The Jefferson City School District serves an area of 223-square-miles in parts of Cole and Callaway Counties. The students are served by eleven elementary schools, two middle schools, a ninth grade center, a high school, the Instructional Resource Center and Nichols Career Center.
The Jefferson City School District has approved status based on the Missouri School Improvement Plan through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Elementary students (K-5) attend one of eleven elementary schools within the district based on their attendance area. Students are exposed to a broad range of learning experiences. Instruction is centered around the needs, interests and abilities of the individual child. Daily program schedules call for instruction in language arts, social studies, science, mathematics, fine arts and physical education.
Grades six, seven and eight attend the two Jefferson City School District middle schools. These schools are designed to help students make the transition from self-contained classrooms in the elementary schools to the choices they will be making in high school.
Students begin their high school careers at the Simonsen 9th Grade Center. In addition to classes in English, social studies, math and science, students may choose from a variety of electives and advanced courses. Jefferson City High School serves students in grades 10-12 and offers students a choice of over 250 courses, including advanced placement classes and courses qualifying for college credit.
Included High Schools-
- Jefferson City High School (09-12) – Jefferson City
- Simonsen 9th Grade Center (09) – Jefferson City
Included Middle Schools-
- Lewis and Clark Middle School (06-08) – Jefferson City
- Thomas Jefferson Middle School (06-08) – Jefferson City
Included Elementary Schools-
- Belair Elementary School (K-05) – Jefferson City
- Callaway Hills Elementary School (K-05) – Holts Summit
- Cedar Hill Elementary School (K-05) – Jefferson City
- East Elementary School (K-05) – Jefferson City
- Lawson Elementary School (K-05) – Jefferson City
- Moreau Heights Elementary School (K-05) – Jefferson City
- North Elementary School (K-05) – Holts Summit
- Pioneer Trail Elementary (K-05) – Jefferson City
- South Elementary School (K-05) – Jefferson City
- Southwest Early Childhood Education Center (PK) – Jefferson City
- Thorpe Gordon Elementary School (K-05) – Jefferson City
- West Elementary School (K-05) – Jefferson City
The district also includes the Jefferson City Academic Center, which offers a setting for students who do not perform as well in the traditional high school format. The school offers a smaller student-to-teacher ratio and flexible scheduling opportunities while continuing to hold students to the same high standards as Jefferson City High School. Students must apply for admittance to the school and undergo an interviewing process prior to being accepted. The district also contains the Nichols Career Center and the Etta & Joseph Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City.
In Their Own Words
“The vision of the JCPS is to become the premier school district in the state of MO as we raise the bar in a culture of high expectations while growing our traditions of pride through excellence.
We exist to give every student hope for a better tomorrow by helping them reach their potential while cultivation student success.
Our organizational pillars are:
- Learning – We are learners inside and outside of the classroom.
- Partnerships- We are “Stronger Together” through stakeholder collaboration.
- Stewardship- We are good stewards of patron resources.
Our core values in guiding us to become the premier school district in MO are:
- We believe we will impact student success.
- We believe every student can and will learn.
- We believe we are stronger together.
Our priorities focus on the learning process, the workplace culture and student behaviors.
Short Term Goals-
- Increase monthly attendance compared to previous year.
- Increase % of students at/above grade reading level compared to previous year.
- Reduce monthly discipline referrals compared to previous year.
Long Term Goal-
100% of students at/above grade reading level or meeting educational goals.”