At Whittier we choose to honor students and families. We recognize that it takes many to fully educate our students.
Points of Pride
- High Expectations
- Family Feel
- School Hours: 8:20 am - 3:20 pm
- Days Open: Information not shared with SMKCS
- Year Established: 1889
- Total Enrollment: 460
- Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
- Middle School: Northeast Middle School
- High School: Northeast High School
- Tuition: NO Tuition
- Tuition Amount: No tuition
Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners
Programs and Features
- Visual Arts
- Cheerleading (Girls)
- Soccer (Boys)
- Soccer (Girls)
Clubs + Activities
- National Honor Society
- Spirit Squad
- Student Government
- Evening Family Events
Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.
- Application Open: December 4, 2018
- Kindergarten Cutoff: August 31, 2019
- Residence: Students live within Whittier's boundaries in the North 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.
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 2018, the average English score in Missouri was 49.2%; the average Math score was 42.1%, 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 2018, 87.5% 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 2018, the average 3rd grade reading score in Missouri was 48.6%, source
Missouri Annual Performance Report (APR)
Why It Matters
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) creates a “grade” called the Annual Performance Report (APR) for each public school. It is made up of five variables: General Academic Achievement + Subgroup Achievement* + College and Career Readiness + Attendance + Graduation Rate (where applicable).
* Subgroup Achievement: A school shows improvement in performance for students in identified subgroups, including free/reduced price lunch, racial/ethnic background, English language learners, and students with disabilities.
Judith Aleman, Whittier parent
Our family is made up of eight members, two parents and six children. The majority attend Whittier Elementary School. Ruth goes to sixth grade, Raul goes to fifth grade, Aron goes to fourth grade, Giselle goes to second grade, and Edith goes to kindergarten. Our children have been attending Whittier Elementary School since 2012.The school was recommended to us by parents and friends of Whittier Elementary School. The school was also close to where we live.
We are very pleased with the support we have been getting from the school. We are also very pleased with the way the principal and teachers treat us. The principal and teachers always help us with any doubt or question we have about our childrens’ education. Our son Aron has tutoring after classes because he needs a little help. We as parents are always invited to activities that students do either during class or after classes. We are also invited to participate in sports activities after classes and that is a pleasure to us.
As parents, we know that education is a great responsibility, and that the school will have to teach mathematics, science, reading, writing, etc; but good behavior is parents’ responsibility even if it takes some extra effort. It would be very difficult to achieve that without the help of the teacher. Even though their job is to teach, parents and teachers should be working shoulder to shoulder. They are always collaborating with us in the education of our children and always looking for what is best for them. We want to thank every single teacher, principal, and others who work at Whittier.