St. Louis City Schools

Forsyth School


  • Grades Served: PK3 – 6
  • 380 Students (Coed)
  • Average Class Size: 24
  • Languages Offered: Spanish, Latin
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:30pm
  • Extended Care: 7am – 6pm
  • Extended Calendar: Summer camp: Forsyth Summer Discovery
  • Opened in 1961
  • Teachers with Advanced Degree: 76%
  • To enroll for Kindergarten, your child must be 5 years old by August 1
  • Tuition Range: $19,479 Per Year Average tuition for local Private Schools: $8,803
  • 3 payment plans, a supportive financial aid program and tuition refund insurance offered; NEW this year -- 1:00p dismissal option for Pre-Kindergarten only: $13,306
  • 21% of students receive Financial Aid
  • Forsyth's campus is one-of-a-kind: 6 historic houses built between 1924-1930 house classrooms; visual & performing arts center built in 2005; gymnasium with Forsyth Adventure Center with high beam, high ropes course and climbing wall; award-winning playgrounds, etc.
  • Forsyth 6th graders average in the 96th percentile on ERB testing. Forsyth graduates attend John Burroughs, MICDS, and other schools.
  • Shakespeare plays in 6th grade are a Forsyth tradition. A unique artist-in-residence program offers 5th graders the opportunity to work closely with a different professional artist each year.
  • The Honor Code, Morning Meetings, community service, P.E. and league sports all foster character development.
  • Walking the beam (ie. "challenge education"):
  • Extracurriculars: 85% of Forsyth students participate in one or more sports (Clayton League), Math Lab, Band, 3D Printing, Video Production, Rock Climbing, Girl Scouts, Girls on the Run, Girls in the Know
  • Parent Involvement: Coaching league sports teams; serving as on Board of Trustees; involvement in Forsyth Family Organization to help organize and support events such as field day, Fall Picnic, I Heart Reading Day, annual auction, Skate Break, etc.

Reviews (9)

  • AmazingStudent 02/23/2017
    I went there for seven years and just graduated and when I'm waking up in the morning I always think that I still go there because i would like it to go althrough HS i miss it so much.
  • Just the bestParent 10/18/2016
    We've had our kids at Forsyth since they were in Pre-K, and now they're in 2nd and 4th. We're so glad we chose to start them early, and they have developed such a strong sense of self. The school is all about "challenge," but it's done with a great support network. Academics come first, and the character-building... More
  • Amazing Elementary Education Parent 04/29/2016
    The residential layout makes the school feel very special, but the focus is squarely on the quality of educators. The administration bends over backwards to put together a strong team that works well both within grades and across grades. As a result, children reach their maximum potential. The honor ... More
  • Welcome HomeTeacher/Staff 04/22/2016
    Forsyth offers incredibly engaging academic, physical, social experiences for students. The sense of community that fills the campus is truly unlike any other school I have ever been a part of. Teachers and faculty are dedicated and extremely knowledgeable about students and best practices.
  • All You Wish For Your Kids!Parent 04/21/2016
    When you go visit Forsyth the unique campus is what first takes you in. After talking with alums and their parents--you want your kindergartener to turn out just like them! A true individualized education with everything that you could ever hope to give your kids!
  • Worth itParent 04/20/2016
    Many Independent Schools can be found in the St. Louis area. Forsyth clearly stands out from the rest for many reasons. Check it out and see for yourself why it is worth it to us!
  • Best elementary schoolIn STLParent 04/19/2016
    The Forsyth community has welcomed our daughter (and entire family) into the community. The school has a beautiful campus and the educators understand her strengths and weaknesses and work on improving both. What a gem!
  • One of a kind!Parent 11/11/2015
    Forsyth is an incredible school where students learn to try and try again. Forsyth teachers firmly believe children learn when taking risks so they work incredibly hard to build classroom communities where children know that trying, and perhaps failing the first time, is safe and okay. As a result,... More
  • Best elementary school in St. LouisParent 10/19/2014
    6th graders graduate believing they can do anything. They are advanced academically, they are secure, they develop a love for learning, and they have teachers who know them inside and out. The unique campus of converted homes and the proximity to Washington U make this place unique. For working parents... More
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  • Somewhat Diverse Economically21% of students receive Financial Aid
  • Lacks Racial Diversity

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