• About Our School

    Garfield Elementary

    Providing tailored instruction for all students.

    Garfield serves a very diverse community with students from more than 15 countries representing a variety of cultures. Many students receive specialized assistance through the English Language Learners program.

    Garfield staff teaches the curriculum as provided by KCPS. Teachers support students learning with small group instruction and practice centers. KCPS implemented a one-to-one initiative at Garfield where each student in first grade through sixth have their own laptop to use as a learning tool in the classroom. These devices remain at school at the elementary level.

    Developing a culture of positive behavior.

    Garfield focuses on the advantages of positive behavior through the Missouri Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) initiative. PBIS is a framework for creating safe and orderly learning environments in schools, while improving the social-emotional outcomes for students. Students are encouraged to focus on what they do right as a means to success.

    Activities & programs include:

    • Free Before & After School Care (K-6)
    • National Elementary Honors Society
    • Junior Achievement
    • Lead to Read
    • School Garden
    • Truman Health
    • Score 1 Health
    • Lead to Read
    • Literacy Lab
     

  • Neighborhood School Frequently Asked Questions 

     
    Q:   Who is eligible to attend school in the Kansas City Public Schools?
    A:    Any student currently residing within the boundaries of Kansas City Public Schools.
     
    Q:   How do I know which Neighborhood School my child will attend?
    A:    Use the "Find Your School" service. If you need clarification, you may call the Office of Admissions at 816-418-7505 or any of the Neighborhood Schools.
     
    Q:   What is the age requirement for my child to enter Kindergarten?
    A:   Your child must be 5 years of age before September 1.
     
    Q:   Is my child eligible for transportation?
    A:   Students who live 0.5 miles or more from their Comprehensive Community School are eligible for transportation. Some restrictions apply. A handbook containing more detailed transportation information is available here
     
    Q:   What documents do I need to submit if I am new to the district?
    A:

    Required documents to enroll in Kindergarten – 12th Grade:
    (Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1, 2020)

    1. Birth Certificate
    2. Student's current immunization record
    3. Parent/guardian photo ID (Proof of guardianship, if required)
    4. Previous school records – transcript, behavior, attendance (grades 1st – 6th)
    5. Two proofs of residency (See “Acceptable Proofs of Residency” list below)
      • One from each column

    Documents to in enroll for Pre-Kindergarten:
    (Pre-Kindergarten must be 3 years old by September 1, 2020)

    1. Enrollment application
    2. Student's verification of birth (Birth Certificate)
    3. Student's current immunization record
    4. Parent/guardian photo ID (Proof of guardianship, if required)
    5. Two proofs of residency.
    6. Proof of income:
      • Two current pay stubs
      • Current TANF award letter
      • Current SSI verification
      • Unemployment letter
      • Current 1040A tax form with W-2's, (employer letter on company letterhead, notarized letter from employer)
      • Child support letter

    ACCEPTABLE PROOFS OF RESIDENCY

    (one from each column)

    PROOF OF RESIDENCE #1

    • Current utility bill: electric, water or gas. (Disconnect or shutoff notices will not be accepted. Bills must be within the last 30 days)
    • Valid Property Deed
    • Current Real Estate Tax Receipt
    • Mortgage Statement/Bill
    • Signed Residential Lease Agreement
    • Residency Affidavit – Must be notarized (fine at kcpublicschools.org or Office of Admissions 2901 Troost)

    PROOF OF RESIDENCE #2

    • Personal Property Tax Receipt (Past year)
    • Homeowner’s/Rental Insurance Policy (Current year)
    • Social Services, Social Security Statement, or Other Legal/Court Documents
    • Pay stub/Pay check (within 30 days)
    • Bank statement (within 30 days)
           • Parent/guardian photo ID (Proof of Guardianship, if required)
           • Discipline records from the previous school*
           • Grades/transcripts from the previous school*
            *A request for records form is included in the school application packet
     
    Q:   Will I be allowed to enroll my child in KCPS without having an up-to-date immunization record on file?
    A:   No: Missouri law (RSMo 167.181) requires all children show proof of adequate immunizations.