JC Schools Overview

  • The Jefferson City Public Schools 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 the attendance area in which they reside.

    701 Belair Dr.
    Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Phone: 659-3155

    Callaway Hills
    2715 State Rd. AA
    Holts Summit, MO 65043
    Phone: 896-5051

    Cedar Hill
    1510 Vieth Dr.
    Jefferson City, MO  65109
    Phone: 659-3160

    1229 E. McCarty St.
    Jefferson City, MO 65101
    Phone: 659-3165

    Thorpe Gordon
    1101 Jackson
    Jefferson City, MO 65101
    Phone: 659-3170

    1105 Fairgrounds Rd.
    Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Phone: 659-3175

    Moreau Heights
    1410 Hough Park
    Jefferson City, MO 65101
    Phone: 659-3180

    285 S. Summit Dr.
    Holts Summit, MO 65043
    Phone: 896-8304

    Pioneer Trail
    301 Pioneer Trail Dr.
    Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Phone: 632-3400

    707 Linden Dr.
    Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Phone: 659-3185

    100 Dix Rd.
    Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Phone: 659-3195


    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 the elementary schools to the choices they will be making in high school.

    Students in 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

    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

    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

    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

    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


    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



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

    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.

    JCPS 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 specials services. Children may be served in a self-contained classroom or on a home-resource basis.


    The Jefferson City Public Schools offer 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 in the Dix Road Educational Center 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 Mid-MO Adult Learning Center is for men and women over the age of 16 who are no longer are enrolled in school and need to improve their reading, writing and math skills in order to obtain their High School Equivalency (HiSET) certificate or to learn English as a second language. Workplace literacy classes can be arranged upon request.  These classes are free.

    Adult Education and Literacy classes are planned for adults to meet the needs and schedules of men and women who work and have families.
    Students may attend any of the class times scheduled at the Learning Center locations in Jefferson City, Eldon, Fulton or Versailles. Instruction is individualized. Students work at their own level and pace in these classes. The Learning Center has the latest in computerized education.  For more information, call 659-3122 or visit the Adult Learning Center at 204 East Dunklin Street.


    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 Jefferson City Public 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 Public Schools, 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.