Stand Up for
Missouri Public Schools

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Positive stories about public schools and public school students in Missouri abound. But, too often those stories are not told. Stand Up 4 Missouri Public Schools is designed to highlight the successes taking place in Missouri’s public schools.

Piney Ridge School in the Waynesville R-VI School District serves students experiencing a mental health crisis. Learn more about this award-winning school in our latest Stand Up for Missouri’s Public Schools video series.


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Students at Owensville High School have won national recognition for designing a simple and secure door lock to help keep students and teachers safe.

Knob Noster

Students at Knob Noster High School help keep one of the world’s most advanced aircraft flying.

2018 Student Showcase

Students from public schools throughout Missouri demonstrated innovative programs at their schools during the Student Showcase at MSBA’s 2018 Annual Conference.

Raytown Culinary

One of the nation’s best high school culinary arts programs is at the Herndon Career Center in the Raytown School District. Learn more about the program in this edition of our Stand Up for Missouri’s Public Schools series.

Ste. Genevieve

8th grade world history students in Ste. Genevieve experience the world through global collaboration. Learn more about it in this edition of our Stand Up for Missouri’s Public Schools video series

Student Showcase

Innovative and exemplary programs from school districts throughout Missouri were on full display at the Student Showcase held in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Jefferson City on February 13, 2018


The best high school rocket club in the world is right here in Missouri in the Festus School District. Learn more in our latest Stand Up for Missouri’s Public Schools story.


MSBA visited Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, MO for the 2017 Eclipse.

Jefferson City

The fine arts play a critical role in the education of students in Missouri’s public schools. Learn more in this story featuring Fine Arts Day at the Capitol.

Springfield WOLF

Fifth-grade students study all their subjects through the lens of conservation science and have a lot of fun doing it. Learn more about the innovative WOLF program within the Springfield Public Schools.


Beginning in kindergarten, students in the Carthage School District have lessons in both English and Spanish. Learn more about that school district’s Dual Language Academy.


Students at EPIC Elementary in the Liberty School District are inspired to be critical and creative thinkers. Learn how that school uses project-based learning in this story.


Students in a high-poverty community can achieve at high levels. Learn how the Jennings School District does it in this story.


Students in the Camdenton School District have won numerous awards in state and national robotics competitions. Learn more about that program in this story.

Liberty/Northland CAPS

Students in several school districts just north of Kansas City get real-world experiences through a unique school-business partnership. Learn more about the Northland CAPS program in this story.


Special needs students compete in their own speech and performance event sponsored by the Mexico School District. Learn more about the Jellybean Speech Olympics in this story.


The Springfield Public Schools partner with a local hospital to encourage junior high students to consider health-related careers. Learn more about the Health Sciences Academy in this story.


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The Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District operates a home for some of its homeless students. Learn more about Joe’s Place in this story.


Students in the Bolivar School District continue their learning after the formal school day ends in this outstanding after-school program. Learn more about it in this story.


Students in the Eldon School District learn about careers in agriculture and improve their public speaking skills in that district’s award-winning FFA program. Learn more about it in this story.

Francis Howell

Elementary students in the Francis Howell School District learn more than math, reading and science. They learn how to be good people, too. Learn more about an outstanding character education program in this story.


High school students in Columbia go on a simulated space mission for several days every year. Learn more about the Columbia Aeronautics and Space Association in this story.


Communities come together after a massive tornado disaster and students celebrate the new middle school.

Jefferson City

Nothing has a greater long-term impact on student achievement than quality early childhood education. One of the best programs in the state is operated by the Jefferson City School District. Learn more about it in this story.

Gasconade Co. R-I

Students in the Gasconade County R-I School District honor local veterans every year on Veterans Day. Learn more about a program that connects today’s students with their history in this story.