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About Our School
Banneker Elementary
Planning for Benjamin Banneker Elementary School began in 1989 under the leadership of Ester Richey (former principal), with the help of a site task force. The school opened in the fall of 1990 at Pershing Elementary School, a temporary site, with a total of 328 students. By the fall of 1991 the new school site was completed and the student body numbered 600. The new building was officially, and most appropriately, named after 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.
 
Today Benjamin Banneker Elementary School has approximately 300 students.
 
Contact Information:
(816) 418 - 1850 

Neighborhood School Frequently Asked Questions 

 
Q:   Who is eligible to attend school in the Kansas City Public Schools?
A:    Any student currently residing within the boundaries of Kansas City Public Schools.
 
Q:   How do I know which Neighborhood School my child will attend?
A:    Use the "Find Your School" service. If you need clarification, you may call the Student Support & Community Services Office at 816-418-7505, or any of the Neighborhood Schools.
 
Q:   What is the age requirement for my child to enter Kindergarten?
A:   Your child must be 5 years of age before August 1.*
*Updated 4/18/13
 
Q:   Is my child eligible for transportation?
A:   Students who live 1.5 miles or more from their Comprehensive Community School are eligible for transportation. Some restrictions apply. A handbook containing more detailed transportation information is available here
 
Q:   What documents do I need to submit if I am new to the district?
A:   • A birth certificate or other official verification of birth
       • Child's current up-to-date immunization record
       • Proof of current residence (Current utility bill: electric, water, gas, home phone, cable, lease or mortgage agreement)
         If the parent or guardian is not the head of household, please use this document to prove residence.
       • Parent/guardian photo ID (Proof of Guardianship, if required)
       • Discipline records from previous school*
       • Grades/transcripts from previous school*
        *A request for records form is included in the school application packet
 
Q:   Will I be allowed to enroll my child in KCPS without having an up-to-date immunization record on file?
A:   No: Missouri law (RSMo 167.181) requires all children show proof of adequate immunizations. 
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