What are your school hours?
School begins for everyone at 8:15. Half day students begin dismissal at 11:15, all day lower school students begin dismissal at 3:15, and upper school students are out at 3:30.
To allow for more faculty collaboration time, we have one-hour late starts every Thursday. Arrival will be exactly one hour later, from 9:00 to 9:15 a.m., with classes starting at 9:15 a.m.
What is rolling admission?
We offer rolling admission, which means we accept applications at any time of the year -- for all age students; there are no deadlines to adhere to when applying. Decisions can be sent as quickly as within a few weeks of applying.
What is your application deadline?
We have no formal application deadline, however families are encouraged to apply by March 1 for the following school year. This ensures time to prepare for the coming school year, and allows for participation in and influence on programs and athletics, chosen each spring. Tuition Assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Do you have age/birthday requirements for your classes?
Students ages are 3 years to six years of age in the preschool - Kindergarten program. The parents, teachers, and the Head of School will decide appropriate placement together depending on the development of the child and the time of year of the birthday. Students may enter Kindergarten if they are 5 before the end of the previous school year. Students turning 5 the summer before kindergarten are subject to a discussion between teachers, parents, and the Head of School. Students turning 5 after the school year begins are rarely admitted into Kindergarten.
Is there transportation to the school?
Yes, we have a shuttle service for a fee, to Wildwood and Ellisville every morning and afternoon.
Are prospective students subject to admissions testing?
We require the last two years of grades and testing during the application process, and teachers may do placement work with prospective students when they visit, but we do not perform or require any specific admissions testing.
Do you require a certain GPA for acceptance?
Each institution’s grades represent different standards and assessments. We do not require a certain GPA, but we will do extensive analysis of all GPA’s to understand the meaning of each grade and have a strong sense of your child’s individual strengths, weaknesses, and abilities. We are not interested in one dimension of your child, but whether our entire environment is a good fit with your whole child.
Do you accept atypical learners/students with learning disabilities?
Yes. We believe that every student learns in a unique way and that every student exceeds our expectations when their activities are meaningful and relevant. This philosophy, combined with our small student teacher ratio creates an environment where many atypical learners and some students with mild learning disabilities might thrive. We do have a new Learning Support Program - find out more here. We are very careful to work with prospective parents to make sure that we are the right fit for students with greater needs.
Is there a dress code?
Yes, students must look modest and neat. There are more stringent guidelines for upper schoolers than lower schoolers.