Five St. Louis-Area Schools Providing Enriching Education

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These five St. Louis schools combine well-rounded, engaging curricula with hands-on learning and small class sizes, creating environments perfectly conducive to learning and personal growth. Read below to see what each school has to offer your child, and make plans to attend their fall open houses in the coming weeks.

Community School
Community School is an independent preschool and elementary school in St. Louis, serving families with children age 3 through grade six. The seven-to-one student-teacher ratio allows personalized attention for active, experiential learning. As a testament to their superior academic preparation, Community students’ test scores are among the highest in the nation. Students are immersed in a strong STEAM program, which also includes drama, art, music, band and woodworking. The expansive 18-acre campus provides a safe environment for curious exploration. Community School’s focus on character development, compassionate service learning and public speaking creates tomorrow’s leaders. The fall open house is Saturday, Nov. 2.

De Smet Jesuit High School
De Smet Jesuit specializes in the formation of young men. Rich with opportunity, its college-preparatory program inspires multi-dimensional leaders eager to serve others. Its students are known for being well-rounded—thanks in part to the school’s appreciation for the classic and the contemporary. Its curriculum ranges from Latin to robotics and from theology to digital storytelling, and its students support each other on the athletic fields, in the theater and throughout the school. An all-male environment and a dedicated faculty help teenage boys feel comfortable to try new things and grow with confidence. Its fall open house is Sunday, Nov. 3.

Forsyth School
Forsyth School’s one-of-a-kind campus, located in the Wydown-Forsyth Historic District, provides an unforgettable experience for children age 3 through grade six. Forsyth is a place where personal best counts—in the classroom, on the field, on the stage and on the high ropes course in the Adventure Center. Students are encouraged to stretch beyond their comfort zones with memory mapping, ballroom dancing, arthropod studies, Shakespeare performances and more. The challenging and engaging curriculum fosters independence and prepares students to thrive in secondary school and beyond. Its fall open house is Saturday, Oct. 26.

A nationally recognized leader in independent education, MICDS is a college-prep, co-ed school for students from junior kindergarten (age 4) through 12th grade. At MICDS, their mission is to prepare students for higher education and a life of purpose and service as engaged citizens in our ever-changing world. When your child attends MICDS, they’ll receive an unmatched education in math, science and the humanities. They’ll acquire strong academic skills and a lifelong love of learning. They’ll learn from the best—from teachers who are skilled educators, experts in their fields, mentors and coaches. Want to learn more? Reach out to MICDS at or 314.995.7367. At MICDS, your child will be challenged to become their best self. Empowered by the school’s collaborative community, they’ll explore their passions, engage in innovative learning and pursue excellence in and out of the classroom. Its fall open house is Saturday, Oct. 19.

St. Joseph’s Academy
At St. Joseph’s Academy, the dedicated faculty and staff believes in “a balanced approach to developing the whole woman.” The private Catholic high school provides quality education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge and respect for self and others, fully expecting each student to make a profound impact in the world. The school’s college preparatory curriculum is rigorous by design, intended to develop values-driven leaders. Students are encouraged to think critically and creatively and gain the 21st-century skills required for college and tomorrow’s careers. Its fall open house is Sunday, Nov. 3.

This story originally appeared in our recent print edition, Guided: Maplewood. The photos have been provided by the mentioned organizations. Thank you for supporting the businesses that keep ALIVE and Guided growing. Featured image courtesy of Jake Ingle.

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