Oakhill Day School
7019 N Cherry Street
Gladstone MO 64118
Oakhill students love reading together!
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 436-6228
Mission Statement
The mission of Oakhill Day School is to provide excellence in education through child-centered learning in a supportive, challenging, and rewarding environment that provides students with self-confidence, values, knowledge, and the foundation for leadership through emotional, physical, and social development.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Suzanne McCanles
Board Chair Mr. Dennis Carter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Pour Boys Oil
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1947
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The mission of Oakhill Day School is to provide excellence in education through child-centered learning in a supportive, challenging, and rewarding environment that provides students with self-confidence, values, knowledge, and the foundation for leadership through emotional, physical, and social development.
Background Statement In 1947, Wanda Lee Kalsu envisioned a school where children interact in a child-centered atmosphere focused on individual academic, emotional, and social development. In 2017 Oakhill will celebrate 70 year and in that time Oakhill still nurtures students and is a place where dedicated staff, involved parents and motivated students come together in a caring and dedicated environment allowing students to be their best! Oakhill’s innovative and integrated curriculum challenges students to discover their gifts and provides opportunities for personal growth and development. Students are fascinated by the hands-on approach and are captivated by the relevance and engagement of the material. With small classes, teachers give personal attention, tailor curriculum, involve all learning styles and use small group methods to ensure all students can build upon their gifts and grow. Oakhill is proud to serve students age 2 - eighth grade and continues to uphold its reputation of excellence in education in the Northland still today.
Impact Statement From this past year we were able to accomplish some amazing things to bring us into a wonderful position for the 2016-2016 school year. As part of our campus renovations needed for growth, we purchased an additional building to our southeast to create a full Oakhill Day School Campus. This building has now opened as the Oakhill Day School South Campus and houses our 4th through 8th Graders. It also has tenant space on the upper portion of the building, completely separated from the school. In addition, some renovations were made this year on our Main Campus, including south bathroom improvements, classroom relocation, addition of a conference room, and some additional administration offices. We are moving forward with renovations needed on our current campus, including ADA accessibility and a new multi-purpose room for sporting events, performances, classes and more. Finally, we were able to increase our middle school admissions and facilities to allow for future Oakhill growth and continue to be a community partner in Gladstone and the northland as a whole. In eight years we have grown from 200 students two years old through 8th grade in a given school year to 353 students in the current year. For the 2016-2017 school year our largest goal is to continue focus on growth and expansion. We are in the second year of our first official capital campaign, The RIGHT NOW Campaign @ Oakhill Day School. We are verifying cohesiveness in our marketing and messaging as we move forward, while still maintaining our primary focus, educating the individual child. We plan to increase alumni products and show the greater community the impact that Oakhill Day School has on yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Needs Statement We’ve grown fast in the past 10 years. We have resources for sustainability initiatives to provide for the increase in students and programmatic enhancement. We have organic growth and can now add additional focus on support for mission related events and activities. We would also like to increase our community outreach opportunities and capabilities; we are willing to share what we have with our community and would like the space and facilities to do so in the immediate future.
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Lawrence
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Ray
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Oakhill is a place where children discover themselves as learners in a community where they feel known and valued. At Oakhill learning is active, and teachers are guides, as well as instructors. The faculty nurtures the natural gifts of the children, developing the whole child. Students prepare for the future by embracing environmental education, technology, and globalization awareness. Our students are engaged and challenged by the rigorous academic and specialist programs, as well as the varied activities of everyday school life. Oakhill strives to develop caring and responsible individuals with educated hearts and minds. We never lose sight of why we are here - to guide children to be responsible, compassionate, and active citizens of the world for today and tomorrow. Families find warmth and security in the strong partnership that exists between home and school. We are a community of learners strengthened by the diversity of our members. The individual differences a child brings to Oakhill are respected, welcomed, and valued. In our 65 plus years of working with and caring for children, it has been our experience that expecting great things of young learners inspires in them a sense of confidence, eagerness, and a love of learning that leads to great personal achievement. We invite you to stop by and experience Oakhill Day School – for you to have an opportunity to see what truly makes us special.
