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Gordon Parks Elementary School

Gordon Parks Elementary School is a coeducational public charter school for students in grades Kindergarten through 4.

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Institution Type: Public Setting: Urban


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Gordon Parks Elementary School says

Founded in 1999, Gordon Parks is a growing Kansas City, Missouri public charter school serving students in grades K-4. To meet the individual educational needs of our students and close academic achievement gaps Gordon Parks : 1) Establishes Rigorous Attendance Goals: To succeed in school, students must be in school. GPES focuses on 90/90 (90% of students attending 90% of the time) and provides door-to-door bus transportation to all students. In 2013-2014, the 90/90 attendance rate at GPES was 90.3%. 2)Maintains Small Class Sizes: To strengthen individualized instruction, GPES maintains an overall 11:1 student/teacher ratio. 3)Monitors Student Achievement: The STAR assessment is used as a monthly benchmark for early literacy, reading, and math. Staff members use the results to categorize students and individualize instruction. 4) Provides Embedded Professional Development: We firmly believe that professional development of teachers is integral to student success. We reflect this philosophy in our daily planning and activities and by dedicating time and financial support to professional development throughout the year.

Mission Statement

Acting on our conviction that every child has promise, Gordon Parks provides urban-core children, including those who are at-risk, with an individualized education that is balanced to develop intellect, character, creativity and physical well-being.



Public charter schools are supported through lower levels of direct, public funding, as well as though private subsidies. As with district public schools, they do not charge tuition to students who attend them.

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 180
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1
Dress Code Uniform
Socioeconomic Diversity

92% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at Gordon Parks Elementary School.

Principal   Joe Palmer
Executive Director   Dr. Steve Fleming
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