On May 20, 2013, parts of Moore and neighboring Newcastle and southern Oklahoma City, were affected by an intense multiple-vortex EF5 tornado. The tornado struck Briarwood Elementary School (South Oklahoma City), Plaza Towers Elementary School (Moore), and Highland East Junior High School (Moore). Plaza Towers was destroyed,and seven children and one teacher died. Briarwood was heavily damaged. Highland East's gym was for the most part destroyed. All out buildings were destroyed completely.
The school district includes 31 schools, with preschool through 6th grade students attending elementary school, 7th and 8th grade students attending junior high school and 9th through 12th grade students attending high school.