The Valley Park School District has a long, rich history of providing quality education. Thousands of students have attended Valley Park Schools since the opening of the first elementary building, Hill School, in 1882. This school was located several blocks north of the present campus and was closed in 1931. A second elementary school, Benton School named after the Missouri Senator, Thomas Hart Benton, opened in 1908 and operated until 1954. The high school opened its doors on Sept. 6, 1932, and the first class graduated two years later. It began the nucleus of the present school district campus.
The district educates about 1,000 students and is located in the southwest corner of St. Louis County in Valley Park, Missouri. It encompasses 4.6 square miles and includes a large area of the City of Valley Park, the Village of Twin Oaks, and a section of unincorporated St. Louis County. District boundaries are Big Bend on the north, Barrett Station Road on the east, the Meramec River on the south, and Hanna Road on the west. Within the district boundaries are approximately 3,834 households with 1,456 registered voters.
With low student-to-teacher ratios and all school buildings located on one campus at One Main Street, the district offers a private school atmosphere in a public school setting. The campus consists of five buildings: Valley Park High School and its Music and Industrial Technology building, Valley Park Middle School, Valley Park Elementary School and the Dennis Lea Early Childhood Center. Valley Park High School's Community School is an academic recovery program for students who are unable to be successful in the traditional high school setting.