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Festus Elementary School

Public | K-3 | 981 students


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Posted April 10, 2014

What an amazing place to work and learn. Both of my children attended school here and both graduated in the top of their classes and now study at Mizzou. As a staff member, we have state recognized professional learning communities and we are a model pbs school. I wrote this because some of the reviews are a decade old and having been an educator there for over 20 years, I felt that this needed updating. Visit us. You'll see why we are the number one school district in Jefferson County.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted July 5, 2009

I love the Festus school district. When looking to purchase a home, we specifically looked in the Festus School District, and have not been disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 10, 2009

We have a 2 kids at this school and today i was forced to pick up our daughter at 10 am and bring her back at 11:10 because of there 24 hour rule the doctor cleared her yesterday said she was not contages and she felt fine. We have a son in second grade who has only brought home homework 3 days in two months we have not recieved any test scores in months and when we talked to the teacher she says she has been busy and has not had the time the principal said we should work it out with the teacher not his problem.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 29, 2008

I have a daughter the use to go to Festus Elementary and I can not say enough about how happy she was there. I know the staff at that school does go the extra mile to make learning fun! I never had any complaints about that school. Now we are in a different school district and trying hard to come back to Festus schools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 14, 2008

Very good school that pushes children to learn
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 11, 2008

I would imagine that this school would be sufficient if your child was an average or an above average student but this school district IS NOT for the child who needs extra help.

Posted April 12, 2008

My experience with Festus School has been nothing but positive. I have 2 children who are currently in Festus Elementary. Both of my girls love their teachers and are making above average grades. Also they look forward to going to school and participating in school functions. I am extremely impressed by Mr. Siefert the principal of Festus Elementary. On several occasions I have noted Mr. Siefert with the children. He treats each child like an individual, treating them with respect and compassion by listening and hugging each of the children who flock to him when he enters. I once showed up unannounced and had to speak to Mr. Siefert. He graciously took the time out of his busy schedule to sit down and talk with me. Festus should be proud to have Mr. Siefert on their staff. Thank you to all the staff at Festus you are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 21, 2007

this school seems to rely on stuffing children with treats instead of teaching discipline. the lack of control the staff demonstrate over the children is shameful, given the average class size.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 15, 2007

My 12 year old son attends festus Intermediate. He was diagnosed with early onset bipolar disorder at the age of seven. He suffers from visual and auditory hallucinations and has been hospitalized numerous times. His school career in the past has been a horrible experience for us, until we moved to festus. Before he was ostracized and made to feel like he was 'crazy' like he could never fit in with the other children. His self esteem was next to nothing. That is something no child should ever have to feel. I was made to feel like a failure as a parent. Everything changed when we moved into the Festus school district. The staff at festus intermediate immediately took my lonely, sad, beaten down little boy and returned to me a happy, confident young man. Special Thanks to Tammy Linderer and Shannon Helms you are angels as far as I'm concerned.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 19, 2006

I have 2 children in the Festus district and cannot say enough about how happy I am that they are there. The teachers are awesome, give 100%, and are always there for the children. The curriculum is excellent and I cannot believe the accelerated rate that the kids learn. Extracurricular activities are abundant so the kids have many to choose from. Festus encourages parent involvement as much as possible. There is good communication between teacher/home. Festus is definitely an A+ school. As a matter of fact, when we move into a new home, we will make sure to stay in the district because we feel the quality of education is something we want to keep for our children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 9, 2006

I think Festus Elementary is great! Excellent teachers and staff.A very carring place for my children to learn. And you don't have to fit into a cookiecutter shape to fit in.They treat all children as individuals. There are thirteen kindergartens but only 18-19 students in each room. The teachers really communicate with each other and share ideas. And I really like how the teachers even know kids that aren't in their own classes. The children are taught values and morals. You don't have to go to a small school to have a small school feeling. I also think it is great how you often see the principal and assistant principal in the hallway, even in the cafeteria.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 8, 2005

On the only good note there are a few really good teachers at this school. Now the rest, the cafeteria is so small lunch starts at 10:30 when school doesn't start till after 8:30. there are 15 kindergarten classes, so much for any knowledge of who's in the school. I went for Halloween and a substitute was in charge of my daughters class. She never asked who I was,she took her class and left my daughter and one other student (we didn't know) with my husband and I. When I tried to tell the principal she just stood there with a dumb look on her face and didn't even try to apologize. The superintendents have no knowledge of what goes on in their own schools that are located not more than a block from their office.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 11, 2004

I have six children in the district. I feel that the entire staff at the elementary school goes 'over and beyond' to help a child succeed. That goes for the entire staff,(Principal, Counselors, office personnel, nurses, teachers, aides, cafeteria and custodians. They are always there for anyone who wants or needs the help. Even when you are not in complete agreement with a situation, they will stick with you and your child until it is resolved. As a parent, we are always Welcome to participate and help in the school. We are encouraged to communicate with teachers and other staff in order to help our children succeed and be Happy! Everyone Goes Totally Out of Their Way to make School a place where our Children Want to be! Thank You!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 17, 2004

My daughter had several problems last year adjusting from a Daycare setting to a school enviroment and the counselors and teachers were very supportive. I was a Festus graduate and the reason my children are attending Festus is because I have never seen a more supportive teaching staff and counseling staff at any other school in Jefferson County. Thumbs up to all the Teachers at Festus-You all are teaching are future so please keep up the good work-A very big thank you to Mrs. Gerber and Mrs. Courtois
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2004

I love the Festus school district. My daughter is making A's and just raves about her teachers. I could not be more pleased with a school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 25, 2004

I have 3 children, 2 nieces,and 2 nephews in the Festus R6 school district. Festus schools offers every child a chance, without singling them out. My children each get there individual attention needed and they are doing very well. I give all the credit to the teachers and staff, my kids know that they are important to them.
—Submitted by a parent

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Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 49% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Free or reduced-price lunch73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a


All Students87%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Free or reduced-price lunch86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 74%
Black 2% 17%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Darin Siefert
Fax number
  • (636) 937-7870


Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1500 Midmeadow Ln
Festus, MO 63028
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Phone: (636) 937-4063


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