• About Benjamin Banneker Elementary

    Benjamin Banneker Benjamin Banneker Elementary School is one of Kansas City Public School’s (KCPS) neighborhood schools. As a one-to-one school, every student at Banneker has their own technology device offering our teachers the flexibility to use innovative teaching opportunities.

    Banneker will implement the Extended School Year Model for the 2017-2018 school year. This will add 31 days to the end of the school, helping to decrease knowledge lost over the summer and allowing teachers an extended time to continue their lessons. School will begin in August and run through the end of July with additional breaks in the months of June and July.

    Community Partnerships are very important to our school; we have partnered with Phi Beta Sigma fraternity to greet students each morning. Volunteers from My Brother’s Keeper program, Girls on the Run, along with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts all regularly serve within our school.
    We offer a variety of activities including:
    • National Elementary Honor Society
    • Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
    • Zoo Club
    • Lego Robotics Program (STEM)
    • Student Council
    • Girls on the Run
    • Basketball
    In addition, we are proud to partner with the following community programs and partners:
    • Loads of Laundry Program
    • Patch Grand $25,000 Free School Supplies
    • George Washington Carver National Monument Museum Kids in the Park Grant
    • Scholastic’s My Very Own Library
    • Derrick Johnson’s Dream Foundation Library
    • Community Gardens
    • My Brother’s Keeper Mentoring Initiative


    Meet Benjamin Banneker Principal

    Banneker Principal Harrison Neal Harrison Neal

    As a Kansas City Public School (KCPS) alumnus, Mr. Neal is excited and proud to be serving as Principal at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School. Prior to joining the Banneker family, he attended the Institute for Urban Education at the UMKC School of Education and then served as an administrator for Lee A. Tolbert Academy.




    History of Benjamin Banneker Elementary

    About Benjamin Banneker

    Benjamin Banneker was an outstanding scientist, astronomer, mathematician, and surveyor who lived during colonial times. He was born in 1731 on a farm outside of Baltimore, Maryland. He received some formal instruction when he was 12, but was mainly self-taught. He was one of the leaders of his time in the use of technology and was a driving force in the area of human rights. When he died in 1806 he was acclaimed throughout the world for his accomplishments.