• Wheatley school building
    Phillis Wheatley Elementary is a K-6th grade public elementary school and a part of Kansas City Public Schools. Students at Wheatley are bussed to school or dropped by parents daily. Before and After School Care are free to all students.
  • Principal and students
    Micah Enders (featured left) is principal at Wheatley Elementary School. She has been with Kansas City Public Schools for several years and enjoys meeting new students and families each year. Here she poses with several students and her Assistant Principal. 
  • School secretary, nurse, and safety officer laughing
    In the front office Mrs. Russell (featured left) greets families and students daily. Here she shares a laugh with the building safety officer and the school nurse (featured seated right) who also happens to be named Mrs. Russell!
  • students in assembly in the gym
    Each day, students at Wheatley gather in the gym for an all school character building assembly before being dismissed to class. The gym also serves as the auditorium, so families gather here for all-school events as well.
  • School motto poster
    Students at Wheatley are taught to create a safe and respectful school environment. They discuss just how they are going to do so each day during their morning school assembly.
  • school cafeteria
    As a part of Kansas City Public Schools breakfast and lunch are free to all students every day at Wheatley Elementary.
  • students morning meeting with teacher
    In Kindergarten, these students are beginning the day with morning meeting. During that time share their feelings, assign class jobs, practice sight words and get an overview of the day.
  • parent sitting in on classroom
    A parent sits in on this Kindergarten class (shown far right corner). Here, students listen as their teacher gives them directions to start their day.
  • weather board outside classroom
    Outside of their classrooms, Kindergarten students display their work with weather. Here is their bulletin board discussing different types of weather and what they have learned about each.
  • students completing writing exercise
    In first grade, students begin the day with a writing activity assigned by their teacher.
  • students reading with class
    In this first grade class, students begin the day reading a book with their teacher.
  • student reading area
    In every classroom, students have reading areas like this one. Books are organized by subject and students are able to select a comfy spot to read. Students’ artwork of people with plus-sign bodies adorns the window.
  • reading charts
    Here, first grade students have charts that help them to remember how to find just the right book to read.
  • students working math problems with teacher
    In second grade, these students work on math problems along with their teacher. She has given each child a small whiteboard so they can share their thinking with her and one another. 
  • students listening to librarian
    These second grade students are listening to their librarian explain their activity for the day. All classes go to the library once each week. 
  • student bulletin board
    Second grade students are dedicated to being incredible! Here they have a bulletin board that displays writing about a time they were sick and how they got better.
  • students practicing vocabulary
    These third grade students are practicing vocabulary words with their teacher.
  • students in classroom
    In this third grade classroom, students are learning about different types of sentences with their teacher.
  • students using computers to practice reading
    In fourth grade, these students use their school-issued laptops to practice their reading skills. At Wheatley, all students have access to computers when they need one.
  • iSparks class for coding and design
    In addition to computers in the classroom, kids at Wheatley Elementary also go to iSparks class where they learn computer coding and program design. These students are using a simple coding program on their iPads and want to share it with their teacher. All classes go to iSparks class weekly.
  • students in classroom with teacher
    In this fourth grade room, a teacher works with students individually while the rest of her students use their computers to complete an assignment.
  • students in classroom
    These fourth grade students are practicing mindfulness with their teacher. At Wheatley, students are encouraged to manage their emotions. A part of that involves teachers giving students time to calm down when they need it.
  • fifth grade students in classroom
    In this fifth grade classroom, students are completing a writing assignment along with their teacher.
  • fifth grade students in small groups
    In this fifth grade classroom, students are working in small groups to complete a reading assignment and answer questions.
  • sixth graders taking vocabulary quiz
    In this sixth grade classroom, students are completing a vocabulary quiz. Their teacher is reading the words and they write them down.
  • sixth graders receiving security talk
    These sixth grade students have the school security officer coming by to give a safety talk. Here she helps two students with a written safety assignment.
  • art classroom
    In art class, students create work that reflects their understanding of different art styles and mediums. All classes go to art class weekly.
  • music classroom
    In music class, students study pitch and key with their teacher. All students go to music class weekly.
  • large playground and green area
    Outside, students at Wheatley have a large playground that grades 1-6 use. They also have a green area to play team games.
  • kindergarten playground
    Kindergarten students play on this smaller playground that is only for their use. 
  • blacktop play area
    Students at Wheatley also have a large blacktop area to play games during recess.

Wheatley Elementary (PK-6)

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2415 Agnes Ave
Kansas City, MO 64127
816-418-4825 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Micah Enders, Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2020-2021
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available

Quick Facts

Our Mission

By working together, we will develop student ownership that will motivate and lead to successful and competitive college graduates. We will provide a safe environment and tools for academic success by fostering a community of academic excellence.

Points of Pride

  • Full spectrum of special education programs and services for students in early childhood through sixth grade.
  • Multitude of wrap-around services for families in need.
  • Active gardening club for students.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 9:15 am - 4:15 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: 413
  • Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
  • School Type: KCPS-Neighborhood

Feeder Schools

  • Middle School: Central 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

  • Drama + Theater
  • Drawing

Sports Programs

  • Football
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)

Clubs + Activities

  • Science Olympiad
  • Spirit Squad

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: July 31, 2020
  • Offer Date: March 1, 2021
  • Residence: Students live within Wheatley's boundaries in the East Zone.

How to Apply

Enroll online on the KCPS website

Applications for signature and neighborhood schools open on December 14, 2020

The initial round of applications deadline is February 15, 2021

The week of March 1st, initial seats will be offered, and parents will need to complete the registration form.

You can still apply after the deadline, seats will be offered at a later date.

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.

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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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