Parkway e-News Story

Parkway Has 'What Parents Want'

Parkway is one of only 28 Missouri school districts receiving recognition from SchoolMatch®, a national firm specializing in rating K-12 schools. Parkway has consistently received the SchoolMatch award since it was initiated in 1992. What are parents looking for in a school?

A compilation of over 95,000 parent questionnaires completed by SchoolMatch clients reveals parents most often look for school systems that are:

  • competitive in academic test scores and academically solid, but not so rigorous as to intimidate their children
  • accredited
  • recognized for excellence by a national foundation or by the U.S. Department of Education
  • competitive in teacher salaries
  • above average in instructional expenditures on a national percentile basis
  • above average in expenditures for library/media services on a national percentile basis
  • known for small class size