District Information

Mission Statement

Achieving Excellence Through Learning: Every Child, Every Hour, Every Day

Poplar Bluff Public Schools are the stewards and the builders of our most priceless resource – our community’s youth. We use compassionate education and knowledge as our tools to challenge and inspire all students to learn and make a positive contribution to society.


Every successful endeavor starts with a plan, a road map that is referred to often. It’s a guide and a framework that reveals the path that must be followed to stay true to what the endeavor is trying to achieve.

In the case of the Poplar Bluff School District, it is the statement of and adherence to our mission, vision, and goals. These words are not just words. They give all of us – teachers, administrators, students, parents, and the community at large – a bearing point. They are our true north.

Our children are the future. As a Professional Learning Community, we must challenge each other and ourselves every day to strive for excellence – excellence in nurturing and growing our youth through the foundation of education.

The Power of Us

The power is in ‘us.’ Together we are stronger. We are interdependent. We are unified.

The Poplar Bluff R-I School District is a society of professional educators, learners, and leaders of our youth who believe that graduation starts at Early Childhood. We are dedicated to and dependent on each other to build a successful learning pathway along which we can nurture, encourage, and inspire the youth in our community to grow and succeed.


Where We Want to Be

The Poplar Bluff R-I School District is recognized as an outstanding school district. It is a place of nurturing, compassion, truth, happiness, respect, creativity, excellence, self-actualization, and industry leadership. All students, staff and parents and the community at large come together to create a Professional Learning Community that is committed to working in a collaborative partnership to build an environment where every student learns and succeeds at high levels.


What We Believe In

  • We believe that graduation begins in Early Childhood.
  • We believe that our staff, students, parents, and community members are empowered and responsible for achieving the district’s vision, mission, goals, and values.
  • We believe that collaboration and teamwork are essential to success.
  • We believe in employing the best teachers, administrators,and support staff.
  • We believe every child can learn, achieve, and grow.
  • We believe in teaching how to learn so we can create and encourage a passion for knowledge.
  • We believe that instruction should be relevant and engaging to encourage and ensure college and career readiness.
  • We believe our community (parents and guardians) are partners in the learning process.
  • We believe community and business involvement and support are necessary to enhance educational opportunities for students.


What We Want to Accomplish

  • We will continuously strive to build an integrated network of school campuses where our students perform at the highest levels, and the schools exceed state and federal accountability standards.
  • Achievement gaps among all student groups will be eliminated as early as possible in their academic career.
  • All students will graduate ready for college, post-secondary education, and workforce readiness.
  • We will be recognized for our extraordinary graduation rates and student performance.
  • We will create safe learning environments for all students in our community.
  • We will be recognized as contributors and influencers within all parts of our community through the education of our youth - including new levels of knowledge, talent, creativity, workforce development, and leadership of our community.
  • We will create a sense of ownership, spirit, strength, and pride in our school district throughout the community.
  • We will be known as the resource that nurtures the academic and cultural growth of our community.
  • We will develop responsible, productive, and respectful citizens for our community.
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