Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

Head: Lisa Lyle

Grades: Ages 4-12th grade

Open House: Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m.

Tuition: Ages 4-fourth grade: $17,500; Grades 5 and 6: $20,500; Grades 7-12: $23,600

101 N. Warson Road, 993-5100,

MICDS, a college-preparatory, independent school, offers a challenging education that balances academics, athletics, arts and activities. Small class sizes create a spirit of community and intellectual exchange. This spring, a new state-of-the-art, 80,000 square-foot science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) building will be completed to ensure all MICDS students develop strong competencies in these critical disciplines.

Rossman School

Head: Pat Shipley

Grades: Ages 4-sixth grade

Open House: Oct. 19 and Dec. 4, 9 a.m.

Tuition: $17,388 (includes lunch)

12660 Conway Road, 434-5877,

Rossman provides a nurturing environment in which children enjoy learning. The school’s strong program in the basic subject areas of language arts and mathematics is enriched by integration with art, Spanish, Latin, music, physical education, science and social studies. An 8:1 student-teacher ratio allows teachers to build a personal relationship with each child. The school’s 97-year tradition of superior academics is combined with the development of integrity and kindness in children.

Ursuline Academy

Head: Tina Reichardt

Grades: nine-12, girls only

Open House: Nov. 3, noon-4 p.m.

Tuition: $11,950 plus $520 in fees

341 S. Sappington Road, 984-2400,

For young women seeking a welcoming, inclusive school community, Ursuline Academy is the only private, Catholic, college-preparatory high school in the area that truly focuses on the universal learner. By celebrating the uniqueness of every student and instilling in them a lifelong commitment to service and strong community spirit, Ursuline nurtures the academic, spiritual and personal development of each of the young women who attend.

City Academy

Head: Don Danforth and Judy Fisher

Grades: Ages 4-sixth grade

Open House: Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-noon

Tuition: $20,000

4175 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 382-0085,

City Academy is the only private, independent elementary school in St. Louis providing scholarship support to 100 percent of admitted students. The school provides an exceptional and affordable education for children whose opportunities are limited by economic and geographic factors. City Academy’s culture of integrity, citizenship and academic rigor prepares students for success in secondary school, college and beyond.


The Wilson School

Head: Thad Falkner

Grades: Ages 3-sixth grade

Open House: Nov. 9, 9-11 a.m.

Tuition: Pre-kindergarten (half day): $10,760; all grades (full day): $16,138

400 DeMun Ave., 725-4999,

For the past 100 years, The Wilson School has provided an extraordinary experience in elementary education. Preparing children for success in an ever-changing world, the school’s exceptional educators combine classic and innovative methods within a warm, nurturing environment. Wilson students consistently rank in the top 10th percentile nationally and enjoy excellent secondary school placement and graduate with a sense of individual worth and confidence, prepared to reach their full potential in life.


Churchill Center & School

Head: Sandra Gilligan

Grades: 1-8

Open House: Jan. 17, 9:30 a.m.

Tuition: $30,600

1021 Municipal Center Drive, 997-4343,

Churchill Center & School gives high-potential children with learning disabilities the finest individualized, remedial education and the support they need to return to a traditional classroom. The school fosters greater understanding and support for all people with learning disabilities by training other educators, supporting families and enlightening the community. Churchill Center & School’s program is child-centered, focusing on the remediation of the academic weaknesses of each child, promoting student responsibility and celebrating when that child succeeds.


Forsyth School

Head: Michael Vachow

Grades: Ages 3-sixth grade

Open House: Nov. 3, 1-4 p.m., presentation at 1:15 p.m.

Tuition: $17,442

6235 Wydown Blvd., 726-4542,

Forsyth School offers a challenging, engaging education with support from exceptional teachers. Located on a one-of-a-kind campus, Forsyth stresses individual attention by maintaining a low student-teacher ratio and two teachers per class. With a strong academic foundation that includes visual and performing arts, athletics and challenge education, Forsyth graduates are well-prepared for selective secondary schools. The school also offers summer programs, full-time specialist teachers, a commitment to diversity and an extended day program with after-school classes and year-round league sports.


The College School

Head: Ed Maggart

Grades: Ages 3-8th grade

Open House: Nov.9, 9 a.m.-noon

Tuition: part-time preschool: $7,200-$8,200; 5-day preschool: $12,800; kindergarten-8th grade: $15,300

7825 Big Bend Blvd., 962-9355,

The College School engages children in joyful, meaningful and creative learning through an adventurous, theme-based, experimental curriculum, incorporating drama, art, Spanish, greenhouse science, music and physical education. The early childhood program follows the Reggio philosophy. In 2012, the school was named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, and presented at the National Private Schools Leadership Conference. The 28-acre LaBarque Property, just 30 minutes away, serves as an extended campus.

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