Francis Howell School District
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The Francis Howell School District has provided education services to students in St. Charles County, Missouri since 1830. Through mergers, it became the Consolidated School District No. 2 of St. Charles County in 1913, and the Francis Howell Reorganized School District #3 in 1951. Population growth in the 1970s and 1980s, and continued into the 1990s. In the last five years student enrollment growth has shown a slight decline from year to year. While annual fluctuations in growth rates are likely, enrollment projections indicate that student population during the next five years will continue its slow and gradual decline. Enrollment is expected to level off at approximately 17,000 students. The District currently provides education to approximately 18,000 students kindergarten through twelfth grade, and an additional 8,000 students in its early childhood education programs.
The District encompasses approximately 150 square miles (390 km2) in the southeast corner of St. Charles County and is one of the largest school districts in the State of Missouri. The cities within the District’s boundaries including St. Peters, Cottleville, Weldon Spring, Harvester, southern portions of St. Charles City, and eastern portions of O’Fallon. The District’s educational facilities include ten elementary, five middle and three high schools; three early childhood centers, and two alternative education schools.
The District was featured on the 2015 Jul 31 episode of This American Life. In 2013, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld a law that allowed students attending unaccredited school districts to transfer to other schools. A lawful decision was made that students from a neighboring predominately Black Normandy District would to attend the majority white Francis Howell School District.
This led to Francis Howell district parents voicing concerns against the transfer of students even though they would pay out-of-district tuition. The town hall meeting went on for over two hours with almost 3,000 people in attendance. One parent at Francis Howell Central High School stated : “I deserve to not have to worry about my children getting stabbed, or taking a drug, or getting robbed" which was supported by many cheers. Many of these parents were later criticized by some as racist and classist. Other parents drew similarities between their current controversy and that of desegregation busing during the Civil Rights Movement.
In 2014, the Francis Howell School District decided to no longer take out-of-district tuition and the Missouri State Board of Education to reconstitute the Normandy District as the Normandy Schools Collaborative and eliminate its “unaccredited” status.
|Type of school||Name of school||Location and/or date|
|High School||Francis Howell High School||St. Charles; 1881|
|High School||Francis Howell Central High School||Cottleville; 1997|
|High School||Francis Howell North High School||St. Peters; 1986|
|Alternative High School||Francis Howell Union High School||St. Charles|
|Middle School||Barnwell Middle School||St. Peters|
|Middle School||Bryan Middle School||Weldon Spring|
|Middle School||Francis Howell Middle School||Weldon Spring|
|Middle School||Hollenbeck Middle School||St. Peters|
|Middle School||Saeger Middle School||Cottleville|
|Elementary School||Becky David Elementary||St. Peters|
|Elementary School||Castlio Elementary||St. Peters|
|Elementary School||Central Elementary||St. Peters|
|Elementary School||Daniel Boone Elementary||New Melle|
|Elementary School||Fairmount Elementary||St. Peters|
|Elementary School||Harvest Ridge Elementary||St. Charles|
|Elementary School||Henderson Elementary||St. Peters; 1983|
|Elementary School||Independence Elementary||Weldon Spring|
|Elementary School||John Weldon Elementary||Dardenne Prairie|
|Elementary School||Warren Elementary||Cottleville|
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