Description Oakhill Day School offers students the opportunity to experience, participate and learn from our School Community Garden. This award-winning garden is a unique outdoor learning environment and a true urban farmstead which provides each Oakhill student with the opportunity to learn about ecology, natural plant communities, and gardening in an outdoor setting. This space provides students with a range of hands-on activities and observatory experiences; it also complements and supplements our science curriculum. Students learn about composting their lunch; which items to compost or not and why. The compost is then used in the garden area. Students not only plant the gardens, but water, feed, maintain and harvest. Rain barrels are used to show students how to be good stewards of what we have and to make the most use of water for the garden as needed. They learn about where food comes from and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Our food service program then uses much of the garden in lunch preparation.  Students enjoy trying a variety of home grown foods!
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success The kids are excited at every stage in the process. They are able to get their hands dirty and watch their hard work grow into something beautiful and edible. They learn the importance of composting; the how’s and why’s, and what it provides to the soil, seeds and vegetables that they are growing in their gardens. They learn what happens when you don’t tend a garden and work on maintenance. They learn the importance of farmers, nutrition and hard work. They are finally satisfied when their gardens are harvested and they have the opportunity to try/taste the items they have grown. Many are pleased with the new taste; some are disappointed or shocked. It’s exciting to see their faces! Some of the produce grown in our school gardens are even used in our Farm to Lunch program via a salad bar feature on Fridays!
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal is education and experience through hands-on learning. Students participate in all stages and at all ages throughout their Oakhill career. Even the toddlers start learning about seeds and planting, maintenance and harvests. The children then get to sample the items from the garden to experience the taste of a variety of vegetables they may not normally be exposed to at a young age.
Program Success Monitored By For measuring success with our gardening program we have included this as a part of our science curriculum and the students are tested on their knowledge of the terms, plant variety, water as a transport for plant growth, etc. The part that you can’t test on - the taste testing, the experience of watching something grow from a seed to a harvestable plant, is the best part. Our children are able to experience something that most “city” kids do not and they learn where/how their food comes to them vs you grab it off the shelf at the grocery store or pick it up at a restaurant. They get to taste chard or kale or radishes that they have spent months cultivating, watering, pulling weeds from overtaking and watching grow. They learn how to sow their seeds so that they can reap a harvest.
Examples of Program Success The school garden provides us an additional site for hands-on learning. Because children spend much of their time in a school classroom setting, we provide the opportunity to play a large role in the adoption of healthy living habits. There are many ways our teachers present nutrition education, but gardening provides a fun, interactive way to teach and learn these habits. One first grader remarked after trying radishes for the first time, “I love these! I am going to ask my mom to buy some at the store!” An 8th grader was overheard after harvesting Swiss chard, “I didn’t know that lettuce could look like this!” We have had a school garden area since 2000, but due to staff changes, the garden fell into disrepair and was eventually dropped by 2004. With new staff and an amazing point person, the area was revitalized and doubled in size in 2007 and has become an important part of our school day.
Description Technology is a part of daily life, especially at Oakhill Day School. We now teach our children the importance of embracing technology, in a safe and educational way for all students. Wireless access is available throughout the facility. Early Childhood have the opportunities to use iPads in the classroom on a variety of education apps and programs during a designated time in their day. Our Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms have one computer aside from the teacher’s, while our Kindergarten through Eighth Grade classrooms each have two additional computers. Combined, our school boasts 130 computers in use for the day-to-day classroom instruction. The Commons Area, Library, Middle School, Lower School Science Lab, and several other classrooms are equipped with a ceiling mounted projector system, including speakers, VCR/DVD player and SMART Airliner wireless slate to enhance instruction. Several network printers/copiers, webcams, Flip video cameras and other technologies are available. In our South Campus all classrooms are equipped with short throw interactive projectors for teacher and student use which add to the learning environment. The students go to technology class with a devoted teacher at least twice a week and are able to participate at an accelerated speed from traditional schools.
Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success Technology is exciting and fun. Kids are exposed to technology at an early age and we give them a better understanding to surpass their counterparts at other institutions. Starting in preschool, our students learn the basics of a computer, how and why it works, how to create a video, PowerPoint presentation and much more. They learn the importance of understanding technology - the ins and outs. They learn about internet safety and how to prevent/report cyber bullying. They learn the importance of technology not only in their school world, but how it shapes their future. They love to watch the videos they have created, bar graphs made from research executed, cartoon strips designed...the list goes on and on. With two dedicated technology educators, combined with our small classrooms, our students are able to get hands on experiences daily. We build upon what they have learned in previous grades/education systems, shaping them into desirable students for their future endeavors.
Long-Term Success As in our gardening program above, the ultimate goal is education. We are working to educate the individual child and help them excel. Technology is an important and growing part of their lives. Students participate in all levels and at all ages throughout their Oakhill career. Even the toddlers start learning the basics of computer use and interaction. Our students are better able to enter the public sector and workforce due to their exposure and experience with technology at Oakhill.
