• Primitivo Garcia Elementary


    Primitivo Garcia Elementary School is a diverse neighborhood school that serves approximately 380 students ranging from preschool through sixth grade.  We are in our second year of implementing “The Leader In Me” program. This program is made possible by a grant from Franklin Covey and is based on the principles of  The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People developed by Steven Covey.  The purpose of this grant is to develop leadership skills in all students by showing them their worth, potential and positive contributions to the school.  


    Meeting the needs of all learners

    In addition to a traditional curriculum, Primitivo Garcia Elementary School strives to meet the needs of all learners through various programs, including:

    • Four Missouri Preschool Project classrooms that are fully-licensed and accredited by the State of Missouri

    • Special education services, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and academic resources

    • An English Language Learner program designed to assist students who have a home language other than English acquire and master English-language skills


    Primitivo Garcia


    Our school is named after a Mexican-American hero: Primitivo Garcia.  He and his brother, Alfredo Garcia, saved their pregnant English teacher from being robbed in 1967.  The teacher walked away without injury.  

    Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Primitivo, who sufferend a fatal gun shot wound in order to save his teacher’s life. The story inspired journalists throughout the country and was featured in Time Magazine.  The mayor of Kansas City declared Dec. 1 to be Primitivo Garcia Day.  To this day, the family of Primitivo Garcia is involved with the school.  

    We continue to honor the legacy of Primitivo Garcia and his service to others. 






     Phone: (816) 418-8725

    Address: 1000 W 17th St. Kansas City MO 64108