The Gladstone School District invited other public and private agencies to partner with them in creating an early childhood center to serve the region. The school district’s full-day kindergarten classes are also housed at the center. This provides a seamless transition into school for children who visit the GCCF for healthcare and family services, Head Start, or the Gladstone Teaching Preschool.
Gladstone Schools has the stated goal of Growing Great People, and early childhood education and services are a vital part of this mission. Gladstone Schools educates 1,700 students in grades K-12.
“As a small, close-knit community, Gladstone offers an innovative, caring education experience,” explained Superintendent Bob Stewart. “We work to serve the whole child, supporting health, family, and socio-emotional needs while providing a robust academic program. Our small size means we can take the time to know each student as an individual.”
Gladstone’s free, full-day kindergarten provides an enriched kindergarten experience, including time for music, art, technology learning, and physical education. A full-service health clinic is on site.
John Wetten Elementary (grades 1-5) offers technology education, music, physical education, library time, and a maker space. The school also offers after school programs in science, crafts, sports, Legos, and more. A volunteer force of more than 200 supports the school.
Kraxberger Middle School (grades 6-8) offers students academic experiences in technology, Spanish, art, and band. Afterschool programs include robotics, Spanish, track, and intramural volleyball.
Gladstone High School is a small high school known as the heart of our close-knit community. The school offers many Advanced Placement and college credit courses, a wide array of career-technical courses, and arts programs. In addition, GHS boasts 17 athletic teams, with 60 percent of students participating. Activities include a competitive robotics team, e-Sports, Dungeons and Dragons, a literary magazine, service clubs, and leadership. A national Green Ribbon award winner,