School Districts

Connect with your love of education in one of our Nation’s most beautiful regions, Southern Missouri. Here you will have the opportunity to foster high quality education in a community that appreciates you!

Alton R-IV

Great students, but students that truly need the structure the school day provides. We are a school family where everyone know everyone else’s name. Nobody gets lost in the shuffle or the bureaucracy of the academic day, students or staff!

Community Highlights

Mark Twain National Forest, 11 Point River, Greer Mill, Beatles visit to Pigman Ranch in 1964, Mayberry by a different name.

Bunker R-3

smalltown, tightknit, core values, sincere, country 

Community Highlights

very small class sizes, staff are more like family than coworkers, very low discipline rates, high morale, old fashioned 

Cabool R-IV

Small class sizes, Great culture, Empowerment, 4 day week.

Community Highlights

Very welcoming, hard workers, outdoor enthusiasts.

Couch R-I School District

Couch School in a small school that is more like a family than a school. You will be supported and feel part of us in no time at all. If you want to join a district that cares about you and your family, then you will want to be at Couch Schools. We have great parental support and our students work hard to achieve their goals.

Community Highlights

We are situated in a small rural farming community with some of the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises around. If you love the outdoors, you will love it here. Hiking, rafting, kayaking, fishing and hunting are all things you will be able to enjoy in our area. Couch School is definitely the center of the community activities and we feel the support of the people in our community.

East Carter County R-2 Schools

Close-knit family of co-workers. All schools are located on one campus.

Community Highlights

Current River and other outdoor activites abound such as kayaking, trail riding of horses and ATVs.

Fairview R-11

Although we are one of the largest Pre-kindergarten through eighth grades in the
state, with approximately 540 students and 85 staff members, we are comprised
of like-minded teachers who support each other and the students and community
we serve. Students excel here at Fairview as demonstrated by their continued
success in whichever high school they choose to attend.

Community Highlights

Fairview is located three miles west of West Plains, Missouri. The school and
community are located near the Ozark National Scenic Waterways and the Mark
Twain National Forest which contain numerous opportunities such as hunting,
fishing, kayaking and hiking to name a few. The area is a great place to live,
work, and raise a family.

Glenwood R-8 School District

Glenwood is a community-based school featuring small class sizes, 1:1 student technology, and a strong culture of love and caring for each and every student. We strive to build and maintain strong, positive relationships with our families to help give our students every opportunity to succeed.

Community Highlights

West Plains is a small town in rural, southern Missouri. We are a close, tight-knit community in the Ozarks. The rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains along with the springs, lakes, and rivers offer beautiful sights and plenty of recreational opportunities.

Houston R-1 School District

STEM(PLTW) in all elementary classes and in middle school technology and science classes. New gymnasium complex completed in September 2021. No tax increase bond issues passed in 2013 and 2019 have shown community support for school improvement. Fully paid health plan for employees. Competitive salary.

Community Highlights

TCMH(Texas County Memorial Hospital), beautiful city owned 9 hole golf course, new city pool with new pool house and buildings, situated on the beautiful Big Piney River with several access points, city owned fiber internet, access to Drury University on site. Houston is the county seat of Texas County.

Junction Hill C-12 School District

We are a small, family-oriented school with approximately 200 students and 40 staff members. We strive to keep class sizes small in order to give more personalized attention to each student. We have a very active community of supporters for both academic and athletic endeavors.

Community Highlights

Junction Hill School is nestled in the heart of the Ozarks, five miles east of West Plains, Missouri. The school and community are located near the Ozark National Scenic Waterways and the Mark Twain National Forest which contain numerous opportunities such as hunting, fishing, and hiking. The surrounding towns contain many specialty shops, restaurants, and entertainment choices including concerts, plays, rodeos, sporting events and more.

Licking R-VIII School District

Individualized instruction for all students, strong FFA program, FCCLA, FBLA, Student Council, pride in athletics and academics, numerous extra-curricular activities options, dedicated staff, strong parental support, close to Fort Leonard Wood, safe community.

Community Highlights

Montauk State Park, Big Piney River access, Boiling Springs State Park, Slab Town Bridge, hiking, fishing, floating, camping, acreage for sale for new homes and farms, easy drive to Rolla, St. Louis, and Springfield.

