Lafayette County C-1 School System


Housed on approximately 60 acres, the Lafayette County C-1 School System is one of the first things people notice as they drive into Higginsville on Highway 13 from I-70. All district schools are situated on one campus. A large “Homeof the Huskers” sign and a replica of “Harold the Husker”, school mascot, welcome visitors and residents as they drive by the school complex. The one-complex idea was conceived many years ago by school patrons who had the foresight to envision all the school buildings located together. Continued community support through the passage of bonds issued in1988, 1995, 1998, 2005 and 2009 totaling over $13.4 million have kept the facilities modernized and provided expansion for the Early Childhood programs. In April 2011, the citizens of Higginsville once again demonstrated their support of Lafayette County C-1 by unanimously passing an Operating Levy.


MISP Accredited with Distinction


C-1 schools have been Accredited with Distinction by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition, the high school has been a member of the North Central Association of Schools since 1944. This allows credits earned by local students to be accepted by colleges that are within a comfortable driving distance, including: University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg (20 miles); Missouri Valley College in Marshall (30 miles) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (80 miles).  C-1 School District offers a wide array of curricular option sat all levels, ranging from the basic instructional areas to specialized curricular offerings for college bound students. In addition, an extensive and comprehensive Special Education program serves all qualified students.The C-1 District administration staff is headed by David Figg, superintendent. Building principals are Todd Whitney, High School; Jove Stickle, Middle School; Jenni Hayes, Grandview Elementary and Aaron Knipmeyer, Director of Special Education.  Extra Curricular Activities.


A diversified extracurricular activities program exists, providing opportunities in vocal/instrumental music, athletics and academic support clubs and teams. C-1 High School is an active member of the Missouri River Valley Conference.





 Immanuel Lutheran School


Founded in 1950, Immanuel Lutheran School provides a Christian education for children age preschool through the 8th grade. All classes are taught by certified and competent Christian teachers.The school has complete facilities including a gymnasium and playground. The learning environment at Immanuel stimulates children’s interest and involvement by making learning an activeand tension free endeavor. Small class size and dedicated teacher sensure close attention to each child. In addition, students at Immanuel in grades 5-8 have the opportunity to participate in an after school athletic program including volleyball, soccer, basketball,track and cheerleading. In certain circumstances, younger students may also participate in the athletic program. Participation with local leagues provides competitive sports for the boys and girls.While our purpose and programs are centered on assisting the Christian families of our two sponsoring churches in educating their young, all families are invited to enroll children. Immanuel admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. For more enrollment information, contact the school office at 660-584-2854 or the church office at 660-584-3541.


The Montessori Schoolhouse


The Montessori Schoolhouse is a nonprofit, academic, fullschool day program that is available to all children. We provide a learning environment where each child feels inspired, honored and creative. State requirements are met and exceeded in a comfortable and respectful environment. Natural human tendencies, individual interests and learning styles lead the lessons, keeping it fresh andexciting. Our qualified teachers work to ensure that every child hasa deep level of understanding in each area of study. Our programs are divided as follows: Preschool (ages 3-6), Lower Elementary (Kindergarten-3rd grade), Upper Elementary (grades 4-6), Middle School (grades 7&8). The multi-age work environments create countless opportunities for children to not only learn from what they do but from what they casually take in from the work going on around them. In this setting children are taught as individuals not as a group and we find they work at levels we would have thought not possible. Self-motivation, tolerance, nurturance and independence abound as a child develops in this type of setting.In addition to basic areas of study our students participate in physical fitness, Spanish instruction, art, yoga and music.We also take a variety of field trips and undertake many community service projects. For more information please visit our website at




MVCAA Head Start is a Federally funding preschool program for low-income families with children aged 3-5 and children with disabilities. Classes run 4 hours per day, 4 days per week,September-May, with transportation provided. A research-based curriculum focuses on social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language/literacy to support kindergarten readiness, including health and developmental screenings for enrolled children. The program includes a focus on family engagement in their child’s education and includes offering families resources to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency. Services are provided at no cost to families. The Higginsville Head Start Center maybe contacted at 660-584-6334 from the third week of August through the third week of May; the MVCAA Family Resource Center can be reached during work hours at 660-584-3131.


Immanuel Lutheran Preschool offers two preschool classes.These classes are preschool 3, held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and preschool 4, held 8 am - 3 pm daily, Monday through Friday. All classes are taught by certified, well-educated and experienced Christian teachers. With joy they have accepted the tremendous responsibility the Lord has entrusted to them to love and teach the children. For further information please call the school office at 660-584-2854, the church office at 660-584-3541, or see our web page at:


The early childhood classroom at the Montessori Schoolhouse is carefully and beautifully prepared to engage children in a journey of social and cognitive growth. Ages 3-6 work together within the same class to allow each child to develop to his/herfull potential without being restricted only to work typical of his/her age group and to learn through helping and observing others.Half and full day programs are available. For more information please visit our website at


Project Leap Preschool is tuition based inclusive preschool setting within Lafayette County C-1 schools. We serve children ages 3-6 of all developmental abilities. Children are exposed to a constructivist environment, encouraged to facilitate their own learning, and are treated with kindness and respect. For more information contact: Shelli Lee at Grandview Elementary 660-584-7127.