details

  • Total Enrollment: 350
  • Specialized Focus: Hands on learning


  • Tuition: NO Tuition


  • None provided


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