Hickman High School has been named a Professional Learning Communities Exemplary School by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The school is being recognized for its outstanding performance in promoting collaborative learning and effectively using data to increase student achievement. Hickman was recognized during the state's Powerful Learning Conference January 25-26, 2016. Professional Learning Communities is a process for schools to use in order to develop a comprehensive level of support for all students. This support system promotes school teachers and staff working together to identify essential learning, developing common assessments to support the continued success of each individual student. The continual screening and monitoring process of students is systematic throughout the school year and provides interventions that are timely and specific and applied to students when needed and appropriate for each student. Hickman participated in a thorough evaluation and selection process to achieve this honor. The process included meeting achievement performance growth benchmarks set by the state, demonstrating evidence of implementation of the PLC concepts and an on-site evaluation.