Extended Calendar: Themed weekly summer camp program for additional cost.
Opened in 2005
To enroll for Kindergarten, your child must be 5 years old by August 1
Designed "Buddy Circles" to work through challenging experiences, a spectrum of emotions, and to collaborate on creative, kid-made solutions to problems. Meet weekly with teacher and principal when applicative.
STEAM learning lab with full-time instructor offering weekly STEAM experiences for pre-k and elementary that tie to their classroom studies. Example: As part of a fairy tale study, KG students engineered straw, stick and "brick" (Lego) houses for the 3 little pigs, then tested for strength with a hair dryer "wolf."
Outdoor Classroom built with raised beds for each classroom, connecting to learning topics. Example: A Dr. Seuss garden was planted with plants that likened Seuss illustrations.
Family style daily lunches which the children help to make the meal in its entirety. Small groups meet with the culinary arts teacher to plan and shop for lunch for the school, then make it the following week.
Curriculum evolves with current research as well as student interest. Common Core standards are the base for instructional goals and assessments, but student input drives the topics of study. The children are highly motivated to learn, and the state goals are met. Creativity is a mainstay as children not only meet and exceed expectations, but also learn about what they love most.
Deeply rooted in the Soulard neighborhood community, with collaborations that work for the kids. From using gym and field space at the Gene Slay's Girls & Boys Club across the street to partnering with Mad Art Gallery for performance space, this school knows how to make the most of their surroundings.]
Extracurriculars: After school special-interest clubs: dance, crafts, chess, science, etc. Sports teams through St. Frances Cabrini Academy : soccer, basketball, volleyball, t-ball/softball
Gifted Education: "Small class sizes and an individualized, project-based curriculum allow students to work at their own pace and in areas of interest to them, regardless of academic level. Many of our graduates go on to attend McKinley Classical Junior Academy (gifted magnet school)."
Special Education: "The school is committed to serving a diverse student body, and our small classes and individualized approach allow us to meet the needs of many kinds of learners. Families of students with special needs are asked to contact the administration when applying to discuss their child's needs. Admissions decisions are made on an individual basis."
Parent Involvement: All families are asked to commit to at least 30 hours of volunteer service (3 hours per month). A Volunteer Rally each fall provides families with many committees and events to sign up to help with. An active Parent Association supports the school with fundraisers, as well as community celebrations and events. Our families are in the school daily, making connections with teachers, students and each other as they help in the kitchen, shelve library books, plan fundraisers, work in the garden, and much more.
Children are encouraged to be resilient, confident, and competent. They are simultaneously supported to develop empathy, respect, and community. The Soulard School is as unique as every child is - or children are, in my case. Soulard School kids are pretty amazing.
Amazing SchoolParent 09/11/2014
Our daughter started in the Little Camp Soulard program in June, and began in the Quietude (3-5 year-olds) room this fall. At every turn we are more impressed by this school. The teachers, administration, and most importantly the parents are 100% committed to the vision of the school. It is a beautiful, colorful place for her to learn about the world. Emphasis is put on the importance of being positive and kind. The older kids we have spoken with have been the most impressive; they are all incredibly respectful, intelligent, and confident. The founders have created a true community.
great place for a kid to matureParent 09/04/2014
My child was lucky enough to go to the Soulard School for 3 years; we have moved away, and we miss the individualized education. Bring your kid to the January Open House if you can!
Families buy into the mission--they support one another and the whole community benefits.