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Excellence in education at all levels is a cornerstone of South County life. The area is served by five public school systems: Affton School District, Bayless School District, Hancock Place School District, Lindbergh School District and Mehlville School District. The high-quality learning opportunities provided by these districts is second to none. Through the leadership of dedicated faculty, staff and school board members, along with the active participation of parents, the educational success of each student is assured.

Mehlville School District (MSD) serves all or portions of the unincorporated communities of Mehlville, Oakville, Concord and Lemay. Currently, the district enrolls approximately 12,000 students within 17 facilities – 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, one high school and an early childhood center. For the last three years, MSD has earned the “Distinction in Performance” recognition from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The district is among 330 public school districts in the state to earn this award, which is based on such performance standards as state-mandated MAP test scores, ACT scores, attendance and graduation rates. This marked the fifth time in the past six years that MSD has received this prestigious accolade.

MSD’s Oakville High School (OHS) serves approximately 2,150 students graduating from Oakville and Washington Junior High schools. The OHS campus’ focal point is the stunning three-story Arthur Voerg Commons gathering place, which is complemented by a lighted athletic stadium and modern science and technology facilities.

Nearly 2,000 students attend Mehlville High School, the district’s most utilized campus. The school houses a swimming pool; a newer science wing; and an advanced technological infrastructure that includes Internet access, a computer lab and synchronized technology throughout the facility. Beyond the traditional curriculum, the high school offers an IEP diploma program for students with special educational needs; the Challenge Program for gifted students; and advanced placement courses through major institutions of higher learning including St. Louis University, University of Missouri at St. Louis, Missouri Baptist College and St. Louis Community College.

MSD and other local school districts provide exceptional technical and vocational education for high school students interested in exploring a variety of career-related industries. In addition, the Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) provides special education services to students with disabilities.

Alternatives to the public school systems in South County are available through a host of private institutions. Lutheran High School, Vianney High School for boys, Notre Dame for girls and Thomas Jefferson School are among the many options for college preparatory coursework for grades 7-12.

Students choosing to continue the path of learning to higher education have a choice of a number of area colleges and universities. Continuing education programs designed for either personal or professional development are available at the South County Education and University Center – an off-campus location of St. Louis Community College – Meramec. This full-service facility enrolls more than 3,000 students every semester.

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