20 Best Public High Schools in Missouri


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There are 1,020 high schools in Missouri, made up of 832 public schools and 188 private schools. Missouri ranks as the 20th state in terms of student enrollment and 15th in terms of total number of schools.

It ranks 18th for the student/teacher ratio and sits 22nd for the percentage of students on free or reduced lunches.

20. Pattonville Senior High School, Northwest Township, MO

Pattonville Senior High School is a public school in Northwest Township, Missouri. It has 1,782 students in grades 9-12.

There is a class for everyone at this school and the teachers get to know their students and help them decide because they believe a student will be successful in certain classes. If you take the AP/ Honors/ College Credit route, there are still a plethora of classes that you can choose from in that area.

The workload can be heavy at times, but the teachers communicate and they know if other classes are having major projects and won’t make it too heavy.

All teachers make sure that students are learning an a way that makes it easy, but also in a way that you actually retain the things we have been taught. Teachers are willing to work with individual students after school if they need it and there are after school tutoring opportunities.

The counselors are great when it comes to dealing with high school students who need guidance in several areas during these growing years.

This school is well organized and administered. They handle issues and situations and a very professional timely manner. There is a strict attendance policy but very reasonable dress code. The office staff are very polite and helpful whenever you have to interact with them.

At Pattonville, a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities are given to students. They have clubs ranging from the arts, such as theatre and drawing, to ones that are kind of “out there” such as sailing. No matter who you are, there is always a club to join for something you are interested in, and if there isn’t , it’s extremely easy to make one.

All aspects of sports at Pattonville are at very good level. They frequently get new equipment. Many students come to all types of sporting events. They have after-school fitness program for weight lifting and cross fit.

  • Pattonville Senior High School graduation rate is 84%. National average is 82.2%.
  • 53% students of XPattonville Senior High School scored at or above proficiency levels on their state math assessment test.
  • 76% students of Pattonville Senior High School scored at or above proficiency levels on their state reading/language arts assessment test.


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