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The Fort Leonard Wood region is home to a variety of high quality, academically challenging school districts and post-secondary institutions. The Waynesville R-VI School District has approximately 6,000 students and 75% of them have a military affiliation. To provide the best possible education for every student, the district has conducted over $100 million in facilities renovations and construction, including a $5 million Elementary and Early Childhood Education Center and a new career center. The district just released their state annual performance report, which puts the district at 97.5% of total possible points for the 2015-16 school year. To learn more about the district's focus on attendance and rigor, click here. The Waynesville Career Center, part of the Waynesville R-VI School District, also provides the opportunity for high school students to gain applicable job skills and helps cement the district’s and state’s goal to help all students be college and career ready upon graduation.

In 2014, the district was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Department of Defense Educational Authority to implement a National Math and Science Initiative college readiness program, which is the first in the state of Missouri. For more information on the grant, click here.

In addition to the Waynesville R-VI School District, the  and the Plato R-V School District and the Laquey R-V School District are also impacted by the military by 40% and 30%, respectively.

Students that are military dependents are also eligible to participate in the state’s A+ Program, as long as they meet the requirements. This is a great way for military children to continue their education at a reduced cost in the state of Missouri.

Six colleges and universities offer 72 degree programs through the Truman Education Center located on Fort Leonard Wood. The University of Missouri Science & Technology is also located in our region. MS&T offers a number of distinguished STEM-related degree programs and has a very diverse student population. Due to the university’s close proximity to Fort Leonard Wood, over 150 U.S. Army Captains receive degrees from the school each year.

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Strengthening the Fort Leonard Wood region