From pre-K to graduate school, the St. Louis region’s award-winning educational institutions engage and cultivate our students, preparing tomorrow’s world-class workforce.

Elementary and Secondary Education

The St. Louis area offers a wide range of high quality educational options from pre-school through high school, ensuring that no matter where you live in metropolitan St. Louis, you will have many choices and be able to find a school that fits your child’s needs.

Public School Districts

There are over 160 different school districts in the St. Louis, MO-IL MSA and more than 800 public schools according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). All districts are funded by local tax levies with varying assessment rates. Municipalities play a central role, with the local tax base of each school district funding new and existing educational programs and services, as well as providing maintenance and upkeep to the facilities.

Many St. Louis MSA schools provide additional programs for gifted students, special programs for challenged students, and magnet or charter schools for children seeking a non-traditional learning environment.

Private Schools

There are over 300 private schools in the St. Louis, MO-IL MSA (NCES). Many long-established and strong independent schools exist, as well as an active parochial school network. The St. Louis region ranks nationally for having one of the largest percentages of enrollment in Catholic parochial schools, as measured by the number of registered Catholics in the St. Louis area.

Special Needs

In addition, the Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) is one of the nation’s leading providers of special education services, educating over 27,000 students. SSD provides services to students in over 250 public schools allowing the vast majority of the students who receive SSD services to attend a school in their local district.

St. Louis is home to several nationally renowned educational facilities for children with sight and hearing challenges including:

  • St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
  • Central Institute for the Deaf
  • Moog Center for Deaf Education
  • Missouri School for the Blind

Helpful links

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Illinois State Board of Education

Independent Schools of St. Louis

Archdiocese of Saint Louis

Higher Education

With over 30 four-year colleges and universities enrolling more than 125,000, the St. Louis area produces more than 25,000 graduates with bachelor’s, post-bachelor’s or professional degrees each year (NCES).

The area also has an extensive network of community colleges, which enroll an additional 65,000 plus students, as well as vocational and technical training facilities and some of the most highly rated elementary schools and high schools in the country. As a result, Greater St. Louis is a great learning environment in which to grow up, as well as a sought-after destination for thousands of people from around the country — and the globe — who are attracted to its top-tier education resources every year.

Many of the best and brightest who study in St. Louis enjoy the community so much they decide to plant their roots here after earning their degrees. In fact, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to St. Louisans in nearly every Nobel category — physiology, medicine, chemistry, physics, and literature. Among those benefiting from this situation, of course, is the St. Louis business community. A smart, hard-working work force fuels the growth of companies throughout the region.


Two and Four-Year Colleges and Universities