For sixty-four years, Miss Alma Schrader was part of the Cape Girardeau Public Schools as a student, teacher, counselor, and principal. Born May 22, 1886 of German parents, Miss Schrader attended Lorimier School and Central High School. She graduated with a B.S. from Southeast Missouri State Teachers' College and was promptly hired to teach at Jefferson School. In 1921 Miss Schrader was promoted to Principal at Jefferson School. In 1921, she was named the principal of the newly constructed May Greene School, remaining at this post for twenty-five years. During those years, Miss Schrader earned the reputation of a firm and incredibly impressive principal, commanding good behavior and loyalty by the power of her presence. In 1937, Miss Schrader became the first woman president of Southeast Missouri District Teachers' Association. Honored many times through her long and distinguished career in the region, Miss Schrader died in 1959. Six months later, the Cape Girardeau Board of Education named the new school at 1360 Randol the Alma Schrader Elementary School.
Alma Schrader School is one of five elementary schools of the Cape Girardeau Public School System. Grades kindergarten through fourth are served at each elementary school, and provide a unified field of studies outlined by the district's curriculum guide. Children receive instruction in Communication Arts (Integrated Reading, Language, and Spelling), Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, with Music, Physical Education, and Art to enhance their total educational program. In addition, a full range of special education services are available to students who need them.