Award Year: 2016

Richland High School

24456 State Highway 114
Essex, MO, 63846-6119

(573) 283-5332

Mrs. Cynthia Rhodes, Principal at time of Nomination

Richland R-1 Schools

School Website


Through a partnership, all Richland R-1 students will become effective communicators, responsible citizens and self-motivated learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 95%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Richland R-1 students engaged in a wonderful learning climate.

Richland R-1 students engaged in a wonderful learning climate.

Great wealth cannot be found at Richland R-1 Junior/Senior High School, located in Southeast Missouri; determination, collaboration, cooperation and a family like school climate are the cornerstones to Richland's success. Richland Junior/Senior High School has been the top academic achieving school in all of Southeast Missouri for the past four consecutive years as well as number one in the state in science and number two in math.

The fantastic partnership between Richland R-1 and the community allows Richland R-1 to be more successful than much larger schools and schools with many more resources at their disposal. Richland has won numerous local, state and National level awards as well as holding offices in BETA, National History Day, Science Fair, FFA and FBLA. Richland's journalism department have won numerous State, National, and International awards for their work.

A staff full of forward thinkers allowed Richland to be the first to break barriers such as allowing students to utilize cell phones during the school day. Traditional education does not exist but a project based learning environment with multiple makerspace stations stimulate imaginations and critical thinking.

Richland R-1 has taken the lead with technology by being the first One to One School in Missouri for every child from Pre-K through 12th grade. Richland is the first school in the entire Midwest United States to have a 3D technology lab as well as drone summer camps for kids. These are quite the accomplishments for a rural school with high free and reduced lunch rates.