• Wendell Phillips school building
    Wendell Phillips Elementary is a K-6th grade elementary school in Kansas City Public Schools. Students at Phillips are expected to wear uniforms daily. These consist of khaki or navy bottoms and white or navy tops.
  • Principal Deloris Brown
    Deloris Brown is the principal at Wendell Phillips. She has been with Kansas City Public Schools for several years and believes that for students to be successful they have to first be treated like they are capable. She focuses on student capability by partnering with outside agencies for student success and celebrating what kids do well at Phillips.
  • Attendance award bulletin board
    When students walk into the building they can see how well their classes are doing with coming to school. Classrooms with great attendance are given rewards.
  • Literacy lab doorway
    When students walk into the building they can see how well their classes are doing with coming to school. Classrooms with great attendance are given rewards.
  • Students in gym class
    In gym class, these Kindergarten students practice yoga to prepare them to go back to their classroom. Yoga is incorporated into PE at Phillips Elementary. All students go to PE weekly.
  • Kindergarten students in music class
    These Kindergarten students enjoy singing along with their instructor in music class. All students go to music class weekly. They also go to art.
  • Students in library
    Students also go to the library weekly and teachers are able to take small groups there. These students are taking an exam.
  • students in classroom on rug
    In first grade, these students work on a geography lesson with their teacher. 
  • Students working on group project
    These first grade students work together to design a project that will solve a problem they read about in a book.
  • Sentence writing on bulletin board
    Outside of their classroom, these first grade students display their work with sentence writing.
  • Students on sofa in classroom
    In second grade, these students enjoy comfy seats as their teacher gives them instruction for the day.
  • students working in groups
    These second grade students work on a genius hour project with permission from their teacher. Genius hour is an hour of class given to students by their teacher to pursue passion projects. It is student driven and helps build excitement for learning. Students typically share their passion projects with classmates, teacher, or community when they are finished with them.
  • students working with teacher at table
    In third grade, these students are working with their teacher in a reading group while the rest of the class works independently.
  • third grade students working with teacher
    In this third grade classroom, students are working on a language lesson with their teacher.
  • fourth grade students playing game
    In fourth grade, these students work to review a lesson by playing a game. They have invited other staff from the building to view their game as well.
  • students working in small group
    In this fourth grade room, students work in small groups to complete an assignment.
  • fifth grade students in classroom
    In fifth grade, these students are reviewing a lesson with their teacher.
  • students reading independently
    In this fifth grade classroom students read independently and discuss their reading in small groups. 
  • bulletin board of student work
    Outside of their classroom, upper elementary students display their learning for all to see.
  • students working online
    In sixth grade, students complete their work online. All students have access to technology at Phillips Elementary.
  • iSparks classroom/lab
    In addition to computers in their classrooms, students at Phillips go to iSparks lab each week. There they learn computer coding, making, and design thinking.
  • school cafeteria with jungle painted walls
    In the cafeteria, volunteers painted these murals for students to enjoy. All students receive free breakfast and lunch daily at Phillips.
  • playground and green space
    Outside, students have a large playground and greenspace to play.
  • Kindergarten playground and musical toys
    Kindergarten students have a smaller playground and musical toys in a separate area.
  • School garden
    Students at Phillips also have access to a garden that is maintained in part through partnerships with community members.

Wendell Phillips Elementary (K-6)

Wendell Phillips Elementary

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2400 Prospect Ave
Kansas City, MO 64127
816-418-3750 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Takeisha Brown, Principal
  • NO Tuition
  • Availability for 2021-2022
  • Transportation provided
  • Before and After-Care Available

Quick Facts

Our Mission

Wendell Phillips' mission is to develop within all students the ability and desire to achieve academic excellence in a safe and nurturing environment.

Points of Pride

  • Academic Performance
  • Daily Attendance
  • Low Rate of Office Referrals

School Hours

  • School Hours: 9:15 am - 4:15 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: 7:00 am
  • After Care Hours End: 6:00 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: Information not shared with SMKCS
  • Total Enrollment: 268
  • Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
  • School Type: KCPS-Neighborhood

Feeder Schools

  • Middle School: Northeast Middle School
  • High School: Northeast High School


  • Tuition: NO Tuition

Our Demographics


Receive Special Ed Services


English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • N/A

Arts Programs

  • N/A

Sports Programs

  • N/A

Clubs + Activities

  • N/A

Family Engagement

  • Evening Family Events
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Application Process

Application Details

Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.

  • Application Open: December 5, 2019
  • Kindergarten Cutoff: July 31, 2020
  • Offer Date: March 1, 2021
  • Residence: Students live within Wendell Phillips' boundaries in the North Zone.

How to Apply

Enroll online on the KCPS website

Applications for signature and neighborhood schools open on December 14, 2020

The initial round of applications deadline is February 15, 2021

The week of March 1st, initial seats will be offered, and parents will need to complete the registration form.

You can still apply after the deadline, seats will be offered at a later date.

Submit applications online or in person at the Board of Education building, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109. Applications CANNOT be submitted at schools.

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Student Performance

Standardized Test Results



Why It Matters

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests are scored (or graded) according to four achievement levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The number shown here is the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced. When comparing scores between years, please remember that the test Missouri gives has changed several times.

Please note that private schools are not required to participate in these exams.

In 2019, the average English score in Missouri was 48.7%; the average Math score was 41.9%, source

Attendance Rate 90/90


Why It Matters

Schools strive to have at least 90% of their students achieve a 90% attendance rate because kids learn best when they’re in school.

In 2019, 87.3% of Missouri students were in attendance at least 90% of the time, source.

Third Grade Reading Scores


Why It Matters

Third grade is the important time when kids switch from learning to read to reading to learn and is an important benchmark for a student’s educational development.

In 2019, the average 3rd grade reading score in Missouri was 48.7%, source

Student Growth

English Language Arts


Why It Matters

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in English Language Arts.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).



Why It Matters

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in Mathematics.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).

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Parent Perspective


Rita Allen, Wendell Phillips Parent

I am a proud parent of a 4th grader and a 6th grader. My children have been under the leadership and instruction of the Wendell Phillips staff for four years. It has been a journey of parent teacher partnership to identify struggles, find solutions, set goals, and meet and exceed goals. My children have grown so much at Wendell Phillips.

I enrolled my children at Wendell Phillips because it is our neighborhood school; however, this school turned out to a diamond in the rough. My daughter’s 3rd grade teacher Ms. Wooton cared enough to ensure that she would be able to obtain a strong foundation in math and reading so that she could get the help she needed to be academically successful. Each year my daughter has continued to have teachers like Ms. Edwards who were supportive and encouraged her to do well.

Through LINC, the before and after school care, students are offered the ability to participate in great activities including Chess Club, Good News Club, Boy and Girl Scouts, and basketball. Tutoring is another great resource for students to study the skills learned during the day. Wendell Phillips makes it a priority to reach out to families and encourage parent involvement by hosting a monthly SAC Meeting to inform parents about upcoming events.

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