Pembroke Hill School
400 West 51st Street
Kansas City MO 64112
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 9361200
Mission Statement
The mission of the Pembroke Hill School is to enable all students to build character and to develop their intellectual, physical and creative abilities to the highest level.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Steven J. Bellis
Board Chair Mr. Don Montague
Board Chair Company Affiliation MMGY Global
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of the Pembroke Hill School is to enable all students to build character and to develop their intellectual, physical and creative abilities to the highest level.
Background Statement
The Pembroke Hill School's predecessor schools (Sunset Hill and Pembroke-Country Day) shared a common founder: Vassie James Ward Hill. A Vassar College graduate with three sons and a daughter, Mrs. Hill was concerned about her children's education. After researching private college preparatory schools, she started the Country Day School for boys in 1910. This was the first country day school in the Midwest and only the third in the United States. In 1913, Mrs. Hill turned her attention to starting a girls' school. She joined forces with Mrs. Ruth Carr Patton and Mrs. Frances Matteson Bowersock to form the Sunset Hill School, named for Mrs. Hill's favorite area on the Vassar College campus.
 
In 1925, a group of educators and students left the Country Day School to start the Pembroke School. Due to the Depression, the two schools merged in 1933, which formed the Pembroke-Country Day School. From their formative years, through two world wars, a world-wide depression, the rebuilding of the 1950s, and the turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s, the Pembroke-Country Day and Sunset Hill schools withstood many changes and continued to provide excellent educational programs. They combined their talents in dramatic and musical productions, and, in 1963, coeducational classes in upper level math, science and languages began.
 
As the 1980s began, merger talks became prominent and, in 1984, the Sunset Hill and Pembroke-Country Day schools merged to form the coeducational Pembroke Hill School. The early childhood and lower school divisions (age 2 through grade five) are housed on the school's Wornall campus, 400 West 51st Street, the location of the former Sunset Hill School. Pembroke Hill's middle and upper schools (grades six through 12) are found on the school's Ward Parkway campus, 5121 State Line Road, the former Pem-Day campus. Today 1,178 students attend Pembroke Hill School.
Impact Statement Provide an exceptional educational experience for each of our 1,178 students between the ages of 2 and 18. Our mission statement, which is "to build character and help each student to fully develop their intellectual, physical and artistic talents" is alive and well within our school.
Needs Statement

Pembroke Hill is fortunate to have a very supportive school community that gives to the school through the donation of their time, talents and treasures.  Each of these gifts is very important to the operation of the school and is very much appreciated.  

There are many ways to support the school.  You may volunteer through our volunteer office or alumni office; you may make a financial gift through the development office; work on our Auction; or you may encourage your families and friends to consider Pembroke Hill as an option for their children.  Most of our new students come to Pembroke Hill because they know a current family, an alumnus or a member of our faculty and staff.

Thank you for your support of Pembroke Hill and please know that you are key to making our school the very special place it is for our students and the many students who will attend our school in the future. 

Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Preschools
Areas of Service
MO
KS
Students attend Pembroke Hill from over 70 zip codes within KS and MO.
Programs
Description Students in grades nine through 12 experience an academically challenging college preparatory curriculum in which they are encouraged and supported by the area's finest faculty. Advanced Placement courses are offered in all disciplines. Every student takes the SAT and/or ACT exams. Extensive college counseling begins in a student's sophomore year. All Pembroke Hill graduates go on to a four-year college. The school fosters a culture in which students are encouraged to be leaders and to share their opinions. Students learn about the importance of serving the community by participating in classroom projects that benefit social service organizations. Students earn numerous awards in writing, athletics, inventions, science projects and dramatic performances. Pembroke Hill has a truly diverse population - economically, ethnically and geographically - which joins together to form a strong community.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Virtually 100 percent of our graduates go on to attend four-year colleges or universities. In the past five years, 95 percent of our graduates have been accepted to their first or second choice colleges. All upper school students take the SAT and ACT, and traditionally the percentage of students recognized by the College Board as National Merit Finalists is among the very top from any school in the region. Our college-age alumni are earning top honors and are being selected for top leadership positions at their colleges.
Long-Term Success The Pembroke Hill School celebrated its centennial in 2010. Over these 100 plus years, Pembroke Hill, along with its predecessor schools - The Sunset Hill School for girls and The Pembroke-Country Day School for boys - has been a leader in the education of Kansas City youth. Our alumni number over 4,000 and many of them still reside in the Kansas City area. But wherever they are living, our alumni are making major contributions to their communities as leaders in the business, civic, government and nonprofit arenas.
Program Success Monitored By

Our program is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. To receive this accreditation, the school must complete a comprehensive self-study and then host a visiting team of respected educators who spend time on the school's campuses to evaluate the school's programs.

Additionally, each year, Pembroke Hill participates in a program through the Independent School Data Exchange (INDEX) with 95 other leading independent schools in the country. The program compares Pembroke Hill's scores on SAT, ACT and Advancement Placement tests (AP) as well as distribution of grades in the upper school.

