Della Lamb Elementary Charter School

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Organization and History
School Founded By: Della Lamb Community Services
Date of Implementation: June 14, 1999
Current Number of Students: 596, as of December 2012
School Type: Year-Round Elementary Charter School
Sponsoring Agency: University of Central Missouri
Approved Application: April 14, 1999
Current Grades Served: Kindergarten - 8th grade

Teacher/Student Ratio
1:15 in Kindergarten and 1st Grade Classes
1:16 in 2nd through 8th Grade Classes

Respect, High Expectations, and Success for All - Students, Parents, Faculty, Staff

Mission Statement
Della Lamb Elementary Charter School seeks to create long-term educational and economic impact in the lives of low-income, at risk, disadvantaged children and families by providing alternative educational and academic services in conjunction with supplemental family support services in a Missouri Charter School format. DLECS is committed to offer to the students it serves a liberal education through its use of the Core Knowledge Curriculum Sequence and the Direct Instruction Basic Skills Curriculum.

Geographic Area Served
Urban core, Inner-City Kansas City, Missouri and Residents of the KCMO School District

*DLCS Purchased a 24,000 sq ft Facility at 1000 Charlotte; Renovated; and Installed State-of-the-Art   Playground Equipment
*Kindergarten and 1st Grade Served at 500 and 406 Woodland
*2nd grade through 5th Grade Served at 1000 Charlotte
*6th, 7th and 8th Grade Students are Served at 3608 St. John Ave.
*Central Office Administration Located at 500 Woodland
*Satellite DLCS Social Services Facilities Near the School
*Ongoing Technology Developed In-House with Up-to-Date Computers and Networking
*Technology Program on Networked Computers and Internet Access Available for Students and   Teachers daily
*Ongoing Library Development
*Gymnasium Facility Located at 406 Woodland

School Hours
8:10 am - 4:00 pm K - 5th grades
7:30 am - 2:55 pm 6th - 8th grades

Free Door-to-Door Transoportation Provided Daily

Instructional Program Overview
*Back to Basics Curricula: SRA Direct Instruction and Core Knowledge
*Research Based Curricula Documenting National Academic Success with High Needs, Low-Income, at
  Risk Elementary Students


Public School Choice Notice

         Per the October 2008 Title I Regulations, districts are required to display notice of parental rights to Public School Choice for Schools in Need of Improvement on the school's website.

         Della Lamb Charter School is a Charter School LEA with one attendance center. Therefore there are not available schools for student transfers.

Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

Under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), this option of after-school tutoring by an approved provider is available to parents of eligible children that attend a Title I school in School Improvement Level 2 and every year thereafter, the building is in School Improvement status.

Title I Buildings in School Improvement






Della Lamb Elementary

Eligible for SES
Participated in SES











SES Providers for 2011-2012

SES Provider Name
and Office Address

Serve Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students or Students with Disabilities

Location of Services

(Location Examples)

DuBois Learning Center


District site

District site
School building
Provider site
Child’s home

For More Information

Judy McGonigle Akers                              Jennifer Wilson
DLECS Executive Vice President                  DLECS Principal
e-mail                                                       e-mail


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