Award Year: 2013

Mission Trail Elementary School

13200 Mission Road
Leawood, KS, 66209-1750

(913) 239-6700

Debra Bond, Principal at time of Nomination

Blue Valley

School Website


Mission Trail Elementary School is a Professional Learning Community committed to academic excellence, fostering creativity, and to the success of each student.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Mission Trail Elementary's (MTE) focus on personalized student learning is what we do best. Learning is the driving purpose of the students, staff, and community. Ask any student why they are at MTE and the response will be, “To learn!”

A strong sense of community exists and infuses our school with pride and high expectations because of engaged parents, an active PTO and supportive patrons who believe in our mission.

Five years ago, MTE staff met and analyzed the school's historical data and determined the status quo was no longer acceptable. Together, we began to chart a course for change and a vision for our future. The last five years have been an extraordinary time for MTE. The dedication and commitment of all staff to provide an education beyond expectations has been the driving force for the increase in student achievement. Our commitment is to be a school where every student is expected to excel, and every adult is expected to inspire, encourage, and facilitate the learning of every child. To achieve this dream, the MTE staff is engaged in being a Professional Learning Community. Each staff member is responsible for building positive relationships that foster success for all students.

The staff recognizes that learning extends beyond the classroom. Students have multiple opportunities to become involved outside of the school day. A source of great pride at Mission Trail is our commitment to service. MTE has been recognized as a “Presidential School of Service” the past four years.

Mission Trail Elementary is a school where the learning environment has been developed through relationships, dedication, collaboration and flexibility. We continue to learn and strive for excellence!