Examples of Program Success

Each year, the INDEX report indicates that Pembroke Hill students are at the top of the schools who participate in the study. Also each year, the percentage of Pembroke Hill students who are named Finalists in the National Merit Scholars program sponsored by the College Board is among the highest in the Midwest.

Description

Students in grades six through eight are able to explore and develop their full intellectual, physical and emotional potential. Academic and extracurricular programs provide them with a wide range of experiences that develop critical thinking skills, foster a global perspective and strengthen character. Grade level teacher teams coordinate programs within a grade level across the disciplines and monitor student progress. Marked by active learning experiences, the teaching methodology is interdisciplinary and the inseparable link between the classroom and the world is stressed. Students also have ample opportunity to participate in activities including interscholastic sports, clubs and organizations, allowing them the chance to get to know each other as they share the classroom, the playing field, the stage and community service projects. Pembroke Hill has a truly diverse population - economically, ethnically and geographically - which joins together to form a strong community.

Category Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Students have the social and academic skills necessary for success in the next level of school.
Long-Term Success Students are living lives of character and have developed the skills to have positive choices available to them in areas of their greatest interest.
Program Success Monitored By School administration and Board of Trustees.
Examples of Program Success Every area from artistic outputs and athletic participation to competition and academic test scores are bench marked against comparable schools.
Description

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade experience an educational environment that focuses on their social, emotional and academic needs and recognizes their individual learning styles. Experienced educators use a multitude of teaching methods, extensive classroom materials and technology to support students as they go about their work. The character education program supports and promotes the school's motto: Freedom with Responsibility. The goal is to develop informed consciences that help students choose responsible behavior. The program incorporates core values of respect, responsibility, honesty and empathy. Extracurricular activities and clubs are offered before and after school. Many students play on athletic teams sponsored by the Parents Association Sports Council. Pembroke Hill has a truly diverse population - economically, ethnically and geographically - which joins together to form a strong community.

Category Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Students have the social and academic skills necessary for success in the next level of school.
Long-Term Success Students are developing their character and the skills to have positive choices available to them in the areas of their greatest interest.
Program Success Monitored By School administration and Board of Trustees.
Examples of Program Success Every area from artistic outputs and athletic participation to competition and academic test scores are bench marked against comparable schools.
Description

The mission of the early childhood school is to provide developmentally appropriate opportunities for children to grow cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically, to their maximum potential, in an intentionally planned environment that fosters a sense of community and life-long love of learning. The early childhood school adheres to the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which stresses that education is based on relationships. The school believes children have the right to continuity of education, care and community in preschool and prekindergarten, so teachers and children move together as a group from preschool to prekindergarten. They stay in the same room, which is transformed to meet the new year of growth.

