Moving to MO?
Relocating to Missouri? If so, the following links can help you find a school or college, or apply for a teaching certificate. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education welcomes you to the Show-Me State.
Facts about Public Schools
Missouri’s public school system serves more than 916,000 students, pre-kindergarten through grade 12, in 520 school districts and 56 charter schools in 39 charter local education agencies. Missouri school districts range from fewer than 20 to nearly 26,000 students. All but a few school districts are fully accredited by the State Board of Education. (K-12 Statistics)
Use the Missouri School Directory to find a public school district in the community to where you are moving. Use the “School Districts Sorted by County” button to find all the school districts in a county or near a particular city. When you have narrowed your search, you must contact local school officials to verify that a particular address is in a specific school district.
Charter schools are independent public schools that operate without some of the restrictions of traditional public schools. Charter schools offer another public school choice for families moving to Kansas City or St. Louis.
Selecting a School
Missouri does not directly rank or compare public school districts or school buildings. However, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education compiles an “annual report card” about every district, building and charter school. Use this report to find important statistics about specific districts or schools. Some private organizations, such as SchoolMatch.com and GreatSchools.org, provide independent comparisons of public and private schools.
Private & Home Schools
Missouri does not accredit, regulate or monitor private, parochial or home schools. Under Missouri law, any family may choose to home school.
Looking for a Teaching Job?
If you need a teaching certificate to secure a job in Missouri, contact the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for details about licensing requirements for professional educators and procedures for completing the mandatory background check. Missouri JOBS may help you find employment.
Do You Have Preschoolers?
If your family has young children, you may be interested in the Parents as Teachers program, a popular service offered by every school district in Missouri. PAT provides information, home visits and other support to help families get their children (birth to kindergarten entry) off to a great start in life.
If you have a young child (birth to age 3) with special needs or a condition that may cause developmental delay, the First Steps program can provide invaluable assistance.
Online Learning Opportunities
Missouri supports a K-12 virtual school (MoVIP) that may be suited to your family’s needs. Nearly 200 different classes are offered for students in grades K-12. A complete listing of the classes can be found on the MoVIP website. Advanced Placement, foreign languages as well as advanced classes like trigonometry, calculus and physics are some of the offerings. Students can take one class or they can take multiple classes. All classes are tuition-based. MoVIP courses are open to all students (public school, private school or home school).
The Missouri Department of Higher Education publishes a comprehensive directory of the colleges and universities in Missouri (public and private, 2-year and 4-year) as well as private business, technical and trade schools.
Didn’t Find What You Need?
For answers to specific questions about public education in Missouri, please contact us.