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About Bayless

Bayless Mission Statement

The Bayless School District will provide a safe and enriching environment where ALL children will learn to become responsible and empowered citizens, where diversity builds character and strength, knowledge enhances freedom and opportunity, and commitment leads to success.

The foundation of BSD is Character Education. BSD’s core ethical values are inspired by a letter allegedly written by President Abraham Lincoln in which he implored his young son’s headmaster to teach his son Tad to be Smart, Good and Strong. Character Education at Bayless is alive and has grown and spread organically, receiving 33 Promising Practices Awards with all schools earning Missouri and National School of Character recognition: Elementary in 2011 and 2021, Junior High in 2009, 2015 and 2020, and the High School in 2015 and 2021. Today BSD is one of the most culturally diverse districts in the State, representing 31 nationalities. The schools provide a nurturing atmosphere in the lives of all students and inspires all members of the community to lead lives of character as they pursue their American Dream.

Bayless Educational Belief Statement

We believe...

  • Education and commitment to excellence is the foundation to achieve success.
  • A small school district provides a personalized education.
  • Communication among parents, teachers and students and the community is vital.



Bayless is fully accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Bayless Academic Logo with the latin words for Smart, Good and Strong

Bayless Facts

1,845 Students Pre-K through Grade 12

96.4% Graduation Rate

Strength in diversity - 35 languages spoken

Most-spoken languages other than English:

  • Bosnian 14%
  • Vietnamese 7%
  • Arabic 4%
  • Spanish 3%
  • Pashto 2%
  • Nepali 2%

Bayless School District has been classified by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as one of the most diverse school districts per capita in the state of Missouri.