West County Schools
When it comes to education in West St. Louis County, the three public school districts that serve the West St. Louis County Chamber communities are highly rated in the State of Missouri and nationally recognized for their excellence.
Parkway School District
Has a long history of helping children achieve their highest potential. The district, which covers 68 square miles and has an enrollment of 20,000 students, invites success for all students through a well rounded, challenging curriculum delivered by dedicated, highly trained teachers. Parkway, which recently became “Accredited with Distinction,” the highest possible accreditation status given by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, has five high schools, five middle schools, 18 elementary schools and an early childhood center. In 1997, the district earned its 14th Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Education from the U.S. Department of Education, and 17 Parkway schools have earned Gold Star awards from the State of Missouri. The educational focus in the elementary schools is on basic subjects and concepts. Parkway’s middle schools utilize interdisciplinary teaming designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of early adolescence. The high school curriculum provides a comprehensive selection of required and elective courses to prepare students for a higher education.
Parkway has been recognized by Expansion Management magazine as one of the top-rated school districts in the country when comparing academic achievement and community support.
- 455 N. Woods Mill Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Rockwood School District
Is a local and national award-winning district. Rockwood students excel in their performance on state tests and continue to out-perform in comparison to state averages. In fact, more than 50 percent of Rockwood’s elementary students who took the Missouri Assessment Program scored at the Proficient or Advanced levels in Math, Communication Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Health & P.E. In 2002, Rockwood high school students’ ACT scores continued to exceed the state and national averages. A high-level of achievement is one of the reasons Rockwood is recognized for “Distinction in Performance” by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Statistics, however, are just one aspect of learning in our district. Some of the most important indicators of a school’s success cannot be measured. These successes include the hours spent by caring teachers carefully preparing individualized lessons, the life and social skills learned by students in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, and the dedication of parents and volunteers who give of their time to promote a quality learning environment. It is all these efforts that contribute to the quality of teaching in Rockwood and our students’ notable accomplishments.
The goal of our 2,800 employees continues to be a personalized education for our students within an innovative working environment. Our mission is to ensure that all students obtain the skills, abilities and attitudes necessary to be lifelong learners and productive citizens with integrity. Rockwood provides programs to meet the needs of all students. Modern classrooms are equipped with the latest technology. Separate campuses for gifted students, early childhood programs and alternative high school education add to this culture of achievement.
With enrollment of 21,800 students, Rockwood is the largest school system in St. Louis County. The Rockwood School District covers more than 150 square miles and serves distinct communities including all or parts of Ballwin, Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Ellisville, Eureka, Manchester, Wildwood and Winchester.
- 111 East North St.
Eureka, MO 63025
Valley Park School District
Has an strong educational tradition dating back to its beginning in 1881. Educational excellence is evident in the district’s fully accredited rating by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the North Central Association accreditation. The District was honored for Distinction in Performance by the State of Missouri. Valley Park High School is a designated A+ High School. With all its school buildings on one campus, Valley Park School District takes pride in offering a private school setting in a public school environment. Our one-site feature provides teachers with wonderful opportunities for collaboration across the grade levels and academic disciplines. Cited by the State of Missouri as a leader in technology, Valley Park has computers in every classroom with Internet access, seven computer labs, mobile lab carts with 25 laptops, and a high-tech distance-learning center. Nine of the elementary classrooms have a computer for every two students.
- One Main Street
Valley Park, MO 63088