Education


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ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION
St. Joseph School District

The St. Joseph School District is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of nearly 11,000 students. Through partnerships with families and the community, the district is working to educate each child for success in the 21st century.

Students in the in the district have access to a rigorous elementary program that is supplemented with adaptive technological resources. At the secondary level, students have access to a wide variety of specialized coursework. Some of the unique pathways include career and technical education, performing and visual arts, agricultural science, biomedical studies and engineering. Students also have access to numerous advanced placement and dual credit courses. The district supports teachers and staff in their professional learning by providing access to training in research-based best practices and specialized programs.

The district employs more than 1,600 teachers and staff to facilitate powerful learning experiences at more than 20 school sites.

Educating each child for success is the core mission throughout the district’s 14 elementary schools, four
middle schools and three high schools. Specialized programs and facilities for early childhood, gifted and talented education, alternative education and career and technical education add to a student-centered and future-focused culture of learning.

st. joseph catholic schools

Catholic education in St. Joseph dates back to the early 1800s, during the time of the town’s founding. Schools were officially founded in the 1850s and have continued today with a long tradition of service, academic excellence, tradition and personal excellence.

Three elementary schools, St. Francis Xavier, St. James and Cathedral, all send students to Bishop LeBlond, Northwest Missouri’s only Catholic high school. All share a common mission of educating and nurturing children, preparing them not only academically for life after high school, but also teaching them traits to help them become kind and responsible adults.

Nearly 100 percent of LeBlond students participate in one or more clubs, state-sanctioned athletics, fine arts and other activities while also providing more than 3,700 hours of community service for the St. Joseph area.

St. Joseph Christian School

St. Joseph Christian School, a non-denominational Christian school, currently serves over 330 pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Founded in 1988 and known for excellent academics based on biblical worldview teaching, the school partners with parents, churches and the community to equip students to make an impact their world for Jesus Christ.

The 2019 graduates had an average ACT score of 24.6 while the Missouri average was 20.8. Spiritual growth is encouraged through daily bible classes, weekly chapels and an annual Missions Week. The school is fully accredited by NCA-AdvancED/ACSI, is a Missouri State High School Activities Association member and participates in the A+ Schools Program.

Elementary students participate in STEM activities/field trips, fine arts programs, character education, Scholar Bowl, spelling/geography bees and elementary sports leagues/camps.  Opportunities for secondary students include dual-credit/college online courses, speech, foreign language, Cisco Academy courses, Hillyard Technical School, National Honor Society, Scholar Bowl, yearbook, fine arts, drama club, football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, track & field, baseball, cheerleading and weight training.

Student leadership is encouraged through student government, Drug Free Superstars, chapel team, small groups, student mentoring, and service days. St. Joseph Christian School offers before/after school care, summer care and a needs-based financial aid program to assist families. For more information, visit www.stjosephchristian.com.

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN SCHOOL

St. Paul Lutheran School is committed to offering quality education for students Pre-K through 8th grade exceeding academic standards at all grade levels while developing and fostering spiritual growth and personal excellence in its students.  Visit www.splcc.org for more information.

HIGHER EDUCATION
Benedictine College

Founded in Atchison, Kansas, in 1858, Benedictine College has grown to be one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation and is now the largest private college in Kansas. With a highly rated nursing program, an architecture degree, a full slate of engineering degrees, modern residence halls, the Murphy Student Recreation Center, a highly successful College Ministry program, and now a new 100,000-square-foot state-of-the-art STEM facility, Benedictine continues to attract high-achieving, faith-filled students from all across the United States. Benedictine is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

Hillyard Technical Center

Students in Northwest Missouri have access to one of the most modern career centers in the state at Hillyard Technical Center. Located in the center of St. Joseph, Hillyard provides specialized programming to hundreds of students throughout the region annually. Hillyard offers 15 program areas for students including industry and trade technologies, health sciences, two public safety programs and two in agriculture/natural resources.

Students from 16 area high schools attend Hillyard programs throughout the year. Hillyard programs utilize a variety of delivery systems from traditional classroom to hands-on learning experiences in labs, shops, work-based activities and clinical sites, both internal and external to the institution. Licensures, registrations, and/or certifications are also available in most programs.

Hillyard Technical Center was founded in 1943 through persistent efforts and generous donation of time and wealth. The school was a leader in job training for defense plant workers during World War II and later for retraining veterans for civilian jobs after the war. In 1982, the school moved to its present facility at 3434 Faraon St. In 1999, in response to the developing mission of the school and industry needs, the St. Joseph School District Board of Education approved the change of the institution’s name to Hillyard Technical Center. In 2017, Hillyard opened the Advanced Science Research Center addition to offer additional opportunities for students in the region.

Metropolitan Community College

Metropolitan Community College opened in St. Joseph in 2019 to help fill the demand for technical education and training for positions at St. Joseph employers.

The college is partnering with the St. Joseph School District to offer career and technical education, general education and continuing education at Hillyard Technical Center. Some of the technical courses available include entry level machine technician, introduction to welding technologies and a certified nurse assistant program.

Missouri Western State University

With student success as its top priority, Missouri Western State University is launching innovative and creative initiatives and programs so students have more opportunities and support.

One new initiative is the Griffon Guarantee Scholarship, a scholarship that automatically renews and increases in value each year. It will be offered to freshmen and transfer students who are starting classes in the fall of 2020.

Also, because Missouri Western is the state’s designated higher education institution for applied learning, the university will begin GOLD (GO, Learn and Do) Fridays in the fall of 2020, where classes will not be held on Fridays so students can engage in applied-learning activities such as internships or research.    

Missouri Western offers a both traditional liberal arts degrees and career-oriented degrees  with more than 120 majors, 68 minors, 16 master’s degrees and six graduate certificates. The university is accredited by the Higher
Learning Commission and holds several program accreditations. Enrollment is approximately 5,500, and athletes compete in 15 sports in NCAA Division II.

Along with 11 academic buildings, six residence halls, an indoor pool, a fitness center, tennis courts and an indoor football field, the beautiful 723-acre campus features a nature-study area, and hiking trails and ponds.

Northwest Missouri State University

Founded in 1905, Northwest Missouri State University is a coeducational four-year university offering a broad range of programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location and through Northwest Online.

It places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Its internationally benchmarked student employment program also helps students build professional skills. As a result, 96 percent of bachelor’s degree earners and 97 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduating, making Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.

Textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $7,400 over four years. For more, visit www.nwmissouri.edu.