District Mission and Goals


"Achieving Excellence Together"

District Mission

The Hannibal School District believes that significant learning will occur with significant relationships. Utilizing a growth mindset, we will set high expectations for every student. We will collaborate as a community to ensure that every student succeeds by providing the following:

Cutting edge instruction
Differentiated instruction
Innovative curriculum
Stakeholder accountability
Rigorous programs
Effective communication with all stakeholders
A technology-rich environment

District Vision

The Hannibal School District will develop each student's unique potential by maintaining high expectations in a safe and nurturing environment while developing innovative leaders.

Hannibal School District

The Hannibal School District is rated "accredited with distinction in performance" by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Additional accreditation comes from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at the Hannibal Career and Technical Center.

The district is made up of an Early Childhood Center, five elementary schools (Eugene Field Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary, Oakwood Elementary, A.D. Stowell Elementary, and Veterans Elementary) serving students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grades, one middle school (Hannibal Middle School) serving grades 6th through 8th grades, one high school (Hannibal High School) serving grades 9th through 12th grades, and a technical school (Hannibal Career and Technical Center) serving students from Hannibal High School as well as 6 other area sending schools (Canton R-V, Lewis Co. C-1, Marion Co. R-II, Monroe City R-I, Palmyra R-1, and Ralls Co. II.

The Hannibal School District employs 597 staff members, including 327 certificated and 270 non-certificated members. Of the 327 certificated staff members, 61% are at or above the master's degree level. The average teaching experience level in the district is 13.6 years.

The Hannibal School District offers strong programs in Parents as Teachers, Special Education, Title, Athletics/Activities (North Central Missouri Conference), and Gifted & Talented Education.

There is a strong relationship between the school and community as evidenced by strong parental involvement, support, and partnership with community organizations. The Early Childhood Center, all elementary schools, and the Hannibal Middle School have active PTO organizations and strong booster organizations exist for all athletic/activities. The Hannibal School District is proud to be a source of community pride.


The school district enrollment has been remarkably steady the past ten years. Enrollment projects indicate a slight but steady increase for the next ten years. There is a possibility of a greater increase in population of school age children if rapid economic growth in the Hannibal area occurs.


Hannibal, Missouri is located in Marion County along the Mississippi River's west bank. The city and adjacent area comprise an area over ten square miles and contain approximately two-thirds of the Marion County population. The city and surrounding area population is over-20,000, and over 176,000 people live within a radius of fifty miles.

Hannibal is located 116 miles northwest of St. Louis, 206 miles east-northeast of Kansas City, and 300 miles southwest of Chicago. Main transportation links include railroad, river barge, and three federal highways.

The area has been strongly influenced by the presence of the Mississippi River and especially by the historical significance of being the residence of Mark Twain. Many buildings in the city reflect the "river boom town" era construction. Several magnificent homes and community buildings show that era's influence with ornate structural and decorative characteristics that add charm, warmth, and a sense of history to their surroundings.

The city is located along the river plain and on high bluffs featuring beautiful vistas of the river below. The geography of the area has had a significant influence on construction of buildings, including school facilities, requiring special attention to appropriate landscape work, foundation and retaining wall construction.

Hannibal boasts a unique blend of tourism and light industry as a stable economic base. Hannibal is best known as the boyhood home of Mark Twain. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) spent his younger years in Hannibal, and many of the things he experienced became an important part of his books. The Mark Twain influence has made tourism a major industry in Hannibal with approximately 400,000 visitors per year to the Twain related sites. In addition to tourism, a variety of light industries occupy Hannibal's thriving Industrial Park. Major industries include Watlow, General Mills Incorporated, Buckhorn Rubber, Continental Cement, and Enduro Industries.

In Hannibal and the surrounding community there are numerous services that enhance the quality of life in the area.

The Hannibal Regional Hospital is a new state of the art health care facility and the city has many doctors of varying specialties.

Hannibal-LaGrange University is a four-year liberal arts college that draws a significant number of Hannibal High School graduates.

The tourist industry has been influenced by the recreational opportunities offered in Hannibal and the surrounding area. Clarence Cannon Dam and Mark Twain Lake State Park, located approximately 20 miles from Hannibal, provide notable tourist attractions. Tourists visiting the lake are drawn to the Hannibal area to visit the many Mark Twain-influenced attractions. The Mississippi River provides added recreational opportunities for residents. Hannibal also boasts an excellent YMCA facility that enables a wide variety of community recreational and educational programs. A summer city recreation program is very comprehensive and provides many activities for youth ages 3-18.

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