3 St. Louis Schools That Will Transform Your Child’s Education

St. Louis has an exemplary selection of elementary schools where your child will receive a superior education. But surely you still have questions: which is best for my child? How will I afford it? What are the teachers like? What is the nature of the school’s values, programming and curriculum?

These questions can be answered as these cherished institutions prepare for the upcoming season of open houses. Here, we’ve compiled info about the student experience at a few local elementary schools we love, complete with open house dates and information. Keep reading to learn more.

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Forsyth School

Forsyth School is a leading independent elementary school for children age 3 through grade 6, with an unforgettable campus across six repurposed historic houses. It’s a place where personal best counts—whether on the field, the stage, in the classroom or on the high ropes course in the Forsyth Adventure Center. It’s a place for students to stretch beyond their individual comfort zones, as children develop critical-thinking skills. They learn that if they work hard, they can accomplish difficult and complex projects. Forsyth graduates are well prepared for the most selective secondary schools.

Meet Forsyth teachers in their classrooms at the upcoming Early Childhood Open House on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 10 to 11am. Email Director of Admission DeAnn Pomatto at Admission@ForsythOnline.com or register online.

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MICDS

When institutions help equip their passionate, hardworking teachers with knowledge and skills, there’s a significant difference in the student experience. At MICDS, teachers receive the support and tools necessary to do just that. For junior kindergarten teacher Bridget Wallace, that meant a spring break trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy, the birthplace of the renowned Reggio teaching method. “Reggio is not a one-size-fits-all approach,” says Wallace. “It requires you to get to know the kids to find out what their passions are.” Wallace took those skills and experience back to her classroom in St. Louis, where she was able to further develop the responsive approach MICDS cultivates. “For children, how they learn—often through social and emotional learning—is just as important as what they actually learn. That guides everything that we do here.”

Come meet the Head of Lower School, Janet McMillion, and admission staff at the upcoming Lower School Parent Tours, January 10, 2018 at 9:15 am and February 7 at 9:15 am. You’ll see the school day in action on a tour led by current parents!

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New City School

New City School offers students solid foundational tools that enable them to build successful, meaningful lives through challenging academic curriculum, an inclusive community, progressive teaching methods and individualized instruction. Serving children in preschool through sixth grade, the school’s unparalleled extracurricular programming includes art, music, performance and technology. Students have the opportunity to learn, grow and challenge themselves, developing strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that will benefit them during all phases of life.

Visit New City School at the upcoming Winter Open House January 11, 2018. Tours are from 6-7pm and RSVP is required. RSVP here.

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