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City of St. Charles

The City of St. Charles School District is building tomorrow's leaders, but it also has played an integral role in the city's rich past.

Most of the district is located in St. Charles proper, with a small percentage in St. Peters plus some unincorporated areas. Established in 1846, it covers 17 square miles.

About 4,900 students are enrolled in the district's six elementary schools (grades preschool-4), intermediate school (grades 5-6), middle school (grades 7-8) and two high schools. In addition, the district features the Lewis and Clark Career Center, which serves students across St. Charles County.

The City of St. Charles schools' mission is to reach, teach and empower all students by providing a challenging, diverse and innovative education.

In April 2017, voters approved Proposition KIDS a no-tax-rate bond issuance that will generate approximately $47 million for the district. Plans include upgrading facilities, significantly improving learning environments for all learners, and construction of an early childhood center.

Then again, the district has always had its eye on improvement and success: it earned its first Distinction in Performance for Improvement from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Schools in 2006 and has won this award every year since. Both high schools are designated A+ Schools.

Values that the district promotes include providing high-quality education for all students; achievement through individual success, collaboration with parents and community stakeholders; exploration, innovation and creativity; hiring and retaining high-quality staff; and making informed decisions that are student centered, data driven and fiscally responsible.

Contact St. Charles schools at (636) 443-4000 or visit www.stcharles.k12.mo.us.

Fort Zumwalt

Come to Fort Zumwalt School District, and you'll find educators whose interests extend beyond academics, as evidenced by their longstanding Pushing for Positive Peer Influence motto.

The district, based in O'Fallon, serves about 18,000 students in 24 schools across 136 square miles. It is the fourth-largest district in the bi-state region, with 1,414 teachers, 1,271 support staff and 72 administrators. Three of its four high schools recently were named to the U.S. News and World Report list of America's best high schools.

Fort Zumwalt's mission is to ensure that students, regardless of ability or economic level, are provided an education in such a positive and safe learning environment that all reach their potential. The district emphasizes the virtues of democracy, citizenship, self-discipline, work ethic and the need to respect all members of society.

Recently, the district opened the Mike Clemens Center for Adaptive Learning for students and families who require a support system for social/emotional, behavioral, autism, and/or academic needs. Other developments include Flint Hill Elementary, which opened in fall 2016, and the Early Childhood Center, which is slated to open in fall 2017.

When it comes to both athletics and the fine arts, various school groups consistently nab awards and distinctions.

Contact the district at (636) 240-2072 or visit www.fz.k12.mo.us.

Francis Howell

The Francis Howell School District is one of the largest in Missouri, spanning 150 square miles and including the cities of St. Peters, Cottleville, Weldon Spring, Harvester, New Melle, southern portions of St. Charles City and eastern portions of O'Fallon.

With a student population of about 18,100, the district contains three early childhood centers, 10 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, one alternative high school and one alternative education school.

The high schools are recognized often for their successes, including when Francis Howell High School and Francis Howell Central High School were named among the Top 20 High Schools in Missouri (out of 517 schools) by U.S. News and World Report in 2017. Its average ACT score is 22, compared to the state's 20.7. The graduation rate is 96 percent.

Contact the district at (636) 851-4000 or visit www.fhsdschools.org.

Orchard Farm R-V School District

Simply stated: Orchard Farm School District is in the business of cultivating homegrown success stories. Or, in the words of its mission statement, the goal is to achieve educational excellence for all students.

Based in St. Charles, the district is home to about 1,800 students and encompasses approximately 125 square miles. It is comprised of two elementary schools, a middle school, an A+ designated high school and a new Early Childhood Center.

The district has come a long way since its start in 1959. It has been recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a Distinction in Performance district. It is accredited by AdvancED. And it has received national recognition from ACT, Inc., for continued improvement of composite ACT scores that among the top in St. Charles County.

