St. Louis City Schools

City Garden Montessori School

PUBLIC Charter

  • Grades Served: PK3 – 8
  • 227 Students
  • Average Class Size: 30
  • Methodology: Montessori
  • Languages Offered: Spanish
  • School Day: 8:30am – 3:30pm
  • Extended Care: 6:45am – 5:30pm
  • Extended Calendar: One-month, optional, academic summer program
  • Opened in 2006
  • Uniform Required
  • Strong commitment to diversity and ABAR (Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist). Entire staff goes through a 3 day training, teaching the how, the why and the importance of interrupting biased behaviors. Our goal is to create a community of inclusion, where no matter what race, socio-economic status or what gender you identify with, you feel welcomed.
  • Two full time teachers in each classroom. Lead teacher is stated certified and Montessori certified. Multi-age classrooms where students learn more than academics. Students learn to work with one another, teach each other and listen to each other.
  • "We are a community school - a space for members of the surrounding neighborhoods to gather, learn and get to know each other, a school in which families and community members feel a sense of ownership and pride, and a place that will be a source of hope and vitality for our community."
  • Preschool option is available, but requires tuition based on a sliding scale.
  • "Parents who tour our school are struck by how peaceful and focused our students are, that students are working on a variety of different projects at the same time, and how easily and happily our children relate to one another."
  • Extracurriculars: Clubs and afterschool opportunities are offered by parents, COCA, and other external agencies
  • Gifted Education: Addressed via Montessori Philosophy and Theory of Development
  • Special Education: Full-time Special Service coordinator, full-time Special Education teachers
  • Parent Involvement: Parents work in classrooms, volunteer at events, and participate in our Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). At any given time you will see several parents in our building helping with a variety of important tasks.
  • Lottery gives preference to families who live in a catchment zone, see details:


Reviews (5)

  • Great CommunityParent 11/01/2017
    This school has been the best environment for my son, hands-down. He responds well to the Montessori method and his teachers and the staff go above and beyond and really care for and love the students. We feel very lucky to be part of this community.
  • Community based leariningParent 09/15/2014
    The Montessori philosophy and the commitment of faculty, staff, and families make this a strong community and strong environment for our children to learn and grow.
  • Neighborhood feelParent 08/09/2014
    Great neighborhood feel to this school. They work hard and my kids really like it. We do too. The stats here are a little off. We scored 52 prof. and adv. in math. And we scored 76 prof. and adv. in communication arts.
  • Totally Student (and Family!) CenteredParent 07/31/2014
    I feel completely confident that my childrens' teachers know who they are, what they're capable of, and are deeply committed to nurturing and educating them in those terms. I also love how committed the school is to education in all ways at all times. They walk the walk.
  • Amazing school!Parent 07/29/2014
    I cannot express in words how special City Garden is to me and my family. City Garden is community at its finest.
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  • Highly Diverse Economically39% of students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch
  • Highly Diverse Racially


This School SLPS Avg
96.3% 0.6% 74.6% 1.5%
In 2016, earned 96.3% of possible APR/MSIP points
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Test Scores

This School SLPS Avg State Avg
57.4% 31.4% 55.8%
In 2016, 57.4% of students tested Proficient or Above
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