Chesterfield Day School

Des Peres Montessori

11155 Clayton Road, 432-0410,

Grades: Kindergarten through grade six

Tuition: $5,000 (half day); $8,000 (full day)

Head: Anjana Choudhuri

Open House: Nov. 5

    Des Peres Montessori, a nurturing community of children, teachers and parents is committed to classical Montessori principles in the development of children in seemless indoor/outdoor prepared environments. A broad, comprehensive scope of learning combines with second language, field trips, after-school experiences and plenty of opportunities for success that make for comfortable, confident and independent youngsters. Out mission is ‘to inspire young minds with a love of learning, release the creative potential and prepare young citizens for peace and harmony.’

Forsyth School

6235 Wydown Blvd., 726-4542,

Grades: Age 3 through grade six

Tuition: $14,580

Head: Michael Vachow

Open House: Nov. 1 (Admissions); Jan. 14, 2009 (Information Night)

    Forsyth School, a nationally recognized independent school, offers a challenging and engaging academic program for children age 3 through grade six. Located on a one-of-a-kind campus near Washington University, Forsyth stresses individual attention by maintaining an 8:1 student-teacher ratio and team-teaching in each classroom. Forsyth has vacation and summer programs, full-time specialist teachers, a commitment to diversity, and an outstanding extended day program with after-school classes and year-round league sports.

Community School

900 Lay Road, 991-0005,

Grades: Age 3 through grade six

Tuition: $14,450

Head: Matthew Gould, Ph.D.

Open House: Nov. 1

    Community School balances an academically challenging curriculum with a nurturing, supportive environment. Children develop the joy of learning, belief in self and respect for others while cultivating a solid base of skills to prepare them for secondary school and beyond. Specialty classes include art, woodshop, music, band, drama, linguistics, physical education and French. The 16-acre wooded campus includes a nature trail, butterfly garden and pond. Extended day, mini-classes and homework club comprise the popular after-school program. The 7:1 student-teacher ratio allows faculty to provide individualized attention, and Community School fosters a spirit of intelligent cooperation among parents, children and teachers.

Chesterfield Day School

1100 White Road, 469-6622,

Grades: Toddler (18 months) through grade six

Tuition: $3,900 (toddler, two day); $5,600 (toddler, three day); $9,050 (preschool, half day); $14,725 (preschool through grade three); $14,775 (grade four through six)

Head: Dennis Guilliams

Open House: Oct. 11, 2008 and Jan. 24, 2009

    Chesterfield Day School is known for its Montessori methods beginning with students as young as 18 months, which are combined with traditional approaches in elementary levels through grade six. The outcomes are clear; not only do Chesterfield Day School grads matriculate to the finest secondary schools and colleges, but they also are recognized for independent learning, cooperation and concern for others. The flexible, professional approach to personalized education can accommodate rolling admissions throughout the year.

Whitfield School

175 S. Mason Road, 434-5141,

Grades: Six through 12

Tuition: $19,995

Head: Mark Anderson

Open House: Oct. 26 (Fall Open House); Jan. 24, 2009 (Admissions Open House & Testing)

    Whitfield School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school. Whitfield’s demanding academic program prepares graduates for both the college experience and life beyond. With an average class size of about 12 and a school size of 470, Whitfield is able to develop and maintain a community of families that values mutual respect and personal responsibility. Students are encouraged to take part in activities, including visual and performing arts, 22 athletic teams, 20 clubs and organizations, and community service.

Thomas Jefferson School

4100 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 843-4151,

Grades: Seven through 12

Tuition: $20,250 (day); $32,000 (five-day boarding) and $33,900 (seven-day boarding)

Head of School: William Rowe

Open House: Oct. 26

    Thomas Jefferson School is a coeducational boarding and day school for students who want the best possible education in a friendly, close-knit community. A belief in greater student responsibility translates into short, focused classes with discussion, more independent study time and maximum access to teachers for help outside of class. Graduates go on to highly selective colleges and universities around the country.

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