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sankofa bird

The “Sankofa” is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress.  What poem or speech inspires you to reflect on your history and helps to provide direction for your successful future?


For over a century, James Elementary has been a landmark of education in Northeast KC. We are focused on high academic achievement and outfitted with the latest 21st Century technological classroom tools to bring interactive lessons to life.


Solid white or navy blue short or long-sleeved shirt (must have a collar or turtleneck). Tan (khaki) or navy blue pants, skirt, jumper, or shorts. No denim is allowed.

School Hours:
8:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.


School Activities & Programs:

  • Art Club
  • Chess Club
  • ELL
  • Gardening Club
  • National Elem. Honor Society
  • Lead to Read
  • LINC
  • One-to-One School
  • Sewing Club
  • Student Council
Students of James looking at computer

5810 Scarritt Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64123
(816) 418-3700
Twitter: @KCPS_James