JC Schools Overview

  • The Jefferson City School District serves an area of 223 square miles in parts of Cole and Callaway Counties. The students are served by 11 elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, an alternative school and a career center.

    Elementary students (K-5) attend one of 11 elementary schools within the district based on the attendance area in which they reside.

    Belair: 701 Belair Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Phone: 659-3155    Email: belair@jcschools.us

    Callaway Hills: 2715 State Rd. AA, Holts Summit, MO 65043
    Phone: 896-5051   Email: callawayhills@jcschools.us

    Cedar Hill: 1510 Vieth Dr., Jefferson City, MO  65109
    Phone: 659-3160   Email: cedarhill@jcschools.us

    East: 1229 E. McCarty St., Jefferson City, MO 65101
    Phone: 659-3165   Email: east@jcschools.us

    Thorpe Gordon: 1101 Jackson, Jefferson City, MO 65101
    Phone: 659-3170   Email: thorpegordon@jcschools.us

    Lawson: 1105 Fairgrounds Rd., Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Phone: 659-3175   Email: lawson@jcschools.us

    Moreau Heights: 1410 Hough Park, Jefferson City, MO 65101
    Phone: 659-3180   Email: moreauheights@jcschools.us

    North: 285 S. Summit Dr., Holts Summit, MO 65043
    Phone: 896-8304   Email: north@jcschools.us

    Pioneer Trail: 301 Pioneer Trail Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Phone: 632-3400   Email: pioneertrail@jcschools.us

    South: 707 Linden Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Phone: 659-3185   Email: south@jcschools.us

    West: 100 Dix Rd., Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Phone: 659-3195   Email: west@jcschools.us

    Students in grades 6-8 attend one of two middle schools.  These schools are designed to help students make the transition from self-contained classrooms in elementary schools to the choices they will be making in high school.

    Students at each grade level are divided into teams. Each team works with four teachers in the core subjects of math, science, social studies and language arts. In addition, these teachers' classrooms are all located next to each other, as well as the lockers for the students on each team. Students have exploratory blocks, which contain classes such as technology, foreign language, physical education, art and music. Middle school students also have the opportunity to participate in orchestra, band, choir, sports, extracurricular activities, school clubs and organizations.

    Both schools are identical in physical design. The buildings are divided into wings - one for each grade level.

    Lewis and Clark
    325 Lewis and Clark Dr.
    Jefferson City, MO 65101
    Phone: 659-3200  Email: lcms@jcschools.us

    Students from the following elementary schools will attend Lewis and Clark Middle School: Callaway Hills, East, Moreau Heights, North and Thorpe Gordon. A portion of the Cedar Hill attendance area will also attend LCMS.

    Thomas Jefferson
    1201 Fairgrounds Rd.
    Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Phone: 659-3250  Email: tjms@jcschools.us

    Students from the following elementary schools will attend Thomas Jefferson Middle School: Belair, Lawson, South, Pioneer Trail and West. A portion of the Cedar Hill attendance area will also attend TJMS.


    In addition to classes in English, social studies, math and science, students may choose from a variety of electives and advanced courses.

    Jefferson City High School: 609 Union, Jefferson City, MO 65101
    Phone: 659-3050   Email: jchs@jcschools.us

    Students that attended Lewis and Clark Middle School move on to attend Jefferson City High School.

    Capital City High School: 1650 Cavalier Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Phone: 659-3286   Email: cchs@jcschools.us

    Students that attended Thomas Jefferson Middle School move on to attend Capital City High School.

    The Jefferson City Academic Center (JCAC) offers a setting for students who do not perform as well in the traditional high school format.  The school offers a smaller student-to-teacher ratio and flexible scheduling opportunities while continuing to hold students to the same high standards as Jefferson City High School.  Students must apply for admittance to the school and undergo an interview process prior to being accepted.

    Jefferson City Academic Center: 501 Madison Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101
    Phone: 659-2510   Email: jcac@jcschools.us


    Nichols Career Center is an area career and technical school committed to serving the needs of secondary students in the mid-Missouri area. Instructional programs strive to provide the opportunity to develop salable skills, attitude and knowledge which enable the student to obtain a job, continue his/her career and technical education and/or advance in a chosen career. The school responds to the identified needs of the community by providing quality educational programs that are accessible to those who can benefit from them.

    Nichols Career Center: 609 Union, Jefferson City, MO 65101
    Phone: 659-3100   Email: ncc@jcschools.us



    Southwest Early Childhood Center: 812 St. Mary's Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Phone: 659-3026   Email: swecc@jcschools.us

    The Parents as Teachers program is designed to help parents be more effective teachers of their children during the preschool years. The program is available to all parents of children from prenatal to kindergarten entry. There is no cost to the participants. Program offerings include home visits, parent meetings, developmental screenings and a resource network. Those interested in enrolling in this program should contact the Early Childhood Office at 659-3026.

    JC Schools Preschool: Preschool classes for children ages three, four and five years are available. Children must be three years of age before August 1 in order to attend.  For information about the preschool, contact the Early Childhood Office at 659-3026. 

    Early Childhood Special Education: Program services are available for 3- and 4-year-old handicapped children.  Identified children must meet the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines as being eligible for special services. Children may be served in a self-contained classroom or on a home-resource basis.


    The Jefferson City School District offers many special services for those in need of additional assistance. For specific information about the following programs, please contact the Office of Special Services at 659-3016.
    • Behavioral Disorders
    • Counseling
    • Hearing Impaired
    • Visually Impaired
    • Homebound Instruction
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy
    • Remedial Reading
    • Remedial Speech and Language



    The Exploration, Enrichment and Research (EER) program is offered to gifted students in grades 3-8. The program has a multi-disciplinary curriculum stressing high levels of thinking. Problem-solving and discussion skills are also developed.

    Elementary students (3-5) qualifying for the EER program attend classes at West Elementary School one day each week. Students qualifying in grades 6-8 attend EER classes one hour each day in the middle school buildings.

    A team of specially trained instructors work with these students to challenge, motivate and encourage them. For information, call 659-3026.



    The Etta & Joseph Miller Performing Arts Center opened its doors in the fall of 2005.  The Miller Center houses a beautiful glass and steel atrium, the Frank and Billie Railton Art Gallery, and a state-of-the-art performance theater. 

    The $4.5 million Miller Center was funded exclusively through private donations.  The Miller Center is used for educational, community and professional arts programs.

    The Etta & Joseph Miller Performing Arts Center
    501 Madison Street
    (573) 632-3444



    The JC Schools Foundation solicits and manages investments and distributes funds to support the excellence of public education in the School District of Jefferson City, Missouri, by providing exceptional educational opportunities for students, teachers and administrators.  The Foundation, while created to benefit the Jefferson City School District, is a separate entity with their own governing board.  The Foundation is located on the second floor of the Miller Center.  To learn more about the Foundation, call (573) 659-3549.