Successful students and graduates
Parkway consistently ranks among the top 10 districts in Missouri on the state report card for districts with more than 10,000 students.
More than 85% of Parkway graduates go to college or post-secondary institutions (compared to 63% of MO grads).
More than 60% of seniors participate in AP or dual credit courses.
Students pursuing individual paths and passions
Over 43% of high school students participate in at least one of 23 competitive sports.
High schools offer an additional 70+ special interest clubs and activities.
Our graduates typically attend more than 150 colleges and universities in 35 states.
Over 1,000 high school students have been provided with real-world learning beyond the classroom in partnership with more than 75 business leaders.
High-quality teachers and staff
- Parkway has a student-teacher ratio of 1 classroom teacher per 15 students (state average is 16).
87 percent of teachers in Parkway have a master’s degree or above (25% higher than the state average).
The average teacher base salary in Parkway is $72,323 ($20,000 more than the state average).
Parkway teachers have 15.4 years of experience on average (2 years more than the state average).
Parkway is a Top 20 employer in the St. Louis region (St. Louis Business Journal). Total Parkway employees: 3,140
Parkway named a Top Workplace in the region by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for six years
Parkway named Top Workplace for Women
Parkway has received the Business Health Culture Award from the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition - one of six area employers to be recognized for innovative approaches to improving the well-being of employees and family members
Award-winning schools and district
Parkway’s 28 schools and Early Childhood Center are renowned for their achievements, with 18 Blue Ribbon Awards from the U.S. Department of Education and 19 Gold Star Awards from the State of Missouri. Parkway Schools include 18 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 4 high schools and a choice high school program and an Early Childhood Center with programs across the district.
Parkway achievement scores consistently rank among the top 15% of school districts in the state (English, math and science).
All four traditional Parkway high schools are consistently named among the country’s Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report.
Parkway Schools was named a National School District of Character in 2017 and re-certified in 2022. Eighteen Parkway schools are National Schools of Character - Carman Trails Elementary, Claymont Elementary, Hanna Woods Elementary, Green Trails Elementary, Mason Ridge, Elementary, Ross Elementary, Oak Brook Elementary, McKelvey Elementary, Craig Elementary, Barretts Elementary, Wren Hollow Elementary, Highcroft Ridge Elementary, Central Middle, Northeast Middle, Southwest Middle, West Middle, Central High and the Early Childhood Center. In addition, Parkway has four National Leader in Me Lighthouse Schools - Barretts Elementary, Bellerive Elementary, Henry Elementary and River Bend Elementary. The Lighthouse recognition is awarded to schools that create a culture of student empowerment, based on the idea that every child can be a leader.
Parkway was named a 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District. Additionally, Parkway has six National Green Ribbon Schools - Bellerive Elementary, Claymont Elementary, Green Trails Elementary, Highcroft Elementary, McKelvey Elementary and North High - honored for innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
Parkway has consistently earned a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. Parkway's residential tax rate is among the lowest in 23 county districts. Parkway is one of only four school districts in Missouri to earn the Standard and Poor's AAA bond rating.
Parkway has been named a Top Workplace in St. Louis six times by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch based on surveys of employees.
Serving a diverse community
- 16,620 students (Fall 2023)
- Race and ethnicity: White 57.8%, Black or African-American 15.8%; Asian 13.2%, Hispanic 5.9%, Multi-racial 6.7%, Indian 0.4% and Pacific Islander 0.1%
- One hundred six (106) different languages are spoken by our students and families. The top five languages other than English are Spanish, Telugu, Arabic, Hindi and Chinese.
- Over 1,000 students speak English as a second language
- Nearly 10% of our students receive gifted services
- Nearly 15% of students have an individualized education plan
Committed to fiscal responsibility
Parkway has consistently earned a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. Parkway's residential tax rate is among the lowest in 23 county districts. Parkway is one of only four school districts in Missouri to earn the Standard and Poor's AAA bond rating. In 2023, Parkway again received the Meritorious Budget Award for it's 2023-24 budget presentation from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for excellence in budget presentation.
Parkway was named a 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District for innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability. Additionally, Parkway has six National Green Ribbon Schools - Bellerive Elementary, Claymont Elementary, Green Trails Elementary, Highcroft Elementary, McKelvey Elementary and North High.
Where we serve
- Parkway covers all or parts of cities such as Ballwin, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Manchester, Maryland Heights, Town and Country, and Valley Park, as well as unincorporated west St. Louis County.
- Total population: 142,477
- Number of households: 59,532
- Racial makeup of residents: 71.2% White; 10.2% Asian; 6.1% Black or African-American; 11.1% Multi-racial; 1.4% Other
- Average family household income: $140,940
- Home price: $347,900 median home value
- Residents' educational status: 67 percent have a bachelor's degree or higher