Hickman Mills C-1 School District made history in 1902, when the Hickman Mills area schools became the first consolidated school district in Missouri. Over the past 100 years, the district has grown from less than 100 students to an enrollment of 5,600 students.
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.
Each of the District's schools strives for academic excellence. The schools include: an early education center (PK-K), seven elementary schools (K - 6th), one middle school (6th-8th), and one senior high school (9th-12th). The District also offers a gifted program, an alternative school, and and starting in the 2019-20 school year, HMC-1 will be launching STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum to all schools, making HMC-1 one of the few districts in the country making STEAM and Project Based Learning a priority in the classroom and offering such teaching to all students regardless of their grade or academic standing.
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, even working alongside the District to craft a 5-year strategic plan for the District.
The Hickman Mills C-1 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: 69% African American, 13% Hispanic, 9% White, and 3% other.
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