Each of the district's schools strives for academic excellence. The schools include: eight elementary schools, one middle school (6th-7th), one junior high school (8th-9th) and one senior high school (10th-12th), two special schools along with a comprehensive gifted program, an early childhood center and an alternative school.
The patrons of the community have always strongly supported their schools. Working together with people of diverse backgrounds through various groups and organizations, the school district has been responsive to community needs.
The Hickman Mills Public School District is recognized as a provisionally accredited district by the Missouri Department of Education. The District strives to stay on the cutting edge of all areas of instruction.
Ethnic diversity in the schools reflects that of the community. Currently, the enrollment in Hickman Mills schools is: 78% African American, 10% Caucasian, 8% Hispanic, 2% Asian and 2% Multiracial. Approximately 86% of students attending school in the area are described as economically disadvantaged and qualify for free and reduced meals. The median income in the Hickman Mills community is around $24,000. Seventeen percent of all residents are at the poverty level or below.
The Hickman Mills area is a diverse, first ring suburban community, located approximately 10 miles southeast of Downtown Kansas City and includes 56 square miles. The area which is within the 5th and 6th Council Districts developed in the decades following World War II (1950-1970). During that time, Interstates 435 and 470 were built and postwar housing developed at a rapid pace.
The mission of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District, a proudly diverse and historic community, is to provide a foundation for our students that maximizes academic success and fosters civic engagement, as distinguished by:
· Highly effective teaching focused on rigor and individual student needs
· Building strong family, community and school partnerships
· Collaborative and data-driven decision making
· The integration of technology across the curriculum and the district
· Commitment to early childhood and ongoing college and/or career preparation
· All students pass local, state and national assessments at levels which exceed established standards.
· All students graduate and succeed in higher education and/or the workplace, and the community.
· All students are responsible citizens who demonstrate good character and the highest ethical standards.
· All students attend school at a rate that exceeds state and national expectations.