Briarcliff is a small elementary school with 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Located on the southwest edge of North Kansas City Schools, our population includes students living in our adjacent neighborhood communities, as well as students from the city of North Kansas City. High achievement, rich diversity and strong community involvement are hallmarks of Briarcliff.
On state and local assessments we continue to perform above state and district averages in math and communication arts. Our workshop approach to instruction in most content areas help us maintain this growth by meeting the unique needs of all students. We work to assess where students are and adjust instruction to help all student make gains.
With about 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, we usually have 2 classes in each grade level. Our population has remained fairly consistent over the past few years and includes 14% ELL, 6% IEP, and 55% Free Reduced Lunch. Fifty-seven percent of our population is white, 17% is Hispanic, and 12% is black.
Our PTA and local residents ensure that our school continues to be the heart of our community with the neighborhood trails and a veggie patch, both supported and enjoyed by our local residents and our students. While the Briarcliff community is over fifty years old, recent re-greening, strong neighborhood associations, and a small retail development make this a desirable community. Recent parents surveys repeatedly shared an appreciation for strong sense of community and family feeling.
Beyond our strong academic programming, Briarcliff provides a variety of unique opportunities for students to be involved and enriched. Activities include Running Club, Math Club, Battle of the Brains, Unicycling Club, and Dulcimer Club. Our PTA also offers a number of events to involve families, including Breakfast with Books, Walk to School Day, Movie Nights, Family Nights at the Community Pool, and Walking School Bus.
Briarcliff Elementary is a safe and respectful community that fosters student achievement and an enthusiasm for learning for all!