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Pembroke Hill School – Middle and Upper Schools (6-12)

Pembroke Hill School – Middle and Upper Schools

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5121 State Line Rd
Kansas City, MO 64112
816-936-1200 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Brian Bartelli, middle school division head Mike Hill, upper school principal Brad Shelley, head of school Laura Linn, director of admissions and financial aid llinn@pembrokehill.org
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  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • NO Transportation provided
  • After-Care only

Quick Facts

Our Mission

Together, cultivating the best in each, for the benefit of all


Our upper school is a vibrant, dynamic and exciting environment in which students grow to young adulthood. Upper school students experience an academically challenging curriculum in which they are encouraged and supported by some of the finest teachers in the region. Pembroke Hill faculty members know their students individually and care about their educational journeys. Pembroke Hill fosters a school culture in which students are encouraged to be leaders and to share their opinions. They are empowered to help make decisions concerning the upper school and its programs. Students exhibit an awareness of issues affecting our community, our nation and our world and have the confidence and skills to manage events that are designed to help resolve these issues. In recent years some of those events have included concerts, 5K runs and letter-writing programs. Pembroke Hill offers Advanced Placement courses in all disciplines, and approximately 90 percent of our graduates have taken at least one AP course. Eighty-five percent of our AP scores are 3 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best). Most colleges will give students credit for scores of 3 or higher.

Points of Pride

  • Rigorous college preparatory curriculum offering 20 AP courses.
  • Personal college counseling; five college counselors for an average senior class of 110.
  • Highest ACT average score in Kansas City; 19% of Class of 2019 received National Merit honors.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: No Before Care available.
  • After Care Hours End: 6:00 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 1910
  • Total Enrollment: 674
  • Affiliation: Independent Private
  • School Type: Independent Private

Feeder Schools

  • Middle School: Pembroke Hill School - Middle School
  • High School: Pembroke Hill School - Upper School


  • Tuition Amount: $25,110 - $26,620 depending on grade

Our Demographics


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English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • Advanced Placement
  • Arts Intensive
  • College Prep

Arts Programs

  • Band
  • Ceramics
  • Choir
  • Drama + Theater
  • Drawing
  • Drum/Percussion
  • Film
  • Instrumental Music
  • Literature
  • Orchestra
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Sculpture
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Cheerleading (Girls)
  • Cross Country (Boys)
  • Cross Country (Girls)
  • Diving (Boys)
  • Diving (Girls)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf (Boys)
  • Golf (Girls)
  • Lacrosse (Boys)
  • Lacrosse (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Softball
  • Swimming (Boys)
  • Swimming (Girls)
  • Tennis (Boys)
  • Tennis (Girls)
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Boys)
  • Volleyball (Girls)
  • Weight Lifting (Boys)
  • Weight Lifting (Girls)
  • Wrestling (Boys)
  • Yoga

Clubs + Activities

  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Coding
  • Debate
  • Environmental Club
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Homework Club
  • Journalism/Newspaper
  • Math Team
  • National Honor Society
  • Peer Counseling
  • Robotics
  • SADD
  • Science Olympiad
  • Speech + Debate
  • Spirit Squad
  • Student Government

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent Education Programs
  • Parent-Community Association
  • Parent-Teacher 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: September 1, 2021
  • Offer Date: March 1, 2020

How to Apply

You can apply online at pembrokehill.org/admissions/apply. If you have questions about the application process or are interested in signing up for a tour of the Middle or Upper Schools, please call Bart Robertson, Assistant Director of Admissions, at 816-936-1536.

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Student Performance

Standardized Test Results


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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.

Student Growth

English Language Arts


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).

Student Retention Rate

Dropout Rate

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Why It Matters

The dropout rate helps tell the story of the graduation rate because it takes into account students who take more than four years to graduate or who transferred to other schools.

In 2019, the average dropout rate in Missouri was 1.9%, source.

Graduation Rate

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Why It Matters

The number of students who started at a school in 9th grade and graduate from that particular school four years later.

In 2019, the average graduation rate in Missouri was 89.64%, source.

ACT Scores

ACT Average Score

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ACT Participation Rate

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Why It Matters

The ACT is a standardized test that many students take before applying to college. This is the percentage of graduates who took the ACT and their average score. Students need a score of at least 18 in order to qualify for Missouri A+ Scholarships. Research shows that students who earn a 21 or higher have the best chance of earning grades C or higher in college.

In 2019, Missouri’s average ACT score was 20.6 and the percent of graduates who took the ACT was 76.69%, source

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Parent Perspective


Patricia Mutiso, 7th grade parent

I have two children at PHS, Derrick who joined in the 8th grade and has just graduated; and Gabriel who joined in 5th grade and will be in 7th grade in the fall. We learnt about PHS from a parent at the school. We were drawn to it by the challenging curriculum, the highly educated teaching staff, the extracurricular activities; and vibrant school community.

The faculty and school administration have been outstanding. One of the motto’s at PHS is “Pembroke Hill is a place where every child is known, cared for and valued.” I am amazed to see that each morning I drop the boys off the principals of each campus are waiting, opening car doors and greeting each child by name. The school also has small class sizes and interactive learning environment.

There are various buildings for different courses, theaters for music and art, gyms, and fields for football, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. The campuses are truly beautiful, and the different buildings simulate a true college campus environment.

One of the things I truly value about PHS is the parent involvement in the school. There are many volunteer opportunities, from being in the various school boards, committees, parent class representatives, working concession stands when there are sports games; among others.

In my view PHS is the best school in this area and I highly recommend it to any parents seeking a well-rounded quality education for their children.

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