• Front of Pitcher Elementary School
    Pitcher Elementary is a Pre-K through 6th grade school and a part of Kansas City Public Schools. Pitcher Elementary is one of the most diverse schools in Kansas City Public Schools. Students wear a uniform of khaki or navy bottoms and white or navy tops each day. As a part of Kansas City Public Schools students at Pitcher are bussed to school or dropped off by parents each day. 
  • Pitcher Elementary School principal Dr. Karol Howard
    Dr. Karol Howard is principal of Pitcher Elementary. She has been with Kansas City Public Schools for several years and values the diverse strengths her staff and students bring to school each day.
  • Pre-K students play games with their teacher.
    In the Pre-K room, students crowd around their teacher to engage her in play during choice time.
  • Pre-K students practice life skills to prepare for kindergarten.
    Here, students have chosen centers to practice life skills. In Pre-K, students focus on soft skills like sharing, teamwork, and communication in addition to Kindergarten readiness
  • Bins and hooks for backpacks and blankets in the pre-K class.
    In Pre-K classrooms, students have hooks like these for their book bags and bins for their blankets.
  • Colorful Kindergarten classroom welcome messages.
    In Kindergarten, colorful signs and welcoming messages greet students each day. At Pitcher all students are encouraged to come to class each day. Teachers hang signs on their doors daily letting their building principal know if all students came to class. Classes with consistent perfect attendance are rewarded.
  • Kindergarten class circle time
    In Kindergarten, students review circle time expectations with their teacher as they begin the day.
  • Kindergarten students practicing letters.
    In this Kindergarten classroom, students practice letters and sounds during circle time with their teacher.
  • Classroom foster "grandparents" working reading with a classroom.
    Foster Grandparents like this one partner with teachers at Pitcher Elementary. Foster Grandparents work with specific classrooms for the entire year. They read with students and serve as a source of support for teachers.
  • A lively music classroom.
    In music class, these first grade students sing and skip to the music. All students go to music once each week.
  • Bulletin board displaying student artwork
    In art class, students learn about different mediums of expression and styles of art. All classes go to art once each week.
  • First grade students in gym class.
    In gym class, these first grade students are excited about learning a new game. All classes go to PE weekly. 
  • Second grade students reading.
    In second grade, students are reading silently during Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) time in class. 
  • Students working in a small group with a teacher
    While these students work with their teacher in a small group.
  • Third grade student in a wheelchair receiving help with her classwork.
    In third grade, support staff assists a student in completing her classwork.
  • These two third grade students work in a pair to complete a math assignment. 
    These two third grade students work in a pair to complete a math assignment. 
  • Bulletin board with third grade students reflections.
    At Pitcher, students are encouraged to embrace a growth mindset and view their mistakes as opportunities to learn. Here, a bulletin board hangs outside of third grade with students reflecting on a mistake they made and what they learned from it. 
  • Backpack hooks for older students belongings.
    In upper grades, students no longer have bins for their belongings. They are assigned hooks by their teacher to hang bags and coats each day.
  • Classroom library and reading nooks.
    In all classes, students have reading nooks like this one with soft furniture and books organized by topic. Students can visit their classroom libraries during choice time.
  • Fourth grade students working with their teacher.
    In fourth grade, these students work on suffixes with their teacher. 
  • Fourth grade students working on math facts
    While in this fourth grade classroom, students practice math facts with their teacher. 
  • Student teacher leading a fifth grade classroom.
    In fifth grade, students are editing papers with their teacher. Note there are two teachers in this classroom. The main teacher is seated at the desk and a student teacher is at the front leading the lesson.
  • In this fifth grade classroom, students are listening to their teacher explain a social studies lesson.
    In this fifth grade classroom, students are listening to their teacher explain a social studies lesson.
  • Upper grade students figurative language posters.
    Here upper elementary students show off their learning with figurative language. Students made posters of popular idioms. 
  • In sixth grade, these two students complete a reading assignment with their teacher
    In sixth grade, these two students complete a reading assignment with their teacher
  • Sixth grade students work on projects using school issued laptops.
    These sixth grade students work on independent projects on their school issued laptops. All students at Pitcher Elementary have access to technology in class. 
  • Computer lab for learning code and to program computers.
    In addition to computers in every classroom, students at Pitcher also go to iSparks lab where they learn to code, design solutions to problems, and program computers.
  • Multi-purpose cafeteria and gathering space.
    At Pitcher, the cafeteria is a multi-purpose space. All students have free breakfast and lunch daily. This room is also used for whole school assemblies note the stage at the back of the room.
  • Outside, students at Pitcher have a playground that is used by all students during recess.
    Outside, students at Pitcher have a playground that is used by all students during recess.
  • Outside open patio play or learning space
    In addition to the playground, teachers can take classes outside to this open air patio space.

Pitcher Elementary (PK-6)

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9915 E 38th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64133
816-418-4550 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Karol Howard, Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2019-2020
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available

Quick Facts

Our Mission

Each student will become a lifelong learner with the desire to apply knowledge and skills to real life situations.

Points of Pride

  • Pitcher is focused on academics. The 2015 MAP scores placed Pitcher as the top performing KCPS elementary schools in math. Pitcher's math MAP scores exceeded the state average. Pitchers ELA MAP scores placed it in the top 4 performing KCPS elementary schools.
  • All of the teachers are highly qualified.
  • The school building and grounds are beautiful.

School Hours

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

School Details

  • Year Established: Information not shared with SMKCS
  • Total Enrollment: 285
  • Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood

Feeder Schools

  • Middle School: Northeast Middle School
  • High School: East High School


  • 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
  • Choir

Sports Programs

  • N/A

Clubs + Activities

  • N/A

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: December 5, 2019
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: August 31, 2020
  • Residence: Students live within Pitcher's boundaries in the East Zone

How to Apply

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

Students are guaranteed a seat at their KCPS neighborhood school.

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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 for students to have at least 90% of their students have 90% attendance 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

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