Mountain Grove Schools

The Mountain Grove School District will provide an education that empowers graduates to be adaptive life-long learners.

Community Highlights

With a low crime rate, great schools, hometown pride and traditions going back many years, we strive to make this community the best it can be.

Mountain View-Birch Tree R-III

We are on a mission to make sure all students and employees thrive in our district.  Learn here! Teach here!  Thrive here!

Community Highlights

We are a school district from two small communities, Mountain View and Birch Tree. There are several favorite swimming and fishing holes throughout the district. We are fortunate to be just minutes away from the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, beautiful springs, mills, and state parks. Although we are small communities, you will find a municipal golf course, a youth center, a variety of city parks, a municipal pool, and a public library. You can shop at Wal-Mart, the General Dollar Store, Wal-greens, and several family-owned businesses. Mercy St. Francis Hospital, Mercy Clinic-Mountain View, Mercy Clinic-Birch Tree, and Ozarks Healthcare Clinic are available in our community to meet your medical needs. You can participate in several community groups, such as UPP! (community group for people with disabilities), Girl Scouts, the local Farmer’s Market, Garden Club, Masons, Rotary Club, and the VFW. We have a variety of local restaurants to eat at, along with a few fast food chains. You will also find several active churches in our communities.

Oregon-Howell R-III School District

Small school family like Atmosphere where you know all your students and all the people you work with.

Community Highlights

Koshkonong is in a country Ozarks type setting surrounded by farmland with a lot of hunting opportunities. We are also very close to rivers, lakes and streams. We are also located close to West Plains an hour from Mt. Home and 2 hours from Springfield and Jonesboro.

Plato R-V

Small class sizes, teamwork and collaboration among staff, supportive administration, PLTW embedded courses at the elementary and high school levels, dual-credit options, eMINTS technology and SEL focus, competitive pay within our Frisco League rural schools.

Accolades: eMINTS & PLTW Certified

Community Highlights

Plato is a close-knit community that is family-centered, faith-driven, and focused on cultivating connections with our neighbors. We are close to Fort Leonard Wood and are approximately 40% military-impacted.

Richards R-V

Richards is a small school with big designs. Our students do not lack opportunities and experiences found with our big city neighbors. Our students can explore an array of STEM courses, experience the arts, participate in a broad range of physical fitness activities, and enjoy a broad range of extracurricular activities.

Community Highlights

Richards is located at the northern border of West Plains, a city of 12,000 plus population. The community is mainly rural, but due to its proximity to West Plains, it supports several long-established businesses. Although the majority of our patrons live outside the city limits, they are able to access all that this small city has to offer, including a community college, the largest hospital in the region, and a variety of retail and manufacturing businesses. On the other hand, we are located only 5 miles from the Mark Twain National Forest. Our community has access to some of the most scenic areas of the Ozarks. Trails, rivers, lakes, springs, and caves are only minutes away. Hunting, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, camping and hiking are easily enjoyed. We enjoy a low crime rate and variety of community support organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club, Scouts, and 4H.

Southern Reynolds County R-II

Committed to educating, engaging, and empowering lifelong learners, when you enter the doors of Southern Reynolds County R-II, you will frequently hear the term Whippet Family. Our staff is the foundation of what we strive to build, and our students are our children and the future of our community. We are a small school that emboldens the adage of it takes a village. With several academic bowl titles, and both sides of town welcoming you with signage honoring our sports state champions, the community abounds with support for the district.

We are an A+ Designated and DCI (District Continuous Improvement) School. To allow our staff time for DCI activities, we also have a four-day school week. Our students consistently place at State Beta Convention, we hold several academic bowl titles (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021), and we host a competitive annual math bowl. We also offer dual credit courses, with reimbursement opportunities, for students through Three Rivers College. We are a member of two conferences, the Black River League and Big Springs Conference, allowing our students ample exposure to perform in a wide variety of activities.

Community Highlights

The Ellington community is home to around 1,000 people who choose to live here because of the natural beauty and laid-back way of life. At the intersection of State Highway 21 and Scenic Highway 106, we are approximately 125 miles south of St Louis, 55 miles northwest of Poplar Bluff, and 170 miles east of Springfield, a short drive from everywhere.

