Since the first subscription schools opened in the 1840’s, Neosho has taken great pride in providing first-class educational opportunities for everyone. Over the decades, change has been the keystone to a successful educational program.

The Neosho R-5 School District is vast, ranging 242 square miles in Newton and McDonald counties in southwest Missouri. Pupil enrollment has increased steadily for a decade. The District enrolls over 4,656 students and the professional staff totals 544. To ensure that high-quality personnel are employed by the district, a systematic process and performance-based evaluation system is utilized.

A comprehensive program of studies totaling 191 units is offered at the high school, which is accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools. Local graduation rates and ACT scores are typically above state and national averages. Long a source of local pride, the R-5 School District is recognized far and wide for its success in the classroom.

For more information, the Superintendent of Schools will gladly respond to requests. Telephone (417) 451-8600 or visit

Established in 1963, Crowder College was named for both Camp Crowder, an Army camp located here from 1941 through 1957, and General Enoch Crowder, a prominent Missourian, soldier and statesman.

It is the mission of Crowder College to offer students access to quality education. An “open door” philosophy allows Crowder students admission in college programs based on aptitude, interests, abilities and specific programs. Crowder College set a record high for enrollment in the Fall 2013 semester with 5,845 students.  Crowder’s enrollment has grown 240% since the year 2000.  

Crowder College is accredited by the North Central Association and offers a wide array of associate degrees, professional certificates, career and industrial training, community education opportunities, interactive television and on-line courses.

Because of its nationally acclaimed work in solar and electric transportation, the college has been designated by the state as the Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy (MARET) Center.

The Transport Training division offers the only public truck driving training in the state. The Associate Degree Nursing program serves as a model of collaborative learning and its graduates have an impressive pass rate on the licensing exam.

The Business Training and Development Center, another facet of Crowder College, has become a leader in the training and development field in southwestern Missouri. Both large and small companies benefit from the industry’s specific workforce training designed to increase productivity and decrease operational costs.

Crowder, the smallest community college participating in the program, is the second largest provider of Customized Training funds in the state. Currently, the department works with manufacturing companies across a seven-county area, including Eagle Picher Technologies, K & S Wire, La-Z-Boy, MARCO Group, Premier Turbines, Talbot Industries (Leggett & Platt Division), Twin Rivers Foods, and Tyson Foods. A modern agriculture building and a cluster of student dorms are new additions to the campus. For more information visit

Private education is also part of the local academic scene. While some families are opting for home schooling, another option to the public schools is the Ozark Christian Academy and the Ozark Bible Institute. They have been part of the Neosho community for many years, educating children from kindergarten through a four-year college. Another option is Neosho Christian School. They educate children from kindergarten to high school.  The Neosho Beauty College also plays a vital role in the education Neosho citizens.

Other opportunities of undergraduate and graduate studies in our proximity include Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri; Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri; Northeast Oklahoma State in Miami, Oklahoma; University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas; Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, and many other private institutions around the area.

Neosho citizens of all ages are “plugged into” education. From the earliest training in professional day care centers and pre-schools, to higher education at the local community college, education is changing the face of the community.