• About Hale Cook Elementary

    Hale Cook

    At Hale Cook Elementary, we are a neighborhood school in KCPS with strong parent and community support. Born out of the desire to revitalize a historic building and offer quality education in the heart of the Waldo neighborhood, Hale Cook is easily accessible via walking, biking, car and bus transportation. Hale Cook is a neighborhood public school open to students who live within the school’s boundaries.

    Hale Cook is more than a neighborhood school. It is the result of a grassroots effort by the community to revitalize a historic building to benefit future Kansas City residents. With experienced educators, low staff turnover and an honest desire to see every child grow and learn, Hale Cook offers neighborhood families the opportunity to send their children to a quality school without waitlists or lotteries.


    Focus on academic achievement

    As a neighborhood school, Hale Cook follows the standard KCPS curriculum with an emphasis on academic excellence. Each student will have access to general education and classes such as music, art, and physical education. 

    Resourceful, critical thinkers

    At Hale Cook, our vision is to equip students to be resourceful, critical thinkers who will make a positive change in their community.

    Every day, our goal is to provide a culture where students can develop a life-long love of learning. As a one-to-one school, every student at Hale Cook has his or her own laptop allowing teachers the opportunity to use innovative teaching and methods to bring lessons to life.

    Take a tour today

    Learn more about Hale Cook and the students we serve. Call our organization to take a tour, attend an information session, meet other Hale Cook families and discover your neighborhood public elementary school. Call today to schedule.


    Hale Cook Mission

    “Our mission is to provide a challenging, engaging curriculum in a safe, inclusive and supportive environment. We promote personal accountability and self reflection with the goal of all students achieving academic excellence and high standards of character.”