Current River can be found just west of Ellington’s City limits. The first river to be designated as a National Scenic River and is known for its crystal-clear water, large gravel bars, and 100’s of springs, this location is a favorite for floating, camping, fishing, boating and relaxing. Additional recreational opportunities include nearby Clearwater Lake, Black River, Blue Spring, Rocky Falls, Klepzig Mill, Johnson Shut-Ins and Reed Spring. The Current River Conservation Area is home to an abundance of wildlife such as eagles, elk, deer, turkeys and wild birds that can be seen daily at any of these areas. The area invites you to explore hollers and hills, rivers, trails, lakes and springs, to float, boat, fish, swim, hunt, camp, hike and ride in these pristine natural areas.

Summersville R-2 School District

The Summersville School District is comprised of a close-knit faculty and staff that works hard to ensure student success and maintain small town values. Staff members make student learning a top priority and go above and beyond to meet the needs of their students. Highlights of the district would include the four day week calendar, small class sizes, involved School Board, active community, excellent programs (virtual education, A+ program, Care to Learn, Dual enrollment/dual credit, Grow Your Own program, Life 360, etc.). It comes down to the fact that everyone’s voice matters and positive change opportunities exist here at Summersville.

Community Highlights

The community of Summersville is located in the heart of the Ozarks, a naturally beautiful area surrounded by rivers and national forests. The district is located minutes away from Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Current River, Jacks Fork River, and Alley Springs). The residents are kind and hospitable, and community members continually band together to help one another in times of need. In fact, you will not find a more supportive community than Summersville, Missouri. When our community has a devastation or tragedy, the people here always pull together and hold benefits to support the family that is hurting or struggling. Our community is also very good to support our school district and school programs. We all take pride in hometown values. Everyone seems to know everyone in Summersville; and, once someone moves in, they are accepted into the community “family”.

Thayer R-II

We have a rigorous curriculum, which challenges students to develop higher level thinking skills. Our caring faculty and staff sets an example for the students as lifelong learners. 

Community Highlights

We encourage and welcome parents and community members to be involved in the educational process.

Van Buren R-1

The school district is supported by the community. Our staff is friendly and family oriented, and do whatever it takes to put our kids first.

Community Highlights

The beautiful Current River runs through the middle of our small community provide boating, floating and outdoor fun for our residents. Many of our teachers enjoy spending time with their families on the river during the Summer. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways , a national park, is headquartered in Van Buren. We have family owned small businesses that our community continues to support. Van Buren is the county seat of Carter County. We are approximately 35 miles to Poplar Bluff which offers shopping, restaurant chains, and entertainment opportunities.

West Plains School District

Community Highlights

Very strong focus on community, being a Zizzer, and a hometown feel.

Willow Springs R-IV

The Willow Springs R-IV School District is fully accredited by DESE, a member of the South Central Association Conference, and an A+ school. The Willow Springs High School was established in 1894 with the first graduation held in 1895. The campus (Pre-K-12) is located on Ferguson Street and stretches from Fourth to Tenth Street and includes an elementary school, a middle school and a high school. A wide variety of sports and organizations are offered to appeal to diverse student interests. Students also have Project Lead the Way opportunities available in Engineering at the high school and Medical Detectives, App Creators and Flight and Space at the middle school. The district strives to prepare and equip its graduates for success, whether they continue their education in an institution of higher learning or enter the workforce.

Community Highlights

Willow Springs is located at the junction of highways 60 and 63 in south central Missouri and is surrounded by the Mark Twain National Forest. Area lakes, rivers and streams provide opportunities for floating, fishing, swimming boating and skiing. There are three 9-hole golf courses and two 18-hole golf courses within 30 miles of Willow Springs. Several old-time flour and grist mills are in the area. Several state parks are only a short distance away. Special events include festivals, concerts, fairs and carnivals.

Winona RIII Schools

4-day school week (Monday-Thursday), small class size, competitive salary scale, family atmosphere, exceptional student body, supportive board of education

Community Highlights

We are a very small School located in the middle of the Mark Twain National Forest. Lots of hiking trails, springs, Ozark Trail, State Parks within minutes of the school.