About Our School
Fostering student success through family & community involvement.
At Hale Cook Elementary, we are a neighborhood school in KCPS with strong parent and community support. However, 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. Easily accessible via walking, biking, car and bus transportation, Hale Cook offers quality education in the heart of the Waldo neighborhood.
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.
Nurturing 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.
Activities & programs include:
- Free Pre-K Program
- Free Before & After School Care (K-6)
- Student Council
- Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
- Lego Club
- Sewing Club
- Gardening Club
- Yoga Club
- Chess Club
- Cooking Club
- Spanish Club
- Field Fitness Day
- Brookside St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- Waldo Fest
Neighborhood School Frequently Asked QuestionsQ: 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 packetQ: 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.