About Us

About the District
The mission of De Soto School District is to ensure learning, growth, and success for all students in a safe environment.

De Soto School District encompasses approximately 100 square miles.  The district currently has one early childhood center, one preschool, two elementary schools (K-6), a junior high school (7-8), and a senior high school (9-12).  The total District enrollment is approximately 3,100 students.  The District offers a comprehensive academic curriculum which encompasses a wide range of extracurricular activities and special programs.

About the City
Incorporated in 1869, the City of De Soto is a city with a population of 6,375 and is located in the southeastern part of Missouri, approximately 45 miles south of St. Louis.  De Soto is in Jefferson County, which is one of the fastest growing counties in Missouri.

De Soto was part of the Louisiana Territory and was transferred from France to Spain and back to France again and in 1803 was sold to the United States.  During that same year, Isaac Van Metre came to the place that was later named De Soto and erected a cabin.  A marker now stands to commemorate the first log cabin built in De Soto.

 De Soto School District Campuses

De Soto Early Childhood Center  Athena Elementary School Vineland Elementary School
Phone: (636) 586-1040  Phone: (636) 586-1020               Phone: (636) 586-1010
Fax: (636) 586-3320             Fax:  (636) 586-1029 Fax: (636) 586-1019

Phone: (636) 586-1030  Phone: (636) 586-1085
Fax: (636) 586-1039 Fax: (636) 586-1059

The De Soto School District #73 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age of Discrimination Act of 1975 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Inquiries related to District programs and to the location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible by persons with disabilities may be directed to the De Soto School District Central Office, 610 Vineland School Road De Soto, MO 63020, or by telephone at (636) 586-1000.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies.  

Kelly Gersch

Director of Human Resources

610 Vineland School Road

De Soto, MO. 63020


For further information on notice of non-discrimination call 1-800-421-3481


Recent News



  • Our Mission: To ensure learning, growth, and success for all students in a safe environment.
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  • Important Message from your Central Office team regarding campus safety is available here
  • Here is a follow-up message from the Central Office team regarding March 14 activities and ongoing safety.