• About Our School

    whittier

    Developing the whole student.

    Whittier Elementary School has a diverse student population that features many languages and cultures. In addition to the core curriculum, the students also receive instruction in art, music, physical education, technology and library science.

    Whittier students take a variety of field trips to experience activities and sites that are available in our community, including the Nelson Art Gallery, Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, the Kansas City Zoo, the Federal Reserve Bank, Hallmark’s Kaleidoscope, and other trips sponsored by the Kansas City Arts Partners.

    At Whittier, we educate a diverse group of students who speak many different languages. The English as a Second Language program is designed to teach students who speak languages other than English how to understand, speak, read and write in English and to support students’ home cultures and languages whenever possible.

    Promoting student health.

    Whittier has several health programs in place to help the students identify and treat any health concerns. Score One is provided by the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and provides physical assessments of each child with their parents’ permission. Big Smiles also is provided to our students to assess their dental needs.

    Activities & programs include:

    • Free Before & After School Care (K-6)
    • National Elementary Honor Society
    • Student Council
    • Soccer
    • School Garden
    • Score 1 for Health
    • Girl and Boy Scouts
     

  • 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:   • A birth certificate or other official verification of birth
           • Child's current up-to-date immunization record
           • Two proofs of current residence (Current utility bill: electric, water, gas, home phone, cable, lease or mortgage agreement)
             If the parent or guardian is not the head of household, please use this document to prove residence.
           • 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.