Visitation Academy

3020 N. Ballas Road, 625-9100,

Grades: Toddler through 12

Tuition: $3,445 to $14,885

Head of School: Rosalie Henry

Open House: Oct. 17 (all grades), Nov. 7 (grades seven through 12), Feb. 12, 2010

(toddler through grade 6)

Visitation Academy is an independent Catholic school offering a coeducational early childhood program and an all-girls environment in grades one through 12. The lower school educates toddlers through kindergarten-aged children in the Montessori method while also providing the area’s only all-girls program in grades one through six. The upper school offers a rigorous, six-year college preparatory curriculum for young women in grades seven through 12. In a welcoming community that emphasizes personal attention, students learn to ‘Live Jesus’ in their everyday lives.

Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School

101 N. Warson Road, 995-7367,

Grades: Junior kindergarten through 12

Tuition: $16,950 to $20,550; lunch included

Head of School: Lisa Lyle

Open House: Oct. 23 (lower school), Oct. 30 (middle school)

MICDS offers an academically challenging and well-rounded college preparatory education for students in grades junior kindergarten through 12. Our small class sizes create a spirit of community and intellectual exchange. Strong student advisory and college counseling programs provide a supportive environment where students work toward academic and personal goals. MICDS develops students to become 21st century citizens in a dynamic learning environment where people think critically, live virtuously and compassionately, and act responsibly.

Crossroads College Preparatory School

500 DeBaliviere Ave., 367-8085,

Grades: Seven through 12

Tuition: $16,750

Head of School: William Handmaker

Open House: Nov. 7

Crossroads College Preparatory School offers an academically challenging curriculum to a diverse and inclusive community of students in grades seven through 12.

We encourage students to engage their imaginations in every endeavor, ranging from the sciences to fine arts, and strive to develop respectful citizens who apply scholarship, imagination and critical thinking to civic and social responsibility in their communities and beyond.

Forsyth School

6235 Wydown Blvd., 726-4542,

Grades: Age 3 through grade six

Tuition: $15,618

Head of School: Michael Vachow

Open House: Nov. 6

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 foundation that includes the visual and performing arts, sports and challenging academics, Forsyth graduates are well prepared for excellent secondary schools. Forsyth offers summer programs, full-time specialist teachers, a commitment to diversity and a comprehensive extended day program with after-school classes and year-round league sports.