ALIVE Early Education Guide: January 2017
In St. Louis, we have the rare luxury of a variety of schools to choose from, not only when kids hit middle and high school, but for early education. To kick off the year, we have hand-selected a few programs that both honor a child’s natural curiosity and position them to be strong, healthy adults. Here are a few of our top picks for this year’s top early-childhood programs.
There are so many options when it comes to choosing a nursery school or early-childhood program. Forsyth School is undoubtedly one of St. Louis’s leading independent elementary schools, for children age 3 through sixth grade. Forsyth teachers value active learning and authentic challenges. At Forsyth, students learn that if they work hard they can accomplish difficult and complex projects. A significant advantage of Forsyth’s early-childhood program is the cohesive curriculum that builds from Pre-K-Grade 6 – something you won’t find in nursery school programs. Forsyth graduates thrive in selective secondary schools, but they won’t forget the one-of-a-kind campus in a remarkable location, next door to Washington University and Forest Park.
Forsyth is hosting an Early Childhood Open House this Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 from 10am to 11:30am. Meet the early-childhood teachers–including the specialists who teach science, Spanish, library and P.E., see Forsyth’s unique early-childhood center with organic gardens and chickens, and much more. There are fun activities planned for children, as well. Register here.
MICDS (Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School): Beasley Lower School
This prestigious college preparatory school prides itself not only on where its students eventually matriculate, but on the world of opportunities presented to children learning in the lower school. Teachers introduce students to everything from STEM, the opera and world languages. Students also begin applying critical thinking skills early on, with exercises that help them learn how to creatively apply technology in their daily lives. MICDS has discovered and cultivated a multitude of strategies to keep students interested and engaged, where they are encouraged to discover their passions and explore new interests. It is their belief that when a child feels safe, loved and respected, they are able to take creative risks and face challenges necessary to learn and grow. As a JK-12th grade school community, MICDS supports, empowers, and cheers on students to become their very best selves in the classroom, on the playing field, in the art studio, through community service opportunities and on stage.
Visit the school’s admissions event page to learn more about touring the school, observing a classroom, or attending the upcoming Diversity in Action event on Jan. 12.
The Wilson School
A Wilson education gives children age three through sixth grade a strong academic foundation in the caring environment they need to succeed. At Wilson, students are known, nurtured and challenged each and every day. Teachers are empowered to develop customized curriculum that connects foundational learning with innovative, project-based experiences which engage and inspire. An intentional class size with two full-time, professional educators per classroom and subject area specialists creates an environment where students can take risks, develop leadership skills and strive to reach their personal best. With a high-tech facility that feels like a home away from home, students who graduate from The Wilson School are well-balanced, caring and curious young adults, ready for life and learning in the 21st century.
Visit Wilson on Tuesday, Jan. 10th, 2017 from 8:30 to 10am for their winter Open House, or call the number below to schedule a meeting.
The College School
At The College School, the emphasis on experiential learning is what transforms difficult intellectual concepts into practical knowledge. A rigorous academic program combined with this process of learning become one in the same, as it is proven that students master academic and personal skill sets through experience. The College School journey begins at pre-K and continues through eighth grade, with a continuing emphasis on this process. With a staff of caring, knowledgeable teachers and administrators, children are welcomed into a safe and supportive environment, where they learn the confidence needed to become strong leaders. Students then matriculate to some of St. Louis’s most renowned college preparatory secondary schools, where they routinely harken back to the foundational tools they acquired in early education at The College School.
Families are welcome to attend The College School’s Winter Children’s Festival Jan. 7 from 9am-Noon. Engage in hands-on activities and enjoy a performance of “My Father’s Dragon” from The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis at 11 AM. More information here. To schedule a personal tour, contact the Admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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