Our School

Our Mission

Acting on its conviction that every child has promise, Gordon Parks provides urban-core children, including those who are at-risk, an individualized education that is balanced to develop character, intellect, creativity and physical well-being.

About Gordon Parks Elementary School

Gordon Parks Elementary School, a Kansas City Missouri public charter school, currently serves over 175 kindergarten through fourth grade students. Founded in 1999 by Dorothy Curry and Sue Jarvis, Gordon Parks was named in honor of the groundbreaking African-American photographer, filmmaker, musician and author who proudly endorsed the school’s mission of educating urban core children to reach their full potential.

Our team of faculty and administrators stands committed to creating a school environment with high expectations for our students in the areas of achievement, attendance and behavior. To meet the individual educational needs of our students and close academic achievement gaps there are two teachers in every classroom. This uniquely low student-teacher ratio enables GPES to closely monitor student achievement and implement individualized educational support.

As a charter school, Gordon Parks receives public funding. We also depend on the generosity and dedication of community partners and volunteers to support our small classes,  enhanced curriculum and intensive support services. Collectively, this team provides the environment, resources and high expectations necessary for our students to thrive.

two Gordon Parks students

Gordon Parks is sponsored by the University of Central Missouri (UCM), and accountable to both the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Schools (DESE) and the U.S. Department of Education. Gordon Parks is a registered 501(c)3 organization and is governed by a board of directors.

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