West Plains Missouri is known for being centrally located in the Missouri Ozarks region which includes Norfork Lake, North Fork River, Bull Shoals Lake, Jack's Fork River, Current River and more. Residents describe West Plains with such phrases as "Heart of the Ozarks," "surrounded by the Mark Twain National Forest," "good fishing and canoeing on clear streams," good quail, deer and turkey hunting." West Plains Missouri and the Missouri Ozarks have about everything. The school district is contained within Howell County boundaries. The district is considered progressive in its rural setting which includes forested countryside and spring fed rivers. The Ozark Mountain Range lends a spectacularly scenic backdrop to the lush green trees and are admired by all who are fortunate enough to live here.
The school district is made up primarily of one high school WPHS), one middle school (WPMS) and two elementary schools (South Fork Elementary and West Plains Elementary) There is also a career center( SCCC ) which provides a quality technical education for secondary and adult learners.
Our mission is "Excellence in Education, Service Life."
The district is fully accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education through the Missouri School Improvement Program. West Plains High School is an A+ School and is accredited by the North Central Association.
West Plains Schools has been honored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Distinction in Performance for five of the last seven years.
Approximately 2,600 students attend school in the district, grades K-12. The district employs over 375 people, with 210 of those as classroom teachers. Our teachers have an average of 10.2 years experience and over 43% have their Master's Degree or higher. The ratio of students to classroom teachers is 17:1.
West Plains Schools is located in Howell County in beautiful South Central Missouri and has a population of approximately 11,000. The largest employers in the community are Ozarks Medical Center, Marathon Electric, Armstrong Wood Products, DRS Technologies, West Plains Schools, Wal-Mart SuperCenter, Invensys Appliance Controls, Caterpillar Inc. and Air Evac Lifeteam.
For more information on the City of West Plains visit the city's website at www.westplains.net or the West Plains Chamber of Chamber of Commerce website at www.wpchamber.com.