Program Success Monitored By For measuring success with our technology program our students are tested on their knowledge of the terms, parts of the computer, inputs vs outputs as well as their execution/creation of technically produced items such as PowerPoints, videos, bar graphs and more. Our children are able to learn at an earlier grade level to be successful and competitive in an ever-growing technological world. They are provided with more than the basics and embrace technology on a daily basis.
Examples of Program Success
We promote hands-on learning at every level with our curriculum. School is a child’s job for many years and they work hard to learn as much as they can, to become successful adults. Technology examples include:
Preschoolers, as fairly new users of technology, progress in their skill development by simply gaining as much experience on the computer as possible. It is clear that as the school year goes on, each student gets more and more comfortable with problem-solving and proper usage. We are lucky to have some really great games and activities to help our skill set grow.
Our 8th graders work on a city planning project by brainstorming ideas to improve the city of Gladstone as the City Council contemplates a 20 year plan. Looking at the available space and current options, students created their own suggestions for future additions, using computer aided design (CAD) software, students illustrate their ideas and begin computer programming in 3D using Alice programming software.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Suzanne McCanles
Term Start July 2007
Dedicated educator, professional, who manages people of all ages to provide outstanding services to students while demonstrating daily an interest in the students and staff with whom she works. Easy to work with/for and is a dependable individual with amazing follow-through. A highly motivated and responsible leader. Dedicated to the Oakhill community, both internally and externally.
  • Head of School at Oakhill Day School, July 2007-Present
  • Director of Auxiliary Services at The Barstow School, August 2000-July 2007
  • Teacher at The Barstow School, August 1993-August 2000
  • University of Missouri Kansas City - Masters, Education Administration
  • William Jewell College - Bachelor, Elementary Education
  • Excelsior Springs High School
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Director of Admissions
Title Director of Development
Title Middle School Division Head
Title Director of Communications/Marketing
Title Director of Technology
Title Director of Finance
Paid Full-Time Staff 65
Paid Part-Time Staff 15
Volunteers 30
Paid Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) - Member2000
National Association of Independent Schools - Full Member2007
External Assessment and Accreditations
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) - 7 Year Accreditation2015
2016 Annual Beautification AwardGladstone Area Chamber of Commerce2016
Best of the Northland - Private EducationLiberty Tribune2016
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Dennis Carter
Company Affiliation Pour Boys Oil
Term Sept 2014 to Aug 2017
Email dennisc@pourboyoil.com
Board Members
Mr. Matt Brown Brown and Company
Mr. Dennis Carter Pour Boys Oil
Mr. Sean Eisler Henderson Engineers
Mrs. Gig Ferro Community Volunteer
Mr. Ron Gregg Gregg Engineering and Technology
Ms. Sharyl Kennedy Retired Head of School - Horizon's Academy
Dr. RD Mallams Retired
Ms. Suzanne McCanles Oakhill Day School
Mrs. Lee Miller Retired United States Army
Mr. Eddie Saylor RE/MAX Innovations
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End July 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $3,799,759
Projected Expenses $4,038,595
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 7/31/2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 7/31/2013: Financial data reported using audited financial statements.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$732$907$10,182
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$140,126$165,190$198,673
Revenue In-Kind$0$26,600$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,869,756$2,738,982$2,326,734
Administration Expense$1,015,664$802,382$746,038
Fundraising Expense$161,746$112,857$140,273
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.900.950.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%75%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue56%40%46%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,434,807$3,532,141$3,672,390
Current Assets$823,042$859,701$961,978
Long-Term Liabilities$1,512,632$1,367,088$1,418,609
Current Liabilities$1,910,388$1,764,827$1,654,331
Total Net Assets$11,787$400,226$599,450
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.430.490.58
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets44%39%39%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The RIGHT NOW Campaign at Oakhill Day School consists of renovations to the existing structure as well as the creation of a new Middle School building, a multi-purpose space and more.
Goal $2,500,000.00
Dates Aug 2015 to July 2018
Amount Raised to Date $1,072,000.00 as of Dec 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Oakhill Day School
Address 7019 N Cherry Street
Gladstone, MO 64118
Primary Phone (816) 436-6228
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Suzanne McCanles
Board Chair Mr. Dennis Carter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Pour Boys Oil
Year of Incorporation 1947