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Springfield Schools and Education

Springfield Schools and Education

The third largest city in Missouri, Springfield has a population of around 160,000 residents. Surrounded by the picturesque Ozark Mountains, Springfield is the headquarters for Bass Pro Shops, the origination of the iconic US Route 66 and the boyhood home of actor Brad Pitt.

Springfield MO schools and its education opportunities are some of the most diverse in Missouri. The city offers an array of public and private schools for grades K-12, and a varied collection of colleges, trade schools and universities.

Springfield Public Schools

One of the most visible aspects of Springfield MO schools and education is the Springfield Public School District. This public school system, the largest in Missouri, manages 50 schools for grades K-12 and has an enrollment of nearly 24,000 students. The district has a graduation rate of almost 83% and all five of the district’s high schools have earned an A+ rating, the state's highest designation.

Private Schools in the Springfield Area

In addition to the public school system, Springfield MO schools and education include a number of private schools for grades K through 12. Among these are:

  • Immaculate Conception School - Located on the southeast side of Springfield, Immaculate Conception School is a Catholic school for grades pre-K through 8. The school has a current enrollment of 541 students.
  • New Covenant Academy - Affiliated with the Association of Christian Schools International, New Covenant Academy is located on Springfield's south side. The school, which features grades pre-K through 12, has a current enrollment of 436.
  • Springfield Catholic High School - Springfield's Catholic high school is located on the east side of town. The school, which offers education for grades 9 through 12, has a current enrollment of 351.
  • Greenwood Laboratory School - This non-sectarian school, located in downtown Springfield, is affiliated with Missouri State University. The school offers classes for grades K through 12 with a current enrollment of 341. The school is well-regarded for its academic excellence and 100 percent of its graduates continue on to college.

Colleges and Universities

Springfield MO schools and education include a number of post-secondary schools, from small to large, offering a huge variety of fields of study. Among the most popular of these are:

  • Missouri State University - Located on 225 acres in central Springfield, Missouri State University (MSU) is a public university and the second largest university in Missouri. MSU offers 150 undergraduate degrees and 45 graduate degrees. The school currently has an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students.
  • Vatterott College - Its Springfield campus is one of 25 that Vatterott offers across 10 Midwestern states. The for-profit technical school offers a variety of business, medical, technical and culinary training courses. The Springfield campus is located on the south side of town.
  • Ozarks Technical Community College - Located on 40 acres in downtown Springfield near Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) offers a variety of one and two-year degrees along with continuing education courses serving a number of professions. Students can also take their first two years of classes here and then transfer to a four-year institution. OTC's current enrollment is around 15,000 students.
  • Drury University - Drury University is a small, four-year liberal arts university affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The university, located on 88 acres in downtown Springfield has an enrollment of around 5,500 students. It has been named the number 10 regional university in the Midwest by U.S. News. Among Drury's notable alumni is former television host, Bob Barker.
  • Cox College - Affiliated with Springfield’s CoxHealth System, Cox College offers two-year and four-year degrees, and graduate degrees, in nursing and a variety of medical-related fields. The college, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, has a current enrollment of around 800 students.
  • Everest College - Located on Springfield's southwest side, Everest College is a for-profit trade school that offers training in a variety of fields, including criminal justice, computer information, health care, paralegal studies and accounting.
  • Baptist Bible College - This private, conservative college associated with the Baptist Bible Fellowship International, offers a variety of two-year, four-year and graduate degrees, mostly in theology and education. The school's 28-acre campus is located on Springfield's north side.

Springfield lies in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. In addition to the scenic rolling hills, the area offers abundant hiking, fishing and rock climbing opportunities. For a quick getaway and a country music fix, the music capital of Branson is located just 45 miles away.


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