PHS at a Glance
We are an independent college preparatory school located on two campuses in the heart of Kansas City near the Country Club Plaza.
Our mission is "Together, cultivating the best in each, for the benefit of all." Our school promotes character development and emphasizes respect, compassion, scholarship and integrity.
The Wornall Campus (400 W. 51st St.) provides programs for children age 2 years through fifth grade. Students in sixth through 12th grade attend classes on the Ward Parkway Campus (5121 State Line Road).
Pembroke Hill was created in 1984 through the merger of the all-girls Sunset Hill School (founded in 1913) and the all-boys Pembroke-Country Day School (founded in 1910).
Nearly 1,200 students, age 2 years through 12th grade, are enrolled each year.
Our students learn in an environment where expectations are high and excellence is expected. At PHS, all students work hard and find supportive peers in their academic and extracurricular endeavors.
Students from seven surrounding counties and 78 different zip codes, in both Kansas and Missouri, travel to Pembroke Hill each day. These students represent a variety of socioeconomic, religious, ethnic and racial backgrounds; students of color represent 30 percent of the school population. Over 100 of our current students have at least one parent who was born outside of the United States.
In the 2021-2022 school year, $3 million in need-based financial aid has been awarded to approximately 25 percent of the student body.
Essentially 100 percent of PHS seniors go on to a four-year college.
Last year, 104 students graduated from Pembroke Hill. They matriculated to 70 different colleges and universities.
The school has 154 faculty members; 88 have master’s degrees and eight hold doctorates. The average Pembroke Hill faculty member has 17 years of teaching experience.
The student-faculty ratio is 11:1 in the Lower School and 15:1 in the Middle and Upper School.
Pembroke Hill has a strong commitment to community service, from our youngest students through upper school. Sixty hours of service during upper school are required for graduation. A large majority exceed this requirement. Despite the Covid restrictions, 63 percent of the Class of 2021 exceeded the sixty-hour requirement, and the entire class amassed a total of 11,331 community service hours.
Our extracurricular program offers extensive opportunities for students beginning in kindergarten. Students may participate in chess, publications, community service, student government, interscholastic athletics (starting in middle school) and special interest clubs. Nearly 80 percent of our upper school students are involved in an extracurricular activity; 75 percent are part of an athletic team.
Our parent community is an integral part of PHS. The Parents Association provides tremendous support through volunteers, fundraising and input on school issues.
Pembroke Hill is operated by a Board of Trustees whose 23 members include parents, alumni and city leaders.
Pembroke Hill is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Additionally, Pembroke Hill is affiliated with INDEX, Global Online Academy (GOA), Malone Scholars, and Challenge Success.