St. Louis City Schools

The College School


  • Grades Served: PK3 – 8
  • 236 Students (Coed)
  • Average Class Size: 22
  • Methodology: Reggio Emilia
  • Languages Offered: Spanish, Mandarin
  • School Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Care: 7am – 6pm
  • Summer Programs: We offer four 2-week themed Adventure Day Camp sessions for ages 4-11, with a special program offered the July 4 week. Multi-day Expeditions programs are open to children ages 9-15. Camps run June through July.
  • Opened in 1963
  • Teachers with Advanced Degree: 66%
  • To enroll for Kindergarten, your child must be 5 years old by August 1
  • Tuition Range: $15,900 - $17,950 Per Year Average tuition for local Private Schools: $9,468
  • 25% of students receive Financial Aid
  • The College School has a second, 28-acre property in Pacific, MO for exploration and hands-on activity.
  • Each classroom has two, highly credentialed faculty.
  • 95% of the students are accepted into their first-choice high school.
  • Extracurriculars: Variety of clubs and athletics including Girls on the Run, Chess Club, Singing Club, Robotics Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Climbing Club
  • Parent Involvement: "Our school doesn’t work without parent involvement; we need parent trust, parent ideas, and parent communication. We also revel in opportunities for parents to bring their professional world and passions into our learning community. Whether helping us plan a major event or sitting on one of our Board-level committees, we consider parent time, energies, and talents to be invaluable assets."

Reviews (4)

  • Remarkable schoolParent 12/09/2016
    We switched our kids from public school to TCS when one was in third grade and one was in kindergarten. My only regret was that I did not to do it sooner. I have watched my kids develop a true love of learning. They are confident and caring and have a unique world perspective. The College School encourages... More
  • All talkTeacher/Staff 11/30/2016
    The "co-teaching" is not actually implemented in the way the one might expect. Having two teachers per grade should create smaller class sizes (about a 1:14 teacher student ratio.) I was consistently required to teach to the whole group of students (one year this was 27 students), which is not what the... More
  • A Wonderful SchoolParent 11/14/2016
    My wife and I live in St. Louis City and we took a lot of heat for sending our boy to a private school. We looked at our local school, explored magnets and charters, and visited several independent schools. It came down to this: We loved The College School philosophy and methods—and there is just nothing... More
  • Before you move to "the county" for public schools, read this.Parent 09/21/2014
    The College School nurtures the whole child through solid academics with an equally important emphasis on social and emotional development. The teacher's dedication and commitment shows in every interaction they have with our children. If you don't know much about experiential education, please do... More
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  • Somewhat Diverse Economically25% of students receive Financial Aid
  • Lacks Racial Diversity

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