Category Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Students have the social and academic skills necessary for success in the next level of school.
Long-Term Success Students are developing their character and the skills to have positive choices available to them in the areas of their greatest interest.
Program Success Monitored By School administration and Board of Trustees.
Examples of Program Success Every area from artistic outputs and athletic participation to competition and academic test scores are bench marked against comparable schools.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Steven J. Bellis
Term Start July 2007
Experience Education: B.A. History, Kansas State University, 1983. M.B.A. Finance and Marketing, University of Texas - Austin, 1986. Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, University of Kansas, 2007. Experience: Pembroke Hill School (2001-07) Assistant Head of School - Finance and Advancement. Hallmark Cards (1986-2001), Various senior management positions in marketing, finance and, ultimately, general management of business segments including everyday cards, gift wrap, decorative partyware and flowers. Community Involvement: The Children's Place, Board Member, 2002-2008. Youth basketball coach, 1998-present. Youth soccer coach, 1998-2000. Christmas in October, 1997-2001, Independent Data Exchange (INDEX), Board President (2012-2016)
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Thomas D. Harvey July 1989 - June 1995
Dr. Richard D. Hibschman July 1995 - June 2007
Senior Staff
Title Director of Business Services
Experience/Biography Prior to assuming this role in 2007, Mr. Miller served as the business manager / controller since 1998, and other business related roles at the institution starting in 1994. Mr. Miller holds a master's degree in business administration from Rockhurst University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Illinois College.
Title Director of Advancement
Experience/Biography Ms. Rice joined Pembroke Hill in 1995 as assistant directory of development and was appointed director of development in 2007. She is a graduate of Trinity College and holds a bachelor of arts degree in history. In 1996, Ms. Rice earned the designation as a Certified Fund Rising Executive (CFRE). Prior to Pembroke Hill, she had been in fundraising capacities with Trinity School in New York City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.
Title Head of School
Experience/Biography
Appointed head of Pembroke Hill in 2007, Dr. Bellis joined the school in 2001 as the assistant head of school, advancement and finance. Prior to PHS, Dr. Bellis had been with Hallmark Cards since 1986. His final assignment with Hallmark, from 1999 to 2001, was president of Hallmark Flowers. He holds a doctorate of education administration from the University of Kansas, an MBA from the University of Texas and a bachelor of arts degree in history from K-State.
Title Director of Communications and Marketing
Experience/Biography Mrs. Bryant has served in her current position since 1986. Prior to assuming this role, she served in public relations at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Mrs. Bryant holds a master's degree in marketing from Webster University and a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Central Missouri State University.
Title Upper School Principal
Experience/Biography Mr. Hill joined Pembroke Hill in 1999. His many roles at the school have included drama teachers, coach, performing arts chair, speech and drama teacher and assistant upper school principal. He was appointed upper school principal beginning in 2011-12. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre and dance from the University of Wyoming. and a master’s degree in fine arts from the Conservatory at the University of Washington.
Title Lower School Principal
Experience/Biography Mr. D’Ercole joined Pembroke Hill in July 2014. He has served as the elementary school principal for Butler Global School in Washington, D.C., principal for two private schools in Colombia, South America and vice principal for the Shanghai American School. Mr. D’Ercole holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Baker University. He was selected as the 2012 Most Outstanding Principal by the Washington, D.C., Association of Chartered Public Schools.
Title Early Childhood Principal
Experience/Biography In her 11th year at Pembroke Hill, Mrs. Robb has served as an early years teacher and was appointed early childhood principal beginning in 2013-14. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in early childhood education from UMKC and a bachelor’s degree from Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State). Prior to joining Pembroke Hill, Mrs. Robb was a master teacher and member of the administrative team for the Berkley Child & Development Center.
Title Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Title Middle School Principal
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 193
Paid Part-Time Staff 14
Volunteers 1100
Paid Contractors 48
Retention Rate 90%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 11
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 177
Hispanic/Latino 11
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (Please Specify) 3 - mixed race
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 155
Male 50
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
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Association of Independent Schools - Full Member1984
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) - 7 Year Accreditation2014
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
AccreditedIndependent Schools Association of the Central States2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Don Montague
Company Affiliation MMGY Global
Term July 2016 to July 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. David Chao Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Ms. Rita Cortes Menorah Heritage Foundation
Mr. Jean-Willy de Pierre
Dr. Anne Dema William Jewell College
Mr. William Gautreaux Inergy
Mr. Jeff Hargroves
Mrs. Christina Hogan community volunteer
Ms. Betsey Hughes MRIGlobal
Mr. Frederick Jiang Coalescence Partners Investment Mgt.
Mr. Jonathan Kemper
Mrs. Lisa Lattan Utz & Lattan
Mrs. Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley Gilda's Club Kansas City
Mrs. Maureen Mahoney United Gov't of Wyandotte County
Mrs. Vicki McReynolds
Mr. Don Montague MMG Worldwide
Mrs. Dana Nelson community volunteer
Ms. Kimi O'Dell Nelson
Mr. James Nutter Jr. James B. Nutter & Co.
Mr. Danny O'Neill The Roasterie
Mr. Clay Patterson
Mr. Mark Peterson EPR Properties
Mr. Ed Stevens Pulse NeedleFree Systems
Mr. Hunter Wolbach UBS Financial Services
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 3 Chinese, Haitian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 84%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Building
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Trusteeship
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $26,195,198
Projected Expenses $26,117,546
Endowment Value $41,047,212
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Individual contributions may include revenue from foundations/corporations.
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,886,146$1,976,646$1,526,017
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
$0$0$0
$25,544,443$24,887,909$23,168,035
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,619,228$3,939,595($708,519)
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$51,400$252,990$53,912
Revenue In-Kind$194,145$143,105$145,065
Other$41,025$37,925$33,600
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$16,607,320$15,988,087$15,390,839
Administration Expense$11,325,376$11,268,070$10,515,721
Fundraising Expense$608,373$554,450$583,705
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.120.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses58%57%58%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%25%37%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$104,186,892$103,863,564$114,761,784
Current Assets$18,186,223$15,466,553$15,650,944
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$2,794,718
Current Liabilities$21,911,786$21,812,690$30,112,645
Total Net Assets$82,275,106$82,050,874$81,854,421
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.830.710.52
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $150,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $110,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $100,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The school is in the quiet phase of a facilities capital campaign.
Organization Comments The school is in excellent financial condition. Its budget comfortably provides a low pupil-teacher ratio, very comprehensive educational and extra-curricular programs, ample and appropriate instructional materials, books and technology, and well-maintained buildings and grounds. The school develops a five-year budget plan annually.
Organization Name Pembroke Hill School
Address 400 West 51st Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
Primary Phone (816) 9361200
Contact Email PHS@pembrokehill.org
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Steven J. Bellis
Board Chair Mr. Don Montague
Board Chair Company Affiliation MMGY Global
Year of Incorporation 1984