In addition, Orchard Farm schools are committed to STEM and technology education, with a complete engineering, biomedical and computer science program at the high-school level.

Contact the district at (636) 250-5000 or visit www.ofsd.k12.mo.us. Higher Learning Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University is the second-oldest institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi River, having been established in 1827. It prides itself in offering values-centered programs to develop the whole person and to help shape educated, responsible citizens of a global community.

The university's 500-acre St. Charles campus has experienced growth in the past two decades with increased enrollment and numerous new buildings, including the $32 million J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, the Evans Commons and the new Library and Academic Resources Center on First Capitol Drive, which is scheduled to open in fall 2017. The university has made several enhancements to campus life recently, including a new Chick-fil-A and Qdoba in the Spellmann Campus Center Dining Hall.

The public, four-year liberal arts university was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church until the late 1960s and is now an independent private institution. The mission statement lists the following goals:

• Offering both professional and pre-professional degree programs.

• Focusing on the talents, interests and futures of the students.

• supporting academic freedom and the unrestricted search for truth.

• affording cultural enrichment to the surrounding community.

• Promoting ethical lifestyles.

• Developing adaptive thinking and problem-solving skills.

• Furthering lifelong learning.

Students about 15,600 annually have their pick of more than 130 graduate and undergraduate degree programs for about 12,000 students annually. Lindenwood strives to be a model example of a new category in higher education the teaching university, which focuses on offering a learning-oriented campus culture. At Lindenwood, that culture includes a commitment to strong general education; education of the whole person; development of critical thinking skills and a problem-solving orientation; character education; and the encouragement of social responsibility.

Lindenwood is known both nationally and internationally for innovation, entrepreneurship and extraordinary dedication to students. The main campus is located at 209 S. Kingshighway in St. Charles, with several extension sites located throughout the St. Louis metro area.

For more information, call (636)949-4949 or visit www.lindenwood.edu.

St. Charles Community College

St. Charles Community College (SCC) is part of the fabric of the local community. It is a public, comprehensive two-year community college that presents a quality, affordable higher-education option for area residents.

Located at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. in Cottleville, SCC offers a wide variety of transfer opportunities, associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. In addition, it provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development.

Founded in 1986, St. Charles Community College is the fourth-largest of Missouri's 12 community college districts. It boasts a 12-building campus that has won architectural awards for its innovative, contemporary educational village design.

And with more than 45 clubs and organizations, students don't have to look far to find something that interests them at SCC. Activities include all the standards, as well as an anime and animation club, fishing club, game and mind expansion society, a Humans vs. Zombies group, ping-pong devotees, a roller hockey club and more.

The facility also showcases student creativity through theater performances, art exhibits, film series, musical events, coffeehouse open-mic events and social initiatives.

It's true: there's always something to do at SCC.

For more information, call (636) 922-8000 or visit www.stchas.edu.

Vatterott College - St. Charles

Vatterott College in St. Charles offers trades, medical, automotive, fitness and technology programs for those looking to make a career change.

Focus on the whole student is evident from start to finish here. Recruitment, admissions, training and career services policies are designed to develop students' abilities, attitude and interests so that they may become skilled and successful employees. Industry-current equipment on which to train, career assistance services, smaller class sizes and more make Vatterott a unique option that suits many.

Vatterott serves a diverse student population across 19 locations in nine states, as well as online.

For more information, call (636) 366-4363 or visit www.vatterott.edu/st_charles.asp.

Lewis & Clark Career Center

Lewis & Clark Career Center provides students from among five St. Charles County school districts with a rigorous, supportive and meaningful career and technical education program designed to meet the needs of the local community. There are 14 programs that allow high school juniors and seniors to explore career interests while earning industry certifications, high school and, possibly, college credit. All programs are overseen by advisory committees that include professionals from their respective fields who offer instructor guidance.

For more information, call (636) 443-4950 or visit http://stcharles1.schoolwires.net/lewisandclarkcareercenter.

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