Award Year: 2013

Nixa High School

301 S. Main Street
Nixa, MO, 65714-8663

(417) 724-3500

Mark McGehee Ed.S, Principal at time of Nomination

Nixa Public Schools

School Website


To provide a quality, comprehensive education in which all students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and strategies to become independent, productive, and responsible global citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 88%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 2%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Located in the southwest region of the state, Nixa High School is in the heart of Christian County, one of the fastest growing counties in Missouri. As the largest employer in the town of 20,000 residents, Nixa Public Schools (NPS) is the pride of the Nixa community. Families who move to this area consistently rank the district’s reputation as the primary reason for making Nixa their home. NPS has a rich legacy of educational excellence that dates back over 110 years. NHS currently serves a student population of 1,741 students in grades 9 – 12.

In 2001, NHS was selected as a grant school to implement the Professional Learning Community (PLC) model for school improvement by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Through this process, NHS works collaboratively to review and revise its mission, vision, commitments, and goals annually. Every Monday morning, NHS teachers meet in collaborative teams to focus on common assessments and data analysis to make decisions that guide a viable curriculum and results-oriented instruction. As a result of this work, the school has achieved the “Accredited with Distinction in Performance,” status awarded by the state department of education, for eleven years in a row with a 100% score on the state’s Annual Performance Report.

NHS students value their education as demonstrated by the 96.1% average daily attendance rate. The rigorous academic offerings include honors, dual credit, advanced placement, and virtual classes. In 2012, NHS implemented the Blackboard learning management system to help students further develop 21st Century Skills. This technology allows parents and students to access schedules, assignments, and activities, which strengthens communication among students, parents, and the school.