The 5 STL Schools To Consider Now

By Mackenzie Taylor
In Culture

Finding the perfect school for your child to attend is a pretty daunting experience for a parent. Not only do you have to think how your child will advance academically but if there will be fantastic art and sport programs for them to participate in as well. With so many schools cropping up in STL, we’ve teamed up with five great local schools to help you narrow down your search.


If you’re looking for a school that is hands-on and provides a stimulating challenge to your child, Chesterfield Montessori School is the one you’re looking for. Students work in peaceful, mixed-age classrooms with a full range of engaging, scientifically developed Montessori materials. The teacher guides the children’s work and allows them to move forward at their own pace, which results in self-confident, independent and enthusiastic learners. Recognized as one of the best AMI Montessori schools in the US, Chesterfield Montessori School welcomes children from ages 16 months through 15 years.

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14000 Ladue Road Chesterfield, MO 63017


At Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS), the nationally-recognized, four-year College Counseling program sets the school apart from all others in the STL area. Students work with the same counselor through their four years of high school to make informed decisions when planning for their future. The 100-acre campus is designed for excellence in all academic, art and athletic areas. ​MICDS faculty are seasoned educators who are experts in their fields and passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people. It’s not just that 70 percent of faculty hold advanced degrees; it’s that they take an active interest in their students’ all-around success, serving as mentors, instructors and coaches. The campus is designed with state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, athletic facilities, theaters and art studios with technology integrated purposefully throughout teaching and learning of all grade levels.

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101 North Warson Rd St. Louis, MO 63124

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At New City School, students learn more than the contents of a textbook. They are taught to become confident, caring, thoughtful individuals who value the multiple perspectives of their peers. A New City education is grounded in rigorous academics, achieved through joyful, experiential learning, and is based on an integrated multiple intelligences curriculum. Their students are empathetic, appreciative of diversity, and carry a deep awareness of themselves. Schedule a visit today and see for yourself how New City’s four pillars—academic excellence, diversity beyond the numbers, joyful learning, and personal intelligences—can prepare your child to be successful in school and in life.

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5209 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108


You know Forsyth School. A one-of-a-kind campus with classrooms in six historic houses for children age 3-Grade 6. At Forsyth, children learn to understand themselves, each other and the world in which they live. It’s a place where personal best counts–on the field, on the stage, in the classroom and on the high ropes course in the Forsyth Adventure Center. It’s a place to stretch beyond your comfort zone with memory mapping, Shakespeare plays, Challenge Days. It’s a place where engaging curriculum meets challenge education. And it all begins with a great early childhood program. There’s nothing like it.

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6235 Wydown Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105

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Preparing students for success in an ever-changing world is the mission for The Wilson School and the school achieves this on a daily basis. Not only are there extraordinary teachers—the Technology Coordinator received the Independent Schools of St. Louis 2015 Teacher of Distinction Award for her work in integrating technology into the curriculum at Wilson—but The Wilson School bring a world of opportunities forth for students, including mixing traditional academics with innovative techniques to make learning engaging and relevant to students of today. This past summer, The Wilson School launched a new summer program for their students called Think Camp, where campers were challenged to think critically, work collaboratively and, most importantly, be creative. If you’re in the market for a school that academically challenges your child within a nurturing environment, look no further than The Wilson School. Want to see for yourself? Go to their open house on Oct. 17 from 9-11am.

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400 DeMun Ave., Clayton, MO 63105

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