• About Our School

    Hale Cook

    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 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.