• History


    Bessie Ellison Elementary is named after Mrs. Bessie Ellison, a former principal and superintendent.  The school originally opened its doors to 175 students on November 14, 1954  as part of the Platte Valley  R-1 School District.   In 1967, the school was annexed to the St.Joseph School District.   


    Ellison Elementary was recognized in the spring of 2007 as a Missouri "Gold Star" school for high academic performance. In October, 2007, Ellison was nationally recognized as a "Blue Ribbon School of Excellence" by the U.S. Department of Education.