Kennett offers multiple educational opportunities through AAA public schools, career and technology education, a school of nursing that includes an LPN to RN bridge program, two regional college campuses and a workforce training center. 

Primary Education


510 College Ave
Kennett, MO 63857
(573) 717-1100 (    

Fully Accredited by MDESE, Mo.
Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education
Grade Span: PK-12
Total Schools: 8
Total Students: 2,256
Classroom Teachers(FTE): 149.5
Student/Teacher Ratio: 15.1
ELL Students: 15

Special Education Programs:

  • Deaf Education
  • Educable Mentally Handicapped
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Speech Therapy
  • Behavior Disorders
  • Orthopedically Handicapped
  • Kindergarten Center
  • Diagnostic Center
  • Chapter I (Federal Program)
  • Remedial programs grades 1-8

Kennett School District Campuses:

Diagnostic Center
205 Wiggs St. • 573-717-1132
Grades: PK-12

Early Childhood Center
205 Wiggs St. • 573-717-1145
Grades: PK
Enrollment: 134

H. Byron Masterson Elementary School
1600 Ely St. • 573-717-1115
Grades: KG - 2
Enrollment: 367 students

Kennett Alternative School
910 Vandeventer • 573-717-1144

Kennett Area Vocational School
1400 W Washington • 573-717-1123
Grades: 9 - 12
Enrollment: 119 students

Kennett High School
1400 W Washington • 573-717-1120
Grades: 9 - 12
Enrollment: 521 students

Kennett Middle School
510 College Ave. • 573-717-1105
Grades: 6 - 8
Enrollment: 469 students

South Elementary School
920 S Kennett St. • 573-717-1130
Grades: 3 - 5
Enrollment: 456 students

Kennett Board of Education:

The Kennett Board of Education for Kennett District 39 is comprised of seven members, elected each April by the voting public, to three-year terms served on a rotating basis.  The board members, in turn, elect officers to terms of one year.  The board meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30 p.m., in the Kennett High School Conference Room.  The meetings are open to the public.

2012 Kennett School Board of Education Officers and Members

  • President:  Matt Shetley
  • Vice President:  Matthew Poole
  • Board Members:  Chris Brannan, Randy Haman, Ralph Hemann, Eules Hively, Chris Wake


The Kennett Christian Academy, at 1321 Kennett St., is a co-ed private school, affiliated with the Pentecostal religious denomination.  It offers classes from first grade through high school, with a 1:6 teacher-student ratio.  For information, call 573-888-2520.

Kennett is one of several designated regional campuses of Southeast Missouri State University. Within the 20,000 square feet facility, undergraduate and graduate courses are taught via the traditional classroom setting and interactive television (ITV).  Follow the link:

Kennett businesses and community members have demonstrated support for the campus, with generous donations for the facility, training equipment and scholarships.  Significant contributors include Kennett National Bank, Larry and Nancy Swindle, Kennett Community Development Corporation, Pauline Mizell Aukes and Dr. Lewis Aukes, the Simcoke Family and Sheryl Crow.

The Kennett campus has a history of working with local industry to offer customized training that fulfills local workforce development needs.  University resources are available to facilitate all types business and industry training.  One example is the new Kennett Business Service Center, housed on the campus.  It provides small business and technology venture firms in the Bootheel with the experienced guidance and training support they need, in order to grow.  The Center offers comprehensive services, such as one-on-one business counseling, at no cost. 

In addition to the following programs, non-credit community interest courses such as Spanish, children's cooking school, computer skills, and ballroom dancing are offered.

  • Bachelor of General Studies
  • General Studies
  • Nursing
  • LPN to RN Bridge Program
  • AgriBusiness
  • Educational Administration
  • Middle School Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Elementary Education
  • T.A. Certification
  • Sub. Teacher Certification
  • Child Care & Guidance
  • School & Community Counseling
  • Social Work
  • Criminal Justice

Three Rivers Community College is a comprehensive, public, two-year college.  The college opened a regional campus in Kennett in 2005.  It provides affordable freshman and sophomore level college courses, as well as career and technical training.  The college is also planning an expanded, state-of-the-art new facility and campus on land recently donated to the school by the Emerson Co.  It will be accompanied by additional curriculum offerings, as well.  Follow the link:


Mizzou's correspondence courses are offered and monitored through Kennett's University of Missouri Extension office.  Follow the link:


Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO (Main Campus)
Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR or
Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville, AR
Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, MO (Main Campus)
Dyersburg State Community College in Dyersburg, TN

The Kennett Career and Technology Center provides career-technical programs of excellence for both the youth and adults of Dunklin County. The goal is to help high school and adult students secure rewarding employment that will improve the quality of life for themselves and their families

Located on the Kennett High School Campus, the Center serves nine area high schools and features 11 classrooms that double as traditional lecture-style classes, as well as hands-on laboratory learning environments.  Follow the link:

  • Auto Collision Repair
  • Auto Technology
  • Certified Nurse's Aide Computer Classes
  • Distributive Education
  • Emergency Medical Tech
  • Graphics Communications Health Occupations
  • Office Technology
  • Welding
  • Adult Basic Education

This school was founded in 1973.  Housed within the Kennett Career and Technology Center, the program accepts and trains 20 students each year.  The school has an excellent track record:  Graduates of this program consistently receive high scores on their state exams, and since its founding, only one graduate has failed to earn state licensure. 

This program is also housed within the Kennett Career and Technology Center.  It assists people in completing requirements for their high school equivalency certificate.


As part of its mission to create applicable solutions to the workforce needs of our community, the Missouri Career Center assists local training facilities in preparing that workforce.  The Center offers job seekers assistance with access to thousands of jobs in the state, and the opportunity to prove and improve job skills.  It also offers career exploration tools, workshops and resume assistance.  Several training programs are also available to assist job seekers in gaining the skills necessary to get a job or start a new career.  These training programs can help by providing funds to train a a college, university or other educational facility.  The Center's staff can assist job seekers in determing their eligibility for assistance with the cost of training.  Follow the link: