St. Louis City Schools

Wilkinson Early Childhood Center


  • Grades Served: PK3 – 2
  • 276 Students
  • Average Class Size: 20
  • Methodology: Project Based Learning
  • School Day: 9:10am – 4:07pm
  • Extended Care: 6:30am – 6pm
  • Opened in 1921
  • Focus: Constructivist Learning Theory through Project/Problem Based Learning. Constructivist teaching fosters critical thinking, and creates motivated and independent learners.
  • "First Class Outdoor Classroom"
  • Various Family Activities and Special School Events: Wheels Night, Trunk or Treat, Wilkie Bear Trait Days, Fall Festival, Service Learning Projects.
  • All students receive daily Art, Music, Physical Education, Library and Computer Lab classes
  • Technology in every classroom
  • Extracurriculars: Girl Scouts, Wilkie Bear Chess and Lego Clubs
  • Gifted Education: Gifted pull-out two days a week (total of 150 minutes/week). Description and testing process details:
  • Special Education: Offers services such as speech, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. We offer classrooms for students who receive resource services, self-contained and inclusion classrooms.
  • Parent Involvement: Parents are welcome to volunteer as room parents and participate in the activities of the school. Wilkinson has a very involved PTO who plan fundraisers and other events to support the school community. Our parents understand that it is their presence and support that makes our school one of finest in the district.
  • Advanced application is required and spots are allocated by lottery. For details including elligibility information, application requirements, lottery schedule and placement procedures, download the SLPS Magnet Guide



  • Highly Diverse Racially


This School SLPS Avg
100% 74.6% 1.5%
In 2016, earned 100% of possible APR/MSIP points
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Reviews (9)

  • Great little schoolParent 06/12/2017
    Our son completed kindergarten year at Wilkinson ECC and had a wonderful experience. Excellent teachers, dedicated principal and staff, active PTO, great classroom and playground spaces. Being a smaller school (PS - 2) was actually a big plus for us, we quickly became a part of Wilkie Bear family. We... More
  • Wilkinson gives kids a great startParent 05/31/2017
    My son just finished a year of preschool at Wilkinson. He had such a positive experience. It is a small, close-knit community. I was amazed at all the opportunities the kids had--from the outdoor classroom area to the Science Fair to the reading specialist who would read a book with the kids and every... More
  • This is a Great Little Magnet School!Parent 08/04/2016
    My son started attending Wilkinson in kindergarten and is getting ready to enter first grade and we have been very happy. The class sizes are small and each child receives individual attention. They partner with Maryville University and have volunteer students who come in to help children who need ... More
  • Love this schoolParent 09/17/2015
    My son started here in preK4 and is now in K. Love it...such a good fit for him. The teachers and support staff are very impressive and so caring and very attentive to all the students. The students are taught how important it is to look out and care for one another...a really important lesson for life... More
  • Excellent school!Parent 10/26/2014
    This is a wonderful school with a very warm and positive atmosphere! The teachers are very nurturing and my son is not only learning but thriving. I HIGHLY recommend Wilkinson, it is a great little magnet school!
  • A wonderful learning experienceParent 09/11/2014
    Wonderful teachers, engaged parents and kids that want to be there. This is simply a wonderful school for young children. I'm so glad we put our kids in this option and are extremely pleased at their development.
  • Child-centered learningParent 09/11/2014
    Our daughter started school here in PK4 and is now in kindergarten. While in preschool, she participated in a school-wide sight word club and learned to read. She's now reading well ahead of her grade level. The school holds weekly assemblies that really instill excitement about school and pride in... More
  • AmazingParent 07/30/2014
    Seriously love this place. All three of my kids have attended. The principal is doing wonderful things - keeps working to improve the already great school. Very approachable and knows every kid in the school (usually by the first month of school. I have no idea how she does that). The teachers... More
  • Couldn't Pay for BetterParent 07/29/2014
    Hands down, the most wonderful educational experience we have had, and my kids have gone to six different schools among them. The warmth and caring of the environment is second to none. Kids love going to school. Project Construct is a great curriculum that allows children the freedom to learn in ... More
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