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Education is an important facet of life in Carthage. The area affords residents an excellent public school district, a great private school and outstanding higher education facilities.

The Carthage R-9 School District, serving nearly 4,000 students in the region, is comprised of five elementary schools, one junior high school, one senior high school, an alternative school and a technical school. The five elementary schools that make up the Carthage R-9 School District are Columbian Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary and Steadley Elementary. Each school offers education to students from kindergarten through 6th grade and provides students with a number of educational tools and programs. The Carthage Junior High School serves 7th through 9th grades, while the Carthage Senior High School serves 10th through 12th.


Also within the R-9 School District is the You-Turn Academy, providing an alternative educational facility for those in grades 10-12. The Academy offers a smaller teacher-to-student ratio, allowing for more individualized attention in the classroom. Another option in schooling is the Carthage Technical Center, offering students a number of educational opportunities, which include classes in agriculture, business, electronics, work programs, apprenticeships and much more. Adult education classes are also provided here.

For those looking for a private education, St. Ann’s Elementary School is located in the area, offering education to both Catholic and non-Catholic residents from pre-kindergarten through 6th grade.

Higher education institutions in neighboring towns provide students with both four-year and two-year degrees. Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas offer four-year education, while Crowder College in Neosho provides two-year education and customized industrial training.

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