Longfellow Elementary

KCPS-Neighborhood • K-6

Our Mission

Longfellow Elementary School aims to provide a rigorous learning environment that will allow our students to feel safe when challenged. Our school promotes a secure, orderly, caring, and supportive environment. We emphasize the total development of each child: moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being by fostering positive relationships with students and staff. It is our goal to have parents, teachers, and community members consistently involved in the students' learning.

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

Points of Pride

The students travel to Maker Space, an on hands Science/math initiative, 2x a week.
The students participate in the LEAD Hawk Program for behavior and academics.
The school has a dance studio and a soccer field. We partner with the KC Ballet and Alvin Ailey.

Longfellow Elementary

2830 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64109
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Website: http://www.kcpublicschools.org/Domain/27
Student Recruiter: Tonoa Foster
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Apply: http://www.enrollkc.org
Longfellow Elementary

School Details

Year Established: 1903
Total Enrollment: 182
School Type: KCPS-Neighborhood
School Hours: 8:20 am - 3:20 pm


Tuition: NO Tuition


Feeder Schools

Longfellow Pre-K

Central Middle School

Central High School

Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners

Specialized Programs

    Arts Programs

    • Instrumental Music
    • Poetry
    • Visual Arts

    Sports Programs

    • Baseball
    • Basketball (Boys)
    • Basketball (Girls)
    • Soccer (Boys)
    • Soccer (Girls)

    Clubs & Activities

    • Math Team
    • Robotics
    • Science Olympiad
    • Yoga

    Social Services

    • School Breakfast
    • School Lunch

    Family Engagement

    • Evening Family Events

    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 Longfellow's boundaries in the Central 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.

    Apply to Longfellow
    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

    On Track

    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).

    Steffany Kerr, Pre-K, Kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grade parent

    My family chose Longfellow due to its proximity, as it is our neighborhood school. Upon touring the school, we were incredibly impressed by the extensive support to Autistic students (I have a child with Autism), and the amazing community at Longfellow. There was also an array of impressive programming and outside community support via grant funding. In addition, I was impressed by the Social Justice and STEM focus of the school.

    Peter Retsos, the Longfellow Principal, is incredibly adept at acquiring community support and creative funding for school programming, which is very impressive. I appreciate his leadership skills and approachable personality. The teachers in the building are quite possibly the most passionate group of teachers I have ever seen. Each teacher goes above and beyond in caring for each student, using collaborative practices to meet student needs. Longfellow Elementary has a wonderful, historic auditorium, a newly decorated library, and well-kept classrooms. Outdoor amenities include a brand new soccer field, playground, and open outdoor space with picnic tables.

    Longfellow has many opportunities for parent involvement, including monthly family activities, regular SAC meetings, and additional parent volunteer positions. Longfellow administration and staff are not only welcoming of parent support and involvement, but provide a welcoming climate for parent-staff cooperation. Parent involvement opportunities include support with after school and enrichment programming, school fundraising, event planning, SAC meetings, and teacher support. Our enrichment programs include STEM, Social Justice League, Girl Scouts, basketball, spring sports camps, The Mission Continues school improvement projects, partnerships with KU and MU creative programming, partnerships with Hallmark (e.g. reading buddies), and outdoor gardening with water barrels. Longfellow Elementary is a community gem, and fosters true community. The principal is fantastic at finding creative funding and attracting high quality programming.