Frequently Asked Questions

An independent public school that is an alternative to the regular public school system. Charter schools are alike in the following ways:

  • They receive public tax support
  • They cannot charge tuition nor discriminate in student enrollment
  • They are non-profit organizations governed by a board that assumes legal, financial, and program oversight responsibilities
  • They must satisfy their sponsor (ours is University of Central Missouri) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) that students are progressing academically
  • Each has the capacity to hire and fire its staff
  • Each may determine its system for reaching the state curricular goals.


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.


Children are our future. They are our future parents, educators, researchers, politicians, and entrepreneurs. At Gordon Parks, we want our future to be filled with self-sufficient, empathetic, knowledgeable citizens with feelings of hope for their future.

Gordon Parks has site-based management, under the direction of a Chief Education Officer and a Chief Development Officer, and is governed by a Board of Directors.

Anyone living within the Kansas City Missouri School District may apply for kindergarten through fourth grade. Call the school office (816.753.6700) for more enrollment information. 

All students must wear a uniform shirt or sweatshirt along with khaki (tan colored) pants/shorts. New students receive two free uniform shirts. Shirts can be purchased in the school office for $5 each.

Complimentary door-to-door transportation is provided to our students within the parameters of the district. Please contact the main office for more information regarding bus transportation. (816.753.6700).

School is in session from 8:15 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. every day. Please contact the school office (816.753.6700) for more information.

All teachers are appropriately certified and highly qualified, as required by state and federal law.

The overall student-to-teacher ratio at Gordon Parks Elementary is 12:1.

Ensure your student arrives on time, in uniform, and with plenty of rest ready to start the school day at 8:15 a.m. By ensuring your child is present every day, you show to your child that you value education. You are also expected to watch for and respond to notes from school, provide updated contact information to the school, spend at least 20 minutes each day listening and reading with your child, come to school meetings and volunteer at Gordon Parks when possible.