The mission of Francis Howell School District is to prepare students today for success tomorrow. In an effort to make this mission a reality, the District is continually improving academic achievement at all levels. One improvement method the District has embraced that has made a positive impact in increasing student learning, as measured by Missouri School Improvement Plan’s Annual Performance Report is Professional Learning Communities. Learn more about Professional Learning Communities.

Under the State’s accreditation process, known as the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP), school districts from across the state will be provided an Annual Performance Report (APR). The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education annually collects and analyzes data for the performance standards as part of the accreditation process.

The APR requires the District to meet a stringent set of academic requirements in five key areas. These requirements include a review of the district’s academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, attendance and graduation rate.

Supporting the District's academic achievement results is the District's commitment to Professional Learning Communities. One of the chief tenets of the learning community concept is the focus on learning rather than teaching. With this results oriented focus, Francis Howell is engaging students, teachers, and administrators simultaneously in learning. By continually involving teachers in professional development and learning activities, student learning increases. 

Another important component of Professional Learning Communities is regular collaboration time, which provides teachers time to work together, share knowledge, and contribute ideas to support student learning. Through this collaboration process, teachers are better prepared to respond to the needs of students and are empowered to take action to improve student achievement for all students. 

As a learning community, Francis Howell School District will continue to foster high levels of achievement by offering a quality curriculum and effective instructional practices. More information about the State of Missouri’s MSIP 5 is available on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website.


Chief Academic Officer

Nicole Whitesell


Director of Alternative Learning and EC Sped

Dr. Will Vanderpool


Administrator Tuition Based/PAT

Susan Lane


Director of Adult Learning

Dr. Connie Buckman


Director of Assessment/Summer School

David Brothers


Director of Student Learning, Library

Dr. Chris Greiner


Director of Student Services

Dr. Jennifer Patterson


Director of School Improvement

Dr. Chris Garland


Administrative Assistant

Marcie Huner


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